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Skipper49
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4 Posts

Posted - 11/18/2013 :  9:11:32 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hey All - - - I'm new to web site, but thought I'd jump in on this one, as a Viet Nam Vet. I did boot camp @ Great Lakes, Illinois in Dec. of 1967 (Frozen Loogies on the grinder) - BE/E School (Basic Electricity & Electronics) @ Great Lakes (still cold), RM"A" school @ Bainbridge, Md. in the spring of 1968. Two years @ NavRadSta Ft. Allen, Puerto Rico (Ponce) (What torture) - Counted as sea duty back then.........From there, reality hit me right between the eyes - River Duty with River Division 54 (RivDiv54) on the upper reaches of the Mekong - Patrolled 15 klik's of river from Cambodian Border & southward....Damn glad to make it back home in one piece!!!
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CapnMidnight
Advanced Member

USA
7630 Posts

Posted - 11/19/2013 :  12:27:12 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Welcome home brother.
W.D.
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Sky Soldier
Junior Member

USA
438 Posts

Posted - 11/19/2013 :  9:34:41 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by CapnMidnight

Welcome home brother.
W.D.




Whut he said!

SS

3/319th 173rd Airborne Brigade (Sep) May '66 - May '67
If you're not living on the edge, you're taking up too much space.
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Skipper49
Starting Member

4 Posts

Posted - 11/19/2013 :  11:09:57 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Cap'n Midnight & Sky Soldier - Thanks for the welcome & acknowledgement - We never got that when we came home!!
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draftee
Starting Member

44 Posts

Posted - 11/26/2013 :  09:25:49 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Fort Polk May 1968 B-5-2
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JackiePapers
Junior Member

USA
370 Posts

Posted - 02/01/2014 :  10:38:49 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Lackland AFB - 1963

Jack

...The early bird gets the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.
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meterman
Starting Member

32 Posts

Posted - 06/15/2014 :  2:13:15 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Ft. Leonard Wood, summer of '59 Army

USCG Base Alameda, CA spring of '63 Coast Guard.

jim
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JeffreyD103
Junior Member

151 Posts

Posted - 06/15/2014 :  2:47:18 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Lackland AFB - San Antonio, TX

March and April, 1981

Sooner or later everyone sits down to a banquet of consequences...
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deadeye46
Member

903 Posts

Posted - 08/04/2014 :  5:46:09 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Ft.Knox from Dec.'65 to Feb.'66
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us55840
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USA
29484 Posts

Posted - 08/25/2014 :  10:45:13 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
IN BOOT CAMP!


The government has no rights. Only the PEOPLE have rights that empower the government.

This country, with its institutions, belongs to the people who inhabit it. Whenever they shall grow weary of the existing government, they can exercise their constitutional right of amending it, or exercise their revolutionary right to overthrow it.
Abraham Lincoln

Life is not the way it's supposed to be. It is they way it is. The way we cope with it, is what makes the difference.

All comments posted here are my opinion as expressed via the 1st Amendment of the US Constitution.

United States Army ~ USARSUPTHAI 1967-1968
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us55840
Advanced Member

USA
29484 Posts

Posted - 08/25/2014 :  10:46:03 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by us55840

IN BOOT CAMP!

1966




The government has no rights. Only the PEOPLE have rights that empower the government.

This country, with its institutions, belongs to the people who inhabit it. Whenever they shall grow weary of the existing government, they can exercise their constitutional right of amending it, or exercise their revolutionary right to overthrow it.
Abraham Lincoln

Life is not the way it's supposed to be. It is they way it is. The way we cope with it, is what makes the difference.

All comments posted here are my opinion as expressed via the 1st Amendment of the US Constitution.

United States Army ~ USARSUPTHAI 1967-1968
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yankeeflintlock
Starting Member

USA
4 Posts

Posted - 08/26/2014 :  3:08:23 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Fort Gordon, GA. 4/69, Then to Fort Sill- 13A,Fort Benning for Jump School, then to Fort Bragg with the 82nd ABN, 1/320 FA

Russell E Wilcox
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BuffaloGun
Starting Member

USA
11 Posts

Posted - 09/04/2014 :  01:23:11 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Lackland AFB, June/July 1970
Don't laugh, we never ran the obstackle course.
It rained that day.
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74cuda
Senior Member

USA
1162 Posts

Posted - 10/04/2014 :  11:02:35 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Ft. Dix, NJ June 1974. D-1-3.

Missed Vietnam tho.

"In God We Trust........All Others Go Thru NCIC"
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o b juan
Senior Member

2440 Posts

Posted - 11/06/2014 :  11:54:39 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Ft Chaffee Ark. March April 1956

"My guns have killed fewer people than Ted Kennedy's Swimming or driving ability"
"Where is the Birth Certificate?"
Who Vetted him ?
"See the target"
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deadeye46
Member

903 Posts

Posted - 12/31/2014 :  10:43:03 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Ft. Knox--Dec '65-Jan '66.received my draft notice on my 19th birthday in Nov.65.
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machine gun moran
Advanced Member

USA
5514 Posts

Posted - 01/11/2015 :  02:57:56 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Ft. Knox 7/62 to 9/62, F-8-3. Loved my Garand, and all of the ranges - known distance, trainfire, quickfire, live-fire infiltration (heavily supervised so no one with a loaded Garand lagged behind), and especially the transition range - firing from steep rooftops and such made you get inventive . Wonder what rifle training is like today...

Loved the Platoon Sergeants. Especially when we just got our mess trays filled, and one of them would bark "You've got 30 seconds to eat and fall in!"

Control is an illusion, because nobody knows what's going to happen next.
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fatercat
Bitter old person

USA
83 Posts

Posted - 06/15/2015 :  07:10:04 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
ft. BRAG---1 NOV. 68. THEN TO fT. POLK."TIGER LAND"
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cbxjeff
Advanced Member

USA
13124 Posts

Posted - 08/10/2015 :  6:29:48 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Ft. Knox. Late 1963. B-16-4

cbxjeff<P>It's too late for me, save yourself. <br>
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kimi
Advanced Member

USA
43742 Posts

Posted - 08/12/2015 :  7:58:09 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Two of the things that I never did to my recruits was rush their meals or cut in to their sleep time. As a matter of fact I was always attmepting to get seconds on the food for them.



What's next

A couple of favorite quotes:

"What goes around comes around."

“Abe, climb down from Mt. Rushmore, and vacate the penny. Your days in the pantheon are over, thanks to the scholarship and courage of Thomas J. DiLorenzo.” — Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr.



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TooBig
Advanced Member

USA
24787 Posts

Posted - 10/14/2015 :  7:10:04 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Fort Lost in the woods Missouri Aug 65 B-1-3 place was empty and by the time I left it was wall to wall building up for Nam. I spent 19 months in Germany

NO COUNTRY CAN SURVIVE OPEN BORDERS AND WELFARE XXXXXXXXX It's time for the Democraps use their brain and the Republicans to grow a Pair. Tell Congress it's time to Read the Bills First
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Newtire
Starting Member

USA
7 Posts

Posted - 10/31/2015 :  1:39:39 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
August-November '68 San Diego USN training center. An extra 4-weeks to get glasses-long story.

In Theory, Reality and Theory are the same. I have shot alot of theoretical one hole groups.
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cptslick
Starting Member

USA
2 Posts

Posted - 11/30/2015 :  8:27:11 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Ft Jackson A/6/2 November 1957, 19degrees in tents.
Ft Dix Infantry AIT 1958
Retired 1978
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pinky-1
Starting Member

28 Posts

Posted - 05/24/2016 :  09:09:17 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by 11echo

Ft Ord for me, Feb. 73 C-2-3



-- san antone texas 1959 lackland AFB
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o b juan
Senior Member

2440 Posts

Posted - 09/20/2016 :  6:03:05 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
looked thru all of these and still have not seen another from Ft Chaffee Ark. In 1956 or any other year.
I must be the only one alive that was there at any time for Basic.

It was a Hoot for a 16 year old.

"My guns have killed fewer people than Ted Kennedy's Swimming or driving ability"
"Where is the Birth Certificate?"
Who Vetted him ?
"See the target"
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Grunt2
Senior Member

1246 Posts

Posted - 11/14/2016 :  6:55:28 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Ft. Lewis WA 1971...

The difference between 'involvement' and 'commitment' is like an ham-and-eggs breakfast: the chicken was 'involved' - but the pig was 'committed'."
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franksshooting
Starting Member

41 Posts

Posted - 02/12/2017 :  12:20:53 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Fort Polk 1968 Col Pixley.
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andersk
Advanced Member

Canada
3818 Posts

Posted - 05/22/2017 :  10:29:18 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I did not go to Vietnam, but I am a Vietnam era veteran. I went to Navy Officer Candidate School in Newport RI back in September - December 1967. Then I went on to Nuclear Power School in Bainbridge MD where I was an instructor for most of the next five years.

I joined the Navy but did not see the world! It still was a great experience for me ... no regrets!
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Jim Rau
Advanced Member

USA
4275 Posts

Posted - 06/17/2017 :  11:02:19 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Fort Polk, LA fall 1967. All the WOFT candidates went there.

Self defence is an absolute and natural right. An armed society is not always polite, but it is A FREE AND SAFE SOCIETY! Keep your head down and your powder dry! J. Rau, Alabama
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