What branch, job, when, and where did you serve? I was in the Navy as an ETR2 on the carrier Oriskany CVA 34 in the Tonkin Gulf during late 60s. I maintained the radars used to direct planes used for ground support of the Army and Marines troops.
I was in the Army serving in Kitzingen and Furth, Germany in the early '60's. I repaired large portable generators and engineering equipment.
October. 20, 1972 Quit my job as a bag boy at Publix Super Market and enlisted in the Marines
Nov. 20, 1972 - Feb. 21, 1973: Boot Camp, MCRD Parris Island.
March 1973 - October, 1974: MOS 6125: T-400 Jet Engine Mechanic for the UH-1N Huey Helicopter. Squadron HML 167 (Helicopter Marine Light), New River NC.
Oct. 1974 - Dec. 1974: MSG (Marine Security Guard) School AKA Embassy Duty, Henderson Hall, Arlington, VA.
1st post, Jan. 1975 - Jan 1976: American Consulate in Karachi Pakistan.
2nd post: Jan. 1976 - March 1977: American Embassy, Canberra, Australia.
March 8, 1977. Honorably discharged at Treasure Island, CA.
Came home and went to Florida Southern College on the GI Bill. Graduated in May, 1980 with a BS in Business.
Go to togetherweserved.com and join. It's a great military site where you can post your military accomplishments and locate long lost buddies you served with in another life so long ago.
Sgt. USMC ('72-'77)
5760th Signal Company, Korea, 65-66. Small generator operator. The old water-cooled WWII units were great. The new high-speed air-cooled ones, not so much. But it was a nice vacation on the taxpayers' dime.
Usn 1980-85 homeport guam uss proteus as-19 , uss san jose afs-7 ,uss cape cod ad-19
United States Army, Armor. Years of service: 1985-2009. Duty stations: too numerous to mention (18 moves, 2 wars)
BTW - Keith, my first duty station was Erlangen - 1-35 AR - just up the road from Fuerth.
USAF Pilot. Training in PA-18; T-6; T-28; B-25
Korea/Japan B-26 (Some call it the A-26)
Adjutant Shilling AFB: C-45
Otis AFB on Cape Cod: (P/IP) RC-121 4000 hours
Viet Nam C-123; C-47( P/IP in both)
Mather AFB (Sacramento) KC-135 (P/IP)
Civilian: Moony 21
*P= Pilot IP= Instructor Pilot
Total 8000 hours
Retired after 20 years at 04
Enlisted in 1972 and got out of Basic with one stripe. I entered the Cadet program in 53 and got my Gold Bars and Wings in 1954.
67U20, Helicopter Repairman(Ch 47 Chinook) school at Ft. Eustis VA. 1969-1970. Took an advanced course and made E5 before I left for Viet Nam.
April 1970 assigned to 271st ASHC(Assault Support Helicopter Co.) Worked on the "Hooks" for about six months until they finally let me out of Maintenance so I could join the Flight Platoon. Flew the rest of my tour as Doorgunner and Crew Chief. Left the lovely RVN(Republic of Viet Nam) in late March 1971. Absolutely loved the flight time, still miss it. Most fulfilling job I ever had. Dave
Army 1970-1971 Chu Lai to Khe Sanh, Quang Tri, Dong Ha, Con Thien, and pretty much everywhere else in I-Corps. Republic of South Viet Nam. Quad 50's then Supply and Transport. Dug in 5 months at LZ Vandergrift/Stud 3 Kliks from the DMZ during Lam Son 719/Dewey Canyon 2. We ran from Quang Tri to Khe Sanh. Made it to Hue, Phu Bai, DaNang and all the other major vacation spots from the South China Sea to the Highlands. Stopped about 10 ft short of Laos and pissed on the DMZ. Drove under the Rockpile and The Seven Gates To Hell. Did some resupply for the kids down in Dodge City which is ten miles South of Danang. Other than Cam Ranh Bay the farthest South I got was Beautiful Downtown Duc Pho. Hottest LZs were Khe Sanh, Stud, Fat City and West.
Welcome home David.
Had to go in the back door. My Marine recruiter said I was golden, except too old.
At 30, I was already past their 27 cut-off. The itch still bugged me. Too many people
running their jibs and not knowing jack. When I remarried, my new wife had several
patients that had inside track intel on mil contracting. I pushed out Sept. 2010 to pull
security at Kandahar Airfield. The gig lasted 3 months when I got approved for transfer
to a new RCT group being formed to build FOBs and basically any construction support
needed. I was given a choice of zones, I took Deep South and linked up with the 1/3
Marines at Camp Dwyer. Pushed out all over the western third of AFG. It was everything
I could have ever hoped for. Worked with the most honorable men and women on the
planet. It was hell and it was the best thing ever, all in one bundle. Something most
people cannot possibly understand. I too loved the flying time. It was a defining time
for me in all I see and do. Got hurt at al Pasab and volunteered to put my name on the
drawdown order list just 10 weeks shy of completing my third deployment. Told my wife
I'd be another month and walked in to surprise her at a dinner party. It was a great surprise.
I miss the order, excitement, and discipline badly.
Was in the Tonkin gulf in 69 aboard the oiler chipola ao 63 refueling all who came along side. Later got orders for a vacation tour for one year at Nha Be republic of viet nam. KGB
Burger, those pictures sure bring back a lot of memories! Kind of spooky in a way, very much like what I remember, except there was a lot more vegetation, usually. Sometimes, the LZ's were much like what you posted. As you said, we worked with the most honorable men(no women where we were)on the planet. These new "Hooks" can pickup almost twice the weight that our's would. For me, it was also hell and the best time ever. "Something most people cannot ever understand". Truer words have never been spoken, or written. My wife of thirty three years has just started to understand in the last couple of years, our five kids don't get it yet with the exception of my youngest son. He joined the Marine Corps in '08, and fortunately, he served his whole tour in CA. He kind of gets it. Don't know where I would be now if he went over "there". Dave
Michael Garrison, welcome home to you also. Even though we were there at about the same time, we were at opposite ends of the country. We went up to Cam Ranh Bay on occasion, usually to deliver downed aircraft. Never got to stay long enough to go swimming though. I liked my end of the country better.<g> Dave
David, I've got all the appreciation and respect for anyone who ever climbed into one of those flying targets. During Lam Son 719 they flew without fail in and out of Laos. They brought the ARVN's in at the beginning and pulled them out in the end. Mission after mission they had their gunships shot out from under them. But they managed to pickup their own, bring them back for another bird and off they'd go. The Slicks and The Jokers never quit. And when we got in trouble on the ground, they were there. It was something to watch when the Cobras came in but those guys in the Huey's knew how to take care of us.
QL 9 became a meat grinder in February, 1971. The tanks, gun trucks and APCs were armed to the teeth and when the s--t hit the fan those Huey's were there. I had two trucks shot out from under me and put a few guys on those medivacs. I came home with my body all in one piece. I've got tumors and skin issues and two children with birth defects from agent orange. I went through 17 months of chemo to kill a blood virus and I haven't had a decent nights sleep for years. The dreams never stop. I've had two failed marriages and the longest I ever held a job was 18 years, most never saw a second year of my employment and I spend holidays by myself.
A couple months ago I was awarded a second bronze star (oak leaf cluster) 44 years after they cut the orders. I was also awarded two Army Commendations and enough other salad to choke a horse. That damn war has affected everything I've done for the last 44 years. If not for the Veterans Administration I'd have nothing.
These current politicians continue to fill their pockets and turn their backs on their veteran constituents. I went to war for this country and ever since I stepped back off the freedom bird at SeaTac have been spit on, ignored, called names, had rocks thrown at me and hated because I did what this country asked me too.
I'm not part of any "greatest generation". But I got my work ethic and love for my country from a man who served in the South Pacific and who watched his brother come home from Korea totally different than when he left. My dad had two sons come home from a very unpopular war. One all shot to hell and one who can't get beyond it. He was a veteran and so were the rest of us.
It's a label I wear with honor.
USAF pilot KC-135 tanker 906 Air Refueling Squadron 5th Bomb Wing. Young Tiger air combat missions out of Kadena and Anderson.
Air Force 1952 to 1972 - “Nam” 1968/1969
U.S.Army 1971 -1974 Mostly Fairbanks Ak.
U.S. Navy 1976 -1993 east and west coast Aircraft Carriers retired 1993.
U.S. Air Force 1964 to 1968 Stationed Tan Son Nhut air base Vietnam 1967/68. 460th field maintenance squadron. duties included travel to other exotic vacation spots such as Phu Cat, Kon Toum, Can Tho, Cam Ranh Bay, as well as many other in country landing strips to assist in the recovery of damaged aircraft. An interesting year in the jungle. Harv.
Late 60's early 70's
Most of my time was spent at Ft Polk LA (Ft Puke) and Ft Leonard Wood MO (Lost in the woods) as a DI.
Most of our trainees went to Viet Nam.
I hope that we did something to help them survive even though I realize that most of what we did was teach basic skills.
Burger said that he missed the order, excitement, and discipline. Very true!
I thank everyone that served
When there are holidays like this, I think of Gene Daly -a college buddy and very good friend who died in Viet Nam.
Drafted in the US Army in 1969 (Vietnam era) and spent my tour in Anchorage, AK through 1971.
Fred, here's a stroll down Memory Lane for you.
USCG 1965-1987, Vietnam 68-69. Helped build Polar Star and Polar Sea Icebreakers in Seattle 1974-77. Loved Ship Building. Now doing a big Drilling Rig, Chevron/Nabors Bigfoot Project, and the T-Go Heads on the side.
825th CSG (SAC), Little Rock AFB 1963-1967. Joined the Air Force to see the world and they sent me to Jacksonville Arkansas for four years....
Great, Great grandfather, 1st Lt. Cavalry, Civil War, (I have his saber), father, USN, on the Battle Ship Texas at age 15, Uncle, career Army, Lt.Col, myself, US Army Reserve 8 years, Sgt, brother, US Army, Germany, brother-in-law, USAF, Son-in-law, USMC, Engineers, Son, Capt., USAF, F-16 pilot, Ramstein AFB, Germany, grandson, Lt. JG, USN, currently flying the F-18 Super Hornet.
My maternal grandfather USA 1917-18.
My dad was USN 1942-46, Pacific theater.
My father in law was USMC 1947-51, Korea., twice wounded.
I was USN 1968-72, submarine service.
USN 1964-1984, Submarine Service, USS Raton, USS Harder, both diesel boats. Retired in 1984 from USNR with 20 years.
As an RCT commander, I saw both sides of "the war" and got a firsthand view of why
it took less than a year from D-Day to wipe an elite military machine off the face of the
earth, yet with all our sophisticated technology, we can't round up a stray band of camels
in a decade or more of pretending to ! And that just what it is. The guys in the field are
the real deal, but get played as pawns for a political charade that costs the little guys
everything and makes the very few very wealthy.
We have not entered a conflict since WW2 that wasn't in some way designed to make
cubic millions for our "friends" of the military supply side. I am proud of what I did, as
a matter of stepping up and getting in the fight, but at the same time realize that I (and
everyone else) got played as fools in a much larger game of smoke and mirrors. The
duplicity of "the mission" makes it hard to bring those two conflicting factors to any
resolution, especially if your MOS took you to places where people were killed or injured.
I took the Gunny's bark that "good Marines take care of their men" as a most basic
premise, yet watched many times as teams got hung out as targets while the upline back
on camp could not be bothered to do their jobs. Too busy chasing tail at the gym or MWR
or watching movies in their hooch. But this crap ran all the way up the line. CYA was
the mantra for all. It made giving it your all a risky and frustrating way to be and see
You did what you had to do with what you believed was a noble cause. Damned right,
I was on Trigger.
Harder, Darter, Trigger Trout. Always in, never out.
I was drafted in 1957, lucky there were no wars going on at the time. I spent most of the time in Pirmasens, Germany (near Kaiserslautern) running IBM punch card machines. I was 23 at the time and hated being drafted but really enjoyed my time in Germany.
1960-1963..US Army Security Agency. Electronics technician...Turkey and Germany....lots of Middle East and European travel. Learned a lot and good times.
Ron in Mass., Ya, I went through Erlangen many times. Duty in Germany in peacetime was good!!!
Army, Heavy Equipment Mechanic, '82-'86, Ft. Benning, GA and Kitzingen, W. Germany.
Enlisted! Went to Camp Funston in Kansas, at Ft Riley for shake down, shots, clothing issue, oh and a G.I. party and fire watch then Ft Leonard Wood Basic training at "C" Battery 62 AFA Battalion, Then to Ft. Belvoir for 16 week Heavy Equipment Repair. Saw all the great spots in D. C.
Sent to Germany in 1954 on board a ship and was in the 587th Field Maintenance Engineers, Hanau, Germany. Time in service from !0 September 1953 till August 25, 1956, was released at Ft Sheridan Ill. Came to California in 1956 and have been here ever since.
If I was to be drafted and I would most likely have go to Korea or enlist and hope for somewhere else, and luckily I got the later, good duty.
Spent the last 6 month on Depot Gate Guard. 24 on 24 off, Class A pass good for 150 miles and as CPL of the Guard Shift.
Met my to be wife and have spent nearly 59 year married, and she is Hungarian Born.
That is it!
US Navy 1980-2001 Numerous duty stations and assignments. Here is a photo taken last year at the Military Ball in Lincoln.
Muenster Germany 545th Ordinance but MOS was 11 b 20 Infantry. Guarded nuclear weapons and warheads. Part of the U.S. Army 5th Corps. 1969-1971.
USMC 2000-2005 stationed at New River Air Station Jacksonville NC, deployed to Djibouti Africa Operation Enduring Freedom.
From the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR SERVICE!!! Steve
I "dodged" the draft by enlisting in the Air Force in '68. Family tradition going back to the Army Air Corp days. Here's something you probably don't want to hear: It sickens me when some (more than likely) do nothing sit on your a** moron says thanks for your service. It's for HIM. Not me. I did what I had to do when I had to do it with one exception and that is not sitting around until Uncle decided to do exactly what he wanted to do with me. hence the Air Force. Probably would have gone Navy except for that. Took a LOOOOONG time to reconsile myself with the fact that I didn't want to walk thru the woods with a rifle and most of the crap I ran into after I got out helped me to keep my mouth shut about it. People sucked at that time and their only trying to feel better about themselves now. Put your money where your mouth is. Fund the VA and groups that help these guys that need it when they need it. It's not just the creeps in charge now. Govt. has done nothing for years and years. What's the problem?
Thanks for your service guys!
United States Air Force 1966-1970
United States Army 1972-1996
Somewhat like Charlie B, I dodged the draft in 66 by enlisting with a choice of MOS (job) and duty assignment. It meant 4 years instead of 2 but was worth it to have some control. The Army turned out to be a good fit for me and I stayed for 20. I left with a good feeling about what I had done and had a set of skills to serve me well in my second career.
When - 66 to 86
Where - San Francisco, Fairbanks, Anchorage, New Jersey, Indiana, Germany, and back to Indiana.
First 6 years in Nike Hercules sites, the rest in IT, ran a data center for a few years, did software support on IBM systems and taught programming at the Army Computer Science School. Started out as a Private, retired as a CW3 (Chief Warrant Officer).
Michael G, "I've got all the appreciation and respect for anyone that climbed into one of those flying targets." I have always felt the same way about the "ground pounders"! To my way of thinking, you guys were a lot closer to those green tracers than we were! I came home without a scratch, with the exception of some A.O. issues, physically. Other "wounds", not so much. Took 38 years to figure that out. Lam Son 719 was going on when I was there, but I had no idea, didn't find out till several years ago. In fact, there were a lot of things that went on in that time frame that I didn't find out about until several years ago, when I finally got access to a computer. I just tried to keep things "buried", thought that was what we were supposed to do. I found out that doesn't work, 38 years later. As you said, I don't know what I would do without the VA, almost took too long to find out. Take care, and Welcome Home! Dave
US Army 1957-60. Nike AA Edgemont, PA and Arlingtonb Hts, Ill. Have son who retired with 25 years in USMC as Sgt. Maj., New River Air, Jacksonville, Twenty Nine Palms and Ft Lewis. Now woth Knox County Veterans Office helping vets file claims with VA.
THANKS FROM OUR FAMILY TO ALL THAT SERVED AND GAVE US THE FREEDOM TO "SAY THANKS"
Fred Dimock:I see you were at Ft Leonard Wood. Spent my 8 weeks there. When we finished our 8 weeks we were the top platoon in the 62 AFA battalion. Was only about 80 or 90 mile from home, Mansfield, Home of Laura Ingalls Wilder. Hitched hike home one Saturday to find that my Mom and Dad had left for(MOVED) to California,Oct53 and never saw then again till
Sept 56. The Commanding General in 53 was rumored he would be going to Ft Belvoir and head up the Engineer School, but I left Belvoir and went to Germany so I have no idea if he did go there. Again the rumor was that all the guys on post would be with rifles and full back packs. Do not if that really happened.