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Old 05-24-2009, 05:55 PM
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Navy, 1968 - 1975, active and reserve. Served in USS LIMPKIN (MSC195) coastal minesweeper, USS HOIST (ARS40) salvage/rescue ship, USS DAMATO (DD871) destroyer and Seabees (construction). I was in the HOIST's engine room when one of four new Cat main engines was first started. It ran away until failure.
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Old 05-24-2009, 06:05 PM
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Navy. Went to college on an NROTC scholarship (Marine option) until I washed out of OCS. Was involuntarily recalled to go to Parris Island, but I found a Navy recruiter and lateraled over to the Navy instead, picking up two paygrades in the process. I became a construction mechanic in the Seabees and served two years active duty before getting out and finishing my bachelor's degree. A few years after that I joined the reserves just in time to mobilize and head to Iraq. I'm looking forward to mobilizing again some time next year. I don't know where we're going yet.
Anyone who thinks a 300D is fast drives too slow.

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Old 05-24-2009, 06:06 PM
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I didn't realize there were so many ole farts out there I am one myself.....

Joined Navy Reserve 1968, went to the Nam in 1969-1970, deactivated in 1970, went to college & bought house on GI Bill.

To all you Nam vets, salute..........and the same to the rest of you
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Old 05-24-2009, 06:14 PM
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USN 75-77. After the Navy got my BSEE and hired on at the Naval Ship Weapon System Engineering Station in Port Hueneme (Formerly Naval Ship Missile Systems Engineering Station (NSMSES pronounced nemesis) and is now Naval Surface Weapon Center Port Hueneme Division (NSWC PHD)). Worked on TERRIER launchers for ten years and now I work on Aegis Weapon System Computers and Displays. Just spent last week in San Diego working on USS HALSEY (DDG 97). I tell people I'm in death tech. I've been working for the Navy for 25 years come December. I've met amazingly talented and dedicated people in my work, and I wouldn't change a minute of it.

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Old 05-24-2009, 06:36 PM
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USAF 2002-present. 2 years at Fairchild, 3 years at Barksdale as a Nuc Missile Tech. I am retraining now.
My Primary Driver - '85 300CD - 4-speed conversion, 2.47 rear, lowered, euro headlights, rebuilding (not restoring so much)

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Old 05-24-2009, 07:06 PM
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USAF 73 to77 electronics tech ECM.Things have changed since then min wage was $2.65 rent $80 new entry level Ford $1995.
Now cars have increased 10 times,wages 3 times.C.E.O.s in the millions.
Seems what I joined to protect America from,happened in the name of being rightheous.
Glad I'm still a Democrat.
veteran,mother german,born in stuttgart,ashamed of what america has turned into,religous,and the right are fecal matter
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Old 05-24-2009, 07:22 PM
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Current active duty Army. Blackhawk helicopter mechanic, Apache/Longbow helicopter avionics/armament mechanic.
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Old 05-24-2009, 08:34 PM
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joined June 71 went to Port Hueneme jan 72 to equip operator A school. 2 years at Kenitra, Morocco, then one of the circles of hell in Little Creek, VA. couldn't wait to get out, wasn't asked to re-up.
all in all, was the best experience i could have had at that age.
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Old 05-24-2009, 08:59 PM
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Thanks for your service guys!

My dad served on the USS Daniel Webster in the late 70's.

My grandfather fought in the Philippines and did occupation duty in Japan. I still have his M1 Carbine that he picked up in the Philippines hitting the beach. As he said the PO didn't need it anymore and it worked. Maybe I'll go fire it this week, its been a bit over a year since he died and I miss him.
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Old 05-24-2009, 10:32 PM
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US Army. 68-71. Groundpounder RVN 68-69. Grad school and married thereafter. Same wife 37 years later.
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Old 05-24-2009, 10:59 PM
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US Army. 68-71. Groundpounder RVN 68-69. Grad school and married thereafter. Same wife 37 years later.
US Army 1972-74, 1985-present. But that will end soon.
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Old 05-24-2009, 11:34 PM
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HEY! did you go to the old city square, to the small restaurant that sells tiny bratwurst?
What bratwurst I ate I bought from the little street vendor stands.
My German friend showed me a large picture book of the destruction after the War. There was not to much left standing except some Churches. So I believe the Old City Square would have to have been rebuilt.
I walked all over the City without knowing exactly where I was sometimes. I would guess that I had been to the Town Square before but never made a special note of it.
Is it the place where they have the Outdoor Market and where there is a nice Water Foutian?
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Old 05-25-2009, 03:41 AM
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I did 4 years in the Army as a commo tech, and now 6 years in the AF reserve as an aviation maintaner, nearly 4 of it mobilized in support of various recent activity.

I never got to play when I was on the ground in Germany, but spent many hours wandering the streets of South Korea, eating from the little street vendor carts. Who knows what I was eating though, I just decided to try anything that was cooked enough that it didn't look like it would try to run off the plate!
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Old 05-25-2009, 11:19 AM
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U.S. Marines 1974-78. Aviation electrician and avionics on KC-130's, A6 Intruders & TC-4C (modified Gulfstream I with mock cockpits for A6 fire control (bombadier) training). Came within "a couple of sheets of paper" to going to Nam for the Embassy evacuation. Outside of schools, stationed in Cherry Point, NC and flew all over the U.S. Got out during the peanut farmer's administration when there was runaway double-digit inflation and interest rates of 21%. It looks like were about to relive those days.

Went to school on GI bill and picked up FCC licenses, later Airframe & Powerplant. Spent several years traveling all over the western hemisphere as an avionics field service engineer for Mitsubishi Aircraft.

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Old 05-25-2009, 11:21 AM
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Damn, you guys served a long time ago. Me, USN 86-07, Electronics tech. Would do it all over again in a heartbeat.
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