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Old 05-24-2009, 08:39 AM
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Cool Any Vets Out There?

I was in the Navy for 9 years,I work on airplanes,jet engine maint.I know why are you an truck driver,long story 20 years ago -first wife.I always love driving.I used to work in the jetcell,After we rebuild,we test them out.Wow it was so loud ,you can feel it in your teeth,kicking in the A/Bs,is just like the 4 barrels kicking in,it dumps fuel out back then it lighted off,I was on an carrier,and an plane turn on my,had to run for my life,after that I work below deck.I always like F15s,Sr71 were cool also,they said they leak so much fuel,before the got up to attitude,now they have satellites that can read an flys SSN of his butt.I also work on ,F18.KA3B,A7 these were attack planes/P3, Sub hunters .
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Old 05-24-2009, 09:17 AM
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Yep... 10 years in the Air Force as an Aircraft Mechanic. C-130's. I flew all over the world in those noisy damn things. I went in as an e-man back in 1991 and got out in 2001 (good timing). I once sat down, went through my flight logs and made a list of al the conflicts I was involved with and we supported. Pretty scary stuff. I don't miss any of it.
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Old 05-24-2009, 10:06 AM
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Navy - 77-81. Pacific Fleet guided missile destroyer Waddell. Expeditionary Medal for being the first task group to patrol the Arabian Sea and the Gulf of Abadan. Spent 88 days in those tropical waters without an unrep. We were down to just hot dogs and bug juice and one shower every two weeks due to fresh water shortages. There was swim call, but no one participated because of shark infestation. We enlisted personnel did not know it then, but we were part of the hostage rescue plan that ultimately failed with the Delta Force marine helicopter crash in a sandstorm in Iran. Tomorrow I will be paying tribute to those 8 marines, among others.
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Old 05-24-2009, 10:51 AM
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We enlisted personnel did not know it then, but we were part of the hostage rescue plan that ultimately failed with the Delta Force marine helicopter crash in a sandstorm in Iran. Tomorrow I will be paying tribute to those 8 marines, among others.
Of the eight Americans who died at Desert One. three were marines, five were USAF.

Additionally, the mission had already been aborted prior to the fatal incident.
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Old 05-24-2009, 11:05 AM
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Four years in the USAF as a Nuclear Missile Technician, Minot AFB. Missile stand fell on my back, Medically Discharged Dec. 7th, 2007. Ironic date.

Anyway, I don't miss the job so much as I miss all my friends and family I made while in. It was a good experience and I would do it all over again if I had the chance. Minus the back breaking accident.
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Old 05-24-2009, 11:37 AM
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Old 05-24-2009, 11:48 AM
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Not a vet, but a civillian Fed employee. I have the utmost respect and admiration for you brave men and women who served in the uniformed services. You guys are the cream of the crop of this country and anybody who says different is an a-hole.

Thank you for keeping my civvie butt safe and secure!

My thoughts and prayers go out to all the fallen heroes who served this great land for so long and remain on duty forever.
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Old 05-24-2009, 11:52 AM
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Currently IRR (inactive) I went Airborne/SF school in '92 and had a 'bad day' with a crushed vertebra and broken foot. SO, no more jumping after that.
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Old 05-24-2009, 11:53 AM
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Old 05-24-2009, 12:01 PM
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Enlisted for 3 years in the US Army Sep, 1970 so I would be trained as a Medic.
(The actual fighting part of the Vietnam War ended 01/19/73 with the Paris Peace Treaty.)

Thought I would be sent to Vietnam but all of us in my Medic training group were sent to Germany; I was sent to the 4th Armored Division; our unit later changing into the 1st Armored Division. The rest of my training group was spread to various units all over Germany.
Spent some time on Temp Duty and the Nuremberg Military Hospital.

After getting out I bummed around at min wage jobs until I used my GI Bill to go to Trade School (where I took Diesel Mechanics) and later used it to buy a House.
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Old 05-24-2009, 12:25 PM
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Me - drafted out of graduate school in 1968. Sent to Vietnam 69-70, 4th Infantry Division. Returned and finished graduate school on GI bill.

Dad (still active with a wrench at age 88) - served under Patton in WWII spearheading the drive with the "Mystery Division" (unidentified until after the war due to the secret transfer of the 12th Armored Division from General Patch to General Patton). Finally got his valor medal 60 years late.
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Old 05-24-2009, 12:42 PM
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Enlisted for 3 years in the US Army Sep, 1970 so I would be trained as a Medic.
(The actual fighting part of the Vietnam War ended 01/19/73 with the Paris Peace Treaty.)

Thought I would be sent to Vietnam but all of us in my Medic training group were sent to Germany; I was sent to the 4th Armored Division; our unit later changing into the 1st Armored Division. The rest of my training group was spread to various units all over Germany.
Spent some time on Temp Duty and the Nuremberg Military Hospital.

After getting out I bummed around at min wage jobs until I used my GI Bill to go to Trade School (where I took Diesel Mechanics) and later used it to buy a House.
HEY! did you go to the old city square, to the small restaurant that sells tiny bratwurst?
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Old 05-24-2009, 01:06 PM
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Of the eight Americans who died at Desert One. three were marines, five were USAF.

Additionally, the mission had already been aborted prior to the fatal incident.
Thanks for the correction. I did not learn of Operation Eagle Claw or its failure until we were well on our way to Subic Naval Base. Even then we were told it was eight marines. I just know that our task force (the guided missile cruiser Sterett, two frigates and an oiler) was out there in support of the Nimitz and it seemed like we were there forever.
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Old 05-24-2009, 03:47 PM
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Enlisted for four years as soon as I turned 18...served from March 1967 to May 1971. Army Aviation UH-1H pilot VN 1969 Camp Evans C/158th/101st Airborne ( Phoenix ) ,240th Assault Helicopter Company ( Greyhounds ) BearCat .

My father was in the 112th Cavalry ( with horses ) in the Pacific during WW2 and then stayed in for 20 ... a Criminal Investigator the last 10 years of his career. He had both Malaria and Dengue fever while there and was at Ft.Sam Houston recovering from that when I was born there in 1949.
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Old 05-24-2009, 04:01 PM
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Me - drafted out of graduate school in 1968. Sent to Vietnam 69-70, 4th Infantry Division. Returned and finished graduate school on GI bill..
Drafted, went to basic, AIT, jump school, NCO Academy 11B40. Sent to Vietnam 68-69 with 1st Cav, came back, finished undergrad at UT and on to TCU for grad school on the GI BIll.
I have a good friend, Alan Wightman, who was in the 4th ID in 1970.
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