Are You A Military Veteran?

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  1. Dismalhead

    Dismalhead Poster Extraordinaire

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    Not technically a veteran since I was never active duty for six continuous months, but I did three years back in the '80s as a legal clerk in the Army Reserves. Basic training, AIT, and then one weekend a month and two weeks a year at the Presidio in San Francisco.
     
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    I, too, am sorry for your loss.
     
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    Chair Force: 1988-1992. Medical Laboratory Specialist.
     
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    No.
     
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    And now you own your own latex company.
    Bravo!
     
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    USN. '68-'72. I was not happy there.
     
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    U.S.A.F, 1986-1990. Was an Aircraft Armament Systems Specialist on F-111F. Served whole enlistment at R.A.F. Lakenhell...I mean Lakenheath. Basically I loaded bombs and worked on the weapons systems. When nothing to do there, I was panel party fodder for crew chiefs. :) No war other than the cold one. I got out right before the first Iraq war started.

    Thanks to all vets who served and especially those who saw action saving humanity from themselves.

    To those like Dhart who lost loved ones serving, my condolences. Be proud of their selfless sacrifices for the rest of us.
     
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  8. BryMelvin

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    To those that are Gold Star families my sympathies. Both my children did not go into military service although my Daughter is a Government Agent for another branch.
    We lost a close friend of my Granddaughters recently and I lost a brother.

    Coming from a military family has its costs!

    My brothers were Army My sister and I Air Force. My mothers family had 4in DDay. While my Father and another uncle in the Pacific.

    One of my uncles was actually Jimmy Stewart's fight emgineer.

    My Paternal Grandfather left WW1 through France and Canada (Cossack)
    My Maternal grandfather died from damage from WW1 when my mother was still young.

    My Sister One Brother and Myself are all retired from Service now.
     
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    Slowpoke Tele-Afflicted

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    My thanks go to those that served in the worlds hot spots.

    But our son would have been. He served in the US Army, joined in response to the 9/11 event to try to help stop terrorism, and gave his life up to an IED at the age of 26, in Afghanistan, December 5, 2009. He left a new wife and infant baby girl behind.

    My condolences go to DHart, mate that is the most heart wrenching piece of information I've read in years I hope his widow and young girl have pulled thru' the agony of such a loss. And for your wife and yourself I wish you all the strength to continue life and find happiness in the fact your son was a hero.. S
     
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  10. Twangfan

    Twangfan TDPRI Member

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    DHart I can't begin to tell you how sorry I am for the unimaginable loss for you and your family. As always, I was looking forward to reading one of your informative posts with it's great photography and was floored by it. I'm so sorry.
     
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  11. DHart

    DHart Friend of Leo's

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    Very kind of you to say, Twangfan. Thank you, my friend.
     
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    Royal Air Force, 1971 - 76. Counts for the square root of absolutely nothing on the veteran scale but received several commendations for conspicuous action in the unit bar. :)
     
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    Lonn Friend of Leo's

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    USAF 1981-2002. Intel. Loved it but that was another lifetime for me.
     
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  14. Matt G

    Matt G Tele-Afflicted

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    Infantry (parachute qualified). Five years active duty, another ten in the mostly-inactive reserves, part of which I also spent 'serving' as a civvie analyst in one of national intelligence organisations (who, oddly enough, needed someone with my sort of background). I'd do it all over again, just smarter and harder.

    DHart, Flakey - I can think of no words, other than sorry.
     
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    Unlike someone else, I was stupid and went to Viet Nam ("65). Served 2 years; then 4 years Reserve, out for 4 and enlisted in "75, retired as a US Army MSG (76Z5K) Pretty much chairborn/chairforce after "88.
     
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    Milspec Friend of Leo's

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    Did we cross paths? I started out with Engineer Maint. (1171 originally) in '87 - '94 before changing fields.
     
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    Milspec Friend of Leo's

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    Been on several Battle Griffin exercies in your neighborhood...even extended my stary outside of Narvik for another 6 months near cave-site Osmarka.
     
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    Yes, I am. So, what's this got to do with guitars?
     
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    Beachbum Friend of Leo's

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    I got drafted by the Army for a two year tour so I enlisted in the Navy for a four year tour the next day. While I was in Navy boot camp I got a couple of letters from the FBI saying that there was a warrant out on me for not showing up for induction into the Army. I Gave them to my DI who thought it was hilarious and tossed them in the trash.

    No hero here either. After radio school I got sent to a communications station on the south end of the island of Puerto Rico where some other sailors and I formed a band. The base Commander relieved us of our duties and booked us in all of the Officers and Enlisted Mens clubs on the island. For me the Viet Nam war turned out to be two years shore duty in paradise, four gigs a week and all the free rum I could drink.

    The Trilogy, Fort Allen Naval Communication Station Puerto Rico, 1969

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  20. Mike SS

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    I originally joined the Marine Reserves, and served in Engineer Maintenance Company, Omaha, NE until I augmented to active duty in October of 81. After that I was with MACS-7, 3rd MAW, MCAS, Yuma until Feb '85. Transferred to Inspector-Instructor Staff, Tucson, AZ for three years, and then on to the H&S Co. 8th Engineers, at Camp Lejuene for my last two before they Medically Discharged me for my two burnt out knees. I could no longer run fast, clap my hands, and count to four.
     
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