Are You A Military Veteran?

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  1. telepicker52

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    Drafted in September 1972, then decided to enlist for three years instead.
    I was a unit clerk for an Armor unit at Fort Riley, KS from 1973-76.
     
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    USAF 2/65 - 9/68..after completing AGE tech school, was assigned as an AGE Technical Instructor. Remained state side for the duration.
     
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    I would have been in LeJeune at the same time with you then, but out in Courthouse bay for school. I did end up with that Reserve Unit in later years as well before a neck fracture ended my career. Too bad the Marines are no longer at that unit, just Navy now I believe.
     
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    Army, 2nd Battalion, 94th Arty. Mechanic MOS but in vietnam i found myself behind a 50 cal. In certain situations, everybody is a grunt.
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    Milspec Friend of Leo's

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    So true my friend. I was in water purification when Desert Storm broke out yet I was assigned to a 50 cal gun team instead. Carried that damn thing for 6 months, but only had to fire it 3 times....thankfully.
     
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    Not a light load to carry, eh? Mine rarely left the mount on a track vehicle except to clean, it was a handful.
     
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  8. Milspec

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    Growing up watching people carry them over their shoulders in the movies made it look easy, but there is no easy way to carry that damn thing. My favorite story with one was trying to walk up the gangplank to the ship wearing 2 sea bags and the .50 on my shoulder. One of the straps on the sea bag let loose and the weight swung me around to where I nearly fell into the harbor next to the ship. I was trying to pull myself back up when 2 sailors ran down to save the day....they grabbed the .50 and ignored me. I pretty much understood from that day forward how expendable I was.
     
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    Nope. My dad and uncles all enlisted in WWII. My dad would have sent my brother to Canada if his number came up for Vietnam.
     
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    No, I am not a military veteran.
    But , I'd like to extend my thanks here to all who served this country. The easy life I live is only because of the countless men and women who have stepped up and fought for this country.
    If it is okay, I would like to give a shout out to my wife's grandfather Jacob Kratt Jr. Ret. Col. USAF. He was a great man. Please, if you have the time, check out this obituary.
    https://m.legacy.com/obituaries/spo...-kratt&pid=193101671&referrer=0&preview=false
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    Jacob Kratt is top-right in this photo.
    Thanks.
     
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    So, as I've mentioned, I served in the USAF. In my family, it's been an unbroken chain back to WWI.

    That said, it is my deepest and most sincere wish that there would be no need for a military at all. Isn't it funny? We all agree that peace is the best path, but we've never been able to get there for some reason.

    Think about that.

    :)
     
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    I jumped out of airplanes, and wore a black beret when they were only issued to a limited number of people. Some of our more senior guys were Vietnam vets, some had gold stars on their jump wings.

    If I had to do it again, I would have done something different. I bit off a little more than I could chew, and never once did I not get sick while flying out to do a jump.
     
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    I cannot tell you how grateful I am to you, your son and your whole family, for this gut wrenching sacrifice. This is how a man best demonstrates his love for country and devotion to his fellow citizen. God Bless your son's memory and your family.
     
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    Hah, selfish bastids!
    Ever make the mistake of grabbing that barrel w/o gloves after a couple dozen rounds thru it? A memorable experience. :eek:
     
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    You know, I really have no idea. Polyurethane paint is pretty heavy, though. That was nearly forty years ago. I was happy to get out. GI stands for government issue. You belong to the government when you're in the military.
     
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    I have the highest respect for military men and women but an even higher respect for gold star families such as yourself. I simply don't have the words to express my sorrow at your loss. Anyone who disrespects a gold star family will never get my respect.
     
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    Coast Guard Chief Boatswains Mate - Search & Rescue, Law Enforcement/Drug Interdiction, Haitian and Cuban Interdiction, etc... 9 years Active/12 years Reserves. I happily retired last July
     
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