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How many vets here?

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Chipss36, Mar 9, 2020.

  1. Telecastoff1

    Telecastoff1 Tele-Afflicted

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  2. Art VanDelay

    Art VanDelay Tele-Afflicted

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    Me too.
     
  3. JeffBlue

    JeffBlue Tele-Afflicted

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    I am very thankful for all of you who have served. Our country is better because of all of you. I served in the USAF as an aircraft mechanic on KC-135s and B-52s at March Air Force Base. Never got too far from home.
     
  4. arlum

    arlum Tele-Holic Platinum Supporter

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    Hospital Corpsman. USN. 1973 to 1977. Last duty station was N.S.G.A. Winter Harbor, Maine.
     
  5. perttime

    perttime Tele-Afflicted

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    Depends on your definition of Veteran.
    - Did my conscript service like most men here. Specialized in running a Company of 120mm mortars.
    - Went on a couple of Government temp jobs in Peace Keeping: Lebanon and the Balkans
    - Nobody ever shot at me and I never shot at anybody
    - Got a card that says I'm a Crisis Management Veteran :D
     
  6. Chipss36

    Chipss36 Tele-Meister

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    Unlike Finland , conscript Service ended in the USA in 1974, clearly a few here may have been drafted , but now adays its an all
    Volunteer force.
    Just saying.
     
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  7. 985plowboy

    985plowboy Friend of Leo's

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    Veteran because we were called to active duty for Desert Storm.
     
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  8. Peegoo

    Peegoo Poster Extraordinaire

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    21 years Air Force intel. Many deployments to the Middle East and lots of other places on the planet.

    Mostly good memories!

    I salute each and every one of you for the sacrifices you've made.
     
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  9. EsquireOK

    EsquireOK Poster Extraordinaire

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    Machinist’s Mate (nuclear) First Class, USN Submarine service, eight years. I am a combat veteran, but only from a distance. Our sub, and several other ships in the Roosevelt battle group, started our current war in Afghanistan by launching cruise missiles in early October, 2001. We were out for just shy of six months, without setting foot on land. It was (and remains, I believe) the longest naval deployment since WWII.
     
  10. Sargeslide

    Sargeslide Tele-Meister

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  11. glenlivet

    glenlivet Tele-Afflicted

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    "I have to ask....we're any of you Navy/Marines on the USS Princeton at any time?
    You know...that inquiring minds thing. :)"



    ------Yea...but it was the silver face Princeton ....not the "Old Corps" black face Princeton .....
    (just kidding ;)......never did a day of sea service....)
     
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  12. Hiker

    Hiker Poster Extraordinaire

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    In the US, it ended Jan. 27th, 1973, when they announced no more draft calls- shortly before my 16th birthday.
     
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  13. Hiker

    Hiker Poster Extraordinaire

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  14. Rob J

    Rob J Tele-Meister

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    USAF 1968-1972. The Viet Nam war was in full bloom but I was on a special assignment that kept me Stateside for my four years. I have great respect for those who endured service in combat areas.
     
  15. Milspec

    Milspec Poster Extraordinaire

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    I should add that I served from '86 - 2003 and deployed for Desert Storm and Afghanistan, but in both cases I never ended up in the suck. For Desert Storm, they sent me to Narvik, Norway instead of the desert. They needed school-trained Marines in arctic warfare, mountain warfare, and guerilla warfare...I had all 3 schools so they bounced me over there. Apparently, some intel guys saw the Soviets moving all their armor North and that made NATO nervous that they might try and take a warm water port. My job was to destroy the airport if the invasion came....of course it didn't, the Soviets were just falling apart and wanted to protect their tanks.

    When I reached Afghanistan years later, I had my neck fractured in 2 places on day 3. Left me paralyzed on my left side for 8 months and forced out of the Marines soon after.

    So, Veteran yes...no war hero by any means.
     
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  16. boneyguy

    boneyguy Doctor of Teleocity

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    I know why....same reason I thought that too.
     
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  17. Steerforth

    Steerforth Friend of Leo's

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    Retired military. Medically ordered into retirement after being disabled in the line of duty. Life member, VFW, DAV, etc.

    I don’t like to talk about it. That’s who I used to be. I don’t dwell on it. I joined the vet orgs because they helped adjudicate my VA claims for free. But these days, I have other interests.

    I haven’t missed it. Only one time since I retired have I found a reason to smile about it. My daughters, teenagers at the time, got into my sock drawer against strict orders. They were looking for something, I don’t remember what. They found all my medals, badges and stuff. They came out of the bedroom holding a bunch of that stuff, wide-eyed, and my oldest daughter said, “Daddy, we had no idea!” with a tone of awe. I promptly told them both that if I caught them anywhere near a recruiter, they’d find a size 13 work boot in an uncomfortable place.

    So that touched me, in a way. But they didn’t need to know anything about that portion of my life. So I was kind of annoyed at the same time. Mostly, I avoid thinking about it, and I don’t care to talk about it much beyond the few things that I choose to mention when it comes up. I don’t like answering questions about it, and people always ask too many questions.

    I had enough and more of the military. I’m a different person now. So in short, yes, I’m a vet. Now let’s talk about guitars...
     
  18. chulaivet1966

    chulaivet1966 Tele-Afflicted

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    Are you back to normal/100% functional now?

    How I view it?....the "heroes" are in Arlington, Golden Gate Cemetery, The Vietnam Wall, etc.

    Back to it.....
     
  19. Dreadnut

    Dreadnut Friend of Leo's

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    Lets just say I don't consider sports figures, politicians, actors and actresses to be heroes as they are so often labelled.
     
  20. Lenny1716

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    USAF 65-68. Fortunate to be stationed stateside for the duration. Upon completion of tech school, was held over to become a technical instructor in the field I had just completed.
     
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