Military Vets

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4 hrs 6 months and a few days onboard the USS TRUCKEE, ao-147. 5yrs active and 1 yr reserve. Turned 18 in 1974, draft just went on the lottery, my number was 32. I joined the navy. I would not change a thing.

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[quote="bobberboy"]
My unit flew the SR-71 Blackbird out of CA and Okinawa.

Now that is cool, that plane is awesome!

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JMichael wrote:
bobberboy wrote: For the record, the closest I got to flying was watching from the flightline. My unit flew the SR-71 Blackbird out of CA and Okinawa.

BTW, do you remember your lottery number for the draft? I turned 18 in 1970 and figured I'd be drafted as soon as I got out of high school. My birthday was drawn #4 on the year I was 17, but on the year it counted (when I turned 18) my birthday was #356. Since I didn't get drafted, I joined a few years later. :lol:
183 I'll never forget it.

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Navy, 1971-75. Served on the Little Rock, CLG-4 and the Springfield, CLG-7. Wouldn't trade a day. EN2 when I got out.
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That's a much younger me, on the left, refueling our chopper.
That's a much younger me, on the left, refueling our chopper.
Springfield and Little Rock refueling.
Springfield and Little Rock refueling.

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1992-1996 USMC Mechanic/cryogenic technician.
1997-2016 USCG Mostly aviation A&P) but did some time on the boats in the early days.

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Post by JMichael »

gillhunter wrote:Navy, 1971-75. Served on the Little Rock, CLG-4 and the Springfield, CLG-7. Wouldn't trade a day. EN2 when I got out.
Judging by the stars on it, I'm guessing that's an admirals VIP helo, but is it a Seasprite?

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JMichael wrote:
gillhunter wrote:Navy, 1971-75. Served on the Little Rock, CLG-4 and the Springfield, CLG-7. Wouldn't trade a day. EN2 when I got out.
Judging by the stars on it, I'm guessing that's an admirals VIP helo, but is it a Seasprite?
Yes it was an admiral's and it was a Seasprite. We were on flagship duty. I was part of the ships crew and the only thing we did with the helo was manage it's fuel. The rest of my time was spent in A division.

gpavlick
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I would not change anything, I am proud to have served.69-71US Army 44TH MEDICAL BRIGADE PLEIKU, US ARMY HOSPITAL SAIGON.

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Joined the army shortly after I turned 17. After training spent 9 months on Staten Island, N.Y. Then almost a year in Germany. Volunteered for Vietnam. 12 months there Feb 1968 - Feb 1969, Discharged 3 months early coming back from Vietnam. Got out 3 weeks before my 20th birthday. Wouldn't change a thing :)
Either cuff em & stuff em - or - catch em and cook em! In my world, "catch & release" is an escape!

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Would I do it again? YES! Would I have changed anything? No. It was those things I did that made me who I am today. I served from 1983 to 2004 in the US Army. I was a radio/wire communications specialist, a mortar man and a Fire Direction Computer for MLRS. I leapt from high performance military aircraft while in flight, I humped many miles in jungles and deserts, and I saw the best and worst of humanity and often within moments of each other. I served in Panama from 1987 to 1990, saw that place change in those 3 years, Desert Shield and Storm, Desert Spring and Iraqi Freedom. The Army even saw fit to assign me a Recruiter for three long years. I made many good friends, lost a few, and am very proud of the accomplishments of those I mentored and who still serve today. I am proud of those who serve in all branches today and always try to express my gratitude when I see them as I travel in my new career.
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