Happy anniversary to me

 

Happy anniversary to me. Exactly 57 years ago (well, 57 years and two days ago to be exact) I enlisted in the U.s. Navy. Man, it seems like just yesterday. I got to see the world and it shaped the rest of my working life. At the tender age of 17, it was the best thing I had ever done.

Phil

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Phil in Mentor, Ohio -- Garmin Nuvi 1450

Congrats

and thank you for your service!

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Thank you

for your service

Menories

Congrats and Thanks for your service. Brings back memories I done the same thing Jan 1960 age 17 Army over 59 yrs ago

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johnm405 660 & MSS&T

I Can Relate To That

59 years ago. June of 1960, at the tender age of 17, I enlisted in the U.S.A.F. Thanks to all Veterans.

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"Advice to children crossing the street: Damn the lights. Watch the cars. The lights ain't never killed nobody." - Moms Mabley Garmin StreetPilot C330, Garmin NUVI 765T, Garmin DriveSmart 60LMT

Angela,

I would be curious, of the total members here at the Factory, how many are Veterans?

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"Advice to children crossing the street: Damn the lights. Watch the cars. The lights ain't never killed nobody." - Moms Mabley Garmin StreetPilot C330, Garmin NUVI 765T, Garmin DriveSmart 60LMT

Salute

I can still remember the day I enlisted in the USAF, Feburary 14, 1960. Seems like a lifetime ago. Oh yeah, it was....

I proudly salute all my fellow veterans, some gave all, and some gave what they could. But, we gave!

The 60's was a time when a uniform coming thru airports was a like going thru a gauntlet of protesters spiiting and shouting. I remember San Franciso airport having MP's to protect us from the crowds. A sad time for our flag when people act like that.

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I never get lost, but I do explore new territory every now and then.

Freedom is not free!

Vets have paid for it!

All of them paid some. Some of them paid all!

Veteran's

I agree it would be interesting to see how many Vet we have

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johnm405 660 & MSS&T

navy

1965 - 1972. It really wasn't until after the first desert war that people began to appreciate veterans. Those of us that served during Vietnam didn't receive parades or friendly welcome committees at airports - it was more hate and spit.

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U.S. Navy

U.S. Navy 9/17/1962 - 2/1/1966. It's not quite four years because I was a "kiddie cruiser." Back in the day, if someone enlisted in the Navy at age 17 they got out the day before they turned 21. I was originally scheduled to get out on 10/2/1965, the day before I turned 21, but 48 days before that the entire armed forces were extended four months. Hence instead of 10/2/65 I got out on 2/1/1966. No biggie - I had a job waiting for me at IBM.

Phil

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Phil in Mentor, Ohio -- Garmin Nuvi 1450

Thank you

and Happy Anniversary

If You Are A Veteran,

and you haven't done so yet, you have to go on an HONOR FLIGHT. You will get the Honor and Respect that you didn't get back then. I went and it is so emotional and humbling, you will never forget it.

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"Advice to children crossing the street: Damn the lights. Watch the cars. The lights ain't never killed nobody." - Moms Mabley Garmin StreetPilot C330, Garmin NUVI 765T, Garmin DriveSmart 60LMT

USMC

alleghany wrote:

I would be curious, of the total members here at the Factory, how many are Veterans?

I am a retired Marine! Served from 1976 to 1999

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Bobkz - Garmin Nuvi 3597LMTHD/2455LMT/C530/C580- "Pain Is Fear Leaving The Body - Semper Fidelis"

I second that

alleghany wrote:

and you haven't done so yet, you have to go on an HONOR FLIGHT. You will get the Honor and Respect that you didn't get back then. I went and it is so emotional and humbling, you will never forget it.

September 9th, 1966. US Army Security Agency. Was sent to Vietnam but the Agency wasn't in Vietnam. We removed our ASA shoulder patch and wore MACV patches into Vietnam. Didn't put the ASA patch back on until we hit stateside. https://www.google.com/search?q=asa+shoulder+patch&tbm=isch&...

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It is impossible to rightly govern a nation without God and the Bible. ----George Washington

You weren't R & R by any chance ?

My first tour, 173rd Airborne May 65 to May 66 we had a Hush Hush Unit Called "1st R & R" lived in our Base Camp Area, nobody was supposed to know about them, lol. Did 3 Tours, came home from Herd in May, 66 to a hero's welcome, 2nd Tour started spit and words, we kicked some hippie butt, 3rd tour I was assigned to the JMC after Cease Fire, we left after POW's lifted off. No Two Troops from same Unit were allowed to go to same home town on same flight. They made sure we were sent to different release points, so we could not protect ourselves against the Hippies. My mother was even called by them to inform her I was KIA !

Yep

That was us. Actually, I was with the 509th RRGP which was the headquarters part of the Agency in Vietnam. The 1st RR was a subordinate group under the 509th.

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It is impossible to rightly govern a nation without God and the Bible. ----George Washington

U.S. Navy

Joined the Navy 53 years ago this month. I was 18, but got a three month early out due to troop strength reduction. Thank you all for your service.

Thank you

Thank you to all those who sacrificed their for our freedom.

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US Navy. 1970-1980.

US Navy. 1970-1980.

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Frank Nuvi 3597LMT 37.322760, -79.511267

Congratulations

and thank you for your service

Navy 1967-1971

52 years 6 months and 9 days ago.

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Congrats...

Thank you for being apart of our community! God Bless!

Why

phranc wrote:

US Navy. 1970-1980.

10 years? There has to be a story behind this. question

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It is impossible to rightly govern a nation without God and the Bible. ----George Washington

Lousy orders

maddog67 wrote:
phranc wrote:

US Navy. 1970-1980.

10 years? There has to be a story behind this. question

Shore duty back to sea for 5 years. 2 small children starting school. Orders to move from Norfolk to Mayport. And on top of all, the hostage situation in Iran. Bleak outlook.

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Frank Nuvi 3597LMT 37.322760, -79.511267

Thanks to all..

for your service!!

Fantastic! Congrats!

Fantastic! Congrats!

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RAInf

Australian, RAInf 1982 2000, thank you all

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If only ..

Salute

Thanks for your service all y'all.

I did 2 tours with Aussie's

173rd (65-66) and 1st RAR worked together on many Operations. Then Feb 71-Nov 71 (when Aussie's went home) with Sub Chasers from the Albatross, RAN, 135th Assault Helicopter Unit, "The EMU's" as a Door Gunner. We were half Aussie, Half Yank, we often flew mixed Crews, great pilots, they were Jet Jockies and Rotor

You are the second door gunner

windwalker wrote:

173rd (65-66) and 1st RAR worked together on many Operations. Then Feb 71-Nov 71 (when Aussie's went home) with Sub Chasers from the Albatross, RAN, 135th Assault Helicopter Unit, "The EMU's" as a Door Gunner. We were half Aussie, Half Yank, we often flew mixed Crews, great pilots, they were Jet Jockies and Rotor

That I have ran across in the last 6 months. You guys are far and few between. Door gunners didn’t have a long life expectancy. I highly respect you guys. I always knew that I didn’t want that job. Being a lowly MP was bad enough. smile

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It is impossible to rightly govern a nation without God and the Bible. ----George Washington

Congratulations!!!

Thank you for your service!

That was my best time in Nam

You went out and Preflighted your Bird about 0530, went had chow, briefing, go out and do the mission, usually back at the Club drinking VB's by 1700. It was a whole lot better then first tour with the "Herd", about 260 days in the Bush hunting Victor Charles. The 135th AHC did mostly Green Beret's and ARVN CA's, some Med Evac's when no one else available, Resupply, Emergency Extraction's. Our Pilots were great and our Gunships the "Taipan's" covered us real close when we went in. "Nighthawk" was cool, we go out with 2 ships, at night, one to draw fire and the other (Lights out) would take them out. We were not supposed to cross the Border with Aussies on board, but did sometimes for fun. One time we had a "firelight" in the Big "C", which means land ASAP to check. The Aussie Pilot would have been in deep stuff so we didn't call in "Air Support", found a clearing, popped all covers while the PP kept her Powered Up. We were up and out of there in minutes, lol.

Go to page 34

https://books.google.com/books?id=q0sEAAAAMBAJ&printsec=fron...

That's me on the left with the Pack Board, next to the Grenadier with Huey in background. That was October 14, 1965, I was still 17 then. Field Wireman. We went out with the line Companies and when we set up for the ight, I would run wire Commo to any OP's and BN. After that it was boring and I spoke fair Vietnamese, so Volunteered as Door Gunner. Then after Cease Fire was assigned to the JMC, we were coordinating the POW release for South VN Laos and Cambodia. I started in My Tho and ended in Phan Thiet, We had Canadian, Polish, Chechloslavacian, and Indonesian Troops as Observers

It Was All Fun and Games.

1984 - 1990 for me, US Army. I enlisted at 20 years of age. I've been working in technology since. I regret many a times of not staying in as a "lifer". Those years are truly among the best years of my life.

Thank you, to all you other veterans. I know you had my back, and I had yours! We have given those in other branches some grief, however, never, EVER, let anyone else mess with each other.

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Oh my how times does fly!!

June 16, 1966...0345 in the morning, yellow footprints, screaming Drill Instructors, Welcome to MCRD Parris Island, SC Private! Six years later, two combat tours in Vietnam, Honorably discharged as a Staff Sergeant. (I was Force Recon; now known as Marine Raiders).

One year later, enlisted in the Navy as an unrated, undesignated E-3 (lost three pay grades due to being a "broken" service re-tread..served on the water, over the water, under the water. I wore brown shoes, black shoes, white shoes and combat boots until retiring in December 1988 as a Chief Petty Officer (Hospital Corpsman).

To this day, even having been long since farmed off to the Navy Retired List I miss the big blue truck pulling up to the house to pack up my household goods and off I'd go to another duty station.

I proudly salute my fellow vets and I never forget those that I knew who paid the full measure. As we say, "to a combat vet, everyday, is Memorial Day!"

Cheers

Welcome Aboard!

Semper Fi - OORAH I see your worked in the department store too, Only I stayed in the Men's Department!

LOL

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Bobkz - Garmin Nuvi 3597LMTHD/2455LMT/C530/C580- "Pain Is Fear Leaving The Body - Semper Fidelis"

Thank you

Congratulations and thank you.

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Congratulations

Thank you for your service

Ministry of Defence Service

In the UK, I have just retired from 53 years of service to the Ministry of Defence. Spent 29 years in the Royal Navy of which 21 were as a Submariner, serving in both Nuclear Deterrent and Cold War submarines. I left the Navy in 1995 and spent the next 23 years in the Naval Civil Service as an Instructor.
Funnily enough, I am now a volunteer guide in the RN Submarine Museum showing the general public around HMS Alliance, a post war Diesel submarine!
It gets in to your blood, methinks!

Apparently,

it does. smile

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It is impossible to rightly govern a nation without God and the Bible. ----George Washington