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road kill
06-16-2009, 08:03 AM
Just wondering?

Please sign in, what branch, rank if you want, where did you serve and when?

U.S. Coast Guard
Boatswains Mate 2nd
Small Boat Coxswain
Port Security Cam Ranh Bay
Search & Rescue Lake Michigan


stan b

06-16-2009, 08:22 AM
Captain, U.S. Army
Medical Corps
Operation Southern Watch
Operation Desert Fox
108th Air Defense Artillery
"If it flies, it dies!"
2nd Armored Cav.

06-16-2009, 08:36 AM
I was never in the military. I want all those who were/are to know that you have my utmost respect. You all are truely American Heroes in my mind!

Thanks for your service!

06-16-2009, 08:46 AM
SSgt James S Smith

United States Marine Corps

Two tours to Iraq going to Afganistan soon.

road kill
06-16-2009, 08:51 AM
SSgt James S Smith

United States Marine Corps

Two tours to Iraq going to Afganistan soon.

SEMPER - FI Smitty!!


stan b

06-16-2009, 08:57 AM
SEMPER - FI Smitty!!


stan b

ooo rah!!!

06-16-2009, 03:09 PM
SSgt USAF 1974-1979
Inflight Refueling operator
KC-135 A/Q models
380th Bombardment Wing Plattsburgh NY

06-16-2009, 03:13 PM
MSgt USAF 1988 - Pres
Security Forces / Command Post
Ellsworth AFB, SD
Eielson AFB, AK
F. E. Warren AFB, WY
Kunsan AB, ROK
Offutt, AFB, NE
F. E. Warren AFB, WY

Matt McKenzie
06-16-2009, 03:44 PM
GSCS USN 1987-present


06-16-2009, 03:54 PM
I read this recently and it seems appropriate:

A Veteran -- whether active duty, discharged, retired, or reserve -- is someone who, at one point in his life, wrote a blank check made payable to "The United States of America," for an amount of "up to, and including my life."

Thanks for everyone's service and sacrifice.

road kill
06-16-2009, 03:55 PM
I read this recently and it seems appropriate:

Thanks for everyone's service and sacrifice.

I can answer you on behalf of every Veteran;

It was our pleasure!!

stan b

06-16-2009, 04:13 PM
Amen Amen! Thank you for your service to our country. You trully are American Heros.

06-16-2009, 06:14 PM
Jet Engine Mechanic (B52G, KC135A, KC135R, EC135Y, EC135N)
Robins AFB, GA 1982-1991
Including 8 months in-country (Saudi) supporting Desert Shield/Desert Storm

Jet Engine Mechanic (F15E)
Elmendorf AFB, AK 1991-1992

06-16-2009, 06:37 PM
U.S. Army 1973-2003
Master Parachutist
Master Aviator - Blackhawks and Hueys
Wheeler Army Airfield and Schofield Barracks Hawaii
Fort Benning GA
Frankfurt Germany
Fort Campbell KY (x3)
Fort Bragg NC (x2)
Earnest Will Persian Gulf 1987
Just Cause Panama 1989
Desert Shield and Desert Storm 1990-1991
Somalia 1993
Proud Father of a now serving Blackhawk Pilot

"Airborne All The Way!" "Night Stalkers Don't Quit!"

Thomas D
06-16-2009, 06:39 PM
USN 1965-1969
Petty Oficer 2nd Class
NAS Memphis, TN
NAS Beeville, TX
MCAS Cherry Point, NC
NATTC Memphis - Instructor
NAS Kingsville, TX
NAS Corpus Christi, TX

06-16-2009, 07:52 PM
USAF 1989-93
E-4 / 30351
Keesler AFB - Biloxi, MS
Norton AFB - San Bernardino, CA
King Salmon AS - King Salmon, AK
Didn't have to go to Panama or Desert Storm like some of my good friends that were in CC units.

Eric Johnson
06-16-2009, 08:56 PM
Major, USAF MSC (ret)
USAF Hosp McConnell AFB
USAF Hosp Whiteman AFB
Medical Systems, Gunter AFS
Health Facilities Officer, Lackland AFB (St. Wilford's)
Health Facilities Officer, RAF Little Rissington
Medical Systems, HQ USAFE
Medical Systems, USAF Hosp Maxwell AFB

06-16-2009, 09:33 PM
USMC 1989-1995
Cryptological Communications Operator
NTTC Corry Station, Pensacola, FL
HQMC Arlington, VA Commandants Communication Team
HQBN 3rd Marine Division, Okinawa, Japan (stopover in Korea for 2 months)
Didn't have to go play in the sand!!! Thanks to those that did and are now.

06-16-2009, 10:16 PM
US ARNG 134th Signal Batt. station out of Hastings and Faribault,MN
31F was my MOS
1995 - 2005

Julie R.
06-16-2009, 10:33 PM
Thank you all for your service past and present.

06-16-2009, 10:39 PM
My Husband is Retired Army Captain (medical retirement) he was Company Commander of the 528th Maintanence and Supply Company in Panama

Jim Danis
06-17-2009, 07:12 AM
US Army
Berlin Germany
Last week in the Army I was sitting on the Berlin Wall with a rack of beer BS'ing with an East German Boarder Guard as the wall was coming down. Biggest party I've ever been to in my entire life.

Roger Perry
06-17-2009, 07:07 PM
Roger Perry RM3
US Navy
Patuxant River MD
Great Lakes (school)
Bainbridge MD (radio school)
USS Henley DD 762
USS William M. Wood 715


06-17-2009, 07:41 PM
Military Police

06-17-2009, 07:43 PM
Just wondering?

Please sign in, what branch, rank if you want, where did you serve and when?


stan b

Yeah, US Army Infantry. Indirect Fire Crewman.

Rank? No.

Where? In hostile surroundings.

When? 1968-69. I'm not really sure though. I think it was after my trip to Amsterdam...:rolleyes:


06-17-2009, 08:50 PM
IC1 (SS)
9/69 - 9/75
USS Narwhal SSN 671

Made E-6 in 3 years and 10 months- got a letter from Admiral Zumwalt congratulating me for being the youngest E-6 in the Navy (2 months shy of my 21st birthday). So I could go into the 1st Class Lounge but couldn't drink there.

Squid regards


Matt McKenzie
06-17-2009, 08:53 PM
Should have figured you for a bubblehead.

Wild Sky
06-18-2009, 06:04 AM
Egress Enviromental Cryogenics Tech F-18 Hornet

MCRD San Diego ( Hollywood marine)
Mcas El Toro
Nas Millington
Nas Lemoore
Nas Jacksonville
Mcas Beaufort

Many Night Ops to watering holes making sure our towns were safe. :)

Jason Glavich
06-18-2009, 07:40 AM
USMC 2001-Present
Spark Chaser(Electronics Tech)

06-18-2009, 08:05 AM
Weilerbach army depot. Kaiserslautern Germany
Ft Riley,Ks


road kill
06-18-2009, 08:07 AM
IC1 (SS)
9/69 - 9/75
USS Narwhal SSN 671

Made E-6 in 3 years and 10 months- got a letter from Admiral Zumwalt congratulating me for being the youngest E-6 in the Navy (2 months shy of my 21st birthday). So I could go into the 1st Class Lounge but couldn't drink there.

Squid regards


Is that a sub??

06-18-2009, 10:20 AM
Is that a sub??

Yes- it was the first S5G powered nuke. There is (was) a prototype floating in a swimming pool in Idaho that was used to prove the concept of natural circulation which eliminates the noise from the reactor coolant pumps. They also incorporated a direct drive turbine (no reduction gears) and a bunch of other noise reduction experiments. The result was the quietest vessel that ever sailed. Most of the improvements were incorporated into the 688's and the Ohio class boats but for a long time we were the premier spy boat. I made 3 special operations patrols and several shorter missions. I think we spent more time in Russian waters some years than we did in US territory. During the 4 years that I spent aboard we averaged nearly 300 days per year either at sea or on duty. It's one reason it was so easy to make rate back then- re-enlistment rate was near zero.

They cut the Narwhal up into razor blades last year- funny how fast 40 years fly by. (I started to write 30 but then did the math- crap I'm old). Good boat and we did our part to keep the cold war cold.

Memory lane regards


Uncle Bill
06-18-2009, 10:23 AM
IC1 (SS)
9/69 - 9/75
USS Narwhal SSN 671

Made E-6 in 3 years and 10 months- got a letter from Admiral Zumwalt congratulating me for being the youngest E-6 in the Navy (2 months shy of my 21st birthday). So I could go into the 1st Class Lounge but couldn't drink there.

Squid regards


Soooooo, it's a 'can you top this?' session eh.... heh heh heh heh

Back when Truman called up the National Guard in '52 to go to Korea, they caught several "high schoolers" in my home town. Lots of Mommas crying as their 'babies' marched off to the train station for deployment.

Needless to say, getting that Guard unit built back up in '53 was quite a problem. They weren't having any luck with 'adults', so they "recruited" a gaggle of us high schoolers again. With the promise that our engineering unit wouldn't be 'on-call' any time soon, 16 of us 16 year-olds signed phoney age cards that October, and started attending meetings each Wednesday evening at the armory.

The following June we loaded up in "6-bys" and traveled to Ft. Totten for our 'summer camp'. I was in the process of being the company clerk, but the CO, (a local attorney in real life) got pissed at the 'kid' that was supposed to be the mess sargeant, (two years older than me, and had a years experience) for missing breakfast three days in a row, so I was "promoted" to that title, without the rank. ( I had gotten a PFC stipe by the time I went to camp, and the CO 'gave' me Corporal stripes to become the mess 'Sgt'.) Basically, what it amounted to, was ramrodding the cooks, and being on permanent K.P. for the daily inspections.

True to his word, the CO promoted me to S Sgt upon returning to home. By the next summer, I was again promoted because they changed the ranks of specialists to Specialists, rather than field-grade instead of being a SFC, I was given the rank of Spec-6...a cute little embroidered eagle over a couple of rockers, and under a couple of chevrons. This occured as I graduated from high school in May of '55, as we prepared to head for another summer camp in June. I would turn 18 in August.

What's really incredulous is the CO appreciated my ability to rise and shine and roust the cooks and baker for their duties, and keep us at the top of the heap in inspection qualifications, he was intending to make me the first Master Specialist in the Nodak NG. But alas, when I went to college that fall, I couldn't maintain my jobs, sports, and studies, as well as going to the weekly meetings. So I was given an occupational discharge.

The military didn't forget me though...I owed them 8 years of my life, in either active duty or reserve...either active or standby. Part of that 8 year program included 2 years active duty in the US Army. I was drafted in '58, served 2 years active duty, then put on inactive reserve in '60, and finally honorably discharged in October of '61.

FWIW, I didn't get to take my rank into active duty, but I was always paid as a GI with "time-in-grade". I went through basic in Ft. Carson, electronic schools in Ft. Monmouth, and Huntsville AL, and was the computer maintenance tech assigned with the Corporal surface-to-surface missle in Mainz Germany. As to my active duty rank...I was proud of the fact I made PFC...twice.:rolleyes:


Marvin S
06-18-2009, 12:29 PM
USAF - Twice

Oct 47-April 48, general discharge for being underage. Was at Chanute Field for Jet Mechanics school, they showed us the VD film on Elephantitis, scared the **** out of me, so I told them how old I was & got discharged.

January 51-August 53, A 1/C - MOS 72750 Athletic Instructor, I ran the athletic supply at Offutt AFB - did so well could'nt get sent anywhere. Also played a little Basketball for the base team. Did meet personally at the time General LeMay, General Powers who were both SAC commanders & more. & played BB with a Colonel Kline, aide to General Powers, who at 32 was one of the younger colonels in the AF who was not an academy grad. & I do remember the 1st Sgt of our squadron, Forrest Goddard, a really neat guy. The squadron commanders thought we were great, though a little undisciplined as we helped in getting them promo's winning base championships in several sports.

Did qualify for Radar Observer-Bombardier-Navigator school but they wanted a re up for a couple more years, which I turned down. Military life was not my bag, though I did enjoy marching in the parades. I was ready to go make a mark in life.

My service was not distinguished but we did a lot for the troops morale, putting on a show with Debbie Reynolds (HOT) & Howard Keel, a major boxing show on ABC's Wide World of Sports with all the Olympic hopefuls that finished 2-3-4, a sports car race (Lemay was a sports car fan), the World Wide AF Basketball tournament & the All Services tournament the following year.

Bob Hope in his heyday attended the sports car race & was taken off the air when he was talking about Briggs Cunningham's ownership of both Kleenex & Kotex. Hope's statement "Cunningham's got them covered at both ends" didn't make it past the censor's, but did spice up interest in the race. The Sport's car people were like us, they did it for the sheer joy of competing.