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Old 04-16-2012, 02:53 PM
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Originally Posted by bellhead View Post
Where you ever stationed in a place where the natives didn't hate you
Hmm.... Apart from the Battalion Barracks in England i don't think so and i wouldn't say the locals love us either.

I have to say though that the support from the British public towards the armed forces since the 2nd Iraq War has been the best i've ever known it and apparently is as good now as it was in 1982 (Falklands War) so to be fair to them they're great over here now.....

My Battalion is 'apparently' scheduled to be one of the last 6 infantry units (including 1 Royal Marine) in Afghanistan in 2014 when the coalition forces pull out and i retire 3 months after so my last year in the mob is going to be an interesting one too.

But like they say "Don't join if you can't take a joke".
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Old 04-19-2012, 11:05 PM
Location: Little Rock AR USA
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Well, I guess I'll log in as the "old timer" by beating Steve Bagu by a couple of years. I joined the Arkansas Army National Guard in 1947 and during the next 43 years I made the "party" in Korea in 1951, Little Rock Central High School in 1957, and several special Active Duty tours. We were supposed to go to Viet Nam about 1967 but orders were changed at the last minute. I retired in August 1990 and a couple months later my unit got orders for Desert Shield/Storm. Hey, some times you can hit a swinging jug
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Old 04-19-2012, 11:37 PM
Location: So. of Rosarito, Baja, Mexico
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Good to see some of us old timers are still hanging in there.

My particular reference was to being still from WW11 era as I was in uniform in 1945 before the war ended making me a WW11 vet in a way of sort.

Recall reading way back where a 14 yr old 200lb male was in the Pacific theatre while in the Navy aboard a ship. They did exist then and probably later on also.

Some of are hard learners.
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Old 04-20-2012, 09:40 AM
Location: Forests of Maine
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I enlisted in 1976. I never served in VN I am considered VN-era by the V.A..

I served as a submariner on Fleet Ballistic Submarines, as a part of the Cold War.

That was what I did in the 70s, 80s, and 90s.

My last tour of Active Duty was doing Law Enforcement in Europe. Mostly in Naples Italy and in the Kosovo Theater. I was put on pension by High-Year-Tenure in 2001.

I am not sure of which 'era' this makes me. I would say the: "70s, 80s, 90s, 2000s" era.

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