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Old 06-06-2014, 06:58 AM
Location: Forests of Maine
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Originally Posted by dizzybint View Post
so you were a Locarno regular then
That is over in Glasgow, I think. I remember one evening a friend and I went to Glasgow and spent the night pub-crawling. Neither of us knew where to go, we mostly just wandered around.

The Glasgow 'Barras' [Barrows] were great. I spent many days with my family browsing in the Barras.

We may have made a dozen trips to Edinburgh, and once to Stirling.

Pubs in Gourock and Greenock got heavy traffic from US sailors, also Inveraray.

I do not think I have ever been in Locarno Boy.
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Old 06-06-2014, 07:38 AM
Location: Vegas
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US Army
1957 - 1960 - BCT Ft Ord, AIT Ft Belvoir, Bussac France w/Engineer Field Maintenance Platoon

1961 - 1090 - 2 tours in Germany, one in 'Nam, and one in Austria

Desk jockey - pencil pusher.
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Old 06-07-2014, 07:00 AM
Location: In exile
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USN 1977- 1986 va-105 a7e USS saratoga, USS JFK
USCG 1986-1997 avionicsman aircrew HU-25, H-3, H65, H3.
Loving Life in Retirement, Limestone Maine 1997-Present.
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Old 06-11-2014, 08:54 PM
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US Army 1973 to 1975. Ft Knox and Ft Sill.
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Old 06-13-2014, 06:00 PM
Location: Venus
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Lackland AFB TX-Basic (1982)
Sheppard AFB TX-Tech school (1982) Telecommunications
Kelly AFB TX (1982-83)
Lackland AFB TX (1983-1985)
Sheppard AFB TX-Tech school (1985) Training Management
Wilford Hall, Lackland AFB TX (1985-1989)
Araxos, Greece (1989)
Civilian life-I got OUT OF TEXAS!!!!

I used to joke, "Join the Air Force & see Texas." San Antonio mostly. And I had never been to Texas before I joined.

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Old 06-14-2014, 12:39 PM
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I was in the Army from Aug 59 to Apr 66, then from Dec 75 to Nov 79. Still remember my RA service number. Joined in CA Aug 59 right after HS, basic training in Ft Ord, CA...then off to Okinawa, on a troop ship. Must have been the last troop ship in service...cause I haven't seen them again. From Okinawa, to a suprise assignment in Manila. A 5-man outfit. We were not allowed to wear military uniform at that assignment. That was one of the best assignment I have had. That's because Manila is my home town! I grew up there.

Then back to CA after my tour was up. Was out of the Army about a week...and got bored, so I reenlisted for Okinawa (again). Half way through my new tour on the Rock, I volunteered for assignment with a pioneering logistics command in Thailand (a major logistics outpost in support of the Vietnam war effort). Another great assignment...but was more like the way Army life should be than the one in Manila). Started in tents, then when the new wooden living structures were completed we moved into slightly better accomodations. Great assignment, nonetheless. Remember M.A.S.H.? Just like that sort of lifestyle.

By that time the Army must have figured out that I had suffered enough "hardship" assignments...so they sent me to the main Recruiting Station in downtown Atlanta. That was not a bad stateside assignment at all. Another fun assignment. Ho-hum! These assignments are starting to get to me.

OK, here it is: My boss asked me to start charting my next assignment...and he recommded that I need to get into a different career and suggested signing up for foreign language training...as I was pretty good at foreign languages and had a high score in the DLAT (Def. Lang. Aptitude Test). It worked and next thing I knew I was at DLI (Defense Language Institute) at the Presidio of Monterey, CA to learn French. Made it through the grueling 24 week, 8-hour/day course. I thought I was going to be assigned to a regular Army unit in the U.S....but lo and behold! I get orders for Fontainebleau, France. I was being assigned there as an interpreter at the Army Housing office. Paris was just a short train ride away.

Next, got out of the Army. Not because I didn't like it...I just had to devout full time to finishing my college studies. It just takes too long going part time here and there at every assignment. That done..got my BA at last. I've always liked my life in the Army...so, I enlisted but had to do basic training again. The recruiter who processed me in recommended that I get into the Intelligence career field...on account of the foreign languages I had, a college degree, and high aptitute scores. Next, I find myself at the Intel School in Fort Huachuca, AZ. After the Interrogation Course, I was sent back to DLI for a 52-week course in Chinese-Mandarin. Next, assignment with an intelligence unit in Hawaii. A dream assignment. Now I have my hands full...not only involved in back-to-back field intel exercises, but also doing training...mostly language refresher (by that time, I was already proficient in French, Spanish, Tagalog and Chinese-Mandarin) and was also a S.E.R.E. instructor.

Army active duty life must have started getting to me...now I'm thinking of starting another career as a civilian..so I left the service as a Master Sergeant and hopped right back into DOD to serve as a civilian Human Resources Manager during the next 20 some years (mostly overseas..Korea, Germany (twice), The Netherlands, Japan, Guam....) and retired, finally, Aug of 2011.

That's it. Now looking into another career: Next, I'm getting my certification to teach ESL somewhere...overseas, I hope. I taught ESL in Korea during my assignment there as civilian HR Specialist. Done. (Phew!) No, I did not retire from active military service. I only served a little over 12 years in the military. But all that time on active duty counted towards my civilian retirement in DOD (I was credited with over 30 years of service).
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Old 06-24-2014, 07:57 PM
Location: Grove City, Ohio
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Drafted into the US Army 1968-1969
Basic training Fort Lewis, WA
Trained as combat medic Fort Sam Houston, Texas
Signed up for OCS and waited a few months for a class date opening in Fort Benning
Read a magazine article on casualty rates for 2nd Lieutenants in Vietnam for 1968. It was not good news for officers.
Mom didn't raise no dummies. Informed the battalion commander I no longer wanted to go to OCS and in about four hours I was on the plane home for 17 day leave with orders sending me to Vietnam. I never heard of the army acting so fast I was like stuff through a goose and out of there!
Vietnam 12 months as a medic with the 1/18 First Infantry Division. Upon DEROS I got out early because I had less than 5 months left to serve.

Me in early 1969.

45 years ago, where did the time go?
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Old 06-26-2014, 06:06 AM
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Default First draftee in navy since Koreon war

To answer someone's question, I was the first naval draftee since Koreon war September 1963 induction station Miami Florida
Duty station Annapolis naval acadamy
Very lucky spent two years in Annapolis
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Old 09-14-2014, 10:21 PM
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I was there January 1965-August 1966- CO C 54th Eng Battalion. Some of the time I was detailed to ration-breakdown. Yes that Hawk was rough. Sgt Roberson was the Platoon leader. Oh a little KP and guard duty, out on the site. It was an experience.
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Old 09-15-2014, 12:18 AM
Location: Texas Hill Country
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Late Cold War, Navy, Atlantic Fleet
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