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Old 12-28-2007, 08:28 PM
 
Location: Blankity-blank!
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Default Any veterans from the 60s, 70s and 80s?

I was wondering how many veterans are on these forums, which branch and where they served.
I was (an RA!) in the army from 1965 to 1968. After basic and AIT at Fort Knox I spent two years as a track vehicle mechanic with a Pershing missile unit (4th/41st) stationed at Schwaebisch Gmuend, Germany. It was a picture postcard town situated in a pleasant countryside. Enjoyed tasty german beer and many good times that I'll always remember.
How about you?
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Old 12-28-2007, 11:33 PM
 
Location: Lake Forest, CA
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I was in the US Army stationed at Wildflecken, Germany from 1974 to 1978. Wildflecken is a small, somewhat remote town in the northeast corner of Bavaria in the Rhoen Mountains about 120 kilometers east of Frankfurt. My unit was the 54th Combat Engineer Batallion (mobile bridge building, construction and explosives handling). This is still an active unit in Germany, and in 1993 they moved their their home base about 100 kilometers south to the city of Bamberg (northern Bavaria in the Franconia region), one of the most beautiful small cities in central Europe. I still love visiting Germany whenever the opportunity arrives. I speak German pretty well, I never feel like a stranger there and will always consider my time there in the 70s among the best times of my life.

Couple of years ago, I stopped by a small gasthaus (pub) in a town near Wildflecken where a lot of GIs used to hang out. It looked almost identical to the way the place did about 30 years ago, which is not unusual in Germany. Over in a corner on the wall was a map of the USA, where our GIs over a period of decades had put a little pin on the map to identify their home town. There was hardly a blank space on that map, thousands of pins covered the map. I remember leaving a pin on that map in about 1975. Below it was a plaque written in German, "Our friends are gone, but not forgotten", dated in October 1993, after the US closed down the post in Wildflecken and left town, right after Germany was re-united.
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Old 03-20-2010, 10:31 PM
 
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RA here also.enlisted august 1970.went to AIT at fort eustis as a helicopter repairman.volunteered for vietnam. served there from march 1971 to march 1972 as a mechanic ,doorgunner and crew chief on UH1H......came back and was released early to a guard unit........
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Old 03-20-2010, 10:43 PM
 
Location: Texas
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I volunteered for the draft and was inducted in November, 1969. Trained at Ft. Polk, LA (BCT and Infantry AIT), then it was off to Germany where I spent 5 months gunning an M-60 tank with Co C, 2/37th Armor, 4th Armored Division out of Montieth Barracks, Furth. After that, 9 months in Vietnam with Co C, 2/1st Infantry, 196th LIB, 23rd (Americal) Infantry Division. I got an early out to go to college.

That was followed by over 12 years in the Reserves and National Guard, where I was a Drill Sergeant, TNG OFF and Company Commander in the 3/377th RGT, 1st BDE, 95th Division (TNG) and Co A, 1/180th Infantry, 45th BDE (OKNG).

It was an experience I would not take a million dollars for, but neither would I take that million dollars to repeat it.
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Old 03-20-2010, 11:26 PM
 
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I joined in the 80s but by then it was a very diff/changing military.
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Old 06-04-2010, 07:09 PM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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I signed up in 1976. I got out in 1983, went back in 1987, retired in 2001.

So I was a bit of the 70's, 80's, 90's, ...
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Old 06-04-2010, 10:19 PM
 
Location: Richmond, VA
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First enlistment, 1986-1990. Bamberg, FRG, followed by a tour in sunny Ft. Irwin, California. Ah, the laager site for showers and 4-days spent in Vegas!

Irwin actually stayed on my wish list for several years after that; you either loved it or hated it as permanent party, and I loved it.

Career kept going after that...but those were my 80's days.
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Old 06-05-2010, 05:07 PM
 
Location: Where there is too much snow!
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Joined the Army active duty 1979 thru 1986, then went into the Naval Reserves from 1991 to 2005 as a SeaBee, Then I retired. I guess I covered the same three plus an extra
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Old 06-05-2010, 10:13 PM
 
Location: Angeles City, Philippines
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I first joined the AZ NG in 1963, was discharged to go AD in the Navy in 1964 and retired in 1984. Great ride! Had the pleasure of serving with some of our nations finest.
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Old 06-06-2010, 02:31 PM
 
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Navy 65 - 69
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