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Old 02-22-2018, 01:13 PM
 
Location: Hawaii/Alabama
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The day the Frankfurt PX area was bombed, I was just inside the PX door, across the parking lot from where the blast occurred. Ducked back inside until I was reasonably sure there wouldn't be a second blast. MPs were clearing the parking lot, mainly by telling uninjured folks to get in their cars and leave via the other undamaged exits.

I had to wait a while, since my vehicle was very close to the blast area (and utterly unscathed yet again, but that's a different story).

So I helped very shaken up people to their cars and made sure they were steady enough to drive away. One woman went into hysterics in the parking lot -- uninjured, just panicked. When I couldn't get her to calm down, I figured what the heck and slapped the snot out of her.

Holy moly! It actually works! Took a bit to calm her down enough to get in her car, but she got home okay. When the MPs had things under control around the blast site, I was able to leave myself.

Yet another interesting day in Frankfurt am Main...
Yup. My DH was with the 284th MPs and he was one of the first ones in the zone. Things were really ugly for months after the blast. Thanksgiving was non-existent that year; we rotated duty so often that we were dizzy.
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Old 02-22-2018, 04:24 PM
 
Location: God's Country
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Bathed in the Tennessee River during a two-week field exercise ...... in mid-December.
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Old 02-22-2018, 04:43 PM
 
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Once had a guy busted down for running a black market on the ship. Prior to our 6 month deployment he bought many cartons of popular name brand cigarettes and stashed them in a special locker. When the ship’s store ran out of cigarettes he started selling those cigarettes by the pack for ridiculous prices. The guy wasn’t even a smoker.
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Old 02-22-2018, 04:53 PM
 
Location: Eastern Washington
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Once had a guy busted down for running a black market on the ship. Prior to our 6 month deployment he bought many cartons of popular name brand cigarettes and stashed them in a special locker. When the ship’s store ran out of cigarettes he started selling those cigarettes by the pack for ridiculous prices. The guy wasn’t even a smoker.
I have always wondered what the "problem" is with this sort of thing. It's simply supply and demand, and this bird was smart enough to bring a long a "stash" and sell at an opportune time. It's not like he forced the guys to buy. It's not like he didn't say what his price was up front, you could buy them or not.

It is generally smart, though, in such a situation to not abuse things too much. If he sold them for say 2X what he paid for them, probably no one would get their knickers in a twist.

On board ship, remember you have to live with these guys for several more weeks and it's not in your best interest that most of them hate your guts.
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Old 02-22-2018, 04:58 PM
 
Location: Log "cabin" west of Bangor
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Burning C-4 to heat C-Rations.

Pot delivered in letters at Mail Call.
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Old 02-22-2018, 05:18 PM
 
Location: Log "cabin" west of Bangor
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I have always wondered what the "problem" is with this sort of thing. It's simply supply and demand, and this bird was smart enough to bring a long a "stash" and sell at an opportune time. It's not like he forced the guys to buy. It's not like he didn't say what his price was up front, you could buy them or not.

It is generally smart, though, in such a situation to not abuse things too much. If he sold them for say 2X what he paid for them, probably no one would get their knickers in a twist.

On board ship, remember you have to live with these guys for several more weeks and it's not in your best interest that most of them hate your guts.
LOL, I stocked cartons of cigarettes in a variety of brands, obtained for about $2/carton at the PX. At one point, after a rather long time away from the base, I was getting as much as $5- for a *single* cigarette. I didn't demand that price, it was offered. Nobody hated me for it, they were grateful that I had had the foresight to be 'prepared'. When you're out in the boonies with no hope in sight of getting back any time soon, and nobody else has what you want...
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Old 02-22-2018, 05:57 PM
 
Location: Raleigh
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LOL. That is a riot. Nobody thought of just using an M60 machine gun? Joking of course. Thanks for your service over there.
1. neighbors might object to all the noise.
2. they called it cruelty to pet animals.
3. bullets got in their teeth.
More?
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Old 02-22-2018, 07:12 PM
 
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Deployed to Japan (USMC), Thursday/field day AND the day before payday. We were all broke and stuck on base doing the typical massive cleaning of the barracks in prep for the Friday morning inspection. Everyone dreaded it and were dragging around at work. I challenged everyone to give me a dollar if they wanted to party. I collected enough to buy a couple gallons of rum at the base package store, we collected spare yen coins to get cokes from the vending machines and we spent the evening cleaning and drinking.

There was a lot of drinking that went on back in the day. You could pretty much buy booze and get drunk every where you went on bases.
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Old 02-22-2018, 07:14 PM
 
Location: TX and NM on the border of the Great Southwest.
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In 1969, I read the entire Bram Stoker Dracula novel while sitting in an Air Force Coleman MB-4 aircraft tug over two nights. The tug was sitting beside an F-111 tied down on a trim pad while its two TF30 engines shook the ground and lit the night with its afterburners. For a reading light, I turned the tug's rear spotlight into the back of the tug.
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Old 02-22-2018, 09:46 PM
 
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I and many others threw that $2000 dollar fancy aluminum linked ammo "feed chute" away that was attached to our M-60's. Used a meat portion C-rats can instead. Worked better.
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