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Old Yesterday, 10:19 AM
 
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Oh sorry tang. I spent a few years at the Subase in Groton and became very fond of those crazy Submariners.
I follow the base fb page and this came up.
No worries. The only thing I can think of that certainly may have contributed to my anxiety, aside from it being such a tragedy, was that my brother had joined the Navy around that time (not on a Submarine) and his leaving home was devastating to me...Thank you for the thread. I will do some reading on the event and talk to my brother about his memories of that time.
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Old Yesterday, 02:48 PM
 
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submariners are just some special breed...……...I flew as a doorgunner on a huey in Vietnam for three months...……….there is no way I would have traded with a submariner...…….you guys have some pretty big cajones…..
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Old Yesterday, 05:30 PM
 
Location: Northern Maine
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I was a Seawolf. We had B-Model and C-Model gunships. The Army offered some Cobras to us. We didn't want them. The Army asked why not. We said, Cobras can't shoot backwards. Our door gunners saved our butts many times. We had some .50 cal door guns. When they were fired, all the gauges shook in the cockpit.
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Old Today, 10:27 AM
 
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I was a Seawolf. We had B-Model and C-Model gunships. The Army offered some Cobras to us. We didn't want them. The Army asked why not. We said, Cobras can't shoot backwards. Our door gunners saved our butts many times. We had some .50 cal door guns. When they were fired, all the gauges shook in the cockpit.
Pilot I take it. We had one guy who used a .50...………...you had to check the gun mounts twice as often. they had a tendency to crack. Damn things weighed a 100 pounds too...…..you could not carry as much ammo.
I flew out of Can Tho………..A couple of times we flew over a sea wolf out post in the delta.
Welcome home.
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Old Today, 10:41 AM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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submariners are just some special breed...……...I flew as a doorgunner on a huey in Vietnam for three months...……….there is no way I would have traded with a submariner...…….you guys have some pretty big cajones…..
There are not a lot of us in the general population. Within the US Navy submariners make up less than 1%.

Those of us who did it for 20-years are extremely rare.
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Old Today, 06:22 PM
 
Location: Northern Maine
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Yes, I was a pilot. Before we got here, the VC thought that helicopters could not fly at night. When we left. you could take an air conditioned Mercedes Benz bus from Saigon down to Can Tho. Hey, I have pics.
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Old Today, 09:46 PM
 
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Yes, I was a pilot. Before we got here, the VC thought that helicopters could not fly at night. When we left. you could take an air conditioned Mercedes Benz bus from Saigon down to Can Tho. Hey, I have pics.
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