You did 25 years, thanks for your service. I did less than half that in the US NAVY. I went in at the end of Vietnam forward and was with the amphibious seabees (acb-1), the USS Prairie (ad-15) and the USS O'brien (DD-975).
We got sent to Pendelton for taining at the infantry training base with marines and army groups that would be at a beach landing with us. We would come in behind the marines and build pontoons for the lst's to offload their equipment. Digging foxholes, getting issued an m16 and training on the m60, m203 and mortar was kind of "culture shock" to this squid.
I feel that it was one of the best things I have done. I fisrt was a grunt 0311, Then couldn't go to Nam till I was 18 and was attached to 2/5, 2 months after my 18th Birthday I arrived in country and was a grunt and also was a 0341 a motar man on 81mm.I came home for a month and went thru RIP (Recon Idocutration program) and ARS amphipous Recon School, then returned to the Nam attached to 1st Recon Battalion C Company and 1st squad. Some of the best times and worst in my life.
I did the first gulf war, not that being on an aircraft carrier in that particular altercation was any more dangerous than a normal day in the engine rooms but then any day in the pit is always the same, hot and boring.
I do appreciate anyone who serves, regardless of what branch they are in.
Thank you very much for serving, sir, and for protecting all of the freedoms I hold so dear. I hope to join the USMC soon (I'm going to catch up to some of my older buddies after I finish up college), so that I can someday say that I was privelleged enough to do the same.
I was in the Army from 1970 through the beginning of 1972. All but two months of the time was at Ft Polk. For most of the time at Polk I was a Brigade information specialist. Mostly I was a media hack and wrote articles for the post newspaper. I mostly kept busy typing letters to friends and interviewing an Olympic hopeful or whatever else would get me out of the office for a while.
I was in the Army from 91'-94'. 91S (Preventative Medicine) I was stationed in Frankfurt at the 97th General Hospital. It was an easy gig until they redesignated us the 51st CASH then it was field training every 6 weeks. Go to field set up mobile hospital, camp for two days then tear all down, rinse and repeat. Not long after we changed I got out. It was still the best thing that ever happened to me. I think all Americans should have to serve in the military........I think our country would be a very different place if that ever happened.