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Garimpo...join the US Navy Reserves while in High School...August 1959...graduated in May

1960...shipped out one month later for boot camp in San Diego, CA...before years end had

attended several schools...my favorite was the Camp Pendelton Marine Corp. rifle training..

got selected for the Internation Riffle Team( didn't know better)...got to visit several beautiful

countries before transitioning to civilian life...left in Mar. 1963 as E5....service number ...1966 Honorable Discharge from US Naval Reserves....later years when flying

as a Gov. contractor got bumped up to O4....pay was better but like Sgt. better.....

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Grubstake, I too, was not drafted, I joined, , still remember it, later on

they switched to Social Security#'s for serial#'s, Took my basic at FT. Ord Ca. in Company A 1st

battalion, first Brigade. Took Ait at Ft. Rucker Ala. then on to Kesler Air Force Base for training as a

Air Traffic Control, changed Mos's Went to Ft. Sam Houston Tx for Medical traing, Volinteered For Viet

Nam, Went in 67 and re-inlisted and came home for a 30 day leave and then went back. Main Duty

was, Cam Ran Bay, driving convoys to different places, like Na Trang, Bam me Toi, long ben, phan

Rang, just all over that place, last 6 months spent in Siagon on special duty called Project count. Was

in Siagon for TET. I would do it all over. Grubstake Primary MOS was 76J40after going to Germany it

was changed to 76J4C, the C stand for Chemical, Biological, and Radiological, I went to CBR NCO

school at Velsic Germany. Discharged as a E-5 in 1973

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Sonny-

Graduated High school in 1975

Joined the United States Navy 2 weeks later (August 1975)

Boot Camp-Great Lakes Illinois

A-School-Operations Specialist-Great Lakes Illinois

Station of duty- Mayport, FL USS Kalamazoo AOR-6

No billet for Operations Specialist on my ship. I became a Boatswains Mate

Tours:

2 Meds

2 North Atlantics

1 Gitmo

Injured Sept. 1978 2 amputations right hand

Honorably Discharged Disabled August 1979 E-5 Boatswains Mate

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The old girl is now scrap iron. She was a fine ship that took me to 22 different countries.

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Joined the Army Nov 1966 after receiving my Draft notice because I did not want to end up as an 11B. Did Basic at Ft. Polk, LA. Then on to my advanced training at Ft Holibird, MD. at what was commonly know as the Army Spy school and became an Intel Analyst 96B20. A bit more training in Virginia then off to Vietnam. After 6 months in country, Special Forces approached and asked if I would like to Volunteer to serve with 5th Special Forces, of course Inot only said yes but hellyes. Earned my jump status in Vietnam, Q course was OJT at the famous Recondo School. Ended up doing 799 days in country and looked death in the face on many occasions.... Left the service as an E-5 with an honorable discharge, a couple of medals and a broken body. Was extremely proud of my service and still am today!

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Jet521..Thank you all for your Service...I joined in Oct of 68 and like Gary I had my Basic at Ft Ord

D51...I originaly signed up as a 12A10 combat Engineer aka mine Sweeper but messed up my leg in

basic training so I had my MOS changed to a 71N20 Movements Specialist..so my AIT training was at

Ft Eustis Va instead of Ft Leonardwood...red clay hell...I got orders to go to Sattihip Thailand..143

miles SE of Bangkok...while I was there we offloaded Merchant ships that were loaded with

Bombs...three ships per week...the bombs after being armed were loaded up on the B52's out of

Utapao AFB about 30 miles away to be dropped over in Nam..Napalm..250..500 and 1000 pounders is

what we offloaded...After Thailand I finished up my time at Ft Lee Va working in the warehouse...I

ETS'ed out of there Oct 15,71 as a Spec5-E5...Like Gary I never did forget my Service Number ...I had an OK time while I was in the Service..I got held up at Knife point several times and

shot while I was in Thailand...Them Thai Jigalos-Gangstas are hell...I got to wear the Viet nam Service

Ribbon due to the Fact that I was in Direct support of Viet Nam...jer

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U.S. Navy 1985 - 2005 with 14 years of sea duty.

First Gulf War, Second Gulf War and some minor campaigns.

2 Commendation Medals and 7 Achievement medals.

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Navy 67-71

Gunner (GMG3) on Swiftboat 51 and 59 from 68-69. Evan's raiders. The terror of the Delta.

Don't put your service # on a public site :Huh_anim]:

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Sarge your right....folks don't put your service numbers on here...

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USAF 1976 to 1982

Enlisted in Las Vegas.

Basic training at Lackland Air Force Base, TX.

First tech school Chanute AFB, Rantoul, IL. Learned about avionics.

Stationed at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, NC where I fixed F4 aircraft.

2 tdy's to Nellis for Red Flag exercises.

Second tech school Lowry Air Force Base, CO. Learned about modern avionics.

Stationed at Nellis Air Force Base, NV where I fixed F16 aircraft.

Honorable discharge in Las Vegas which is home and I'm still here (well actually over the hill in Boulder City).

I even got away from all those planes with my hearing intact.

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Enlisted in 1960 out of HS at age 17 in USN (a family tradition). $78 per month.

After Radio A School, spent rest of enlistment at sea in Gator Navy (ACU-2) taking USMC into beaches all over the Caribbean (three cruises) and the Med (two cruises) and up and down the East Coast from Maryland to Key West with a stop at Gitmo where we got shot at ("friendly fire").

High point was during the Cuban Missile Crisis was when we actually survived an emergency back loading of a company or two of Marines, their nukes (for the 8" Howitzers), their tanks and their gear during a whole gale (17 foot surf) en route to bottling up the main Russian fleet in the Black Sea.

Qualified for, and was offered, UDT (as it was known back then), but declined the steep price of shipping for 6 more years.

No medals -- especially no good conduct medal.

Mustered out at almost 21 as an E-5. $214 per month plus sea pay.

Used GI Bill for college and law school. Would do it all over again in a heartbeat.

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Funny how basic pay has changed, I got 93.00 in 66 in basic, and was only make $362.00 in 73 as an E-5 with 4 years in grade, my son-in-law went in 15 months ago, was getting 1350.00 a month in basic, and now hes at FT. Bliss TX. reactivating the base, just got E-4 and is pulling down around 1650.00 a month with alotments for my daughter, he has been put on the list for Afganastan to go in late March or April. He's a sniper, and in the calvery, hat , spurs and all. Grubstake

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U.S. Navy Attack Squadron 176 on board USS Independence CV-62

1981-1985

Operation Urgent Fury Grenada

Multi-national peacekeeping force Beirut Lebanon (destruction of that piss hole country after the bombing of our Marine Corps barracks there)

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US Air Force 1982 - 2002

Totally enjoyed my service to our Country! A member of many Joint Task Force Operations into Central America in the early to mid 80's. Traveled the World, met untold amounts of great American's, learned from the best! 1st Gulf War Veteran. I have that stare, that will look right through you a million miles, but now days I have to ware my glasses!

If no-one has told you Veteran's today, thanks for your service.

Rick

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US Army Mar 66-May69 Enlisted E-5 Tanker Recon for 15 months. OCS Quartermaster 2 yrs at Ft Lewis, Wa discharged !st Lt. honorably. The day I enlisted my draft papers were in the mail. Used my GI bill to attend college and finished a BA and MA in Marriage Counselling. Jerry

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I want all the VETS, posting here to look at DOC's post on ROBS forum, this Bill, HR45 is going to take our guns away sooner or later, contact your local congressman right away, tell him to vote NO! Grubstake

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Funny how basic pay has changed, I got 93.00 in 66 in basic, and was only make $362.00 in 73 as an E-5 with 4 years in grade, my son-in-law went in 15 months ago, was getting 1350.00 a month in basic, and now hes at FT. Bliss TX. reactivating the base, just got E-4 and is pulling down around 1650.00 a month with alotments for my daughter, he has been put on the list for Afganastan to go in late March or April. He's a sniper, and in the calvery, hat , spurs and all. Grubstake

Grubstake, I know that I can speak for all here, when I say that we hope he comes back safe. Tell him that he is already a hero, just get the job done and come home.

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I joined the USAF in June 1964, and was drafted in boot camp at Lackland AFB Tx. Tech School was at Lowry AFB Co. where I learned about Bombs, rockets, and weapons of mass destruction. My first duty assignment was with the 320th Bomb Wing at Mather AFB Ca. Where I learned how to hang bombs on a B52. Life was good in SAC for about 3 weeks then we all went to Guam for 10 months. I loaded the first bomb ever droped by The SAC in a act of war. I figure I loaded 300 bombs a day, 30 days per Month, for 10 months. lets see thats 90,000 bombs. At 750 lbs each Wow I was a heafty lad. we came back home and went back 3 months later for 10 more months of working out. It seems that things had picked up a bit. When I returned I was stationed at Davis Moffett in AZ for Training on the F4 for 3 months and then it was off to Ubon Thiland for some R&R with the 8th Tac Fighter Wing for a year. Upon return I was stationed at George AFB in Victorville CA. I could come home on weekends to Long Beach, and thats when I started dating my Wife. When it Came time to RE UP (great bonus $10,000 + E5) Terrie said that she would NOT Marry me if I took the deal. 40 years later I am sure that I made the right decision.

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A great post LB Dave...especially about the 40 year "team effort"...thank Mrs. Dave....

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Joined in 1967, RA#, basic in Ft. Lewis, advanced in Ft. Gordon, Vietnam Jan 68. Co. D, 1/20th, 11th LIB, Americal Div. Wounded May 31 1968, sent to field hospital in DaNang and then onto the hospital ship USS Sancturary, seems like only yesterday, then back to Ft Riley. Discharged in 70

Welcome home all vets reguardless of where you served

Allen in MT

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Joined USN 1954, 3 years 11 months and 29 days later as Airman E-3 switched to US Coast Guard , promised Aviation Machinests school and E-4, got screwed out of that by a Yeoman E-4 with a hardship so ended up as a boatswainsmate , retired 1977 as CWO-3 Boatswain, 16 years sea duty out of my 24, switched MOS from Surface Operations to Marine Law Enforcement last 5 years. I would do it again in an instant.

And yes I can rattle off my original service # from a sound sleep, maybe nothing else but you don,t forget that!!

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Joined USN 1954, 3 years 11 months and 29 days later as Airman E-3 switched to US Coast Guard , promised Aviation Machinests school and E-4, got screwed out of that by a Yeoman E-4 with a hardship so ended up as a boatswainsmate , retired 1977 as CWO-3 Boatswain, 16 years sea duty out of my 24, switched MOS from Surface Operations to Marine Law Enforcement last 5 years. I would do it again in an instant.

And yes I can rattle off my original service # from a sound sleep, maybe nothing else but you don,t forget that!!

Gilaoro, as its such a small world, I was wondering if you knew another CWO by the name of Kenneth Stanton? His Naval career matched much of yours.

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I love you guys!!!

Thanks for my freedom!!

I did sign up by law but I was never called.

BUT I DID STAY AT A HOLIDAY INN LAST NIGHT!!! :coffeetime:

SteveT

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Enlisted September 1964 Army Security Agency (ASA). Basic and 1st school Fort Ord. 2nd school Fort Gordon. 1st duty station April-Oct 65 North Camp Drake Tokyo, Japan. TDY Oct 65-Feb 66 Hilomono, Oahu, HI. Feb 66-April 67 Co A 508th ASA Group, Camp Beaumont 2nd Inf Div DMZ area South Korea. April 67-Aug 68 Herzo Base, Germany. Aug 1968 separated Fort Dix, NJ. Signal Supply SP5. 1970 Honorable Discharge. Now Fort Ord, North Camp Drake, Hilomono, Camp Beaumont and Herzo Base no longer exist. Only Fort Gordon and Fort Dix are still active the two worst Army Bases I ever saw. I had it real easy and comfortable in the Army and I salute all combat Vets.

Yes, I still remember my RA#.

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Thanks for the entry Paul....if you know some others that haven't signed up let them

know where to look...

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I posted in the wrong place! Must be the USAF left over in me! :tisc-tisc:

I'm here!

Telecoms Weenie! Micro wave, HF radio , Modems, Multiplex and good ol Wire lines.

1979-1990 USAF

RAF UXBRIDGE UK!

PATRICK AFB FL!

Hellenikon AB , Greece!

SCOTT AFB IL! That one SUCKED!

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