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US Army '64-'66 . AIRBORNE grunt . 14 jumps . Very uneventful career spent at Fort Richardson Alaska with one of the two AIRBORNE company's in the state .

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Picture of me:Grubstake Aug. 29th 1966. ft. Ord Calf. Basic training. Grubstake

Looks like the same handsome young man....

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Marine Corps Birthday

On Nov. 10, 1775, the Second Continental Congress resolved to create two battalions of Continental Marines for the War of Independence from Britain. In 1798, President John Adams signed the Act establishing the United States Marine Corps. The 13th Commandant of the Marine Corps, General John A. Lejeune, issued Marine Corps Order No. 47, Series 1921, directing that on Nov. 10 every year, in honor of the Corps' birthday, the Order's summary of the history, mission and tradition of the Corps be read to every command.

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My first day at Basic Training, Ft. Knox, KY. 1973.

Enlisted in the United States Army in August of 1973, at Christown Mall in Phoenix, AZ.

Honorably Discharged at Fort Jackson, SC, in October, 1976.

God bless and keep all of the men and women that have proudly put their asses on the line for you and me, our children and their children's children. Thank you to ALL the vets on this forum, and you to Garimpo, even if you are a squid. :inocent: - Terry

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Signed up though the delayed entry program as a junior in H.S. in 1997 and shipped out Ft. Jackson 2 weeks after getting married in June 1998 for basic. Still on active duty, doing the Intel thing, that's what brought me to arizona. I've had it pretty easy compared to some, AIT was in pensacola, first duty station was ft. meade, md then Buckley AFB, CO a year in Iraq and now Ft. Huachuca. Managed to get selected for SFC, still waiting to get pinned on, hopefully soon.

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..Managed to get selected for SFC, still waiting to get pinned on, hopefully soon.

:thumbsupanim Hey Congratulations Sarge!!!!! Findin’ any gold down south? - Terry

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:thumbsupanim Hey Congratulations Sarge!!!!! Findin’ any gold down south? - Terry

Nope, not yet but still lookin'

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Welcome to the forum Lucas...I know I can speak for all of us "old vets" here and

say to you with the utmost respect and gratitude..."THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE"...

how about a recent SFC photo for your avatar!!!

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Welcome Lucas, and thanks for your service! I was a few generations before you and Ft. Huachuca........Started my intel (96B) career at the "Old Army Spy School" at Ft. Holabird, MD .

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This is quite old but the message is worth repeating....

John Gebhardt's wife, Mindy, said that this little girl's entire family was executed. The insurgents intended to execute the little girl

also, and shot her in the head...but they failed to kill her.. She was cared for in John's hospital and is healing up, but continues to

cry and moan. The nurses said John is the only one who seems to calm her down, so John has spent the last four nights holding

her while they both slept in that chair. The girl is coming along with her healing.

He is a real Star of the war, and represents what America is trying to do.

This, my friends, is worth sharing. Go for it!! You'll never see things like this in the news. Please keep this going. Nothing will

happen if you don't, but the American public needs to see pictures like this and needs to realize that what we're doing over

there

is making a difference.. Even if it is just one little girl at a time.

James Gates U. S.. Navy

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thank you all for your serving and protecting our country and our freedom. god bless. ron

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I joined the US Army in Feb 1987, Retired 1 Oct 2007, twenty years 7 months and 4 days to be exact..LOL started my carreer as an PVT E-1 11HE9 (Heavy Weapons Specialist Improved TOW Vehicle)Fort Benning School for Boys and went on to FT Carson CO, Baumholder Germany, Reclassified as 11M Bradley Crew Memeber, stayed at the Benning School for Boys for 5 years, Graduated Ranger School, Airborne School and went to Schweinfurt Germany as a SSG E-6 Dismounted Squad Leader, deployed to Macidonia,attended Bradley Master Gunner School,deployed to Bosnia, Establish the 1st Infnatry Division Pre Ranger Training,transfered to Ft Irwin Ca made my SFC E-7 in 11 years,was Squadron Master Gunner, Platoon Sergeant, Platoon Leader, Transfered to Hohenfels Germany trained units in Germany, Slovinia, Kosovo, Bulgaria and deployed to Iraq for 9 months, finished my carreer in Germany as an 11B SFC E-7. Yeah I got some medals and such Enough said on that..Retired to Glendale Az. went to work for the State for 2 years and found myself missing my troops so I joined up with a DOD contractor company and am currnetly working in Kuwait training Troops to go North or East.. Hope to get back to the Gold sometime..LOL

Thanks to all of you for your Service.

Tim

RANGERMG

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Welcome aboard RANGERMG aka Tim...the service you've provided for this country in

your life time is what makes this country great and free...thank you for that

dedication and service....I salute you brother....now hurry up and get your ass

back home and enjoy some down time...

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Subject: The USMC's One-Finger Salute

THIS NEEDS TO KEEP GOING.

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Leading the fight is US Marine Gunnery Sgt. Michael Burghardt, known as 'Iron Mike' or just 'Gunny'. He is on his third tour in Iraq. He had become a legend in the bomb disposal world after winning the Bronze Star for disabling 64 IEDs and destroying 1,548 pieces of ordnance during his second tour.

Then, on September 19, he got blown up... He had arrived at a chaotic scene after a bomb had killed four US Marines. He chose not to wear the bulky bomb protection suit. 'You can't react to any sniper fire and you get tunnel-vision,' he explains. So, protected by just a helmet and standard-issue flak jacket, he began what bomb disposal officers term 'the longest walk', stepping gingerly into a 5 foot deep and 8 foot wide crater.

The earth shifted slightly, and he saw a Senao base station with a wire leading from it. He cut the wire and used his 7 inch knife to probe the ground. 'I found a piece of red detonating cord between my legs,' he says. 'That's when I knew I was screwed.' Realizing he had been sucked into a trap, Sgt Burghardt, 35, yelled at everyone to stay back. At that moment, an insurgent, probably watching through binoculars, pressed a button on his mobile phone to detonate the secondary device below the sergeant's feet. 'A chill went up the back of my neck, and then the bomb exploded,' he recalls. 'As I was in the air I remember thinking, 'I don't believe they got me...' I was just ticked off they were able to do it. Then I was lying on the road, not able to feel anything from the waist down.'

His fellow Marines cut off his trousers to see how badly he was hurt. None could believe his legs were still there. 'My dad's a Vietnam vet who's paralyzed from the waist down,' says Sgt Burghardt. 'I was lying there thinking 'I didn't want to be in a wheel-chair next to my dad and for him to see me like that...'. They started to cut away my pants and I felt a real sharp pain and blood trickling down. Then I wiggled my toes and I thought, 'Good, I'm in business.' As a stretcher was brought over, adrenaline and anger kicked in. 'I decided to walk to the helicopter. I wasn't going to let my team-mates see me being carried away on a stretcher.' He stood and gave the insurgents who had blown him up a one-fingered salute. 'I flipped them one.. It was like, 'OK, I lost that round, but I'll be back next week.'

Copies of a photograph depicting his defiance, taken by Jeff Bundy for the Omaha World-Herald, adorn the walls of homes across America and that of Col John Gronski, the brigade commander in Ramadi, who has hailed the image as an exemplar of the warrior spirit.

Sgt Burghardt's injuries - burns and wounds to his legs and buttocks - kept him off duty for nearly a month and could have earned him a ticket home. But, like his father - who was awarded a Bronze Star and three Purple Hearts for being wounded in action in Vietnam - he stayed in Ramadi to engage in the battle against insurgents, who are forever coming up with more ingenious ways of killing Americans.

Are you proud enough to send this on?

YOU BETCHA I AM!!!

GOD BLESS AMERICA AND OUR TROOPS

IN GOD WE TRUST

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I also enlisted in the United States Army. 12 Bravo,and my secondary 96 Yankee . I started out as a E-nothin, I retired an E-7. I had 4 Ariticle 15's, 1 combat ribbon,

1 purple Heart, and a piece of frag still implanted in my small colan. V.A wants to take it ,but I told 'em to go to Hell!! I am now a 100% Disabled Vet.

I Volenteer as a shuttle driver for the VA here in White City,OR. (AKA Camp White) Its also rewarding for me..Now I can give back. This facility is the only Fully functional Rehab center for Vets in the Entire U.S . There is over 3000 Vets here, from homeless-ness to Alcoholic's ,Drugs. or even medical,and Mental care.

The minimum stay here is 3 months, the average vet will occupie a room here for atleast 6 months. Theres over 1100 hundred care providers as well.

Its always good to know...that the VA Domiciliary is there for all Vets. I'm truly glad I searved, it certainly made me a better Man!! Tor

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Thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country Tor! God Bless - Terry 1/41 FA 56th FAB US Army 1973-'76

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Paratrooper and all who served..

HOOAH, :thumbsupanim it's an Army thing but I love all the Vets out there you guys are the best, that is why I am back over here as a contractor trying to make sure the boys and girls all come back home with all their fingers and toes.

V/R

Tim

RANGERMG

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There is a great movie out about these EOD guys....... The Hurt Locker.... It's a Must See, they are the absolutely the bravest soldiers we have! A lot of Hollywood I'm sure, but a lot of genuine real stuff in it

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A large group of Taliban soldiers are moving down a road when they hear a voice call from behind a sand-dune say, "One Marine is better than ten Taliban."

The Taliban commander quickly sends 10 of his best soldiers over the dune whereupon a gun-battle breaks out and continues for a few minutes, then silence.

The voice then calls out, "One Marine is better than a hundred Taliban soldiers."

Furious, the Taliban commander sends his next best 100 troops over the dune and instantly a huge gun fight commences. After 10 minutes of battle, again silence.

The Marine voice calls out, "One Marine is better than a thousand Taliban."

The enraged Taliban commander musters a thousand fighters and sends them over the dune. Cannon fire, rocket blasts, and machine gun fire rings out as a huge battle rages.

Then silence.

Finally one wounded Taliban fighter crawls back over the dune and with his dying words tells his commander, "Don't send any more men, it's a trap. There are two of them."

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Our soldiers are the toughest there are when in a fight but...

can also be the carinest...this has been around for about three

or four years but it's well worth reminding ourselves just

how good they are deep down...

He is a Chief Master Sergeant in the USAF

As high as you can go in enlisted ranks (E-9)

Wouldn't it be fitting if this went completely around the world!.....

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John Gebhardt's wife, Mindy, said that this little girl's entire family was executed. The insurgents intended to execute the little girl also, and shot her in the head...but they failed to kill her. She was cared for in John's hospital and is healing up, but continues to cry and moan. The nurses said John is the only one who seems to calm her down, so John has spent the last four nights holding her while they both slept in that chair. The girl is coming along with her healing.

He is a real Star of the war, and represents what America is trying to do.

This, my friends, is worth sharing. Go for it!! You'll never see things like this in the news. Please keep this going Nothing will happen if you don't, but the American public needs to see pictures like this and needs to realize that what we're doing over there is making a difference. Even if it is just one little girl at a time.

James Gates U. S. Navy

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Kate Smith

In early 1940, Kate Smith, a fiercely patriotic American and the biggest star on radio, was deeply worried about her country.

She asked Irving Berlin if he could give her a song that would reignite the spirit of American patriotism and faith. He said he had a song that he had written in 1917, but never used it. He said she could have it.

She sat at the piano and played it and realized how good it was. She called Mr. Berlin and told him that she couldn't take this from him for nothing. They agreed that any money that would be made off the song would be donated to the Boy Scouts of America.

Thanks to Kate Smith and Irving Berlin, the Scouts have received millions of dollars in royalties.

This clip is from the movie "You're in the Army Now". You will see a very familiar face towards the end of the clip.

Frank Sinatra said that when Kate Smith, whom he considered the greatest singer of his age, first sang this song on the radio, a million guys got 'dust' in their eyes and had to wipe the tears the 'dust' caused.

If you can watch and listen without 'dust' getting in your eyes, you have no soul. Sit back and enjoy a Real Star.

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An old vet still fighting....

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The U2 spy aircraft, famed for high-altitude Cold War espionage missions over the Soviet Union, is enjoying a new lease of life in Afghanistan as the best spotter of Taliban roadside bombs in the allies’ arsenal.

Four years ago, the Pentagon wanted to retire the aircraft, which took its first test flight more than half a century ago. Since being fitted with new sensors and communications equipment, however, it has become an indispensable eye-in-the-sky for NATO forces.

From its 70,000-foot cruising altitude, the U2's high-resolution camera is capable of spotting slight changes in the country’s dry mud paths where Taliban forces often bury improvised explosive device.

U.S. military officials said that in the lead-up to the recent operation to seize Marjah in central Helmand from the Taliban, a U2 — nicknamed Dragon Lady because of its long wingspan — spotted almost 150 suspected bombs dug into roads and at planned helicopter landing sites around the town.

Its success in this new role is a remarkable transformation in the fortunes of the U2. It was designed in secrecy and began flying spy missions in 1956. In April 1960, a U2 piloted by Gary Powers was shot down over the Soviet Union and, during the Cuban missile crisis in 1962, the aircraft uncovered Soviet nuclear missiles in Cuba.

Although it has been used in every major conflict involving the U.S. since the 1960s, the Pentagon believed that it had outlived its usefulness and wanted it replaced — until Congress saved it from military obsolescence.

Update on the U-2S Dragon Lady...

U-2S Dragon Lady

The second-generation U-2, originally designated U-2R, is based on the original U-2 design but is approximately one-third larger. After a gap of twelve years, the production line was reopened in 1980 for a second production run. Updated continuously over its career, the U-2Rs received new engines, a new electrical generation system, and a digital autopilot in the late 1990s and were redesignated U-2S. The current Reconnaissance Avionics Maintainability Program, or RAMP, replaces the 1960s-vintage cockpit design with three multifunction displays, an upfront control and display unit, and an independent secondary flight display system, showing how technology can unclutter a cockpit.

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Manufacturer: Lockheed

Type: High-Altitude Reconnaissance

Number Built: Approximately 49

First Flight: 28 August 1967 (U-2R)

In Service: 1969 – Present

Notable: Lockheed Martin Corporation, GE Aircraft Engines, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Air Combat Command, and the Defense Intelligence Agency were awarded the 1988 Collier Trophy in 1989 for designing, manufacturing, and operating the U-2S/ER-2 high altitude, all-weather, multi-functional data collection aircraft, which serves as America’s Sentinel of Peace around the world.

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