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7 Tours in VietNam

Discussion in 'Veteran's Forum' started by RenegadeGlocker, Feb 20, 2006.

  1. RenegadeGlocker


    Jul 8, 2001
    Someone told me another person had served 7 tours in VN. I thought a tour was 13 months, so 7 is a long time.

    Is this realistic?
  2. habu3


    Aug 17, 2005
    Northern VA
    Numerically it is possible, but I don't know. I'm not sure any of the services sent anyone over there that many times. In my early days in the USAF I had a commander that spent 7 years there. But over 6 of it was as a guest of N Vietnam.

  3. I think Billy Waugh{sp} SF type spent the most time incountry,, can't remember dates now but think it was 5 or 6 years
  4. FLBob


    Mar 20, 2006
    gainesville FL
    Medal of Honor winner Franklin D.Miller spent 6 yrs(66-72)
    in Vietnam,most of it in Studies and Observation Group(MACVSOG).
    7 tours was possible,just rare.
  5. NDGlock

    NDGlock OIF2, KFOR12

    Jul 22, 2001
    North Dakota
    My Dad did 3 tours: 1st ID, LRRP, MACV. I thought that was a lot.

    I guess 7 would be possible but it would be nice to see which units the tours were with.
  6. BilltheCat

    BilltheCat Quieter Cat Millennium Member

    Apr 4, 1999
    Sanford, Florida
    damn. I couldnt finish one and thought it would never end.
  7. matsig

    matsig Millennium Member

    Dec 7, 1999
    geneva, Fl
    There was a guy who wanted to walk out. Yes walk out of Vietnam after the end of the war. If I remember correctly he was 1st LT.
    My dad and neighbors used to laugh about what an idiot he was.(Army brat lived on post til I was 17)

    I do know that he made it to thailand and lived and was kicked out of the army
  8. Waterwagonboom

    Waterwagonboom MIG bait

    May 29, 2006
    A bit west of cowtown
    Which branch of service? If Army or Marine I would have trouble buying that. Some "tours" were shorter than 13 months. Mine were. Bomber crews were 6 months and Tankers less. SAC crews were TDY, not PCS, thus, shorter tours. Of course, during 24 years I've never been on a road trip that got me home on time!
  9. lefteye


    Feb 6, 2006
    Guess I assumed it was 12 months for people on the ground. Mine was. Oct.'69 - Oct. '70. Some buddies stayed for an early-out.
  10. Glock 21 Dan

    Glock 21 Dan NRA Member

    Apr 15, 2004
    A "tour" for the army was 1 year. Arrived 18 Sep 67, left 18 Sep 68.
  11. Jack23

    Jack23 I. B. Glockin'

    Feb 10, 2005
    Deer Park, Texas
    With the Marines a "Tour" is 13 months. I served in Vietnam in '66. I can't recall ever hearing anyone serve more than 3 tours. By that time the toll physically, pshchologically, and emotionally would have been tremendous. I seriously doubt that anyone would have been allowed to serve more than 3 tours. 7 would be all but impossible, I would think.
  12. JimmyMN

    JimmyMN Veteran Member

    Sep 24, 2005
    When I was there from 69-70, and Army "tour" was 12 months. That was more than half of my total Army "career" of 23 1/2 months...heh.
  13. hogship

    hogship It's MY Island

    I knew a TI (Helicopter Tech Inspector) that stayed for 3-4 one year tours. His job wasn't the most dangerous you've ever heard of, so it's possible. He, if I'm remembering right, wanted to open an ice cream store when he returned. He probably did!

  14. KenF


    Mar 3, 2001
    Houston, TX, USA
    I met this guy at a reunion a few years ago. It was an Army Security Agency reunion for Southeast Asia veterans of the Vietnam war.

    He had 9 tours, if I remember correctly. Starting in 55 or 56 (before the French left). I think at the time he was an Airborne Ranger, and the Army sent his unit to train with the legionairres or something like that.

    Very interesting fella to talk to.
  15. Juell

    Juell Gun Nut that is

    Dec 1, 2003
    I just finished reading his book "Hunting the Jackal" Awesome book BTW, and it details quite a bit of his experiences in VN.
  16. stengun


    Nov 20, 2004
    Bugtussell, AR

    I know of several men that did 2, 3 and 4 tours in 'Nam. They always went home between tours and didn't stay over there the entire time.

    My wife's uncle did 5 tours starting in '64. He come home one time for nearly a year. He got married and when he found out his wife was knocked up, he went back to 'Nam for 2 more tours.