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Vets, tell us about your service

Discussion in 'Veteran's Forum' started by J. Parker, Apr 22, 2004.

  1. J. Parker

    J. Parker

    May 24, 2000
    Ephrata, Wa.
    Thanks GT, I appreciate this. I'll never forget my service to my country. Vets please chime in and tell us your service. I was in the USAF for two hitches.
    Lackland AFB, Texas
    Keesler AFB, Miss.
    Clark AB, Philippines
    Grissom AFB, Indiana
    Phan Rang AB, Viet Nam
    Edwards AFB, California
    God bless America, God bless my family, and God bless my fellow brothers and sisters of GlockTalk. Sincerely, John Parker

  2. Steve in PA

    Steve in PA

    Mar 1, 2000
    Well lets see.......

    I joined the USMC in Sept after highschool in 1979. After surviving boot camp at Parris Island, I went to Camp LeJeune, was an 0351 Anti-tank assaultman. But cross trained as an 0331 M-60 machinegunner and spent my last year as an 0341 60mm mortargunner.

    I did three tours overseas, Med Cruises as we called them. I've been to way too many places to even begin to list. A couple of years ago I joined the PA Army National Guard for a few extra bucks during a tough period. In the USMC, especially among the grunts, it was custom to write all the ports you visited or places you've been to on your seabags. Well, for my first dril with the NG I brought all my gear in with a seabag from my days in the USMC. LOL......the bag is covered, I mean covered with all the places I've been too. Cities in Spain, France, Italy, Greece, Isreal (sp?), etc, etc......I think eveyone's jaw dropped when they started reading them.

    I also did 6 months in Beirut. I was there for the bombing of the US Embassy, but home and discharged when they bombed the Marine Barracks. I've got tons of pictures from my time in the Corps.

    As I said I also did a couple of years in the NG as an M1 tanks crewman, driver and loader.
  3. Chopperdog


    Feb 29, 2004
    Metro Atlanta
    I was in the Navy for 8 years as an Aviation Electrician's Mate. I used to work on S-3, P-3, H-60, and F/A-18 aircraft. I have been stationed at NAS North Island, CA and NAS Patuxent River, MD. Patuxent River was kinda cool. It is the Navy's air test center. Lots of flight test aircraft and prototypes. I actually stayed there for a year after I got out of the Nav and worked for Boeing on the Super Hornet flight test program.

    I have been floating on USS Kitty Hawk, USS Nimitz, USS Abraham Lincoln, USS Harry S. Truman. All the cruises that I made were all Westpac, or western pacific/Indian ocean/arabian gulf cruises. Those were long. I got to visit a lot of really cool places though. I liked going to other countries and seeing how other cultures lived. I have also visited other bases in the US on detachments.

    I enjoyed my time in the Nav. Sometimes I wish I was still in.
  4. JaviFL


    Oct 2, 2003
    South FL
    Four years in the Navy as a hospital corpsman (91-95). Spent some time in San Diego for boot and corps school. Then went to Naval Hospital Jacksonville, FL. From there I went to Camp Johnson in NC for field medical school (any other docs out there remember Sgt. Sosinsky (sp)?)
    I was attached to 2nd FSSG in Camp Lejeune NC. Did a med cruise with MSSG 22. We were on board the USS Gunston Hall. Had a blast.

    As other have also said, I still miss being in the service sometimes.
  5. CRC

    CRC Sarah's Dad

    Aug 29, 2002
    New Hampshire
    Hello fellow Vets,

    I was with the 3rd US Infantry(TOG), first in Washington, DC at Ft. McNair (CINC Guard) and then at Ft. Myer in Arlington, VA. I was with TOG from 1986-1990. Although this is an infantry unit, TOG is the official ceremonial unit for the US Army. My main job was honoring fallen veterans as a member of a firing party, mostly at Arlington National Cemetery. I was also involved with ceremonies at the White House, Capital Building, Pentagon, other government facilities and historically significant monuments. I was involved with the inauguration of President Bush in 1988.

    After being a civilian for about 6 months I was recalled to active duty in January 1991 in support of Operation Desert Storm. I ended up at Ft. Lewis in Washington State from January 1991 thru March 1991. After the ground war ended, I was once again discharged.

    Being involved with military funerals for most of my time in service, I have a deep respect for all of my fellow veterans serving in every capacity, modality and branch.

    A sincere thank you to all who have served, fought, lived and died wearing the uniform. I appreciate you! ;?


    Jun 11, 2001
    US Navy - 1989 to 1999

    Was an HT, (welder/fabricator/metalworker)
    made it to HT1, before leaving in 1999.

    USS Shenandoah (welder - worked in 11A, Shipfitter Shop)
    -deployed for Desert Storm/Shield, and 2 med tours.

    San Diego CA (NDT School)

    USS Canopus (NDT Inspector)

    USS America (NDT Inspector)
    -deployed to and particpated in Bosnia/Herzegovina

    Submarine Base Kings Bay (Physical Security/Police)

    Any old shipmates on here...give me a PM..
  7. RussP

    RussP Moderator

    Jan 23, 2003
    Central Virginia
    I actually was considering an Air Force career when I suffered an injury that took me off flight status. Couldn't see staying in if I couldn't fly.

    I served four years, 1967 - 1971 as a still photographer with stateside duty at Orlando AFB and Vandenberg AFB, numerous TDYs, and SEA.

    Being a professional photgrapher when I joined, they immediately put me on an Alert Team which meant we got to go to all the fun places when anything happened. We had three teams at Orlando that rotated stand-by. When the Pueblo was captured, I was "up". I went from Orlando to Osan, Korea in 36 hours. That included an overnight in Japan. We arrived in lightweight flightsuits and flight jackets to weather that was miserably cold, wet cold. I'll never forget that "cold".
    One of our teams with my buddy Woody Browder on board was up when the 7-Day war happened. The darn thing was over before his crew got to the Mediterranean. And I was lucky not to be up when the Congo Airlift started. Another buddy drew that TDY. It was miserable.

    Did two tours in SEA flying right seat and back seat and as crew member with some of the bravest and best pilots and crews ever from the 56th Air Commando Wing at NKP, Thailand.
    The units included the Guess I had one of the best jobs going and could have stayed on the ground a lot more when I got to SEA by working at the base newspaper.

    But, after a couple of FAC missions over the Trail, I was hooked and became known as "that photographer who'll go anywhere".

    After a few missions with him, one FAC pilot decided I needed to know how to fly, so he and a couple other Nails (23rd TASS call sign)taught me over the next three months in the O2-A.

    I was one lucky Airman!!

    This is longer than I expected, sorry... but, then, that's what this forum is here for!!!

    Thanks, Patricia, Eric!
  8. 8yrs 4 months USAF 1986-1994 Communications Sys Specialist

    Long over seas tours served:

    Yokota AB Japan
    Kadena AB/Camp Foster Okinawa

    state side
    Scott AFB , IL

    Did numerous TDYs in PCAF arena at Osan/Kunsan/Suwon AB ROK, Clark AB P.I , Ft Buckner Okiniawa, Misawa AB /Fuchu/Tachikwa Japan and Wake Isl.
  9. Fred

    Fred Millennium Member Lifetime Member

    Dec 17, 1998
    this is the first time I realized we have a veteran's forum ;J

    For me it was the U.S. Army, 7th Medical Group, stationed in Germany from 1966 to 1968. Originally scheduled to go to Vietnam, but my brother was already there so I was reassigned to Germany.
  10. glockjeeper

    glockjeeper G19/J Frame fan

    Sep 9, 2000
    I first joined up in the ARMY in June '92. Ft. Sill for basic and Ft. Lee for AIT. My MOS was originally 76V, Material Management Specialist (if I remember correctly), which was later combined with 76P to become 92A). Then went to Germany for two years. Was at Harvey Barracks in Kitzingen with the 3rdID. After active duty I did a 5 year hitch with an Engineer unit with the KY National Guard. Got out in '99 and then came back in '02 with those Engineers for a deployment for Operation Noble Eagle (which I'm still on) as a 91W medic, after having got my EMT license the year before.

    After this I'm getting out or at least transferring to the AIR Guard. More rank to be had. There are no positions for me to advance in my current MOS, which I'm not changing, in the ARMY Guard. Any of you that have been in the National Guard or Reserve may know how that works and it can suck.
  11. spetsnaz777

    spetsnaz777 Team 9mmx19

    Aug 9, 2000
    Arlington, Virginia
    Enlisted in 1996

    Stationed at Ft.Hood TX from Jan 1997 to August 2002

    Deployed to Bosnia & Hersegovina three times, Hungary and Croatia.

    Finished my enlistment at Ft.Myer VA.
  12. Ravenn


    Oct 24, 2003
    Enlisted Oct. 1968, Basic at Ft.Gordon,AIT at Ft.Sill, Viet Nam Mar '69 to Mar 70,Sgt. E-5, artillery. Purple Heart (incoming fire has the Right of way!)
  13. Roland-G23

    Roland-G23 STI Convert

    Dec 29, 2000
    Albany, OR USA
    I had always been interested in serving in the military when I was kid. I remember seeing Tora, Tora, Tora in elementary school, and watched Black Sheep Squadron on TV. I built model planes, tanks, ships, etc. I also began reading books about WWII when I was in 5th grade, like "30 Seconds Over Tokyo" and others.

    When I was 16, I began researching each branch, began visiting the recruiters, and took the ASVAB. I enlisted in the Army under the Delayed Entry Program in Nov. 1983.

    I went to Basic and AIT at Ft. Sill, OK in Feb. 84, then to Airborne School at Ft. Benning, GA in July 84, and to my permanent (and only) duty station of Ft. Bragg, NC in Aug. 84.

    I was assigned to B BTRY (TAB), 26th FA (ABN), 18th FA BDE. Eventually our unit was redesignated as the 1st FAD, XVIII ABN CORPS ARTY. I was a 13R Field Artillery Firefinder Radar Operator. I spent a year outside of my MOS serving as the Unit Armorer after completing the Unit Armorer Course in Feb. 85. I also went to an RTO course, Field Sanitation course, Advanced Lifesaving course, and the Primary Leadership Development Course (as a SP4 in May 87). We got to go a few places, mostly off-post FTX's, went to Rhode Island for the Rhode Island Special Forces National Guard invitational parachute competition. We jumped at an airshow in Atlanta, GA (that was a lot of fun, got to see a C130 with JATOs take off). Went to Ft. Irwin, CA with the 187th INF BDE in 1987 for several weeks TDY. We had this ancient (2 of them) AN/TPS 58B ground surveillance radar system that the 187th wanted to use at the NTC against the Soviet-styled OPFOR. When I got back from TDY there, the points came down enough for me to make E5. I ETS'ed in Feb. 88 and joined the FLARNG as an 11C with the CSC 2nd BN, 124th INF. I got out in Nov. 89.

    I relished serving my country, and if I had to do it all over again, I wouldn't hesitate. I used the VEAP to go to college, and earn a BA, and MA in History.
  14. gdog

    gdog Be Prepared

    Apr 19, 2004
    New boy here. I was in the Army, MI, 73-79. Stationed in West Germany (at the time there were two of them). We helped keep an eye on the Soviets in Czechoslovakia.
  15. DocH

    DocH Man of Sorrows

    Mar 24, 2004
    I see quite a few other guys here who wore a dixie cup on their noggins! Navy here too,during Kennedy years,and the Missle Crises. Steamed in front that blasted island for 32 days watching the Russians haul missles out of there.Gunners Mate,on LST with 3" 50 cal,
    rapid fire cannons, two dual gun turrets forward and one aft.Mine was Mount 31,forward,port side. Had an fire control technician from Tennesee. Never failed to get the most direct hits on sled and drone shoots of any of the gunners,thanks to him.
    I was hanging over the side of my gun tub in a boatswain chair painting the cross anchors on my gun tub the day Pres. Kennedy was shot.
    A guy from Ohio named Wright leaned over and yelled my name and said,"Some flake just put the hurt on Kennedy." The rest is history
  16. RussP

    RussP Moderator

    Jan 23, 2003
    Central Virginia
    DocH, when you enlisted, how old did you say you were? ;f

    When you were patrolling those waters, I was a junior in high school. One day in the middle of that, our French teacher, Mr. Cowherd, came into class and said, "We have fired on the island of Cuba. We are at war."

    Girls and guys started crying, someone said, 'I want to go home.'"

    After a few moments, he said, "What I just said is not true. I want you now to write down in French how you felt, your emotions."

    We did. And some of us also wrote how we felt about him lying to us.

    Everyone received an "A".

    At the time my two closest cousins had been called to active duty from the Air Force Reserve and the Navy Reserve. They were the first ones I thought about and wrote about.

    Thanks for being out there then ;?

    And Kennedy, I've always wondered how different Vietnam might have been without Johnson (;l ;t )
  17. cowboywannabe

    cowboywannabe you savvy?

    Jan 26, 2001
    Bosn'mate officially, had to pull duty as a gunners mate and a quarter master when the billets were open and no one to fill them.

    2 years aboard a ship, 3 years SaR.....

    great lakes, caribbean and gulf war I.
  18. ejerman


    Apr 16, 2004
    New Hampshire
    4 years in the Marine Corps as 3531 (Motor T). Started at P.I. and stationed at Camp Lejeune, then attached to MSSG 26 for 2 Med. floats. Like Steve said, been to more foreign cities/ countries than I can recall. The highlight for me was leaving for the second float right after 9/11 and then getting to go into Afghanistan for a couple of months. Was a good time, but it wasn't for me. Got promoted to Lance Corporal TWICE ;) and decided to call it quits.
  19. cliffb


    Apr 2, 2001
    USN 1971 to 1992.
    Boot camp in San Diego when I was 17 years old. Turned 18 while in Millington, TN going to ADJ-A school. Turned 19 in Tonkin Gulf on the USS Enterprise. Being a teenager in Olongapo in 1972 was a real experience.
    Retired in 1992 as an AT Chief out of the Hornet RAG (VFA-125) in Lemoore. In those years I floated on the Big E, Connie, Ranger and the FID. Been a lot of places and seen things that most people can only imagine.
    It was a great time and I would do it again if I could. Heck, after 9-11 I was real tempted to see if the Navy needed a 48 year old Hornet or Prowler Maintenance Chief.