I can't throw away my jacket.

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  1. M2 Carbine

    M2 Carbine

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    I have an old Army field jacket. The lining and the pockets are torn and there's a couple rips in the jacket but I can't bring myself to throw it away.
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    About 6-7 years before I retired I flew the same job, out of Rockport Texas, with this fellow (wearing the hat, I'm on the right). He was a ex Army Major, Vietnam helicopter gunship pilot.
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    Great guy. He was one of those wild guys that you either instantly dislike or really enjoy being around him him.
    Once his girlfriend shot holes in his car as he was driving away, but that's another story.:supergrin:
    His name was Mike.

    We flew the Bell 206L and 407 and worked good with each other. He could be counted on to CYA.

    A year or so before I retired I mentioned to Mike that years before I really liked my old Marine Corps field jacket.
    Soon Mike showed up at work with this field jacket and gave it to me.

    Shortly after I retired he crashed in bad weather on a offshore heliport. The helicopter fell about 100 feet to the water killing the pilot and all but one passenger.
    Mke was blamed, pilot error.
    I called the company and said that's BS. Mike was too good a pilot to make the mistakes they said he had. He and I had flown in some real bad s*** a number of times. He was cool and experienced.

    After a NTSB investigation he was cleared. A loose electrical conduit on the heliport had hung his skid causing him to lose control and crash.

    Over the years I've known dozens of pilots that have been killed but Mike's death really hit me hard.



    Anyhow I seem to keep grabbing this old raggedy jacket when heading out the door...........
    like I'm doing now.
     
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  2. tbhracing

    tbhracing Senior Member

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    I say keep it then and thank you for sharing with us! :)
     
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  3. KiloBravo

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    Hey M2...


    It sounds like he was truly a great man and an even better pilot. I undertand why you could never part with that jacket. It is something cool and useful to remember your friend by.

    May he RIP and thank you both for your service to this country. It is most appreciated!
     
  4. Zonny

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    Keep it. No question. If you still want to wear and it's no longer 'wearable', have it fixed. New linings would easily be sewn into the pockets and patches will mend the rips. Very possibly those could be repaired by sewing also.

    If you want to keep it strictly for sentimental reasons, you're good to go.

    Few people in life touch your heart the way this man obviously did yours. You deserve to keep the shaggy jacket to keep him close to yours. :wavey:
     
  5. cadillacguns

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    I got the OD Green same as you and the Woodland pattern, wish I could fit in either.
     
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    thank you for sharing the deep affection you had and have for your friend; you have a big heart and he lives with you still.



    -Brady-
     
  7. raven11

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    Thanks for sharing the story M2. Sounds like he lived life to the fullest
     
  8. fireguy129

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    BJ sounds like a real interesting character. Id definitely keep the jacket, regardless of condition.
     
  9. Lone_Wolfe

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    I'd never be able to part with that jacket either. I hope you continue to wear it in the best of health. That's the best way to honor your friend.
     
  10. HerrGlock

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    Then don't throw it away. You've earned it, it's earned its place to be worn. Who give a kitty what people think about it anyway :supergrin:

    (Edit) Nice squashed bug on your hat! :thumbsup:
     
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  11. mr00jimbo

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    Thank-you for sharing the story and of course keep the jacket!
     
  12. MtBaldy

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    Keep the jacket, get it repaired. Friends like that are rare.
     
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    That jacket would be in my closet when they come to clean out my stuff after the funeral.
     
  14. tous

    tous GET A ROPE!

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    I still have my reefer and bridge coat. They're all worn out, but still warm and comfy as heck.
     
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    Absolutely-----I would definitely keep it.
     
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    Don't throw it away Buck:patriot:
     
  17. M2 Carbine

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    I agree with you all.
    One way or the other I'll have the jacket for the rest of my days.


    I hope where ever Mike is there's Women to chase, Beer to drink, Helicopters to fly and guys to laugh at his jokes.:)
    RIP Mike.
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  18. Ol Timer

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    You cannot discard it. I won't suggest to have it darned, just wear that old rag with pride.
     
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    :cheers:
     
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  20. Ersatz

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    Neat story. Rather than stick it in your closet, you could get it framed. Hang it in your den and provide a conversation starter and constant reminder of your buddy.
     
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