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MGWillia 03-10-2015 04:48 PM

Are you a Military Veteran?
Not that you are not loved either way,and no shame in either answer, but Stevo asked if there was a way to post a poll on this subject (As tied to the New Hampshire Veterans post)
Did a little research and thought I'd give it a try.

Are you a veteran: Yes or No or choose your branch if you like.

Skip 03-10-2015 04:54 PM

USN & USNR, submarine service and later inshore undersea warfare....

MGWillia 03-10-2015 05:08 PM

US Army
23 Years.... MSG (Ret)

mbhoward 03-10-2015 05:24 PM

USN & USNR, Flight Officer in the EA-6B Prowler, 23 years, last tour Naval War College. Now retired

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baygo 03-10-2015 05:32 PM

USN was not a job. It was an adventure that if I were to do life over again I would definitely include.

Broken Glass 03-10-2015 05:54 PM

USAF 73-80
B-52 and KC-135 mechanic

MOXIE 03-10-2015 06:39 PM

USAF Field Maint (flight line equip mechanic) 1969-1973, 2yrs Viet Nam.

Chubbs 03-10-2015 07:16 PM

SGT. USAF 68-72.. Crew chief B-66 Shaw AFB Korat RTAFB

tis 03-10-2015 07:16 PM

5vets and 3,1 and 3 in the various branches?? How does that work?

MAXUM 03-10-2015 07:27 PM

USN '90 to '94, based out of sunny San Diego CA. 4 years in, finished out as an ABH2(AW). Flight deck crew aboard an aircraft carrier. By far the coolest job ever. What a rush it was however after two very long deployments for two different conflicts, crappy pay, long hours and Clinton as a "boss"... yeah I was all set with that and punched out.

Great experience I'll never regret, chilling and sobering to be 18 years old and in a war zone. There is NOTHING quite like coming back to the USA after seeing how uncivilized and violent the rest of the world can be.

ishoot308 03-10-2015 07:35 PM

Semper Fi
USMC Reserves, 4 years active, got out in 82.

fatlazyless 03-10-2015 07:47 PM

.....regretfully, no military service probably because I was eighteen years old and I hit a #303 out of 365 in the Viet Nam draft lottery back on April 1, 1970, and everyone higher than a 180 was supposedly not to be drafted ..... hut-hut-hut ..... and something like 56,000 American G.I.'s and 2,000,000 Vietnamese got killed in the Viet Nam War between 1966-1974.

I can remember walking over to the Guild's Drug at the corner of Fairfield and Newbury, where deLuca's is now, and buying a Herald to check for my draft lottery number, and what a relief, feeling like I won it big with a #303 ..... no worries man!

.....otherwise you just know I really really wanted to join the Marines as a pvt so's I could be the point man......way out-front... on the rat patrol ...... crawling through the hot, wet, bamboo jungle just south of the dmz... creeping and crawling through the jungle with an ar-15 cradled across my arms and a big 16" bowie knife clinched between my teeth .....
aaaarrrrrrrgggggghh!!! ...... just waiting on the next black pajama charlie out in the jungle there to show ....... but no way Jose ..... was not to be .... now that I hit it big with a #303.

You know that the boxer, Muhammad Ali .....'the mouth from the south' .... ....lost his championship title, and went to prison for three years or so starting in '67 because he refused to get drafted into the Army .... or something.... about the same time.... it was big news ... and today Viet Nam has dedicated a statue for him.

In 1970 my dad was a 55-year old lieutenant commander with 2 1/2 stripes- USNR, having served from '42-'45 active, and in the reserves from '46-'74, and if he he told me once, he told me a hundred times to stay out of the military. He died in 2010, at age 95, and now has a dark blue 'U S Navy' baseball cap resting on top of his dead body chest, inside the coffin, because he really liked the Navy.

whosnext8302 03-10-2015 07:57 PM

USAF Ssgt 65-69 Jet engine mech. Past comander american Legion post 34, life member NHVA.

DRH 03-10-2015 07:58 PM

Many Thanks to our Vets!
I think I probably speak for all the forum members in expressing my heartfelt thanks to all military veterans for your service, and for the sacrifices you have made. It's because of you that the USA is the best country on the planet!

dave603 03-10-2015 08:03 PM

72-77 (extended a year)
Air Force communications (Crypto)
Forgot to add: Navy contractor for the last 20 years working on and off board ship systems.

Irish Choppers 03-10-2015 08:09 PM

US Marines
U.S. Marines "0311" Semper Fi!

Rusty 03-10-2015 08:18 PM

USAF 1961-65...three years in Germany.

ronc4424 03-10-2015 08:43 PM


RLW 03-10-2015 10:13 PM

USNA 1957 to 1963 2 carriers USS Tarawa and USS Lake Champlain (CVS 40 & CVS 39):liplick:

loonguy 03-10-2015 10:22 PM

US Army 1971-1974, 31st Air Defense Artillery Brigade, HAWK Missile Battalion as a result of Draft Lottery #76. After training in Fort Dix, NJ, and Fort Bliss, TX, to track and shoot down enemy aircraft, I was stationed in Southeast.....Florida, where we went on high alert, just in case there was an attack launched from Cuba, whenever Nixon visited his buddy Bebe Rebozo on Key Biscayne.

cessnaair 03-10-2015 10:32 PM

Army 1968-1970 25th Infantry Division Viet Nam

MDoug 03-11-2015 05:31 AM

Usar 1966-1972

rgilfert 03-11-2015 06:20 AM

USN 1971-75 XO of T-AGS-21 Oceanographic Unit One (USNS Bowditch). Fatlazyless, I was #59 in the same's amazing, it has been 45 years and I'll never forget that number.

hoopdawg 03-11-2015 07:04 AM

Us army ret ssg. 1983-2003

BaileyBecca 03-11-2015 07:10 AM

USMC Retired 1983 - 2010. Heartfelt thanks to all who have served!

ApS 03-11-2015 07:23 AM

Great "Work"—Quick Advancement—Drug-free Mandatory...
USN/USNR—a "Spook".



The job was so compelling, I extended my enlistment a year for more technical training. Great years—still communicate with buddies.

Toured Europe on 24¢ a gallon gas...


Originally Posted by MAXUM (Post 241398)
USN '90 to '94, based out of sunny San Diego CA. 4 years in, finished out as an ABH2(AW). Flight deck crew aboard an aircraft carrier. By far the coolest job ever. What a rush it was however after two very long deployments for two different conflicts, crappy pay, long hours and Clinton as a "boss"... yeah I was all set with that and punched out.

Great experience I'll never regret, chilling and sobering to be 18 years old and in a war zone. There is NOTHING quite like coming back to the USA after seeing how uncivilized and violent the rest of the world can be.

There's nothing quite as sobering as to read the sign, "Achtung—Minen" from your car. :eek:

(Unless it's peering down the barrels of Russian tanks at a closed border control point in Europe). :eek2:

Cindido 03-11-2015 07:57 AM

I'd thank each and every one of you individually but I only have so many "thanks" per day

My father was a US Navy 2nd Lieutenant during the Korean War and I'm a proud member of the DAR through my paternal grandmother's family. I was a young girl during the Viet Nam era - so many thanks to all of you who kept me safe and who continue to provide us with all the freedoms we enjoy today:patriot:

SAMIAM 03-11-2015 07:59 AM

5 years USAF Air police/security

Happy Gourmand 03-11-2015 08:04 AM

USNR '65 to '68 USS Kretchmer DD705 USS Saratoga CVA60

Major 03-11-2015 08:16 AM

24 years in the Reserves and National Guard. Enjoyed every second of it.

dt5150 03-11-2015 08:21 AM

USAF 6 years 95-01
Ssgt, KC-135 and KC-10 Boom Operator/Inflight Refueler
32nd ARS McGuire AFB NJ

VitaBene 03-11-2015 08:38 AM

Thank you
Thank you all for your service!!:)

Steveo 03-11-2015 08:41 AM

US Army 71-74
1-yr Corp of Engineers - Ft Belvoir
2-yr USACC Bangkok, Thailand (great duty for single, 20 yr old ;))

Draft lottery: rgilfert I have you beat I was #27, but it was in 71

MGWillia 03-11-2015 09:32 AM

restrictions of the poll

Originally Posted by tis (Post 241397)
5vets and 3,1 and 3 in the various branches?? How does that work?

Probably not very good at making polls. In fact I just figured out the basics when STEVO made the request. As written, the poll only lets you post once. I gave a generic option of "Yes" for those who may prefer not to mention their branch. So it's the total of all the yes and all the branches. Sorry for any confusion.

thom45 03-11-2015 09:48 AM

I was in the US Navy Seabees from 1968 to 1972. I had a tour in Vietnam and was rewarded with a year in GITMO. I was pre-lottery but knew what I had to do.

Tired of Waiting 03-11-2015 09:54 AM

USAF 1967 - 1971

55th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing, Offutt AFB NB.

Worked on the RC-135 Recon birds.

Each time I think of my time or write of my time I always have a tear in my eye for the 19 friends that I lost on a very bad day for our unit. It was the day we lost the bird Rivet Amber, call sign Irene 92, with all crew on board. 5-June-1969. Six of those nineteen I worked with directly. They are the six sergeants shown in the second crew photo at the page I linked to.

There is a very good story written by Kingdon R. "King" Hawes Lt Col, USAF (Ret.)

It's The Tail of Two Airplanes. Found here:

The story of Rivet Amber starts on page 10 found here:

I thank all those who served in the military and those who did not for their support.


upthesaukee 03-11-2015 10:29 AM

I was stationed at Eielson AFB from 1967 to 1972...
I was an Air Traffic Controller working in the Control Tower at Eielson, and remember well the 6th SW, and the 55th SRW. From our perch 108 ft above the tarmac, we spent a lot of time watching the RC135's and the KC135's parked on the flight line.

I remember well the loss of Rivet Amber, and the massive search for the crash site. It was definitely a very sad day for the Eielson AFB family, as all the units on the base were tenant units except the Alaskan Air Command units, and we all worked together to get the mission accomplished.

Thanks for sharing.

Back to our regularly scheduled program...

TMI Guy 03-11-2015 10:36 AM

Retired after 24 years total service USN/USNR.

P-3C Orion Naval Flight Officer.

Just Sold 03-11-2015 11:01 AM

USN/USNR 1969-1975
Operations Specialist 3rd Class (Radar Operator) Attended Class A School, Great Lakes Naval Training Center
Served aboard the USS Little Rock, CLG-4 1971-1973 - N. Atlantic, Mediterranean, Caribbean, Guantanamo Bay Naval Training Center, Cuba.
USNR - 69-71 Lawrence MA Reserve Center, 73-75 - Inshore/Undersea Warfare Reserve Center at Deer Island, Boston Harbor in a WWII bunker
The USS Little Rock is now in Buffalo, NY on Lake Erie:

MGWillia 03-11-2015 01:02 PM

A little more ware & tear over the years.
2 Attachment(s)

first in 75, second 94, four years before I retired in

Andrea.wiltfong 03-11-2015 01:26 PM

My Husband
Today is my husbands official medical retirement after 26 years of service in the Army, Army Reserves, Army National Guard.... 3 overseas deployments one of which was desert storm, onto the next chapter of his if only he could decide what that will be :-)

CPS 03-11-2015 07:19 PM

USNR/USN 65-67 two Vietnam deployments aboard the USS Ticonderoga CVA=14. I was a DMSN assigned to the Air Intelligence Office aboard.

trfour 03-12-2015 08:37 AM

4 Attachment(s)
US Army Signal Corps- Specialist E4 31M20 = Radio Relay Carrier and Attendant, 1965-1968. Served on an isolated Radio Relay site on the East boarder, Germany / Russia. Got to look out from the radio van and see the Russian missiles pointed right at us. Life expectancy should the fan get hit was just under 6 seconds. Operated and repaired AN/TRC 24 tube type radios sending and receiving voice com, and computer ADL = Automatic Data Link, to control our missiles using Line Of Sight Antennas. Also was licensed to drive passenger bus, 5 Ton, 2 1/2 Ton, 3/4 Ton and the M151 Army Jeep that had independent suspension and would flip on a dime. :)

AN/TRC 24 radio stacks, and yours truly...


Driving passenger bus, Germany.
Buddy's and I, taken at Boot Camp, Fort Dix NJ.

Sunbeam lodge 03-21-2015 04:44 PM

Military Veteran

Are you a veteran: Yes or No or choose your branch if you like.
Drafted in 1952, Basic training Indiantown Gap Penn. 5th Regimental Combat team served with 24th and 2nd div in Punch Bowl, Korea. Combat Infantry Badge. Discharged as Staff 53.

Bob M 03-22-2015 01:58 PM

Military Veteran
USAF 1962 - 1966

After Tech School in Texas I spent 45 months at Loring AFB from Jun of '62 to March of '66.

Winni-Retired 03-22-2015 02:50 PM

Veteran - US Army
I graduated high school (1964) and was drafted .. heck I even got a personal letter from President Johnson to come spend two years in the Army.

Served as a UH-1D Huey, 91A10 (Combat Medic) -- 91B20 (Medical Specialist).

I completed my post active duty military obligation (4 years) with a USAR medical unit.

Time flew by and I stayed in the reserves for a total of 22 years, giving me 24 years total military service.

I left the USAR as a Major (04), MSC (Operations Officer) in 1988

-nordic- 07-07-2019 10:08 AM

veteran Army
US Army 1971-1974, MOS 96D, Image Interpretation

MDoug 07-07-2019 10:13 AM

Army, the old USAFSTC, Munitions Bldg, DC

camp guy 07-11-2019 01:53 PM

Are you a Military Veteran
US Army, 1965 - 1968 (RVN 1966-1967), medic & medical company clerk, can you say "Radar"

Tallyho 07-13-2019 03:15 PM

Are you a veteran?
USAF, 3 active, 6 ANG. Crew chief, Maintenance Control, Autopilot Tech.

MV1 07-20-2019 08:29 AM

US Army Europe 70-73

Jeanzb1 07-21-2019 09:00 AM

Are you a Military Veteran?
My husband graduated from Norwich University, which is a military college. Then he was Army active duty ‘68 - ‘70, armor division.

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bigdog 07-21-2019 09:37 AM

U.S.Army 1968-1980

barefootbay 08-31-2019 05:39 PM

USNavy 1965 - 1969 Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class , 7th fleet

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