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Old 11-01-2008, 03:33 PM   #1
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Military History

OK. So on another thread (creamed chipped beef), I noticed Michael in FTW was at one time stationed and NAS Millington, Tennesee. It brought back memories for me as I too spent time there (1 year to be exact). So I propose that all of you ex or present military out there list where you've been stationed. For me, here is where I've been, in order:

1. Boot Camp - NAS Great Lakes, Illinois
2. BE&E school,AVA-school, and Advanced First Term Avionics (AFTA) - NAS Millington, Tennesee.
3. Shore Duty at NAS North Island, Coranado Island, San Diego, CA.
4. Sea Duty on USS Ranger, Squadron VS-29 Vikings, Home Port - NAS North Island
5. Shore Duty, at NAS North Island
6. Sea Duty on USS KittyHawk, squadron VS-38, Home Port - NAS North Island

Ports visited:
Pearl Harbor Hawaii
Subic Bay, Phillipines
Yakosku (sp), Japan
Perth, Australia
Pusan, Korea

Favorite activities on shore: Horseback riding, Judo, and roller skating at Millington, Hanging out with freinds

Dirt-biking, scuba, ball-room dancing, young-adult church activities, and wife hunting at North Island,

go-kart racing, various tours in port, trying loca foods, snorkeling while overseas

Playing Spades, and Dungeons & Dragons, writing novels, watching air ops, watching dolphins play in the wake, watching the beautiful ocean while at sea.

Began really learning to cook while stationed in San Diego, though I'd always had a knack for throwing things together and making them taste pretty good from about 12 years old on.

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Old 11-01-2008, 10:54 PM   #2
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I did a stretch at the Salvation Army in South Omaha in the 80's ("word up" to all of you youngsters who desire a career in music)

Didn't visit any "ports", although Port wine was a popular beverage amongst the old-timers

Favorite Activities

Kitchen duty

Just for clarification, I hope everyone realizes this was tongue-in-cheek. And I would like to offer up my heartfelt thanks to all of you who have served, or are currently serving in the Military. At the risk of sounding cliche', I for one realize that freedom isn't free, and I hope everyone appreciates that.

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Old 11-01-2008, 11:41 PM   #3
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Lackland AFB San Antonio Texas
Chanute field Rantoul Ill Propeller tech school 19 weeks
Yakota air base close to Tokyo 2 yrs
Okinawa 2 weeks
Iwo Jima over night
Wake Island about 10 hours
Mid Way Island 6 hours
Hawaii 1 week
Travis AFB California in and out of Travis many times
Mccord AFB Tacoma WA. 1 1/2 yrs
Anchorage Alaska 8 times about six months temparary duty
Fairbanks Alaska -72*F below zero when I landed there 3 days
Portland Or.1 week
Home to Des Moines
4 yrs United States Air Force
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Would not take a million dollars for my experience but would not do it again for any amount of money
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Old 11-02-2008, 04:13 AM   #4
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June 1962

Fort Gordon, Augusta Georgia, 8 weeks basic training and after a week of leave 16 weeks of radio operator training (the first week was KP - I had pots and pans :) and then learning morse code so that it became an automatic reflex.

Fort Dix New Jersey to be shipped (flown) out

The remainder of three years volunteer service with the 3rd Armored Cavalry in Kaiserslautern, German. It was almost a vacation. Would not repeat but I'm glad I served. Hardest thing I had to do was to get used to the revolving radio shift schedule. Kinda messed up my sleep. :)

I smile about something that wasn't a smiling matter really, the boys were by then dying in South Vietnam.
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Old 11-02-2008, 09:15 AM   #5
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Smile U.S. Navy veteran

1. Boot Camp ~ USNRTC,Great Lakes, IL
2. VS-30, NAS, Boca Chica, FL
3. MT "A" School, Virginia Beach, VA
4. TALOS Missile School, Mare Island, CA
5. USS Columbus CG-12

Ports Visited:

Long Beach, CA
San Francisco, CA
San Diego, CA
Pearl Harbor, Hawaii
Subic Bay, Philippines (many times)
Hong Kong, China (3 times)
Yokosuka, Japan (3 times)
Sasebo, Japan (2 times)
Kagoshima, Japan
Kure, Japan
Beppu, Japan
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Old 11-02-2008, 09:15 AM   #6
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Fort Dix, NJ
Indiantown Gap, PA (lotsa KP & DRO)
Fort Benjamin Harrison, IN
Fort Knox, KY
Camp Darby, Italy (Great chow and pheasant hunting near Firenze)
Bologna- TDY
Rome- TDY (Bad place to be driving a 10 ton tactical tractor-trailer)
Verona- TDY
Vicenza- TDY
Governor's Island, NY
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Old 11-02-2008, 09:24 AM   #7
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I thank all of you serving or having served in any branch of the military. In war or in peacetime.
From the bottom of my heart

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Old 11-02-2008, 09:58 AM   #8
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Originally Posted by quicksilver View Post
I thank all of you serving or having served in any branch of the military. In war or in peacetime.
From the bottom of my heart

Thanks, but with the exception of guys who volunteered for things like Spritz’s Navy, many of us really didn’t have much choice.
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Old 11-02-2008, 11:23 AM   #9
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A heartfelt THANK YOU to any and all veterans, currently serving or retired.

I never served. I should have. I had a US Army recruiter chasing me in high school. He was going to put me into Intelligence. That scary thing is, I probably would have done very well there, as that's how I think.

I'm a Navy brat. I was born in a Navy hospital in Portsmouth, VA. I don't remember it, but we lived in Millington, TN, for about 6 months, where my little sister was born. After that, we moved to Japan for 3 1/2 years. A little while in Nagasaki, and the remainder in Yokohoma. I barely remember Nagasaki, and have a lot of memories Yokohoma. When we came back state-side, my dad was stationed at NAS Oceana for awhile, then shipped out to the USS Nimitz after the Lybians tried to launch a couple fighters at her. I did spend a week on board the USS Nimitz on a Father-Tiger cruise. After that, about a year or so, my dad retired out of the US Navy and we moved back to OK.
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Old 11-02-2008, 01:58 PM   #10
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and a big THANK YOU FROM MY FAMILY AND I TOO. i have a son that has been in the USN since 12/1999. he graduated from boot camp in great lakes, ill, has been all over the world since and is now doing shore duty in washington. i have to say "i am EXTREMELY PROUD of him. again, a big THANK YOU to all who have and are now serving. I APPRICIATE and LOVE you all. you are our HERO'S.

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