There is a Custer/Fort Riley connection, however. The 7th Cavalry Regiment (Custer was Lt. Col., second in command) was headquartered at Fort Riley during the campaigns against the Southern Plains tribes, 1867 to 1869. Custer served part of his court-martial suspension in 1868 at Fort Riley as a guest in General Phil Sheridan's quarters.
Served in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve from 1976 - 1981. I was the Training Officer for a SAR unit in Northern Michigan...
It certainly was a small part in a much bigger picture, but I did faithfully serve my country!
Stay alert...stay safe!
U.S.Armry,Infantry. & Ohio Army National Gaurd,Infantry Thanks to all who served,may god bless you and those now serving. John
US Army Infantry
Ft. Irwin, CA
US Army 1985 to 1988.
67T1F - Black Hawk Helicopter Crew Chief.
Ft. Jackson for Basic, Ft. Eustis for school, Ft Campbell for 1st duty post, and finally Camp Casey, Korea. Got out as a Spec4, but nobody in my MOS was getting promoted. Points never came off of 999 while I was in.
158th Avn Bn camp Evans march- June 1968-9 RVN. 67N20 Huey slicks.
101st Avn Bn Phu Bai sept-march 68-69 cobra company ets Spec 4
US Navy from Sept. 10, 1986 to Dec 15, 1993.
I was a Firecontrol Tech. 1st class on discharge.
Desert Shield / Desert Storm Vet. I was in the Persian Gulf from Jan 5th 1991 until Sept. 1991.
Saw combat. We got shot at much more than I would have expected from the Iraqi solders who were dropped off on the oil and gas rigs in out in the Gulf before their "Navy" ceased to exist.
Ships I was stationed on during my time in the Navy:
USS Wisconsin BB-64 (Plankowner)
USS R. K. Turner CG-20 (The ship I was on during the Gulf War)
I was injured in a shipboard accident on the Turner off the coast of GITMO in Feb. 1992. I destroyed my knees and had to have them reconstructed. After which, I was medically discharged in Dec. 1993.
Too bad too, I could have retired this last September had I been able to stay in, and I was planning on going the whole 20 years. I loved the Navy. I still miss it.
USAF from 1978 to 1986. Hospital troop (shot x-rays and assisted oral surgery), youngest Launch Facility Manager in SAC, 320 SMS. One job I don't talk about. Don't really miss it but if all the commanders had been of the caliber of my first commander, Col. Meade, they'd of had to push me out the front gate screaming and locked it behind me at 20 years!
U.S. Army Retired 1968-1988, Vietnam 69-70, 1st Signal Bde, 100% VA Disabled. E-7/Sfc, Numerous Awards and I do LOVE my country. I SALUTE all serving now.
USNR (and USAR for a short term). 1975 - 1991. Parris Island and Beaufort MCAS three years active '78 - '81.
82nd Airborne 81-84
Operation Urgent Fury, Grenada Oct 83
Army Reserves 3/87th Inf. 84-87
USMC 1985-1991, USMCR 1994-1997
USMC 1980-2001, Gulf (versions 1.0 & 1.1), LA riots, Serbia
Far and Near East, South America, SWA, Europe, Balkins, Africa
Us Army '89 - '97