42 years ago, I "joined" the Army

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    42 years ago, I "joined" the Army

    42 years. Can't be. That would make me ancient. In fact, I believe it was just a year ago that I jumped on a bus, got to Ft. Jackson at midnight and just knew they were going to let us go to bed and sleep in the next day since it was so late...




    I remember the one and only time I ever pinched myself hard was that night, filling out paperwork, I thought I had to be having a bad dream and would just wake myself up. Yeah, that worked out real well.
    "The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of the fool to the left." Eccl. 10:2

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    Thank you for your service!

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    1971? I'd just graduated high school in June of 1971.
    Firing a suppressed is on my Bucket List.

    I'm just a spoke in the wheel but not a big deal.

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    lol Been there done that!! Thank You Also
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    Quote Originally Posted by NONAME762 View Post
    1971? I'd just graduated high school in June of 1971.
    1971, I had already been to SEA and back. I know the feeling just a while back I was thinking that the people that joined after I retired are now eligible to retire themselves.
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    Another "thank you" here.

    Quote Originally Posted by NONAME762 View Post
    1971? I'd just graduated high school in June of 1971.
    One of my older brothers was born in 1971...
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    And even though that was a difficult time to be a soldier, I'd be willing to bet you wouldn't trade the memories of that period of your life for anything, would you?
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    Just to give you an idea Dec 1966 I was in country on my first tour.

    Thank you for what you did.
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    Quote Originally Posted by knight65 View Post
    And even though that was a difficult time to be a soldier, I'd be willing to bet you wouldn't trade the memories of that period of your life for anything, would you?
    For me anyway, being military during that time period was a pus-pocket as far as society was concerned. I was proud of where I was and what I did and would not trade even a second for anything different!

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    I joined the USMC 43 years ago & got sent to a combat zone in 'Nam.

    It was either that, or marry my girlfriend (sure dodged a bullet, there). LOL

    That was back when I 'KNEW EVERYTHING'.

    So I finally get back by the 'skin-of-my-teeth' & a couple new holes in me........... and marry my girlfriend.

    Enough never is, so I went into LE for 40 years.

    You would think she could have married someone smarter than THAT.

    I think I am really feeling my "Old Age" (spine is pretty much shot), but I have gotten a 'little' smarter, since then, but that's just MY opinion.

    Thanks to all who've served and are serving.
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    Thank you for your service.
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    Glad you did, and made it back home. Thank you for your service from me and my family!
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    Quote Originally Posted by NONAME762 View Post
    1971? I'd just graduated high school in June of 1971.
    If I had gone directly out of high school, good chance I would not be here.
    "The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of the fool to the left." Eccl. 10:2

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    Quote Originally Posted by GeorgiaCarry View Post
    For me anyway, being military during that time period was a pus-pocket as far as society was concerned. I was proud of where I was and what I did and would not trade even a second for anything different!

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    I keep waiting for someone to come up and apologize for calling me a baby killer. Big thing we used to say (I was a wayward "hippie", then), "Never judge a man by the length of his hair!" So profound. So wise. They put an amendment on that when Uncle Sam got me. "Never judge a man by the length of his hair, unless, of course, it's short." That was the beginning of the end of the "enlightenment" movement of the sixties for me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by manolito View Post
    Just to give you an idea Dec 1966 I was in country on my first tour.

    Thank you for what you did.
    Bad, bad, time to "in country". I would have been there then if I had not gone to kolluge.
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    "The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of the fool to the left." Eccl. 10:2

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