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Old 10-29-2012, 10:23 PM   #31
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Was in the Infantry in Vietnam as a draftee and one of the guys who had been there for 8 months took me under his wing and told me, always listen to guy's who have been in the jungle for a long time's advice as they will keep you alive and when you walk point look up in the trees as much as anywhere else. We were in the Central highlands (mountains) and didn't have to worry too much about trip wires. His last advice before he went home was for me to pass on to the newbies everything I had learned. I did and went home.

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Old 10-29-2012, 10:29 PM   #32
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From my father, the two that I remember most.

1. Buy the best possible you can afford, at the earliest possible time, to derive maximum use.

2. Save 10% of every dollar you earn. (I decided to do 25%).

Retired at 57 with a shop full of tools (and other stuff).

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Old 10-29-2012, 11:07 PM   #33
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And a five second fuse burns in three seconds.
Reminds me of my funniest day in the Army.

I was a Pvt E2 fresh out boot and just in from my first 30 Day FTX with the 2/502 AR FT Campbell KY.

We were told to March out to the Claymore/Grenade range to blow a Claymore and toss 2 live frag's.

Things were going fine until I went to toss NY first frag.

Range NCO "some E6 pogue from a mech unit" says "Remove your secondary saftey"...I do
"Remove your primary safety"...I do...AND I ALSO LET THE SPOON FLY!

That Staff Sergeants eyeballs popped so far out of his head I thought they were going to slap me in the forehead! Also, I'm pretty sure he shat his britches!

Then the silly son of a B reached out to grab me! As though I'd dropped the frag and he was going to heave us both out of the pit...BIG PROBLEM as I still had a firm grasp on a ticking LIVE fragmentation grenade!

Keep on mind, ^^THIS^^ all transpired in about half a second as I threw a stiff arm into his forehead to keep him OFF me so I could pitch the grenade over the wall.

The story ends with ^^THIS^^ E6 doing a pretty good R Lee Ermy imitation with his "Get the Fu!k off my obstacle" routine.

My First Sergeant caught up with me back at the unit. He'd heard the whole story secondhand and understandably wanted to know WTF I was thinking.

All I said was, "train as you fight", right 1st Sergeant? Never heard another word about it...also never heard "Train as you fight" uttered on a frag or machine gun range again.

In hindsight it was a pretty stupid move that I had given no thought to doing. Just happened to be throwing "trainers" the week prior out on FTX and follow the same procedure on the live range.

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Old 10-29-2012, 11:27 PM   #34
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Grenades scare the hell outta me. When we did a frag range, we had a whole box that were going off a soon as the spoon disengaged in flight. The RSO called a check fire, after we had thrown about ten in a row, until we got those frags off the range.

Here's advice: never trust a grenade.
I guess that falls under "a five second fuse burns in three"...

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Old 10-30-2012, 09:31 AM   #35
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From my father:

Condoms are good for more than just the obvious use. Put one over the muzzle of your shotgun when walking into the woods after it snows. especially if you will be walking under pine trees. Also, they make great water ballons.

Treat that gun as if your life depends on it working at 100%. Someday it might, and you will be glad you did.

The good book tells us to forgive and forget. You will be better off if you forgive and remember. That way, it won't happen again.

From my mother:

God created man with a major flaw. He gave them 2 heads, and only enough blood to run 1 at a time. Learn which one to use, and which one you shouldn't depending on the situation you are in. To bad I didn"t learn that one BEFORE my first marriage!

It is better to be hated for who you are, then to be loved for who you are not.

Be honest with others, and more importantly, to yourself.

We lost her to a heart attack on 23 July, 2003. I still miss her now. Raising a daughter now, and sometimes I could use her advice.

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Im not saying I agree but I was once told many times that "If its got Wheels or Boobs, its gonna be a problem"...

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Don't eat the yellow snow

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Don't eat the yellow snow
Thats an important one, A Frank Zappa Epiphany!
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The best piece of advice I've received.

Military:
A platoon sergeant (Vietnam Vet) said the best way to take out a sniper is with an air strike.

If you can see them they can see you.

Take care of your equipment or it won't take care of you.

Father:

Never break you word, it's the only thing that you truly own. Everything else can be taken away so if your word is no good then you have nothing.

Mother:

If you cheat your gonna get caught.

It was all pretty good advice.

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Beauty is only skin deep, ugliness goes straight to the bone.

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