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Old 10-03-2012, 08:56 PM   #41
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RVN and the Mog? Did you deploy to Saudi in '90? There were still some VN vet NCOs in reserve units and some officers in helo squadrons in early OEF and OIF, '02-'03.
Drafted AT 23 in Jan 67 ( 4th Infantry in Vietnam) was in the hill fights in Nov 67 and in Kontum during TET 68, got out Dec 68.
Stayed out 10 years and joined back up Airborne at the age of 34. Finished out my 18 with trips to GW1 and Mogadishu. Was a 49 year old 1sg in Mog in 93. Retired with 20 as a 1SG in 96.
Was on the SGM list but had enough adventuring.

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Last scenic adventure, beautiful downtown Mogadishu.

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Old 10-04-2012, 07:05 PM   #42
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So how do you get this "free money"? Just say you have certain disabilities?
From what I heard, throw every shred of self-respect,

morals, and ethics away. (in other words, become a Democrat)

Then go down to the local welfare office, and convince them

you can't read the word "cat", and you'll be behind the

tiller of that Caddy, in no time...
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Drafted AT 23 in Jan 67 ( 4th Infantry in Vietnam) was in the hill fights in Nov 67 and in Kontum during TET 68, got out Dec 68.
Stayed out 10 years and joined back up Airborne at the age of 34. Finished out my 18 with trips to GW1 and Mogadishu. Was a 49 year old 1sg in Mog in 93. Retired with 20 as a 1SG in 96.
Was on the SGM list but had enough adventuring.

You're like Billy Waugh and the energizer bunny. Welcome home twice.
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Old 10-05-2012, 12:42 PM   #44
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You're like Billy Waugh and the energizer bunny. Welcome home twice.
Ditto! Thank you!
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Lost 50% of my hearing while I was in the Navy but not due to gunfire, the deck division crew don't care one bit that the people working/sleeping one deck below them aren't wearing hearing protection when they fire up the grinders and paint chippers on the deck and bulkheads!

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I spent most every summer from ages seven through twenty-one on the seat of an Allis Chalmers WD-45 doing field work on the family farm. So by the time the Army got my services in '67 my hearing was pretty well shot already; just not bad enough to keep me deferred (and I didn't have a missionary position in France to go to). I really don't remember one bit of total silence during my year in Vietnam except for after one rocket attack that was sorta close (my ears just shut down for a while from the concussion I guess). At no time during basic, AIT, or active duty did anyone mention "ear protection" so I guess there wasn't any. My son was in the Air Force and they would have nailed him if he had ever stepped on the flight line without his muffs on so I guess it's something that matters to the services now. BTW: Threetango; welcome home and thank you, Brother!

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I've had ringing in both ears for many yrs- As been mentioned, not from just gunfire-Hang around some choppers, tanks & a couple 2nd Lts awhile shouting BS

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Wow guess im a lucky one! Damage control men on 2 ships. USS Lynde McCormic an USS Vally Fordge 89-92 spend alot of time in the gulf running drug opps. I was a red hat seen lots of choppers land up close. I have selective hearing lol 4 kids ive learned not to hear things lol . Kinda like my bs metter is all full. Wana say thx to all who have served this great nation!!

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In a word 'yes'! Fire fights, demolition work and incoming the first tour (RVN), working the flight line (UH1-H Crew Chief) and having a 122 hit my hooch on the second tour, I have had a contestant 'ring' in both ears.
I just put in for a disability last week.

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