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Old 11-26-2014, 08:36 PM   #31
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Born and raised in a very rural area. In 1970 joined as a young enlisted soldier. Found my family and home. Learned how deep my own water was, what it meant to give my word and what it meant to keep it. Stood me in good stead for the rest of my life to date. Lots of years away from my immediate family and yet after 22 years of serving - no regrets. Still get a tear in my eye when the National Anthem is played and (after a change in policy) I render a salute. Got to a retire as a LTC and feel blessed every day.

PS: I've always said I felt like Andy Griffith in "No Times For Sergeants" - just a big old country boy.
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Old 11-29-2014, 04:33 PM   #32
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You betcha, in a heartbeat. The Army was my life, doubt if they would take me now, 90% disabled, but i would go right now.
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Old 11-29-2014, 04:45 PM   #33
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tetsurvivor - bet 1 of those years of service included 1968? Just a guess. PS: Thanks for your service.
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Old 11-29-2014, 04:49 PM   #34
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68, 70-71, then off to the middle east before it was no,1 on the hit parade, but nevertheless very interesting.
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Old 11-29-2014, 04:52 PM   #35
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Thought maybe. Got a number of friends that celebrate like they borrowed the time after a 1968 New years. Spent my OCONUS time in the wonderful land of the morning calm. A bit interesting for the early time - nothing like 1968 for you though. Peace
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Old 11-29-2014, 05:08 PM   #36
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I was in 20 and I would do it all over again, but not in today's military.
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Old 11-29-2014, 05:37 PM   #37
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I still regret not serving. Graduated on 1975. Peace time. No registration. No selective service. So I went to college. Even after 33 years in law enforcement an a year in Baghdad as a dod police contractor, I still feel like I've missed something by not serving in the armed forces. Thanks to all who did including my Dad (seabees) and brother (Vietnam), and many other relatives who did also.
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Wish I had done it earlier and stayed longer!!! Maybe LDO!
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Old 11-29-2014, 05:52 PM   #39
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I still regret not serving. Graduated on 1975. Peace time. No registration. No selective service. So I went to college. Even after 33 years in law enforcement an a year in Baghdad as a dod police contractor, I still feel like I've missed something by not serving in the armed forces. Thanks to all who did including my Dad (seabees) and brother (Vietnam), and many other relatives who did also.
I don't think you need to be regrettable - you still served your country in a noble and honorable profession.
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Old 11-29-2014, 05:57 PM   #40
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Best decision I ever made. Served 20 years. But it was no longer enjoyable when I left, I wouldn't go back. But I support all that continue to serve today and will serve tomorrow.

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