I started to type out the guys I know, are close friends with, that were sole survivors of patrols or blown to bits by mines. You need to understand. The war was only just becoming out of favor with the cities. Rural folk were still enlisting. I enlisted. Later, because a lot of my friends were there, I volunteered for Vietnam. I was sent to Udorn, Thailand about 30 miles from Laos. I was part of a build up force there. The top ace of the war flew out of our base.
Many years later, the gulf war erupted. I was at Headquarters Strategic Air Command. I had just come back from a very expensive training assignment. My boss was gone. I knew the guys in assignment. I volunteered for the war. Just about everyone I knew did the same. Most were pilots. I was just a mechanic with a lot of R&D experience. I got orders the next day. I told my wife and she stopped talking to me. My boss, a LtC, came back off of leave two weeks later. He knew the guys in assignment as well and outranked me. He said they didn't send me to a million dollar school just to be a mechanic. My orders were immediately cancelled. My wife started talking to me again.
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Citizen soldiers run in the family. My grandfather was Army and fought in WWI. My step-father was Navy during WWII. My father was a little younger. He was in Korea. My uncle was 101st during WWII. He parachuted into Normandy and was at Bastogne. I was Air Force in Southeast Asia. My brothers were Navy and Army (European theater). The next generation was either female or unable to serve due to health. My son was the only man and he had disqualifying medical problems. He almost died twice in middle school. He tried but failed to get waivers. The next generation has one Marine and one Army.
Country people serve.
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Ret. USAF 1969-1973,1980-1996: Vietnam veteran. Aircraft maintenance. R & D, ICBM Operations.
Also own: 1997 Harley FXDWG, 1998 F-150, and 2002 Corvette LS1