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Offline jonnie

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EMC USN ret
« on: September 14, 2011, 11:12:45 AM »
Retired in '88 after 21 years and some in Uncle Sam's Canoe club. Sounds like AH-1 and I share some experiences from the Viet Nam era. I was a member of the Tonkin Gulf Yacht Club at the University of South Viet Nam School of Warcraft. Spent some time running up and down the rivers on an LST resupplying fire bases. Also spent time on a bird farm off the coast sending in aircraft for strikes. Retired out of Great Mistakes, er, Great Lakes Naval Training Station. I woulda stayed longer if that *&%#@^* detailer woulda sent me PCS to the West Coast. Can't say I enjoyed every minute of it but I'd go back and do it again in a New York second.
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Re: EMC USN ret
« Reply #1 on: September 14, 2011, 05:24:04 PM »
         Jeez we almost have a complete set, a bird dog, and a squid, a mud hugger, I think we are only missing a puddle pirate, and I suppose the weird guys from the squids land troops. Well actually we have one of those but he's one of the squids Sand grabbers, not one of the Monsoon Club ones. So here's to the 1964 to 1975 South East Asia Live Fire War Games. BOOYA!!!!

         Come on folks lets get this party going. Sound off whether for your self or a family member or a friend. Which reminds me, Our new Member sent me this and I'm posting it in as a sticky on it's own Topic, to be read there also. It's about the Veit Nam Memorial, but I am sure stories like can be said about everything that has happend since. Which is why this Board even exists. I do not want us (our family of members) or anyone else to ever forget what those that served in one way or another in one place or another, gave. Living or dead. Grand Fathers, Dad's, Brother's, Uncles, Wives, Sisters, Aunts, Cousins, Friends.
 
       Interesting Veterans Statistics off the Vietnam Memorial Wall

"Carved on these walls is the story of America , of a continuing quest to preserve both Democracy and decency, and to protect a national treasure that we call the American dream." ~ President George Bush
 
SOMETHING to think about - Most of the surviving Parents are now Deceased.
 
There are 58,267 names now listed on that polished black wall, including those added in 2010.
 
The names are arranged in the order in which they were taken from us by date and within each date the names are alphabetized. It is hard to believe it is 36 years since the last casualties.
 
Beginning at the apex on panel 1E and going out to the end of the East wall, appearing to recede into the earth (numbered 70E - May 25, 1968), then resuming at the end of the West wall, as the wall emerges from the earth (numbered 70W - continuing May 25, 1968) and ending with a date in 1975. Thus the war's beginning and end meet. The war is complete, coming full circle, yet broken by the earth that bounds the angle's open side and contained within the earth itself.
 
The first known casualty was Richard B. Fitzgibbon, of North Weymouth , Mass. Listed by the U.S. Department of Defense as having been killed on June 8, 1956. His name is listed on the Wall with that of his son, Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Richard B. Fitzgibbon III, who was killed on Sept. 7, 1965.
There are three sets of fathers and sons on the Wall.
 
39,996 on the Wall were just 22 or younger.
 
The largest age group, 8,283 were just 19 years old 33,103 were 18 years old.
 
12 soldiers on the Wall were 17 years old.
 
5 soldiers on the Wall were 16 years old.
 
One soldier, PFC Dan Bullock was 15 years old.
 
997 soldiers were killed on their first day in Vietnam .
 
1,448 soldiers were killed on their last day in Vietnam .
 
31 sets of brothers are on the Wall.
 
Thirty one sets of parents lost two of their sons.

54 soldiers on attended Thomas Edison High School in Philadelphia . I wonder why so many from one school.
 
8 Women are on the Wall. Nursing the wounded.
 
244 soldiers were awarded the Medal of Honor during the Vietnam War; 153 of them are on the Wall.
 
Beallsville, Ohio with a population of 475 lost 6 of her sons.
 
West Virginia had the highest casualty rate per capita in the nation. There are 711 West Virginians on the Wall.
 
The Marines of Morenci - They led some of the scrappiest high school football and basketball teams that the little Arizona copper town of Morenci (pop. 5,058) had ever known and cheered. They enjoyed roaring beer busts. In quieter moments, they rode horses along the Coronado Trail, stalked deer in the Apache National Forest . And in the patriotic camaraderie typical of Morenci's mining families, the nine graduates of Morenci High enlisted as a group in the Marine Corps. Their service began on Independence Day, 1966. Only 3 returned home.
 
The Buddies of Midvale - LeRoy Tafoya, Jimmy Martinez, Tom Gonzales were all boyhood friends and lived on three consecutive streets in Midvale, Utah on Fifth, Sixth and Seventh avenues. They lived only a few yards apart. They played ball at the adjacent sandlot ball field. And they all went to Vietnam . In a span of 16 dark days in late 1967, all three would be killed. LeRoy was killed on Wednesday, Nov. 22, the fourth anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s assassination. Jimmy died less than 24 hours later on Thanksgiving Day. Tom was shot dead assaulting the enemy on Dec. 7, Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.
 
The most casualty deaths for a single day was on January 31, 1968 ~ 245 deaths.
 
The most casualty deaths for a single month was May 1968 - 2,415 casualties were incurred.
 
For most Americans who read this they will only see the numbers that the Vietnam War created. To those of us who survived the war, and to the families of those who did not, we see the faces, we feel the pain that these numbers created. We are, until we too pass away, haunted with these numbers, because they were our friends, fathers, husbands, wife's, sons and daughters. There are no noble wars, just noble warriors.
 
Please pass this on to those who served during this time, and those who DO Care.
 
         I have no idea who complied this but I thank them for doing so. This country has similar ones about WWI, WWII, and Korea, but until now this is the first one I have seen regarding Viet Nam.
And if anyone has one of those compelations like this regarding those Wars, then please post it.
oh and "WELCOME HOME"
 
« Last Edit: December 23, 2011, 10:59:08 AM by GhostWarrior »
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Re: EMC USN ret
« Reply #2 on: September 14, 2011, 05:43:15 PM »
         Oh, In case anyone missed my saying so back when he joined, the Squid is my older brother. I didn't post anything about him because I wanted him to post something himself.

         But as my Younger brother isn't a member (Yet, I hope), Let me say this. He was a corpman with both the Navy and Marines, and worked with Special Boats where he was the crafts corpman(?) nuts I'm going with what I know and thats Medic and the .50 cal gunner. Ya don't say it, I know Medics ain't supposed to people weapons, Tell that &*^% to the enemy. Anyway He was a Reservist and he split up his time between the two organizations every other re-inlistment. Frankly I really can't say what he did beynd that or even his rank, because I never knew either, But considering what and who the Special Boat folks were/are, I tended not to ask questions. Actually all three of us were in the particular situation more or less so I suppose that answers why I don't really even know when he retired.

         Damn I am one crappy brother, but I'm hoping he will join us here and tell us about himself, himself. I do know that he and I both belong to the same group "The Patriot Guard Riders" so maybe I get points for that.  :cool:
« Last Edit: March 25, 2013, 03:44:55 PM by GhostWarrior »
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« Reply #3 on: September 14, 2011, 06:21:34 PM »
OK, I haven't gotten ahold of him to set the record straight personally but a few comments on the last post.
Our youngest brother is a retired HMC (FMF). He (and his wife) did 4 years ACDU as an HM then went Reserves because Uncle, in his infinite?? wisdom??, told him to get another rate if he wanted to stay active so Paul said "Bite You! :angry: " and joined the USNR. He requested and got stationed with a bunch of jarheads and Seals in SpecWar that went out to play silly games in places they couldn't talk about. Of course being our brother, he had to show them how it was done and was very good at doing that. He eventually would up with Special Boat Unit 22 and was with them as gunner, boat captain and Doc until he retired, about 4 years ago. He was also a reserve Parish Sheriff's deputy for about 20 or so years and then a reserve deputy in Arkansas for a few more just to be see if he liked it or not. He has finally decided that he doesn't need all that fun any more 'cause it ain't. He and his wife both ride with the Guard.
« Last Edit: September 14, 2011, 06:24:52 PM by jonnie »
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