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Sun Nov 10, 2019, 10:16 PM

Thank you to all veterans on DU.

Your service and sacrifice!

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Reply Thank you to all veterans on DU. (Original post)
imanamerican63 Nov 10 OP
roamer65 Nov 10 #1
Skittles Nov 10 #2
James48 Nov 10 #3
erronis Nov 11 #28
BigMin28 Nov 10 #4
MontanaMama Nov 10 #5
progree Nov 10 #6
The Wizard Nov 12 #38
JonLP24 Nov 10 #7
denbot Nov 10 #8
lpbk2713 Nov 10 #9
Smith Jack Nov 10 #10
SuprstitionAintthWay Nov 11 #11
braddy Nov 11 #12
B Stieg Nov 11 #13
democrank Nov 11 #14
keithbvadu2 Nov 11 #15
sarge43 Nov 11 #19
erronis Nov 11 #29
sarge43 Nov 11 #31
bluecollar2 Nov 11 #16
bluedigger Nov 11 #17
sarge43 Nov 11 #18
dware Nov 11 #20
keithbvadu2 Nov 11 #21
Crabby Appleton Nov 11 #22
Glorfindel Nov 11 #23
58Sunliner Nov 11 #24
joost5 Nov 11 #25
N_E_1 for Tennis Nov 11 #26
trof Nov 11 #27
erronis Nov 11 #30
JonLP24 Nov 11 #32
erronis Nov 11 #33
sarge43 Nov 11 #34
yortsed snacilbuper Nov 11 #35
bdamomma Nov 11 #36
kairos12 Nov 11 #37

Response to imanamerican63 (Original post)

Sun Nov 10, 2019, 10:18 PM

1. Happy Armistice Day, everyone.

11 November 1918 peace came to the world with the surrender of Germany in WW1.

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Response to imanamerican63 (Original post)

Sun Nov 10, 2019, 10:22 PM

2. thanks

although to be honest, I feel like I sacrificed more as a GI brat than I did when I was active duty

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Response to imanamerican63 (Original post)

Sun Nov 10, 2019, 10:25 PM

3. You're welcome.

It was my honor to serve.

20 years, 2 months, 3 days.

Ft Knox
Ft. Ben Harrison
Wuerzburg, FRG
Ft. Custer, MI
Grayling, MI
Frankfurt, FRG
And trips to:
Israel
Poland
S. Korea
Crete, Greece
Austria
and two weeks in beautiful (cough) Camp Atterbury, Indiana.


My Dad served in New Mexico during the Korean War. My Grandfather served in France during World War I. And my wife served along side me in about half those locations. (Met her in OCS, and married her a year later.).


May we never need to engage in war again.

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Response to James48 (Reply #3)

Mon Nov 11, 2019, 06:55 PM

28. A very impressive record for you and your family. But chicken-hawks and bone-spur cadets will lead

us back to destruction.

In the cause of profits - as always.

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Response to imanamerican63 (Original post)

Sun Nov 10, 2019, 11:02 PM

4. Yes, thank you!

I had an uncle who volunteered at 17 to fight in WW2. He lied about his age. My father served four years during the Korean war. Their youngest brother served two tours in Vietnam. They all enlisted, and they are all gone now. My uncle who served in Vietnam was the first to leave us. I have the flag from his funeral and the bronze star he received.

In their honor I would like to tell all the veterans out there, you have my admiration and gratitude. I am thankful for each and every one of you.

My grandmother had 9 children in the span of 21 years. Just in case anyone is doing the math.

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Response to imanamerican63 (Original post)

Sun Nov 10, 2019, 11:05 PM

5. ...

Thank you.

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Response to imanamerican63 (Original post)

Sun Nov 10, 2019, 11:08 PM

6. Thanks! But to be honest, for me, it wasn't voluntary, and it was grudgingly given nt.

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Response to progree (Reply #6)

Tue Nov 12, 2019, 08:52 AM

38. Roger that

I was anti war while fighting in the war. It was the worst year of my life, but it did make me stronger. We were the victims of greedy war profiteers. PTSD took a far larger chunk out of my life than the one year I spent in combat. And I know I'm not alone on that.

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Response to imanamerican63 (Original post)

Sun Nov 10, 2019, 11:10 PM

7. I didn't serve long

Stationed at Fort Lewis. Deployed to Camp Arif Jan, Kuwait 2006-07. 88M drove many miles in Iraq.

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Response to imanamerican63 (Original post)

Sun Nov 10, 2019, 11:32 PM

8. It was an honor to serve.

I rode guided missile destroyer, and served in the Persian during the Iranian Hostage Crisis.
My humble awards:
Navy Battle E, Naval Expeditionary Medal, Sea Service Ribbon.

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Response to imanamerican63 (Original post)

Sun Nov 10, 2019, 11:37 PM

9. Some gave all. All gave some.




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Response to imanamerican63 (Original post)

Sun Nov 10, 2019, 11:43 PM

10. Thinking of my Uncle and The GOP is going to try and SMEAR LTC Vindman!

Proud of my Uncle who lost his life defending our great nation during WW II!


Meanwhile...

The trump/Putin/Klan trolls and the GOP are going to try and smear LTC Vindman

...by using the story from a LTC Hickman who said Vindman talked to Russian
Officers and said disrespectful things about America----

Well HICKMAN is a QAnon conspiracy FREAK!
A review of Hickman's past tweets found more than 100 in which he recirculated or commented on QAnon-related theories, including hoaxes about Satanism and paedophilia, and until recently he had the hashtag #Q in his profile.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/trump-impeachment-alexander-vindman-testimony-ukraine-call-conspiracy-a9192131.html

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Response to imanamerican63 (Original post)

Mon Nov 11, 2019, 12:40 AM

11. You're welcome, but I too didn't serve terribly long.

Spent as many years in a police uniform as I did a Navy uniform.

Nothing like my father, a career Navy man for over 30 years. WWII vet... while my mother was back in Chicago on a factory line making hand grenades. Luckiest thing to ever happen to Dad might've been contracting a bad case of malaria, complete with delirium, in the New Guinea jungle and being one of the several thousand young men sent home to recover. Malaria was the end of the war for him. (Whereas my uncle served in the Army in WWII, came out of it an alcoholic, and never recovered from that.)

In 1946 Dad was at the Bikini Island atomic bomb tests, the first nuclear explosions since Nagasaki, topside on the USS Ajax as the bombs went off. His old decommissioned battleship USS Arkansas was dead center of the target/ghost fleet of ships that got nuked. They stopped exposing troops to the blasts later. Whether Dad's late life skin cancer was related to Bikini Is. bomb tests, or just from being a blue eyed fair complected sailor in the tropical Pacific sun no one will ever know.

In 1953 my parents were stationed at Naval Air Station Argentia Newfoundland when their 2 year-old 1st child developed problems; at Portsmouth (Virginia) Naval Hospital Pam was diagnosed with a brain tumor. It was removed, mostly, returned, and she died there 6 years later.

In 1962 JFK gave Dad's photographic aviation squadron, VFP-62, a unit commendation after the Cuban Missile Crisis. Their squadron's pilots were the ones flying low in F8 Crusaders reconning the Soviet missile installations. It's presented well in the movie Thirteen Days.

In 1981 Mom, too, died in Portsmouth Naval Hospital, post-op after a poorly done operation. The Navy went through periods when all their surgeons weren't top notch. We were too trusting of military medicine.

We were a Navy family. Where us kids grew up a lot of families were. Military service was the norm, and felt completely natural, not like something special at all. Only in later decades in other parts of the country did I notice a lot of honor starting to be paid servicemen and women.

While it's not really warranted for someone like me, the vets who really deserve thanks are our veterans of foreign wars. The "trigger pullers" most of all. (Well, a cousin of mine was a trigger puller in Vietnam. But he also beat to death a teenaged Vietnamese girl his squad worried might be spying, so him we'll put aside. The kind of soldier that John Kerry would later testify about, he was a PTSD case the rest of his life.)

The Navy got both of my parents off the farm and out of Tennessee cotton fields, and if only for that alone was a good thing, overall, for them and later for us kids.

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Response to imanamerican63 (Original post)

Mon Nov 11, 2019, 04:58 AM

12. Airborne, to that.

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Response to imanamerican63 (Original post)

Mon Nov 11, 2019, 10:02 AM

13. Thank you, veterans!

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Response to imanamerican63 (Original post)

Mon Nov 11, 2019, 10:22 AM

14. A thousand thank-yous

~PEACE~

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Response to imanamerican63 (Original post)

Mon Nov 11, 2019, 10:44 AM

15. Did Trump grudgingly go to Arlington this year? Or go to a parade instead?

Did Trump grudgingly go to Arlington this year?

Or go to a parade instead?

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Response to keithbvadu2 (Reply #15)

Mon Nov 11, 2019, 11:17 AM

19. Parade.

Arlington would be too painful, reminding him of all the sacrifices his family have made ... according to Junior.

just in case.

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Response to sarge43 (Reply #19)

Mon Nov 11, 2019, 07:01 PM

29. If he went to Arlington, he'd have to ride his Golf Cart 1. Fake gold-plated. Fake passenger.

I was just remembering him buzzing about in a golf cart during an Arab meeting (pre-Kashoggi). Bone spurs must have been acting up, or his belly was too big to lug around on spindly legs.

Anyhoo - thanks to everyone who served. I did my damnedest to not but I admire those who did - voluntarily or otherwise.

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Response to erronis (Reply #29)

Mon Nov 11, 2019, 07:21 PM

31. You're welcome.

I don't want that creature anywhere near Arlington. As he sees it all the people resting there were losers.

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Response to imanamerican63 (Original post)

Mon Nov 11, 2019, 10:55 AM

16. You are welcome

It was both my privilege and pleasure.

U.S. Navy

79-83

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Response to imanamerican63 (Original post)

Mon Nov 11, 2019, 11:01 AM

17. Seemed like a good idea at the time - Reagan's early '80's unemployment crisis.

I do regret missing out on the Caribbean vacation while with the 101st, though. Stupid Cubans weren't even on the islet off Grenada we were assigned to. Spent the weekend locked up in the barracks, instead.

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Response to imanamerican63 (Original post)

Mon Nov 11, 2019, 11:13 AM

18. You're welcome. n/t

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Response to imanamerican63 (Original post)

Mon Nov 11, 2019, 11:35 AM

20. You are welcome.

United States Army
1965-1985.

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Response to imanamerican63 (Original post)

Mon Nov 11, 2019, 11:44 AM

21. Veterans Day for Trump

Veterans Day for Trump

2017 Trip to VN

2018 In town but couldn't be bothered to go to Arlington

Said he went there last year but just another lie

2019 Went to a parade

Donald Jr. recently remarked how Arlington reminds him how much his family has sacrificed.

Does he still have time to go to Arlington in the rest of today?

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Response to imanamerican63 (Original post)

Mon Nov 11, 2019, 01:38 PM

22. You're welcome

US Army 68' 69 active duty Vietnam, 70'-73' inactive reserves

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Response to imanamerican63 (Original post)

Mon Nov 11, 2019, 01:59 PM

23. You're welcome, and thanks everyone for thinking about us veterans.

My brother served in the Korean conflict, and four of my uncles were in World War II, two in the Navy and two in the Army. As for me, I was in Vietnam from Dec 66 to Dec 67. I didn't see any combat, thank goodness. I met some wonderful, dedicated people, and in retrospect, it was a privilege to serve.

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Response to imanamerican63 (Original post)

Mon Nov 11, 2019, 02:01 PM

24. Yes indeed-a big thank you.

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Response to imanamerican63 (Original post)

Mon Nov 11, 2019, 03:13 PM

25. Thank you for your service.

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Response to imanamerican63 (Original post)

Mon Nov 11, 2019, 03:13 PM

26. Your very welcome!

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Response to imanamerican63 (Original post)

Mon Nov 11, 2019, 04:54 PM

27. Proud to have served. My bird:

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Response to imanamerican63 (Original post)

Mon Nov 11, 2019, 07:06 PM

30. Is this a good place to find out how vets on DU think about their "CinC" (pResident)?

Maybe not a totally unbiased group.

But I've worked with a bunch of military (all branches) as a gov't contractor, back during Reagan, Bush. My sense is that people were a lot more discerning about truth/lies than the current executive think they are.

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Response to erronis (Reply #30)

Mon Nov 11, 2019, 07:25 PM

32. I recommend Common Defense

They are a Progressive Veterans Group. If you have Twitter I'd follow to get a sense of what Progressive Veterans think.

Here is their pinned Tweet


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Response to JonLP24 (Reply #32)

Mon Nov 11, 2019, 07:38 PM

33. Thanks. I'll try a follow of commondefense. But I thought it was illegal for the pResident to block

public communications.

Of course, "illegal" to dump just makes him want to subvert the laws.

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Response to erronis (Reply #30)

Mon Nov 11, 2019, 07:39 PM

34. I'll put it this way. I'm glad active duty is now a long time ago at plane patches far, far away.

Otherwise, given my tendency to mouth off at inappropriate moments, good possibility I'd lose time for another Good Conduct Medal aka the "You didn't get caught, Slick" award. In short, I could bite my lips for only so long, then sing the song of my people who currently have seven generations of service.

One of the verses: You fucking asshole, you posted a photoshop as a fucking joke of you awarding the Medal of Honor to a dog

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Mon Nov 11, 2019, 07:56 PM

36. Thank you

for your sacrifice.

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Response to imanamerican63 (Original post)

Mon Nov 11, 2019, 08:36 PM

37. Happy to do it!

Rangers Lead the Way!

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