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post #1 of 5 Old Nov 10th, 2006, 12:04 pm Thread Starter
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Veterans Day

Don Mosley MSgt, USAF, Retired
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post #2 of 5 Old Nov 10th, 2006, 7:30 pm
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Amen, Don. The boy in that picture reminds me of the years we spent moving all over while Dad was in the Army. He enlisted right after high school (1944) and spent the next 26 years working his way from recruit to O-5. Can't count the number of times we saw him off at the airport or picked him up after his return from a trip.

His year in Germany and year in Vietnam, both in the 60s, were very long years.

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post #3 of 5 Old Nov 10th, 2006, 8:45 pm
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27 years,10 months, and 13 days. 14 West Pac's. 2 Gulf Wars.
Your welcome.

PS; I still missed my kids growing up.
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27 years,10 months, and 13 days. 14 West Pac's. 2 Gulf Wars.
Your welcome.

PS; I still missed my kids growing up.
12 years, 7 months, 26 days. 3 Med Runs, 3 West Pacs, 1 North Pac, one "weekly op" that lasted 38 days ending in Norway. 1 Gulf War. Med-evac'ed from a Submarine to a rubber Zodiac in October, 1995 north of Arctic Circle. It took a combination of US Navy, Norway Coast Guard, US Air Force and US Army to get me back to the States.

Don, and everyone else who served our country: Thank you. Thanks for your sacrifices so that our freedoms are maintained. And thanks to everyone involved in getting me back home. I wish I knew who you were.

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Thumbs up It was an honor and a priviledge

to have served for 22 years in support of the men and women of the USN and USMC. I was fortunate and never spent any significant time someplace I wasn't reasonably happy to be. Short deployments so family separation never lasted more than a few short months.
Ships I sailed in: USS Milwaukee AOR-2 (ASW exercises and UNREPS in the Atlantic), USS Juneau LPD-10 (deployed with 3/4 Marines to AMPHIBTREX in Thailand), and USS Frank Cable AS-40 homeported in Charleston, SC. Ashore: 4 years total in Okinawa. Norfolk, VA, Beaufort, SC (MCAS and MCRD "where it all began for some of you" , SUBASE Groton, CT to name some.

I wish every veteran (Vietnam Vets especially) could have the kind of experience that the citizens of New York City provide during Fleet Week. You know I am not all that fond of NYC, but people in NYC know how to say thank you to service members. More than once I fought tears when a customs agent at JFK said "Welcome home" when I was coming home after 30 hours of travel from the far east. Those thank you's do mean an awful lot.

Grunts and Gunners, Snipes and Bilge rats, Riggers and Repairmen, all those who serve or served with honor have earned the highest respect and appreciation. I have had the opportunity to break the ice and bend an elbow with a WWII veteran who donned diving gear to recover remains of sailors from sunken ships in Pearl Harbor; a Vietnam veteran who hunkered down with his buddies and called in a napalm drop on his own position when they were overrun during Tet. Ordinary Americans who found themselves in extraordinary circumstances and rose to the occasion.

I have been lucky and blessed, always "in the rear with the gear" when it mattered. When I go up to the VA hospital, I see all these old guys. It is good to stop and think of all they have done.
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