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Started off thinking I might become a pilot in the RAF. Volunteered for the Bundeswehr instead. Changed my mind, and came to the US. Bored with ROTC so I enlisted, two years w/1st Cav in Ft. Hood, then light infantry, OCS, field artillery... And now I work in advertising. Go figure. (Similar hours, but lots more money, no P.T., and I've only been shot at once.)

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<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Berlichtingen:

I can't believe I am the only Marine that served in the aviation branch!<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

That is because the rest of us were real Marines smile.gif

Remember who provides for your air support when things get hairy!!!!

Semper Fi!





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Served in U.S. Army 80-92

11b Infantryman than 11m Bradley Infantryman

Went to Desert Storm with D co. 4/7 INF 3 ID

attached 1/35 Armor,was at Al Bussaya and Medina Ridge as Squad Leader. Currently Team Chief in A co. 156 Signal,Michigan National Guard. Pleased to be included with all you other vets. smile.gif

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Yeah Frenchy, I have no problem with "Wingers". I'd buy the whole air wing a round of beers so long as they do their job and keep the Air Farce away. They used to scare me more than a flock of Hind-D's. Everybody looks like a bad guy from 10,000 feet. Give me Marine Air any day of the week.

I remember once down at 29 stumps a Cobra loosed a tow or some damn rocket at a target downrange from behind me and I hadn't even known he was there until that tremendious roar voomed over head. He was about 75-100 yards astern of us, indexing targets WAY outside our range (M-60A1).

I always thought it was ridiculas for ground pounder Marines to lambast Wingers so much, when everybody who ain't a Marine is a much better target. Isn't that why God invented Squids? smile.gif


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I was in the danish army as a Gunner on the Leopard 1A5

from 1993-1998

During that time I was stationed in Croatia(Zirovac and later Petrinja)in 1994 under UN and then Bosnia(Tuzla) 1995/96 under both UN and NATO(IFOR)

we drove on to 4 antitank mines during a patrol north of Doboj, and we got a away with almost no scratches, only black eyes, but the commander got some fragments in his arm and face frown.gif, but we were lucky, that the tank did manage four mines, even though all of our ammo was squezed pretty good smile.gif

But I still miss my tank everyday wink.gif


Armored vehicles are bullet magnets, a moving foxhole that attracts attention

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I was with the United States Marine Corps from 1983 - 1988 as a Field Radio Operator with a tracked vehicle battalion.

Was then in the Army National Guard from 1995 - 1998 as a NBC Specialist also in a tracked vehicle battalion.

All in all, I'm still a Marine. smile.gif

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Ah well,

I guess I will give my back ground as well. smile.gif

Career (21 yrs) US Army Intelligence

Now retired and still do Intell in the National Capital Region


Lots of Signals Intelligence (6+ years at NSA, 1 yr at CIA)

4 yrs in Special Ops (JSOC)

(96 Jumps from lots of platforms including balloons)

Masters of Science (strategic intell)

2 ex wives, 3 english speaking children (dont count non-english speaking ones tongue.gif )

Now a high paid "consultant" smile.gif

enjoying life with VA disability (bad wheels, too many night jumps and ruck time)

been there done that smile.gif


"May God have mercy upon my enemies, because I won't" Patton

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Well to add to the list

Commissioned in the Infantry in 77

Joined the Field Artillery in 79

FO (A Btry 1-2 FA Baumholder Germany)

FIST for 1/39 Infantry

S-2 & S-4

BN FSO and Brigade FSO 1st Brigade 1st Infantry Division (NTC overkill)

Svc Btry commander 1-5 FA

Reserve advisor to NY NG & Reserve

1163 Reserve school (13f)

77th Arcom mobilization

Retired 97

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USMC, 1968 to 1970. 2nd Btn/5th Marine Regt/1st Mar.Div. One year tour Vietnam as interpreter (took the 12-week wonder course at the Army's language school at D.L.I.W.C.), infantry combat squad leader, 81mm mortar Plt. Sgt., and a bodyguard/field S-4 rep. for a Lt. Colonel trying to get his full bird the last 6 weeks of my tour.

Someone said: "God created Squids to provide the Marines with a taxi service." In truth, I always considered the NAVY (my dad was a Seebee in WW2)the Motor Transport Division of the Marine Corps. But truthfully, I met a lot of great Navy medics sharing foxholes when the crap hit the fan and they were only armed with .45 pistols. THAT you gotta respect!

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<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>But truthfully, I met a lot of great Navy medics sharing foxholes when the crap hit the fan and they were only armed with .45 pistols. THAT you gotta respect!<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Navy Corpsmen ARE Marines... I don't care what their uniform looks like (actually, when I was in, most of them even wore Marine uniforms)

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Ohio Army National Guard for eight years ('85 to '93). My specialty was a 57F....Graves Registration Specialist! (UGH...yeah I know!)

I had originally planned on becoming a medic but I wound up flunking the color blindness test (THAT was a surprise discovery)! Since close to 90% of the MOS's were unavailible to me I decided to go the coroner route (next best choice was Laundry & Bath). Oh well....at least I had a hell of a section (lots of twisted people)!


"You can't fight in here, this is the War Room!"

--Dr. Strangelove--

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I'm not really a vet but here you go.

93-94 13E G btry 11th FA 6th INF (L) USAR

94-96 12B B Co. 367th Eng Bn. 88th ARCOM

96-99 13E B Btry 3/82 FA 1st CAV

99-Now 67R A Co. 1/101 Avn. 101st Airborne

Any of you combat arms guys ever think of becoming a R.E.M.F. like I did I'll shoot you myself. I can't blow things up anymore *sniff*

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I was/am a trumpet player in the Army from '82-90... and still do it in the Reserves... Ft. Lewis (9th Inf Div, to germany (Bad Kreuznach) 8th Inf Div, to the Presidio of San Francisco... yep, I had the best job in the Army!

One gripe about CM though... how come there are no military band units??? Ya need a bugler to do anything, right? ;)

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Lots of US types here...

Just to balance the scales:

'82 -10 months with the Swedish Artillery (we all served in those days.)

'84 Swedish UN- force in Cyprus

'86-'88 Swedish Engineer Coy Lebanon

'90 Swedish Eng Coy again

Miss the UN-service a lot, especially drinking with the Irish and Canadian troops and then fighting with the brits.

If any 40 Commando types read this - I hope you still hurt! I do, especially in inclement weather.

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USMC, 1966-1979

Vietnam '68 -'69 (Danang)

Commissioned in '72, left in '79.

Last rank, Captain

Last assignment, Intelligence Officer for Marine Air Control Group and Senior Air Director for Marine Air Control Squadron.

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US Army '90-'95

1-1 Cav, 1st AD [Germany]

4-64 AR BN, 24th ID (Mech) [Fort Stewart, GA]

California National Guard, '96-present

2-185 AR BN, 40th ID

Obviously 19D ;p



"War does not determine who is right - only who is left."

-Bertrand Russell

"For Americans war is almost all of the time a nuisance, and military skill is a luxury like Mah-Jongg. But when the issue is brought home to them, war becomes as important, for the necessary period, as business or sport. And it is hard to decide which is likely to be the more ominous for the Axis--an American decision that this is sport, or that it is business." -D. W. Brogan, The American Character

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