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Old 02-13-2013, 05:43 PM   #1
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I was just reading a thread about some vets being thanked for thier military service. Not that is all that big of a deal for those of us that served, but it was (in my day), if you had no money for college , a given that you either joined up or you got drafted. I joined and I do not regret the time I served. To me the people that really deserve our thanks are those that volunteered when there was no pressure to do so.

That said, I was recalling my time in Navy boot camp. I dont know about the other military boot camps but the Navy one was quite unique. We were given a can of wisk (detergent) and a scrub brush...no sending stuff out to be laundered or dry cleaned . We had an overheated drying room with clothes line in it and if the knots on the line used to secure the clothes to the line were not correct, every piece of laundry came down and we had to march over it . The drill instructors were not concerned with our feelings and frequently used abusive language (can I say cursed) when ever someone was errant (not remembering left foot or right foot) or did not have blood all over his face at early morning inspection (they had the nerve to accuse us of not shaving), It was a unique experience that I would not want to go thru again but it really did help me to become (as my elders said) a man.
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I was drafted into the US Army on July 3, 1968 and it was an absolute blast. I really liked the gentlemen with the campaign hats discussing the ins and outs of being a soldier. We were allowed to sleep in every morning and got up for breakfast whenever we felt like it. It was lots of fun and and I'd do it again in a second.

We were driven out to the rifle range in Cadillac limousines and if we were in the mood, we would fire the weapons. I usually would just kick back and have a couple beers. Sorta hot in Fort Campbell Kentucky in July and August. Got a perfect score on the rifle range and I still have the plaque. I told them it wasn't necessary but they insisted. Nice people.

My favorite drill instructor was Terry Tesear (sp). Lovely person but always seemed to want to discuss current events about 2 inches from my face and in a very loud manner. I tried to convince him to try Listerine. He taught me how to do hundreds of pushups. Great guy.

They were so impressed with my laid back approach to life that they made me an E2 just before sending me to Fort Sill, OK where I met another great bunch of people. These great folks made me an E3 and sent me to Vicenza, Italy and made E4 just for showing up.

I gotta run. My Italian friends from back then want me to attend the Conclave in Rome. They say I'm a shoe in for an opening at the Vatican.
Gotta shine up my red shoes and hit the road. I'll like the red campaign hat too. Will be just like the good ole days in Fort Campbell KY.

The frontal lobotomy seems to have been a success.
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Codgerbill:

I thank you for that!
I was 21 and married with kids when I got my draft notice (becoming class 1-A is another story). I was in from 70-74.
I knew what boot camp was going to be. So, I treated is as a 10-week game. I was the RMA due ti some college time. I had a great time!
They sent me to Airdale electronics school in Memphis, and was a computer tech. This was a time when the power of my iPhone was the size of 40 refridgerators. After my hitch, the world was crying for techs. That gave me an entire carreer!

But....BUT... you had indoor drying racks! Were you in Great Lakes in winter?

We are comadres, dude!

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Congrats on the lobotomy. If it was successful you would have been a COBOL or FORTRAN programmer.
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Well guys I was of the next gen of military guys. I was in the Corps from 84-90. Boot camp to me was fun even though they liked to play tons of head games. Physically it was demanding but got through that part without too much issue. So that's my story and I'm sticking to it.
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Thank you gentlemen for your service . Donovan, I'm a little jealous. Cadillacs to the firing range huh. We didn't have it quite that nice in the Army. We only got to ride in Lincolns .

I guess I'm a younger fella not having gone on active duty till 1976. The Countries Centennial year and the year I graduated from HS. I served for 20 years and retired in 96. Young, wild and crazy as I was I did not progress nearly as far as I wish I had, retiring only as an E-6. I didn't figure it out and become the model soldier I retired as until the mid to late 80's. A little too late to erase the stupid things I did early in my Military career. Marrying the incredible woman I fondly refer to as the DW in 84 was the change that needed to occur in my life that was headed in the wrong direction. Still married to that great woman and a pro in my business now. Life is good and just getting better. I'm not a real religious guy, but from time to time I'll say a pray of thanks for all the good that's in my life.
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I think the military, any branch of the service ends up what YOU want to make of it. I remember my BIL always complaining about his Army stint, and he spend the entire two years at Ft Lewis, a hundred miles from home. Me, I was from San Antonio TX to Biloxi, MS to Great Falls, Mt to Siagon RVN and finally stopped in Fairfield CA. Always had fun no matter where we were. Yes, I was married during most of my time. 98 dollars a month does not go far for two people, but even being dirt poor we always had fun and were able to help others less fortunate.
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I was just reading a thread about some vets being thanked for thier military service. Not that is all that big of a deal for those of us that served, but it was (in my day), if you had no money for college , a given that you either joined up or you got drafted. I joined and I do not regret the time I served. To me the people that really deserve our thanks are those that volunteered when there was no pressure to do so.

That said, I was recalling my time in Navy boot camp. I dont know about the other military boot camps but the Navy one was quite unique. We were given a can of wisk (detergent) and a scrub brush...no sending stuff out to be laundered or dry cleaned . We had an overheated drying room with clothes line in it and if the knots on the line used to secure the clothes to the line were not correct, every piece of laundry came down and we had to march over it . The drill instructors were not concerned with our feelings and frequently used abusive language (can I say cursed) when ever someone was errant (not remembering left foot or right foot) or did not have blood all over his face at early morning inspection (they had the nerve to accuse us of not shaving), It was a unique experience that I would not want to go thru again but it really did help me to become (as my elders said) a man.
did you forget about the ditty bag tied to the head of your bed with a change of dirty clothes in it? we always had one change outside on the line and one in the drying room. wash then outside to freeze, the into the drying room. a place for everything and everything in its place. I got to Great Lakes dec 15, 1966 and it was cold and snowy. when was you there?
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2 March 1961, San Diego, CA... March 3rd I was wondering what in the h#** have I done. Now retired USN and wish I was back in... memories are mostly good. A lot of Navy on this forum. Wonder if we were so used to "getting underway" that our RVs are now our way of satisfying that urge.... to move on. Ron
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2 March 1961, San Diego, CA... March 3rd I was wondering what in the h#** have I done. Now retired USN and wish I was back in... memories are mostly good. A lot of Navy on this forum. Wonder if we were so used to "getting underway" that our RVs are now our way of satisfying that urge.... to move on. Ron
I think you hit the mark, RonA.
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Geeze, sounds like you all had a rough time in Boot Camp, too bad you didn't try the Corps in 1961, real cake walk.

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San Diego June, July , Aug 1962 What is an indoor drying room ? loved pulling guard duty on those funny looking lines outside, late at night, with all those pieces of white cloth flapping in the breeze and hoping no dust was flying. My all time favorite, was the sound a night stick makes inside a galvanized trash can, when one is asleep.
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Geeze, sounds like you all had a rough time in Boot Camp, too bad you didn't try the Corps in 1961, real cake walk.

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The way my memory is MCRD was great in 1961. No complaints at all (that I can remember)
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The tales we tell.

My brother and I joind the Marines in 1950 just after we heard about the North Koreans invaided the South I have to say that Boot Camp was no picknick eather, in fact the D.I.'S made going to Korea sound like a picknick come paired to what they put us through in Boot camp.
That was the time when they could still lay hands on you.
We were glad to go anywhere just to get out of Boot Camp.
We spent 13 months in Korea and were glad to get back home.
Our Mother wrote us saying that their was two F.B.I. men looking for us and she said that if they realy want to fine us, just go to Korea, with that she said they thanked her and left.
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My four years in the U.S. Navy, 1963 to 1967, was a million dollar experience I wouldn't pay a penny to relive.
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