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Old 01-21-2015, 11:50 PM   #29
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U.S. Navy 1963 to 1967. ETN2

I've asked several panhandlers with Vietnam Vet signs what their serial number was.

Several didn't know what I was talking about. Asked them where they went to boot camp...they weren't sure.

Pretty hard to forget your serial number.......I'll probably still know mine when I go completely senile.
Well Arch I can not recall mine off the top of my head, but I can go dig out the DD214 to get it if needed.. I do recall everyone always saying it was one number you would never forget, but I guess I am just different....
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Old 01-22-2015, 12:15 AM   #30
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Well Arch I can not recall mine off the top of my head, but I can go dig out the DD214 to get it if needed.. I do recall everyone always saying it was one number you would never forget, but I guess I am just different....

Never forget mine. AF 28812265.

Remember if captured its; NAME, RANK, SERIAL NUMBER
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funny thing is when I processed out during my physical they said I was deaf in one ear and that I had not been when I enlisted . Sign here and absolve them of anything and I could go home or stay while they checked me out Sure wish I could qualify for some of those vet hearing aids today. Whats that you said? Can't hear you.
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Old 01-22-2015, 01:13 AM   #31
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USCG 1980-2004.

"US Coast Guard: The hard nucleus about which the Navy forms in times of war."


During that time, saw the tide change from the haters that lingured from the Viet Nam era, to the current pride of today. I thank all that is good and pure for that change.

Thanks to SonnyB for the thought provoking thread
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Old 01-22-2015, 03:23 AM   #32
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Oops forgot to add 23xxxx4. Know that number better than my own name, DirtBall or Magot as we we're fondly referred to by our DI's..Oorah...lol
I salute you SonnyB for the fine tread...
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Old 01-22-2015, 04:57 AM   #33
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85~88 0481 landing support specialist 3rd LSB, 3rd FSSG on Oki. LSB had various meanings depending upon who you were asking Lazy suns a B*&^^'s linen survey battalion, Red Patchers, Red Tag Fags etc. etc.

We did not have service numbers of course, but we had the one thing better than that, our rifle serial numbers. to this day I have three of them permanently etched into my mind, one from basic, one from Lejeune, and one from Okinawa, I use them as my passwords for many things as they are totally random IRT my life.


Funny after thought, we often wondered why we found it dificult to "connect" with the local women, found out that 9th transport Bn and the arty guys at 11th Marines used to tell the girls that the "Red Patchs" meant we had some form of VD, hence the girls would not give us the time of day.......
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USCG 1980-2004.

"US Coast Guard: The hard nucleus about which the Navy forms in times of war."

During that time, saw the tide change from the haters that lingured from the Viet Nam era, to the current pride off today. I thank all that is good and pure for that change.

Thanks to SonnyB for the thought provoking thread

Scarab0088, do you actually own one of these behemoths? (Ford Scarab) I have actually seen one of them here in Japan, and my only thought was what big [moderator edit] Whats it like piloting something that rivals an aircraft carier...Do you have sailors that follow you around to be "line handlers"? Do you use campsite pilots (vs habour pilots) to come along side your campsite? sorry could not resist the fun. And lastly do random cessanas & pipers try to land on your roof?

All in fun of course, pay no mind to my ramblin's
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My dad was a WWII, Korea, VietNam vet...served 31 yrs,Army Air Corp/ USAF
Hubby served USAF 27 yrs 1966-1993
I served USAF 4 yrs 1980-1984
I also liked to think that my mom served too, tho she never wore a uniform...she went thru three wars with my dad, had three children and they survived it all...
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Been over 50 years since I left the AF and I can quote that # in my sleep. I had never wore anything that represented my time in the service until recently when I visited the USS Iowa Battleship as a museum. I purchased one of their hats from the gift shop that said USS Iowa on it. Now whenever I put it on my head I always get a thank you for your service comments wherever I go. The funny part of it is, all that hat represents is a Museum. Times have changed!
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Scarab0088, do you actually own one of these behemoths? (Ford Scarab) I have actually seen one of them here in Japan, and my only thought was what big [moderator edit] Whats it like piloting something that rivals an aircraft carier...Do you have sailors that follow you around to be "line handlers"? Do you use campsite pilots (vs habour pilots) to come along side your campsite? sorry could not resist the fun. And lastly do random cessanas & pipers try to land on your roof?

All in fun of course, pay no mind to my ramblin's
Used to pilot a Scarab (and Fountain brand Go-Fast boats) for the Coast Guard. The boat I have now is in my signature photo - 28' Wellcraft Express Cruiser.

Line handlers were a normal SOP - but it is possible to dock a 44' Go-Fast alone...and yes, they are a hoot in open water

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Sure wish I could qualify for some of those vet hearing aids today. Whats that you said? Can't hear you.
You probably can. I went to a VA Rep that is provided by our county and got an appointment to have my hearing tested. It took a while to get in but I now have state of the art hearing aids from the VA.

My hearing loss is in the range of turbine engines and gunfire. Yours probably is as well.

The VFW as well as The American Legion also have VA Reps to help you with the VA red tape.
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Old 01-22-2015, 05:43 PM   #39
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Hearing is shot also...those big guns were not very quiet!

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Reading through this thread reminds me of boot camp (RTC Great Lakes IL). Thanks guys... 1980-2010. And yes I would do it again and again and again....
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Thanks for the trip down memory lane, SonnyB. USAF 1977-1981, AFSC 57150. The "Me Generation" of kids today simply do not understand how much an Honorable Discharge, along with a Good Conduct Medal, will help on a resume. It taught me HONOR, INTEGRITY, and PRIDE. Nice.

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