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Old 05-31-2017, 06:39 AM   #1
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Any Green Berets?

Well, there was a SEAL call-out on this forum, so I'm asking if there are any former (or present) Green Beanies (Army Special Forces) monitoring this forum?

I was 1968-72 (got out the first time), then 1976-1981 (Army Reserves due to scholarship commitment), then Active duty 1981-2001 (payback years that extended to a career):
10th Group (Devens), MACVSOG (CCN/TF1AE), 5th, 7th, SWC, SOCOM.

Did the whole circle going from "FTA" (hated the regular Army) to eventually becoming one of the very people I disliked back when I was 18.
Huh, sound familiar?

Watcha got?
I'm sure I know you, or heard of you, or know someone that you know.
You know how small the circle is...
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Not much that I can say other than Thank You for your service.
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Old 06-05-2017, 05:39 AM   #3
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baloo,
Don't want you to feel lonely, so I will chime in.
Joined Army in 68, got out in 71. Reenlisted in 73 and retired in 88. Went to OCS in 77.
Was in 7th (70) and MACVSOG (CCN/TF1AE) (71). Spent most of my time in MI.
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Well, there was a SEAL call-out on this forum, so I'm asking if there are any former (or present) Green Beanies (Army Special Forces) monitoring this forum?

I was 1968-72 (got out the first time), then 1976-1981 (Army Reserves due to scholarship commitment), then Active duty 1981-2001 (payback years that extended to a career):
10th Group (Devens), MACVSOG (CCN/TF1AE), 5th, 7th, SWC, SOCOM.

Did the whole circle going from "FTA" (hated the regular Army) to eventually becoming one of the very people I disliked back when I was 18.
Huh, sound familiar?

Watcha got?
I'm sure I know you, or heard of you, or know someone that you know.
You know how small the circle is...
FTA - - - there is a term I haven't heard in a long, long, time......!! LOL

Thanks for shaking' the cob webs.

Was't a Green Beanie - - started as a POG, Arty Surveyor - - went Chairborne early in my career......70-00....."Death from A Desk".

And yes - Army Circles, no matter what circle you are/were in are small...

Thanks for my Freedom.

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Was in ... MACVSOG (CCN/TF1AE) (71)....

I'm betting that you know all the children in this old RVN pic from 1971, huh?

Despite the population explosion, we live in an even SMALLER WORLD, huh.
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Hah! Where did you get the picture? That was taken on my camera!
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Hah! Where did you get the picture? That was taken on my camera!
INDEED IT WAS your camera, Bro'!

Yet we meet again -- two ships in the middle of the ocean, at night!
Yep, I am who you think I am [left Chase for Recon (RT Mocc) around JUL 71](skinny guy in the middle -- hadn't turned 21 yet, so couldn't vote or drink legally -- and still believed in World Peace ).

Howzit going!
Damn, you must be an OLD guy nowadays.

Have you gotten a copy of the latest MACSOG Volume published by Jason Hardy? It shows you in there! You can get a free copy from Hardy, if you have not already gotten yours.
You're now a documented Special Ops Warrior! "Peace through Death!"
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Old 06-07-2017, 04:36 PM   #8
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Wasn't sure, how did you end up in Kentucky? I sent you a private message.
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Not a snake head biter, was an aviator assigned to 5th SF SOG CCC FOB2 70-71
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Not a snake head biter, was an aviator assigned to 5th SF SOG CCC FOB2 71
Sky!
Hueys? Cobras? Loaches/Pink teams?
Entire military career in choppers?
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Sky!
Hueys? Cobras? Loaches/Pink teams?
Entire military career in choppers?
Huey's, snakes & 6's. Cav troop one tour. Retired dual rated.
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My ego was never big enough too be a Green Beret, Ranger or a SEAL I settled for being a Submariner. Not an easy route, but I had hot showers, clean sheets and A/C Only had to worry about fire, flooding and sinking...
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Huey's, snakes & 6's. Cav troop one tour. Retired dual rated.
Chopper pilot would have been my career IF the recruiter in Oakland was worth a s*** and knew how counsel 18 year old recruits in career choices back in 1968. Turns out that in 1968, recruiters, who tended to be "lifers" in general in the Army back then, were the dredges ("join the Army if you fail -- Bob Dylan song). (Not all Lifers, mind you -- but a large number -- enough for me to leave the Army immediately after my first enlistment.)

However, the military changed markedly and remarkably in the 1980s -- ESPECIALLY changed were the Marines and the 82nd Airborne. The Marines were a sad joke in our area in RVN; the 82nd was a rag-bag unmotivated group of disillusioned guys at Ft. Bragg.
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Hey there, I got my draft notice in Oct 70. My dad told me not to open it and go down and join the Navy. I'd get 3 hots a day and a bunk to sleep in. I declined. In the reception center I volunteered for the SF program. Graduated in Mar 72. wanted to go to Vietnam but our entire class of about 15 men all were assigned to FT Bragg, 5th SFG. 5th GP was returning from Vietnam and were short personnel. After my first hitch I decided to stay in. Went to HALO school as a reenlistment bonus. WOOHOO. Retired in 94 when we came home from Somalia. For the most part it was a lot of fun. My son, who is smarter than I am just got his first land assignment in the Navy. He has spent the last 11 years as a fire control on Destroyers. Those Sailors take care of the hardware and software for all the weapons systems on the ship. Now the wife and I are thinking of buying a motorhome for some traveling. We'll see!
God bless all those who served and are serving our great country.
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