A couple of memories for today

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A couple of memories for today

Post by vampicker » Tue May 26, 2020 12:06 am

I served in a time of relative peace, so I am grateful I never lost any of my fellow soldiers. Still today is one to reflect on those we served with and it struck me once again that as an engineer, most of my actual work was usually just me and my bulldozer. A massive piece of mean and faithful steel was my most lethal companion. Naturally they had names. The ripper dozer was Track Meat, while the winch dozer was the all powerful and truly unstoppable Kitty. We ate a frightening amount of dirt together.
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Re: A couple of memories for today

Post by PacificWR » Tue May 26, 2020 12:35 am

This is what America's brave men & women have fought and died for since 1775. We must never forget the price they paid. A special shout out to my double vet Dad. A B-17 lower belly turret gunner was tough.
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Post by LateDateMorganGuy » Tue May 26, 2020 12:43 am

I have never served this country as others have. But my father did, for 35 years in the US Navy. God bless America!!!
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Post by morganman » Tue May 26, 2020 1:37 am

Oddly enough, i just missed the draft time ways Sure glad as
i was not a fan of Vietnam mess , and i turned out right.
My brother was in marines and he came home a total bully,
and an idiot to this day. Disipline is good but i feel they brainwashed
as i have known many ex marines, and many had same issues

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Post by Razrbak » Tue May 26, 2020 2:30 am



Spent 4 years working on the photo recon systems of the RA5-C Vigilante. A lot of plane!

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Post by Tekkie1 » Tue May 26, 2020 3:03 am

That's cool JR.

The last 2 dozers I operated were a D8 and D9 respectively several years back. Now I'm primarily on excavators.

Thank everyone who has served in our Military. God bless you all.

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Post by Razrbak » Tue May 26, 2020 3:29 am



In memory of my shipmates who paid the ultimate price on the USS Enterprise. Without question, God spared me and many others that day.

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Post by messydesk » Tue May 26, 2020 5:02 am

At 3:00 today, I grabbed my old Boy Scout bugle, went to the front porch and sounded Taps in remembrance of those who gave their lives serving our country.
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Post by Kurt28 » Tue May 26, 2020 9:29 am

My oath was to support the Constitution and protect my country from enemies both domestic and abroad.
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Post by colwillys » Tue May 26, 2020 12:26 pm

God Bless you ALL . AT 19 years old off the coast of Vet Nam United States Marine Corp . :mrgreen:
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Post by CascadeChris » Tue May 26, 2020 3:54 pm

The week following 9/11 I went into a local USAF recruiting office. Passed the written exam but when they found out I had athsma it stopped everything in its tracks. "The big A" they called it. Even though it was mainly a childhood issue that morphed into a mild exercise induced form in my teens that was enough to kill any chance I had at becoming a pilot. The days and months following 9/11 was the most patriotic time i will probably ever experience in my lifetime. I'm sure you all remember how we came together as one people under one flag with a common enemy. Anywho, that's my (brief) brush with the military. Sometimes I wonder "what if."

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Gulf of Tonkin Vietnam 1972
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Post by shortnock » Tue May 26, 2020 8:58 pm

Vampicker! Just guessing that you had training at Ft. Leonard Wood, Missouri USATC(E)....but the pictures look like you were working in west Texas, or Ft. Hood or somewhere else in the deep south. Attempting to attribute a Morgan 1878 SAF at home today and it is resisting.
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Re: A couple of memories for today

Post by vampicker » Tue May 26, 2020 9:53 pm

Harry, good eye - yes, yes and yes.
Basic Training and AIT at Ft Leonard Wood, the home of the Engineers.

First pic is even further south than you thought. I was deployed in Nicaragua in the aftermath of Hurricane Mitch

Second shot is from a TDY construction mission on part of the White Sands missile range. Texas - New Mexico border. We stayed on Ft Bliss for the roughly 4 months we were on the project.
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Post by LateDateMorganGuy » Tue May 26, 2020 10:07 pm

Richard Bland is buried in Lebanon Missouri, not far from Ft. Leonard Wood, which both are in my back yard.
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Re: A couple of memories for today

Post by vampicker » Tue May 26, 2020 10:18 pm

Wow, small world. It was a few years after I left the area that I picked him up as my avatar. Wasn't doing anything with coin in the summer of 93 when I went thru basic as a 29 year old. Some of the drill sergeants were younger than me.
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