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Viet Nam "Bush Vet" , "Forward Observer" for the 101st Airborne Div, 14 mths, Dec 69 to March 71, A-Shau Valley,Hamburger Hill,DMZ, Ke-Sahn, etc!

( lzsally.com) Pete "the Greek" (click "Poetry" section) "The Call of The Wall" etc

Was watching TV last week and the "Chuck Norris"

Movie came on "Missing in Action", I don't watch War movies but kept it on for a few minutes and they mentioned "LZ Sally" and landed their chopper there and brought back memories!

That's where our base camp was!

(Welcome Home brother !):clapper:
 

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US Navy 1966-1970. Radioman on USS Taconic. Amphibious flag ship for the 7th fleet. 1 tour in Nam in 1967. Made it home mostly intact. :battle:

Attended a parade a was actually booed for wearing my uniform. (1970 I think).
 

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I was not in Viet Nam---I was running a 21 man crew making 175mm artillery shells for you boys to fire.... JP
 

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Johnapool,

That was my job as a "F/O" to go ahead of the infantry and figure out what they wre up against and call in "Artillery" to soften things up for them, plus I stayed awake most of the night while with in infantry to call in "Artillery" as close to them as possible to to keep the bad guys off them while they slept,plus I called in the "Cobra's" and "NaPalm" birds when needed! Probably used a few of your rounds you made, thanks!:baffled:
 

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Bien Hoa,(Lagoon Control), 119 Stingers. Ubon Thailand, 130A-E-H's Specter Gunships "72/73"
 

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Believe it or not, I was there, not like you guys, in the thick of it, butI humbly submit that I was off the Me Cong Delta at the bitter end, acting as a communications relay unit for your fly boys as they tried to get as many out as possible. We were also there to get out the last of the Europeans, but didn't end up getting to take them. The RAF sent in some Hercules and airlifted them out. I can remember all the US ships sailing out, with thousands of refugees crammed on the decks. Time fades the memory but I remember one of the carriers was USS Hancock.

Funny thing was, I went from there to Iceland to bash them for pinching our fish, what a change of temperature that was!!

I have every admiration for Vets of all conflicts, for me, the politics are of no interest, and I was disgusted that some of you were not received home too kindly. I am no supporter of the Gulf thing going on even as we speak, but I admire the young guys who are there and I hope when they get home they are treated with respect.

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A-menPete
 

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1967-1968 335Th Assualt Helicopter Company. (COWBOYS) Dak To, Pleiku, Kontum, Ahn Kke.
 

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U.S.Navy vet, 1961-1971, Destroyer's escorting Marine aircraft carriers, Laos and Nam.
 

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Sorry to say I was out of the US Army (33rd Signal Battalion, USARAL) before things got hot in Viet Nam. Sorry to say because I'll never know what many of you folks know. My hat's off to you!
 

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What about people who were in other wars, or who had relatives in them? My brother was in the Falklands and came out without a scratch, and my dad was a footsoldier in WWII (in North Africa and Italy).

Come on lads, forums like this are ideal for sharing these things as there are no borders, barriers or political issues in the way. :waving:
 

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hey gaswing. It says veterans. Not Viet Nam veterans. It just seems that a lot of us are from that era.
 

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GasWing, I Salute your Brother and father !!!:clapper:
 

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gaswing,

This thread wasn't meant to exclude any veterans. All veterans are due a lot of respect for their service.

When I started this thread being a Vietnam Veteran myself, I thought it would be a cool to see how many Vietnam Veterans are on this forum. Vietnam Veterans share a special bond that no other veteran group has in comon with us, as I'm sure the Korean Veteran, WWII Veterans and other share with their comrades.

My dad wasin the Normandy invasion of WWII and fought all the way to Berlin defending the UK.

Sorry if anyone is offended.
 

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OK lads ,once more I have to step in here ....This subject will turn into someones soapbox ,,keep the subjects bike related or as close as possible please ...other wise people only get offended and this is after all an INTERNATIONAL goldwing site ,,there are a lot of people come here to talk wing ,,so lets keep it that way ...cheers Ciaran
 

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USS Saratoga - 1972.
 

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I turned 18 in '71 and had a "good" lottery number and as they were "vietnamizing the war" missed that opportunity. Does remind me of how a bogged down war without any vision can start to divide a people.

My father who served on a destroyer, and father-in-law who was a marine corp medic both in the south pacific during WWII felt I was fortunate not to have to have their experiences.
 

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NOW CLOSING THE SUBJECT ,As I have stated keep it as close as possible to bike related subjects ,,there are people from all nationalities on this site and what we all have in common is goldwings ....and bikes in general ,,I am sure there are lots of veteran sites on the net where they discuss days gone by etc ,,but this is a bike forum ...cheers Ciaran
 
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