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    53 Years Ago Today

    On January 2, 1968, in Coral Gables, Florida I raised my right hand and took the Oath of Enlistment for the US Army.
    Before the day ended I was at Fort Jackson, South Carolina Reception Center.
    I served 2 years 9 months and 28 days before being honorably discharged as an E-5.
    Along the way I was decorated twice for my actions, however I was never a hero. But I am very proud to have served with some.
    And damned proud to wear the Red Diamond insignia of the 5th Infantry Division.
    It is on the hat I’m wearing today, in fact.
    And this coming September, I’m taking my daughter to the 100th annual reunion of the Society of the 5th Infantry Division to meet some of the greatest guys in the world. Guys I was willing to die for, and they were willing to die for me. This is something not found in very many places.

    As the US Army slogan goes: “I was a Soldier. I am a Soldier. I will always be a Soldier.”
    It is a title that is earned, never given, can not be bought. And it is mine forever.
    "There is nothing so exhilarating as to be shot at without result." Winston Churchill
    "Leave the artillerymen alone, they are an obstinate lot." Napoleon
    Member: VFW, American Legion, Vietnam Veterans of America, Society of the 5th Infantry Division, Sons of the American Revolution.

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    And thank you for your service.. alway and forever.
    "Erosion of our rights just takes a few good men doing nothing"
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    Thank you for your service!
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    And it is a good thing you are here to speak of it.
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    Doesn’t seem like it was that long ago RPD does it?
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    Welcome home, Brother.
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    Thank you for your service and welcome home!
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    Always glad to say "Welcome Home" to a brother in arms.

    You were starting . . . I was finishing my last trip on the other side of the world.

    4/1/68 I got one of them red USNR ID cards . . .

    May God bless,
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    Quote Originally Posted by rice paddy daddy View Post
    On January 2, 1968, in Coral Gables, Florida I raised my right hand and took the Oath of Enlistment for the US Army.
    Before the day ended I was at Fort Jackson, South Carolina Reception Center.
    I served 2 years 9 months and 28 days before being honorably discharged as an E-5.
    Along the way I was decorated twice for my actions, however I was never a hero. But I am very proud to have served with some.
    And damned proud to wear the Red Diamond insignia of the 5th Infantry Division.
    It is on the hat I’m wearing today, in fact.
    And this coming September, I’m taking my daughter to the 100th annual reunion of the Society of the 5th Infantry Division to meet some of the greatest guys in the world. Guys I was willing to die for, and they were willing to die for me. This is something not found in very many places.

    As the US Army slogan goes: “I was a Soldier. I am a Soldier. I will always be a Soldier.”
    It is a title that is earned, never given, can not be bought. And it is mine forever.
    We’re proud to have you here!

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    To those who thanked me for my service, I will respond the same way someonne says that when they spot my Vietnam Veteran cap:
    "Thank you for being an American worth fighting for."
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    "There is nothing so exhilarating as to be shot at without result." Winston Churchill
    "Leave the artillerymen alone, they are an obstinate lot." Napoleon
    Member: VFW, American Legion, Vietnam Veterans of America, Society of the 5th Infantry Division, Sons of the American Revolution.

 

 
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