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post #181 of 265 (permalink) Old 08-10-2016, 10:45 AM
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Where at ? Been looking for a couple of names I was with.
Thank you both for serving in Vietnam. Allow me to pay tribute to you both with a song that I wrote, arranged, played all the instruments on, sang lead/harmony vocals, and mixed into an MP3 demo....

I took the song and a few images off the internet and made it into a slideshow on You Tube.

Note: In the lyrics "...I was just a little kid when you went away to war" - - that's a photo of me when I was about 9 or 10 years old, during the heyday of Vietnam.

In the lyrics "...Pray for all the names on the wall". That's a photo of my brother-in-law Jack Keery, who served in Vietnam, US Army 1st Calvary.

Lastly, in the lyrics "...Who knew Agent Orange would come one day, and sadly tragically take you away". That's in honor and memory of my late brother-in-law, James "Brute" Nowak who also served in Vietnam, and passed away back in 2012 after succumbing to cancer due to exposure to Agent Orange, all these decades later.


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Bass: Me
Guitar: Me
Lead guitar (wah wah solo): Me
Keyboards/Organ mode: Me
Trumpet: Me
Trombone: Me
Lead vocals: Me
Upper harmony vocals: Me

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Oops...been away for a while and did not see this until today. I should have known what 98G was, because a good friend with whom I still stay in touch was a 98G in Cambodian. And I should have been able to figure out what RU stood for because my own DD-214 says I was a 98C2LBU (Burmese).

Oh, well, getting old.
Nice to find another "linguist"! Mine was Korean, though.

I thought it was rather "funny", when they give you the list of languages, and you select your "preferences", for me, they seemed to rate it exactly the opposite! Last on my list were "Asian" languages, and I get Korean. Then, they give the options for base locations, and with Korean, you only have Japan or Korea, so I picked Japan, but got Korea. Like I said, everything was opposite what I wanted, but it all worked out.

I actually enjoyed my time in Korea, partly because I could speak the language. Had one really awesome experience, and one that was pretty bad. Everything else was somewhere in between, with most being on the good side.

The "bad" experience was walking down a street one day, and saw a "mink blanket" in the window of a shop I hadn't been in before. As soon as I step in the door, I can hear the sales guy hollering back in Korean to the woman in the back, "Here's another dumb GI! Let me see how much I can get out of him?" I played along, and only spoke English, asking how much he wanted for the blanket. He hollers back in Korean again, "How much did we pay for that? About $4?", then turns back to me, and in English says, "I give you my best price. $15!" I responded, "I don't think so.", and in Korean, said "See you later!" He immediately said, "You understood us!", and gets all apologetic, offering to sell it to me for $4, as long as I didn't tell anyone else on base. I got it for $4, and I told everyone I knew to avoid his shop.

The "good" experience, though, far outweighed that! I decided to ride my bicycle to the coast, since it was only about 5 miles away, and I used to ride 10 miles easy all the time. The roads were pretty crummy, though, mostly rutted dirt with rocks and chunks of concrete sometimes in the middle, and it took me a lot longer to get about halfway there. So, I decided to turn around, and head back, and see these folks planting rice in a paddy next to the "road". It looked like extremely hard, back-breaking work! One of the workers sitting on the bank between the paddies hollers over to me in Korean to "come over". Reluctantly, I go, half expecting him to beat me up (most learn Tae Kwon Do at an early age) and take my bicycle, but instead, he offers to "share" the "lunch", which consisted of one small bowl of rice and one small bowl of kimchi, with me. Now, I never actually "acquired" the taste of kimchi even after a year there, but I questioned him, in Korean, that this was the meal for all the workers? He replied that it was, and wanted me to have some with him. Since I could say it in Korean (which all Koreans consider to be extremely intelligent for non-native Koreans, so they highly respect that), I politely refused, saying that I couldn't "steal" the fool from the mouths of these hard workers, so he wasn't insulted, as he might normally be with that kind of refusal. I was so humbled and felt so bad for my earlier expectation of him, but that was real "hospitality", IMHO!! Something I will never forget as long as I live!!


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I served in the US Navy during the Vietnam Era 1969 - 1972 on the submarine USS SKIPJACK SSN 585 and was honorably discharged back into this nutty society. Was E5 when I left the service. I was a Machinist Mate & also a member of UDT for the whole time enlisted. Worked on all the Oxygen Generators and O2 Burners the Air Conditioning plus pumps etc...

Also kept all the screen doors in good condition too!!
that's cool used to have a 3 and half feet long model of the skipjack in my room

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I served in the US Navy during the Vietnam Era 1969 - 1972 on the submarine USS SKIPJACK SSN 585 and was honorably discharged back into this nutty society. Was E5 when I left the service. I was a Machinist Mate & also a member of UDT for the whole time enlisted. Worked on all the Oxygen Generators and O2 Burners the Air Conditioning plus pumps etc...

Also kept all the screen doors in good condition too!!

My father was a machinist mate while in the Navy. He is a plank owner on the Ike. Spent most of his career on the Hunley. Thanks for your service.

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Hey, my Dad helped build the LY Spear at the Fore River Shipyard. (He also served as an Ensign on a supply ship 1950-52.) I served as an engineering duty officer at Naval Reactors '83-'90.
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Air Force vehicle maintenance vet here. Served June 3 1998-February 3 2015. I got caught up in the early retirement and got retired with three years before my 20 year mark. Stations McChord, Kunsan, Eielson, Ellsworth. With various deployments.
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