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posted on Feb, 27 2013 @ 01:37 AM
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S&F

I like your tribute. Its simple, and to the point. Im sure your bro, would be happy, and proud....




posted on Feb, 27 2013 @ 01:42 AM
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Ok, I have to do a re-cap. From the get to the go. Its hard to do this but I'll give it a go.

Remember I was flown to the Philippians (Subic bay) and was on that troop ship waiting for the USS Ranger to come in so I could board it and get to the USS oriskany.

I was on the USS Benewah for I guess close to two weeks with a white liberty card. Man, did I party. I was in a garage band back in 'Orange Calif." and..well..one night at one of the clubs I went up and played..(when I get my pictures from my folks house I might post them)...the first song I played was..




posted on Feb, 27 2013 @ 01:51 AM
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Originally posted by sonnny1
reply to post by RUFFREADY
 





S&F

I like your tribute. Its simple, and to the point. Im sure your bro, would be happy, and proud....


Thanks, I'll have to e-mail him (come to think of it) and maybe he could add a few things, you know..maybe he might.

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posted on Feb, 27 2013 @ 02:06 AM
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I found myself in the The Gulf of Tonkin. It was zig zag (the carrier) non-stop..The bad guys would fly out close enough almost weekly, if not more and make us go condition "z", General Quarters.

We had 8 mounted 5" guns (and other stuff and they would blast away. Even though we had escorts and F-8 Crusaders
for "Migs".

I was durning the first week on board givin the relaxed duty.


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posted on Feb, 27 2013 @ 02:29 AM
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The rest (months) is like a blur..until we went to the India Ocean. Yom Kippur War stuff (lots classified) and I hit the ground in Mombasa Kenya.

A-7 CORSAIR II IN ACTION




posted on Mar, 1 2013 @ 10:47 PM
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some crazy crap





posted on Mar, 3 2013 @ 10:25 PM
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my brother is on the top right.


In the back, left to right: Bill Gravelle, Brad (my brother), Ray
Rankin, David Dinehart, Robert Martinez.


Left to right in the back: Bill Gravelle, Brad ----my brother, Don Fields,
David Dinehart.



posted on Mar, 3 2013 @ 10:48 PM
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remember backa few post I mentioned the attack and copters being shot down..





Marine sniper



Close up of a Chi-Com. (those were throw right next to Brad and he tossed them back..








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posted on Mar, 3 2013 @ 10:54 PM
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Even when I was on the air craft carrier I got the same as a grunt on the ground (extra money-combat pay) no more no less.





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posted on Mar, 3 2013 @ 11:02 PM
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WHO IS HE?
YOU SIT AT HOME AND WATCH
YOUR SIPPING A
REFRESHING COLD ICED TEA,
THE NEWS COMES ON AND THEN YOU HERE,
THE ALL-STAR GAME IS DRAWING NEAR,
THEN YOU SEE A FAR OFF LAND,
WHERE MEN ARE DYING IN THE SAND,
A FROWN APPEARS ACROSS YOUR FACE,
YOU'RE TIRED OF HEARING ABOUT THIS PLACE .
WHO CARES ABOUT VIETNAM ACROSS THE SEA,
IT'S FAR AWAY AND DOESN'T CONCERN ME,
YOU'D RATHER HEAR THE BEATLES PLAY,
THAN LEARN ABOUT THE WORLD TODAY,
BUT STOP AND THINK A MOMENT OR TWO,
AND ASK YOURSELF,
DOES THIS CONCERN YOU?
ITS GREAT TO BE ALIVE AND FREE,
BUT WHAT ABOUT THE GUY ACROSS THE SEA,
HE'S GIVING UP HIS LIFE FOR ME
SO I CAN LIVE UNDER LIBERTY.
HE'S FAR AWAY FIGHTING A WAR,
INSTEAD OF FIGHTING AT MY FRONT DOOR.
THIS GUY WHO LIVES IN FILTH AND SLIME.
HOW CAN HE DO IT ALL THE TIME?
HE'S ABOUT MY AGE SO WHY SHOULD HE CARE,
ABOUT A WAR SOMEONE ELSE SHOULD SHARE.
YOU CALL HIM VILE NAMES AND MAKE FUN OF HIS CAUSE,
YET HE IS ALWAYS FIRST TO WIN YOUR WAR.
YOU LUCKY GUY, YOU LAUGH AND SNEER,
BECAUSE YOU'VE NEVER REALLY KNOWN FEAR.
THIS YOUNG MAN FACES DEATH EACH DAY,
BUT HE'S ALWAYS GOT SOMETHING FUNNY TO SAY.
NO MAIL AGAIN,
AGAIN A TWINGE OF SORROW,
OH WHAT THE HELL THEIR ALWAYS TOMORROW.
THE MORALE IS LOW THE TENSION IS HIGH,
SOME EVEN BREAK DOWN AND CRY.
HE WANTS TO GO HOME AND SEE A LOVED ONE.
HE WORKS ALL DAY AND STANDS GUARD ALL NIGHT.
HE'S TIRED AND SICK BUT CONTINUES TO FIGHT,
THE COLLEGE CROWD THINKS HE'S A FOOL,
BUT THATS WHAT MAKES HIM HARD AND CRUEL.
YOU DON'T APPRECIATE WHAT HE WILL DO,
LIKE GIVING UP HIS LIFE FOR YOU.
HE SACRIFICES MUCH YET HR ASK NOTHING IN RETURN,
JUST SO THAT YOU CAN STAY SCHOOL AND LEARN.
HE BELIEVES IN FREEDOM AND AMERICAN LIFE,
NO PARTIES AND DANCES FOR THIS YOUNG MAN,
UNTIL HE COMES HOME AGAIN.
THE DAYS ARE HOT AND THE NIGHTS ARE TOO,
WHAT WONDER A COLD CAN OF BEER CAN DO!
HE DREAMS OF COLD BEER AND A THICK JUICY STEAK,
WHEN SOMEONE SHOUTS,
WE'VE GOT A HILL TO TAKE.
SOME WILL BE HEROES BECAUSE THEY ARE BRAVE,
AND OTHERS WILL GET A WREATH ON THEIR GRAVE.
YOU'LL RECOGNIZE HIM AS HE WALKS BY,
THERE'S A SADDENED LOOK IN HIS EYE,
HE WALKS SO PROUD YET LOOKS SO MEAN,
HE'S CALLED THE WORLD'S GREATEST FIGHTING MACHINE.
NO WONDER HE'S PROUD,
HE'S A UNITED STATES MARINE!


SEMPER FI
CPL. DAVID ATHERDEN
U.S.M.C. 1965-1969



posted on Mar, 3 2013 @ 11:10 PM
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Daniel "Gunny" Grate.

He was called Gunny because he told
everyone he was staying in the Corps and
get to be a Gunny. Even the officers and
company Gunny called him Gunny.




Capt. Bill Henry eyeing "Bitch," the
company mongoose. It's possibly SSgt
Bell that Bitch is climbing on.




In 1967 there was a rocket attack on Danang that set of an ammo dump.
Ninty-nine Americans were killed or wounded and 26 airplanes
destroyed.





posted on Mar, 3 2013 @ 11:11 PM
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yea. I'm digging this too...

Old Air Force Vet myself...

Thanks OP



posted on Mar, 3 2013 @ 11:15 PM
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The pictue above and below were taken during Tet 1968. According to Preacher
when he took the picture above you could see a thin trail of smoke from the
plane, a navy jet. It had evidently been hit by ground fire. A few minutes later
(see below) it crashed. The pilot baled out and as he was several miles away they
never saw what became of him.








posted on Mar, 3 2013 @ 11:25 PM
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The only two survivors of an attack on the base.





Larry "Sam" Bass holding the John Holmes of night
crawlers.




posted on Mar, 3 2013 @ 11:37 PM
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Jake Parsons on Hill 22.

Jake finished his hitch and got out. A few years later he re-enlisted as, in
his words, "The world's oldest Lance Corporal." He got out as a Gunny.



www.golfco7thmar.com...

VC sapper. He was part of an attack on a CAP unit the previous night. He died
despite the Corpsman and Marine's efforts.





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posted on Mar, 4 2013 @ 12:02 AM
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This is where I lived 72-75 off and on. The Might "O" !




posted on Mar, 6 2013 @ 07:04 PM
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Escape & Evasion

en.wikipedia.org...

I did this. I don't known if anybody gives a #e but, it is sort of funny. If I ever write a book before I die, it will probably be one of the best parts. Anybody want to hear about it? If so..I might tell it. Maybe. I'm kinda back and forth on it..Let me think about it.



posted on Mar, 22 2013 @ 09:47 PM
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I'd go for it (north Korea) give 'em a bit of 1970 tech...and scoot out I bet....a holes





posted on Mar, 22 2013 @ 11:42 PM
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Originally posted by RUFFREADY
Escape & Evasion

en.wikipedia.org...

I did this. I don't known if anybody gives a #e but, it is sort of funny. If I ever write a book before I die, it will probably be one of the best parts. Anybody want to hear about it? If so..I might tell it. Maybe. I'm kinda back and forth on it..Let me think about it.

Well, I can tell you this much..I was thinkin I might be in trouble..but at my age I thought ...hmmmm..lets go!! I evaded lots of bad dude's that could have made me miss my chow time. Ain't gonna happen bro..

The Marines I finally got to....were...jaw dropped..what!! I was just hungry..




posted on Mar, 23 2013 @ 12:11 AM
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