Military Experience of everyone here?

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Military Experience of everyone here?

Post by FK » Tue Mar 25, 2003 9:06 pm

Hey guys, i'm just curious, who among us has military experience? It's not important, or even relevant to the topic of Germany in WW2. but I'm curious, and I think we'd all find it interesting.

I'll go first. I served 5 years in the US Army, from 1966-1971. THis included two tours in Vietnam with the 25th Infantry Division- "Tropic Lightning".

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Post by Wolfkin » Wed Mar 26, 2003 5:38 pm

I was in the Canadian Army Reserve for a brief spell. Not much to tell. I didn't really accomplish anything. I found out that I would make a really lousy soldier. So, I decided to study Military History as a hobby insead of making the Military a career. :D

I would join again if my country were invaded or if we really needed soldiers. I would do this to protect family and loved ones. I still have many friends in the Army. Most have done U.N. and NATO tours. Bosnia, Kosovo and such.

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Post by karltrowitz » Fri Mar 28, 2003 11:56 pm

I was serving Queen and country in the Royal Air Force as an aircraft engineer from 1984-1996.I've worked on Jaguar,Nimrod and Tornado aircraft. 8)

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Post by Tom Houlihan » Sat Mar 29, 2003 7:26 am

I joined the US Navy 9-79. Shortly after that I realized my error, and finished out my time as a machinist's mate on a CGN. In 11-85, I enlisted in the USMC. I graduated grunt school as a machine gunner. Served in 2nd Marines, then went to sea duty aboard USS JFK. After the war, someone decided there were too many grunts (in the Corps???), so I went to the airwing to salvage my retirement. Said retirement rolled around 11-99, so I got my 20! :D
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Yea, I regret it too

Post by FK » Sat Mar 29, 2003 8:15 pm

Yea, I regret joining too. I was one of the few idiots who volunteered for Vietnam, and when I got there realized it wasn't the fun I thought it would be when someone was shooting back at me. But the army beat the situation at home. My unit was unfortunately caught up in the tet offensive, and I was wounded at an airfield outside Saigon.

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Post by The Chief » Sun Mar 30, 2003 7:03 pm

I joined the US Army Reserve waaaaay back in...97. I enlisted as an MP and right after I made E-5 I joined ROTC and now I'm about to be commissioneed as a 2nd LT.

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Post by D.W. » Sun Mar 30, 2003 9:34 pm

I served from 1986 to 1992, also did a tour in the 25th (Tropic Lightning) and then on to Ft. Carson, Colorado, with some military deployments to Korea, Thailand, Japan and 6 months at Ft. Hood, Texas thrown into the mix.

Had a wonderful time and the experience was priceless. I would not trade those 6 years for anything, and that is saying something, because they were defintely not always the "best of times"....

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Post by Baltasar » Sun Mar 30, 2003 11:02 pm

I did military service in the Bundeswehr 7/99-04/00
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Post by pzrmeyer2 » Mon Mar 31, 2003 9:10 am

CPT, US Army, Field Artillery 1992-1999
1st Armored Division
2nd Infantry Division

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RE: Military experience

Post by Rudi S. » Mon Mar 31, 2003 12:00 pm

RAD and Wehrmacht from Dec 1941 until June 1945 (Unteroffizier in 5. Panzerkompanie GD/FBB).
US Army (Corps of Engineers) from May 1948 until April 1952 (at end of enlistment: Bn. Opn. Sgt. of 29th Topographic Engineer Bn).
After this, a few years in US Army Reserve.
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RE: Military experience

Post by Rudi S. » Mon Mar 31, 2003 12:01 pm

RAD and Wehrmacht from Dec 1941 until June 1945 (Unteroffizier in 5. Panzerkompanie GD/FBB).
US Army (Corps of Engineers) from May 1948 until April 1952 (at end of enlistment: Bn. Opn. Sgt. of 29th Topographic Engineer Bn).
After this, a few years in US Army Reserve.
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Post by Craig » Mon Mar 31, 2003 12:10 pm

RAA
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Service

Post by stab131 » Wed Apr 02, 2003 9:32 am

Army Infantry and Special Ops. 21 years in uniform.

Includes Desert Shield and Storm.
CIB, EIB, Ranger Tab, FreeFall Parachutist, Air Assault, Jungle Expert -- usual mix of troop (commands and staff) time and TDA time (mainly in Washington DC). Served at company, battalion, brigade, division, and Major Command level. :D Also time in TRADOC :( .

Combat tour was with the best -- 101st.

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Post by Helmut » Wed Apr 02, 2003 11:36 am

In the US Army Infantry 1972 to 1983 in CONUS and Germany.

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Post by Piet Duits » Wed Apr 02, 2003 12:03 pm

Jan. 1993 - Sept. 1996, Lance-Corporal with the 11th Royal Dutch Airmobile Brigade (3rd shift since it's excistence).

After initial training, and getting the red beret, I went to the 11th Mortar Coy (120mm Mortars), after that I served with the 12th Infantry Batallion (also 11th Airmobile Brigade), with which I spent 6 months in Srebrenica/Potocari, as Dutchbat II

I was attached to the Section S2/S3 over there.

Last unit, also within the Brigade, was the 11th Support Company, which I hated because there was nothing for us to do...

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