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    He Thanked ME for MY Service!!!

    In March, I drove from my home in Mexico for a three week visit to family in the USA.
    Three weeks became 10 months before I escaped to my home. We were in a retirement mobile home park in a 42 year old mobile home, almost all of that ten months. We did try to walk around the park at night when no one was out and about much.


    But, one day during daylight, I walked and a vet in a beautiful old Caddy convertible passed me and pulled in under his sun roof, I guess you call it. I noticed he had Purple Heart plates, so as I walked past, I spoke to him, thanking him for his service.


    We then had a short conversation. I told him I had served two years in the Sixties, but felt like it didnít mean much, because while so many were going through terrible times in VN, I was lounging around the Crash Rescue squad room at Gray Air Base at Fort Lewis.


    He immediately said my view was not correct, that it is normal for only 1 of 10 people to actually go to combat, that I did what I was assigned as support. Then he thanked me for my service.


    That really touched me. As a wounded soldier he took the time to thank me for my service. That was the first time in 54 years anyone ever thanked me for my service.

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    He is correct, no matter where you served you signed your name on the blank check that could have been cashed at anytime for any amount up to and including your life.

    Thank you for your service.
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    And I say "thank you for your service".

    It's been 50 years ago for me, and I've yet to have anyone thank me for my service. Great to hear someone has recognized you, ain't it about time
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    Quote Originally Posted by DeepseekerADS View Post
    And I say "thank you for your service".

    It's been 50 years ago for me, and I've yet to have anyone thank me for my service. Great to hear someone has recognized you, ain't it about time
    Hard for people to thank you when you stay up in that holler my friend .......

    I have been thanked for my service many times in the last 20 years, very little in the 70s, 80s and 90s except from other soldiers I met, anytime I saw a soldier in uniform I went up and thanked them, bought those who would except a drink.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DeepseekerADS View Post
    And I say "thank you for your service".

    It's been 50 years ago for me, and I've yet to have anyone thank me for my service. Great to hear someone has recognized you, ain't it about time
    Let me have the honor to be the first. Thank you for your service!
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    Great post piegrande!

    Though I served almost a full four years, '69 - '73, I never got orders to Nam while others around me did. Luck of the draw, who knows?!?

    It has bothered me as well and always make it a point to say I am a Viet Nam ERA Vet rather than a Viet Nam Vet.
    The Election is OVER! Let's move forward as the UNITED States!!

    SeabeeRon Santa Cruz,CA.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Treasure_Hunter View Post
    Hard for people to thank you when you stay up in that holler my friend
    Well shucks! But TH, it's safe up here And this is my home from birth - almost every time I go out in the forest around me I find new things to delight me. At this stage of my life all I want is peace, where life itself is a continuing battle which I've successfully avoided
    Republic of Vietnam 10/69 - 3/71, Cambodia April 27, 1970 on a mountain top with HUGE scorpions

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeepseekerADS View Post
    Well shucks! But TH, it's safe up here And this is my home from birth - almost every time I go out in the forest around me I find new things to delight me. At this stage of my life all I want is peace, where life itself is a continuing battle which I've successfully avoided
    I grew up in the country, 40 yards and I was in the woods. If I wasn't so tired of moving I would... I have moved 28 times in my adult life 25 times due to my telecom career, I'm tired of moving. It took Atlas Van Lines 18 wheeler to move from Missouri to current home ... I like where I'm living, living on lake and not have to pay lake front property taxes is hard to beat...Great view and can go fishing....You been here so you know what I'm saying.
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    No Expiration Date!


    2nd Amendment
    "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed"

    Si vis pacem, para bellum "If you want peace, prepare for war!


    I excercise my right to keep and bear arms 24/7/365

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeepseekerADS View Post
    And I say "thank you for your service".

    It's been 50 years ago for me, and I've yet to have anyone thank me for my service. Great to hear someone has recognized you, ain't it about time
    And I want to thank both of you for your service!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Treasure_Hunter View Post
    You been here so you know what I'm saying.
    Yes, I'd just about trade my sanctuary for yours! That's not in our cards though. You likely wouldn't like my driveway
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    Quote Originally Posted by DeepseekerADS View Post
    Yes, I'd just about trade my sanctuary for yours! That's not in our cards though. You likely wouldn't like my driveway
    Not if I had to shovel or plow any snow. Done enough of that to last a life time. We actually had frost on windshield over Christmas my neighbors said ( I was in NC.) First time in at least 10 years.

    I searched and found this video below, not sure if it is the same location as your holler but if it is it is you live in a beautiful area.



    I love the mountains, use to live in Colorado and spent many a vacation camping in the mountains, easily over 30 weeks over my lifetime camping out west, I have visited and or camped in many National Park west of Mississippi river. One vacation alone lasted 7 weeks, we toured Wyoming, Idaho, Washington State, Oregon, California, Utah and Nevada.
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    Ain't watched it yet, but Yes My Friend, this is where I hide
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    Quote Originally Posted by DeepseekerADS View Post
    Ain't watched it yet, but Yes My Friend, this is where I hide
    Beautiful area, save the video and you can repost the beautiful area you live in.
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    "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed"

    Si vis pacem, para bellum "If you want peace, prepare for war!


    I excercise my right to keep and bear arms 24/7/365

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    Hey my very old friend - you know me, Kinda like being absolutely invisible.

    YOU will always be absolutely welcome any day, any time, down my holler

    I could show so much, but ya know I really can't. I'm one old time very paranoid individual.

    Errrr.... Too much Al K Holl - sure was good tasting, but sometimes we talk too much!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by SeabeeRon View Post
    Great post piegrande!

    Though I served almost a full four years, '69 - '73, I never got orders to Nam while others around me did. Luck of the draw, who knows?!?

    It has bothered me as well and always make it a point to say I am a Viet Nam ERA Vet rather than a Viet Nam Vet.
    I'm a Viet Nam ERA vet as well. My ball cap says so and I do get a lot of thank yous. No matter what branch of service or where you served, GOD BLESS YOU AND THANK YOU FOR YOUR SACRIFICE!

 

 
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