11 November 2014

Veterans Day, 2014





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  1. Hope you had a great Veterans Day Marine. I just saw where you and I were in country the same year, and in many of the same places. Jan 68 to Jan 69, Army Aviation attached to Signal Battalion hauling their crap to every little shithole in the northern half of the country. Worst day--the day I landed back in the States, California to be specific. Fucking hippie protesters!

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    1. Hey, AA, welcome aboard!

      Yeah, it was a great Vet Day... hardly anyone pissed me off. Hope your day was the same.

      I was with 7th Motors Transport Bn. Hardly ever drove, though. Since I knew how to type and had the intelligence about as high as a post turtle, they put me in the company office. Before that happened, though, I told 'em that I didn't join the Corps to be a friggin office pog. Surprise, surprise... First Sergeant, says, "Okay... Here's the deal..."

      It was GREAT! No PMing 5 tons, changing tires and all the other crap that goes with being a driver. I got the best of both worlds... sit around and drink coffee, type up reports that were boring as hell and, generally, fuck off. Then, when tactical convoys went out -- which was about every third or fourth day, for a week at a time -- it was me and my turret-mounted Ma Duce .50 Cal. riding security (wonder what the odds are of hearing bullets pop as they go by your ears -- so many times that you loose count -- and never being hit?) AND, since I was the littlest turd in the company, guess who got the M60 and assigned to the Fast Action Reactionary Squad? Life was GOOD!

      I know what ya mean about Californicate! When I got back to CONUS, it was like entering some kind of time warp. When I left, if you looked like one of the Beach Boys, you were cool (outside the Corps.) When I took a flight outta LA back to Texas, everywhere ya looked... nothing but dudes and dudettes with sandals, loooong frizzy hair, EVERYONE was wearing John Lennon eyeglasses and leather jackets that Daniel Boone woulda been proud of and had on enough turquoise jewelry that'd make Geronimo jealous. The only way I could tell the dudes from the dudettes was that the dudettes wore long skirts that nearly covered up their sandals... I guess they were dudettes, anyway.

      And my wife and family wanted to take me to this pizza place where my brother was working... what tha hell was a PIZZA?! Texas was starting to look like Californicate... not as bad, but it was catching on.

      Scheech... this was what I was killing Commies for? I was ready to go back to Nam. At least I knew what my job was there.

      And I ain't been right since. And damn proud of it!

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  2. Kerry belongs to "Commies for Obama."

    Happy Veterans Day, Marine.

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    1. You got that RIGHT, Odie. And a belated Veterans Day to you, too. I thought I left one at your place but I don't know... I'm lucky to remember if I ate lunch or not, anymore.

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  3. "I'm lucky to remember if I ate lunch or not, anymore."

    Hey, you're way ahead of me : I've repeated it and then.......

    Sorry for the belated response, my friend. As an [old] VET I sometimes get behind the curve! I'm glad to see you back with the program. I can't wait for more!

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    1. Belated response?! John, I barely got the site posted before the day was over! Compared to me, you're WAAAY ahead of the curve.

      To be 'retired' (I like to think of it as "take this job and shove it") I stay busier than when I HAD a job. Everybody in the family wants me to do this or that or be somewhere... and at this age, it usually involves hospitals. But, as Gunny used to say, "Every day above ground is a good day."

      I'm really appreciative that you get a kick out of my stuff, John. If nobody but you kept up with it, that's reason enough to make me want to continue! We've been together for a long time, buddy. Matter of fact, you were the first (and for awhile, the only person) to leave comments. And keep sending those emails... if I can't get them to open, I'll just respond as such. I don't want ya to think I'm ignoring you!

      Stay safe, stay alert and God bless ya, my friend!

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  4. Great One M4E ! Fire at will !

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    1. Thanks, Kid!

      Now... where's Will?!

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    2. Will is sleeping at the hildebeast's place. A MOAB would probably be the sensible choice.

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    3. Yeah, that would be good. To me there's no such thing as overkill.

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  5. Regarding B.O.: How,in the World, can anyone with, at least a 'room temperature' IQ still support this obvious fraud? HOW, HOW ??????

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    1. The only thing I can figure out, John, is that when you've been on the take all your life, free stuff is good stuff.

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  6. Love your graphics, Gunny! Tells your messages perfectly!

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    1. Thanks, Koji. Anymore, it's hard keeping up with current events, what with Dear Leader's ability to stir up heat and discontent every 30 seconds.

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  7. hey Marine!..thank you always for your service. Bless you my loyal patriot friend now and always!..Happy Thanksgiving and eat tons of dessert..ha!

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    1. Reiterated from your page, Angel:

      I’m gonna be a good guy here, Angel… I’m letting you have my share of the turkey and dressing… DONT EVEN THINK ABOUT TOUCHING THE DESSERTS, THOUGH… MINE… ALL MINE!!

      Have a “Now, I just HAVE TO have a NAP!!” type of Thanksgiving, Angel!

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  8. Have a terrific weekend my friend! :-)

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