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Let's drop the side discussion. This topic is "grandfathered". Those that are complaining know what the topic is about. Don't click on it. It is a single topic. You can easily avoid it. Your problem is solved.

 

I would also be against opening the Off Topic forum to everyone with every fiber of my being. It would become the wild west and would be totally shut down probably rather quickly. If you support the site, Off Topic is a little bitty perk for you if you want to use it.

 

Time to get back on topic please.

 

Thanks. This does seem to come up on a regular basis, doesn' it? LOL. Appreciate the support.

 

Mac

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1986 - 1995 US Army

 

Primary MOS - 19D Calvary Scout

Secondary MOS - 55B Ordnance Specialist

 

101st Airborne Division - Operation Solid Shield - Honduras

2ID Camp Greaves, Korea "Stands Alone"

A Troop 1/158 CAV Maryland ANG "Governors Guard"

 

Salute to all my Veteran Brothers! salute-2.gif

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I'm a military widow, and I hate this post. Just my two cents, not trying to get the post shut down or anything. It just makes me a little sad.

Sorry to hear about that naricissa, my condolences.

Back to the post, I was with the Royal Engineers (1977 - 1980), my son-in-law is also serving with them and the husband of my youngest daughter is a pilot with the USAF.

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I'm a military widow, and I hate this post. Just my two cents, not trying to get the post shut down or anything. It just makes me a little sad.

 

Please don't consider this thread as "chest thumping", it's not. Veterens, reguardless of service, feel a connection civilians do not. We tend to gravitate to each other.

 

I am sure you are very proud of your husband, we are too. There is no greater sacrifice then laying your life down for your brothers in arms.

 

I feel, in this regard, I can speak for every member of this forum who is a vet or a dependent. We respect your husband and we thank him deeply for his sacrifice.

 

Moreover, we respect and thank you, and your family. I can not imagine the grief you have and are feeling. When you married your husband you married his job too, knowing full well the risks of his job. But when the news comes it's still overwhelming I know.

 

If I could, I would hug you and say thank you, but I can't. So knowing I am stepping back from the computer and saluting for your husband and your family will have to be enough.

 

But you know, I am very verbose person; so I will stop here and quote President Lincoln, who said it much better then I ever could.

 

I feel how weak and fruitless must be any words of mine which should attempt to beguile you from the grief of a loss so overwhelming. But I cannot refrain from tendering to you the consolation that may be found in the thanks of the Republic they died to save.

 

I pray that our Heavenly Father may assuage the anguish of your bereavement, and leave you only the cherished memory of the loved and lost, and the solemn pride that must be yours, to have laid so costly a sacrifice upon the altar of Freedom.

 

Yours, very sincerely and respectfully,

Abraham Lincoln

 

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US Navy 1976-82

Data Systems Technician "A" School, Mare Island, CA (Base Closed)

Data Systems Technician "C" School, Integrated Operational Intelligence Center, Key West, FL (Still there, but the building looks like it's become a storage facility)

United States Ship America (CV-66) (First SuperCarrier Sunk - America had a long and proud history of firsts - even her last was another first)

IOIC 1978-79

SINS (Thus Sins DS) 1979-81

MAA/Brig Staff 1981-82

 

SINS (Ships Inertial Navigation System) Mk3 Mod7 was a gyro-stabilized platform with accelerometers used to maintain our current position, and was kept accurate with fixes from a SRN-9 GPSr talking to Block 1 NavStar satellites.

 

I like to think of my time with SINS as when I started geocaching.

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Please don't consider this thread as "chest thumping", it's not. Veterens, reguardless of service, feel a connection civilians do not. We tend to gravitate to each other.

 

 

How nice for you.

 

Now, what does this have to do with geocaching?

 

This has already been addressed by the moderators. Please let it be.

 

Mac

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Great thread, not sure how I didn't see it before.

 

I served 4 years in the USN aboard the USS George Washington aircraft carrier. I worked as a Machinery Repairman, or basically a machinist, and did two 6 month cruises including time in Bosnia and the Persian Gulf.

 

While attending a school at Fort Lee, Virginia, in 1990, I had the good fortune to find out the USS George Washington was being Christened at New Port News by First Lady Barbara Bush. I got a few of my classmates to attend with me, in uniform, so I'm sure there were more than a few Navy guys wondering why all these Army 2nd Lieutenants were there dockside for the ceremony that day, lol.

 

Mac

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Great thread. I was what my job in the Air Force called "draft motivated". In my case, that means I was a sophomore in college in 1966 when I lost my student deferment, thereby making me eligible to go to Viet Nam. I figured I'd rather go as an officer so I joined the Air Force ROTC program at San Jose State. I got my comission in June of 1968 and went on active duty in September, 1969 after completing my MBA. I was assigned to the Air Force Human Resources Lab, Personnel Reasearch Division. I helped run a computer center (do you remember IBM 360? punch cards? mag tape drives?) This operation was at Lackland AFB in San Antonio, Texas, where all new airmen come through for basic training. One of the things we did was collect information on all of the airmen, including test scores, and then validate that information with their evaluations as they went through their Air Force career. It was kind of a fun job (particularly since it was in Texas and not Nam). I took advantage of an "early out" program and left the AF on May 31, 1973.

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My husband was coast guard yes it is a branch of the military, he is now a disabilied vet. I dont feel hes anymore smarter, hes really not to sharp lol, or any better then anyone else. I do feel he deserves the government not to screw him as they are refusing VA benefits when he cant work. Although all people deserve not to have the government screw them. So basically I support our troops they do alot for a little pay, but they are Americans like all the rest of us, other then that thanks i show them for there jobs, outside of work we are all the same. In my husbands case hes not smarter lol I am, but he was willing to do something i wasnt, yet he is the laziest person you will ever meet. I feel the difference is he wanted a job there just like i wanted to go to school.

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Please don't consider this thread as "chest thumping", it's not. Veterens, reguardless of service, feel a connection civilians do not. We tend to gravitate to each other.

 

 

How nice for you.

 

Now, what does this have to do with geocaching?

 

No need to be bitter.

That is not being bitter. MANY threads have been shut down here for not being off-topic, but this one remains. The mods have made it clear that it will not be moved or shut down, because it is somehow magically "grandfathered". I have proposed that a special Tribute forum be created for this and similar threads, but that idea has not panned out. But GeoGeeBee (and myself, and many others that have protested this thread over the years) simply find it to be an annoying inconsistency.

 

PS: I'm a Viet Nam vet. USN, '69-'72. Just saying that this patriotic thread does not belong here, not that it doesn't belong.

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Please don't consider this thread as "chest thumping", it's not. Veterens, reguardless of service, feel a connection civilians do not. We tend to gravitate to each other.

 

 

How nice for you.

 

Now, what does this have to do with geocaching?

 

No need to be bitter.

That is not being bitter. MANY threads have been shut down here for not being off-topic, but this one remains. The mods have made it clear that it will not be moved or shut down, because it is somehow magically "grandfathered". I have proposed that a special Tribute forum be created for this and similar threads, but that idea has not panned out. But GeoGeeBee (and myself, and many others that have protested this thread over the years) simply find it to be an annoying inconsistency.

 

PS: I'm a Viet Nam vet. USN, '69-'72. Just saying that this patriotic thread does not belong here, not that it doesn't belong.

 

Did you propose the Tribute forum at the Feedback site? You know quite well that TPTB don't monitor the forums, and the Moderators don't have the power to make such a change. I would assume that either the OP or the thread itself has some meaning to someone high up the chain-of-command at Groundspeak--so again, the moderators have no power to change anything, so complaining within the thread is pointless. TPTB have also grandfathered existing webcam caches and virtual caches, so them "grandfathering" something isn't a new concept. Accept that it's here to stay, don't read it if it bothers you, and move on.

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I'm a military widow, and I hate this post. Just my two cents, not trying to get the post shut down or anything. It just makes me a little sad.

 

I am sorry for your loss. When we sign the dotted line we know what we are getting into. The sacrifice that we make is one that we wish to hold the burden of. Your Husband paid the ultimate price for the burden that we choose to carry. For that he will always be honored. He is one of the the people who gave the ultimate sacrifice. A great man man once said when asked in context to serving in W.W. II "Grandson: Grandpa, were you a hero in the war? Grandpa (Ranney) : No, but I served in a company of heroes." Your husband is one of those heroes.

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Please don't consider this thread as "chest thumping", it's not. Veterens, reguardless of service, feel a connection civilians do not. We tend to gravitate to each other.

 

 

How nice for you.

 

Now, what does this have to do with geocaching?

 

No need to be bitter.

That is not being bitter. MANY threads have been shut down here for not being off-topic, but this one remains. The mods have made it clear that it will not be moved or shut down, because it is somehow magically "grandfathered". I have proposed that a special Tribute forum be created for this and similar threads, but that idea has not panned out. But GeoGeeBee (and myself, and many others that have protested this thread over the years) simply find it to be an annoying inconsistency.

 

PS: I'm a Viet Nam vet. USN, '69-'72. Just saying that this patriotic thread does not belong here, not that it doesn't belong.

 

Man, I have read this post several times now and I still can't figure out what the heck you mean. So I'll ask strait up . . . what does "many threads have been shut down here for not being off-topic", mean?

 

How is this thread not "off topic"? This is the Geocacheing board so anything not dealing directly with geocaching would be considered "Off Topic" right?

 

So this thread would definitely be off topic. Well at least as far as I can tell.

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Canadian Armed Forces, Royal Canadian Armoured Corps, Governor Generals Horse Guards. Specializing in Armoured Reconnaissance.

 

I love how you guys spell "Armoured", just seems classier somehow, lol. It's good to see our Canadian Brothers and Sisters posting their service as well, good job.

 

Mac

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USAF

1987-1991

667SOMS

RAF Woodbridge, UK

Avionics Technician

MH-53J Pave Low

HC-130P/N

 

I don't talk about it much at all, if ever. I think that's just an extension of my role/time served. Didn't talk about it with 'outsiders' then, either--SO is a tight-knit family. It comes as a shock to most people when I do finally spill the beans that I was in the military. Nobody believes me, but I have the DD214 to prove it. :P

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I never served, but wanted to stop and say THANK YOU to all of you who have served or are currently serving. You are appreciated!

 

My brother was in the Navy in the early 1980s; my oldest stepdaughter is currently in the US Army reserves; my great-great-great grandfather fought for the 34th Georgia Infantry during the Civil War on my father's side; on my mother's side, one of my ancestors fought for the Americans during the Revolutionary War. :)

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Hadn't seen this thread before. Good stuff. I just celebrated my tenth year in the Army JAG Corps.

 

Davidson College ROTC, 1993-1997, went to Airborne school in 1995.

Armor Officer Basic and Judge Advocate Office Basic Courses in 2001.

Fort Huachuca, 2001-2004

Trial Defense Service, 2004-2006, in Wiesbaden, Germany, and Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, with travels back and forth to Afghanistan and Iraq for courts-martial.

V Corps, Darmstadt Legal Center, Germany, 2006-2008

1st Armored Division, Wiesbaden, Germany, 2008-2009

Judge Advocate Graduate Course, Charlottesville, VA, 2009-2010

Currently at the USAF JAG School, Maxwell AFB, AL.

 

Started caching after I came back from my deployment, then discovered that I missed out on a number of downrange caches, including the oldest one in Iraq -- I was less than 100' from it. Dangit.

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Due to various health issues, I was never able to serve. However, I have a long lineage of military men in my family, dating back at least to the Civil War, if not before.

 

My brother was a U.S. Army Engineer. My uncle was an enlisted man in the 24th Mechanized Infantry during Desert Storm, then got out, went to college and then to medical school, and re-entered the Army as a psychiatrist.

 

My father served in Vietnam. My paternal grandfather in Korea; my maternal grandfather was awarded a Silver Star and a Purple Heart in World War II. Most of my male cousins have served in the U.S. Army, and one female cousin was in the Marine Corps. I have nothing but respect for those who served.

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Enlisted USN-1957. School at Great Lakes, Hospital Corpsman. Naval Hospital, North Severen, Annapolis Md., Served US Naval Academy, unique experience, only 33 white hats there.

Next stop was the Marines, Camp Pendleton, CA. FMF

Discharged 1961

(Heard that the rate was extended 3 days after discharge, didn't know it at the time of I would have been a lifer.)

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Tried to go to Naval Flight 1968. Passed all my tests, my application not accepted by Washington (only 10% were)

 

Tried to go to Air Force Flight 1969. Failed the eye exam.

 

Joined the Army in 1970. Served 1970-1972, mostly in Stuttgart, GY. Active Reservist 1972-1974 in New Orleans, LA. MOS 73D - Accounting Specialist. Attained rank of Sargeant.

 

We didn't have GPS when I was in - we used the sun and stars.

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USAF- Backshop Avionics

 

2003- Keesler AFB, Mississippi

2004- Sheppard AFB, Texas

2004-2006- Misawa AB, Japan

2006-2009- Ellsworth AFB, South Dakota

 

I actually discovered geocaching while stationed at Ellsworth AFB in South Dakota. Found some of the most amazing places and views I have ever seen!!

 

Thank you for all those who serve or who have ever served!

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US Army

Active duty from November 1990 thru November 1994.

 

I spent the bulk of my enlistment at Fort Knox, Kentucky. I went thru basic there then went back to work in the Reception Station. I served my last year in the 304th Signal Battalion, Camp Colbern, South Korea.

 

I was a 75B, Personnel Administration Specialist.

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