2017 Veterans Day

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2017 Veterans Day

Postby Jeff Smith » Sat Nov 11, 2017 12:41 pm

Don't know if we've ever done this. I'd like to take a moment to thank all of our veteran members for their service. If you would take a moment to "stand up" and be recognized, give us your branch, dates of service, whatever you feel like sharing. I'd be particularly interested to know if there are any here who served in Military Railroad jobs or units.

I'll start: US Army and Army Reserved, Retired, 1979-2003, Operation Desert Storm, 9/11 Duty in New York.
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Re: 2017 Veterans Day

Postby Jeff Smith » Sat Nov 11, 2017 1:52 pm

Here's a railroader/veteran: http://wikiofbrothers.wikia.com/wiki/St ... _W._Martin

It doesn't say what railroad he worked for.
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Re: 2017 Veterans Day

Postby Dave D » Sat Nov 11, 2017 6:46 pm

US Navy (IC3) 1958 - 1962, US Army (SP4) 1962 - 1965 and Army National Guard (SSG) 1980 - 1996.
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Re: 2017 Veterans Day

Postby gokeefe » Sat Nov 11, 2017 11:52 pm

Maine Army National Guard (Retired), December 2005 - September 2017

SPC 2005-2008
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OEF 2010-2011 (Kabul) &
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Re: 2017 Veterans Day

Postby gokeefe » Sat Nov 11, 2017 11:57 pm

Jeff Smith wrote:I'll start: US Army and Army Reserved, Retired, 1979-2003, Operation Desert Storm, 9/11 Duty in New York.


You are one lucky SOB to have avoided being stop lossed for overseas ... I have a lot of respect for the Operation Noble Eagle folks like you. No one knew what the hell was going to happen in those days and some those guard details lasted for months if not years.

Thanks for your service.
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Re: 2017 Veterans Day

Postby Gilbert B Norman » Sun Nov 12, 2017 7:16 am

Sgt. USAF 1965-1969

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Re: 2017 Veterans Day

Postby NHV 669 » Sun Nov 12, 2017 12:00 pm

SPC, US Army, 2010-2013. OEF, Afghanistan, 2011.

One thing about being a truck driver in a support unit, was getting to load the vehicles down at the railhead for training purposes. There's nothing like watching folks guide a tank along a string of TTX flats in a blizzard in the Rockies in January.
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Re: 2017 Veterans Day

Postby JB283 » Sun Nov 12, 2017 8:40 pm

Spc. E4, US Army Tanker. 1-63AR, 3rd BDE, 1st Infantry Division Vilseck Germany. Served in Iraq 2003 - 2004. I have also loaded many tanks onto and off of German railcars
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Re: 2017 Veterans Day

Postby Jeff Smith » Mon Nov 13, 2017 1:14 pm

gokeefe wrote:Maine Army National Guard (Retired), December 2005 - September 2017

SPC 2005-2008
SGT 2008-2017

96B/35F: Intelligence Analyst

OEF 2010-2011 (Kabul) &
2013-2014 (Bagram)


You were a Bravo? I was a 97E. Loved that job. Did you go to Huachuca?
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Re: 2017 Veterans Day

Postby Jeff Smith » Mon Nov 13, 2017 1:18 pm

gokeefe wrote:
Jeff Smith wrote:I'll start: US Army and Army Reserved, Retired, 1979-2003, Operation Desert Storm, 9/11 Duty in New York.


You are one lucky SOB to have avoided being stop lossed for overseas ... I have a lot of respect for the Operation Noble Eagle folks like you. No one knew what the hell was going to happen in those days and some those guard details lasted for months if not years.

Thanks for your service.


They exempted me from stop-loss for TIG/TIS limits, and medical. I wanted very badly to transfer to my old CT USAR unit and deploy, but my last unit wouldn't allow it because frankly they were a bunch of a-holes. I'll tell you more someday. So they let me retire.

As for 9/11, I was on AT purely by coincidence on Long Island. It was very surreal. I grew up in the Bronx and Westchester. You never imagine you'll end up driving in a Humvee on the Cross Island Parkway trying to get into the city hanging out the windows with a sidearm and 16. That's where I grew up. Combat is supposed to be OVERSEAS.
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Re: 2017 Veterans Day

Postby Jeff Smith » Mon Nov 13, 2017 1:18 pm

Gilbert B Norman wrote:Sgt. USAF 1965-1969

HQ 7th AF, 1967-68

VSM, VCM


Thank you Mr. Norman for your service. And thanks to everyone else as well.
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Re: 2017 Veterans Day

Postby Roger Hensley » Wed Nov 15, 2017 6:28 am

US Navy 1959 - 1963.
A Berlin Crisis when I was aboard ship in the Med and the Cuban Missile Crisis when I was at Sanford Naval Air Station in Florida.
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Re: 2017 Veterans Day

Postby ExCon90 » Wed Nov 15, 2017 4:19 pm

US Army, 1953-1956
Hq US Army Europe (USAREUR), Heidelberg. G4 (Logistics) Div., but no direct involvement in transportation. Plenty of it around though--Heidelberg was all steam until mid-1955.
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Re: 2017 Veterans Day

Postby Jeff Smith » Thu Nov 16, 2017 8:49 am

Loved Heidelburg, I was up the Autobahn in Darmstadt. Our HQ for 42MP (Customs) was in Heidelburg. As was Old Coleman Stockade LOL. No, never spent a day there!
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Re: 2017 Veterans Day

Postby Roger Hensley » Sat Nov 18, 2017 6:46 am

1959-1963 US Navy
Serving at sea on the USS Mississinewa in the Mediterranean during one Berlin Crisis. Came back to Sanford Naval Air Station in Florida. Then went through the Cuban Missile Crisis.
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