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abn trooper
05-31-2011, 04:39
As this Memorial weekend draws to a close I would like to thank all my fellow veterans for their service to our country. I would be interested to hear your branch and years of service as i'm sure many others would. I was iin the Army from 86-95.

Wolf - 23000
05-31-2011, 05:14
Well I've served from 1999 to the present. After a 10 years of actively long distance hiking, I remember when I first broke the news it shocked a lot of people. It has been my pleasure to serve in the U.S. Army but I look forward to the day when I can return to active long distance hiking.

Wolf

southpaw95
05-31-2011, 05:40
I was a MP in the Air Force for 6 years, 1981-1987. With that being said...

Memorial Day is NOT for us veterans. It is for the men and women who gave their lives, who died while in service of their country. It's for a day of reflection and to honor them.

Veterans Day is in November. That day is for the men and women like us who have served in the US military.

Thanks to ALL who have served.

ShakeyLeggs
05-31-2011, 05:44
U.S. Army 1979-1988

Old Hillwalker
05-31-2011, 06:04
Us Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) June 1958 until July 1978 and proud of it!

Sure would have appreciated being welcomed home from Viet Nam in 1969 like the troops are these days instead of being called a "baby killer" and spat upon when arriving in San Francisco.

God Bless our troops!

Harumph

daddytwosticks
05-31-2011, 07:21
Welcome home, Hillwalker! Thank you for your lifetime of service.
USN 1979-1985.

hawkeye
05-31-2011, 08:08
1977 to 2003 Army Aviation. "Above the Best!"

colonel r
05-31-2011, 08:22
USAF 1966-1999 and I surely miss it.

Old Hiker
05-31-2011, 08:36
Never in the military, but I spent 24 years in the Air Force: security police and computer programmer. Would that count? ;)

Words cannot express our gratitude, but thanks to all who paid the ultimate price for our freedom and may God bless and comfort their loved ones.

Fog Horn
05-31-2011, 09:35
Us Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) June 1958 until July 1978 and proud of it!

Sure would have appreciated being welcomed home from Viet Nam in 1969 like the troops are these days instead of being called a "baby killer" and spat upon when arriving in San Francisco.

God Bless our troops!

Harumph

I can honestly say that I've been spat on in San Fran AND called a baby killer. In Santa Cruz as well. Sometimes wearing your uniform to go to dinner at Chilli's is just not worth the half off you get ;)

Army Veteran, 2005- Present.

tnwolf51
05-31-2011, 10:34
1976 to 1980 army missile crewman

Rocket Jones
05-31-2011, 11:24
Never in the military, but I spent 24 years in the Air Force: security police and computer programmer. Would that count? ;)

Words cannot express our gratitude, but thanks to all who paid the ultimate price for our freedom and may God bless and comfort their loved ones.

Small world. USAF - SP and programmer too. Took an early out at 13 years though.

+1

Rocket Jones
05-31-2011, 11:25
Never in the military, but I spent 24 years in the Air Force: security police and computer programmer. Would that count? ;)

Words cannot express our gratitude, but thanks to all who paid the ultimate price for our freedom and may God bless and comfort their loved ones.

Small world. USAF - SP and programmer too. Took an early out at 13 years though.

Amen to the rest of your post.

Fallujah
05-31-2011, 11:48
I served in the Marines as a scout/sniper team leader from 2000-2004. Was planning on staying in but took a bullet while fighting in Fallujuh. At least I can hike the AT now :D. Thanks to all those currently serving, the veterans, supporters, and those who paid the ultimate sacrifice.

- Just joined this site after doing a few section hikes on the AT. There a wealth of knowledge on here.

joe cool
05-31-2011, 12:08
1969 till 1994 U S N (broken service )mostly submarines spend 4 years in Vietnam Mobile riverrine Force, retired as senior chief, getting ready for the trail in 2012

zeus307
05-31-2011, 12:20
US ARMY RANGER 88'-99', USCG PORT SECURITY COUNTER TERRORISM OPERATIONS HOMELAND AND OVER SEAS 99'-03, HOMELAND SECURITY 03' TO PRESENT.
Completed GA section of AT.

Old Hiker
05-31-2011, 12:31
Small world. USAF - SP and programmer too. Took an early out at 13 years though.

+1

Woodbridge? I was on Smallwood Court over in Dale City while in the Pentagon. You a contractor now or what? Sorry to be nosy!

We (programmer buddies) were terrified that we would be bounced out during that time. Everyone had 10-14 years in. After we found out we weren't even considered, we got insulted! C'est la vie!

Shutterbug
05-31-2011, 12:35
As this Memorial weekend draws to a close I would like to thank all my fellow veterans for their service to our country. I would be interested to hear your branch and years of service as i'm sure many others would. I was iin the Army from 86-95.

I flew helicopters for the USAF from 1965 - 71. I flew more than 200 combat missions in Vietnam recovering recon drones.

Lone Wolf
05-31-2011, 12:48
USMC 77-81 Combat Engineers

IceAge
05-31-2011, 13:37
I was a MP in the Air Force for 6 years, 1981-1987. With that being said...

Memorial Day is NOT for us veterans. It is for the men and women who gave their lives, who died while in service of their country. It's for a day of reflection and to honor them.

Veterans Day is in November. That day is for the men and women like us who have served in the US military.

Thanks to ALL who have served.

Thanks southpaw, I was getting tired of correcting folks on this same point. Let's keep Memorial Day sacred and separate from Veteran's Day.

US Navy Aviation Ordnanceman 1992-1994
US Navy Seabee Builder 1994-2001

PennyPincher
05-31-2011, 17:23
I was a MP in the Air Force for 6 years, 1981-1987. With that being said...

Memorial Day is NOT for us veterans. It is for the men and women who gave their lives, who died while in service of their country. It's for a day of reflection and to honor them.

Veterans Day is in November. That day is for the men and women like us who have served in the US military.

Thanks to ALL who have served.

+1

Thank you to the many who continue to volunteer!

ChinMusic
05-31-2011, 17:28
US Army 1983-1986
US Army Reserves 1986-1990

63A

pfann
05-31-2011, 17:53
I never served in the military but my father and father-in-law both served in the Navy in the 50's. I have 21+ years law enforcement

I have organized a relay hike of the AT to raise money for Homes for Our Troops, a charity that builds special needs homes for severely injured veterans. The link is in my by-line, below.

Thank you to all who serve this nation, and God Bless.

-Pfann (Relay)

ekeverette
05-31-2011, 20:17
us airforce,luke afb,....... maintaince of the 3 swimming pools on base.. 78 thru 82. had a good job. then they put me at the sewage plant!

hikingshoes
05-31-2011, 20:25
Us Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) June 1958 until July 1978 and proud of it!

Sure would have appreciated being welcomed home from Viet Nam in 1969 like the troops are these days instead of being called a "baby killer" and spat upon when arriving in San Francisco.

God Bless our troops!

Harumph

Harumph,
Thanks for your service!!!
Hikingshoes:1981-2007 Army Res.E7(retired)

Old Hiker
05-31-2011, 20:52
us airforce,luke afb,....... maintaince of the 3 swimming pools on base.. 78 thru 82. had a good job. then they put me at the sewage plant!

So, they demoted you to the officer's swimming pool? :-? Care to elaborate why they would do so? :rolleyes:

Was an SP at Minot ND - each missile launch control center had a sewage lagoon. We junior enlisted always threatened to put up "Officers Only" signs around them!

Cunning, sly, devious and bear considerable watching, that's us!

Doc Mike
05-31-2011, 21:01
83-89 USN subs enlisted
currently USAF Major

southpaw95
05-31-2011, 21:16
So, they demoted you to the officer's swimming pool? :-? Care to elaborate why they would do so? :rolleyes:

Was an SP at Minot ND - each missile launch control center had a sewage lagoon. We junior enlisted always threatened to put up "Officers Only" signs around them!

Cunning, sly, devious and bear considerable watching, that's us!

Why Not Minot?

I did the same thing at F.E. Warren AFB in Cheyenne ,Wyoming.

Wilson
05-31-2011, 21:24
82nd Airbourne 82-86 forward observer

mweinstone
05-31-2011, 21:25
how come after my time in the usmc i only was an E1?
cause im a dumbass who went awol.
directly from graduation day at paris.
why am i allowed to parade around with an honorable and a good conduct?
cause i went back.

Old Hiker
05-31-2011, 21:31
Why Not Minot?



Freezin' is the reason.

They say 40 below keeps the riff-raff out. We Texans left after 5 years!:D

Left Texas at 32 above zero - Jan '78. Got to Minot 3 days later in 32 BELOW zero! They had 30+ straight days that Dec-Jan of below zero FOR THE HIGH TEMP!!! :eek:

I learned very quickly not to touch metal with bare hands!

Desert Beacon
05-31-2011, 21:33
Air Force, 1967-71. Mostly underground in South Dakota. Did some fine hiking in the Black Hills in my spare time.

LDog
05-31-2011, 21:41
Navy 76-09 initiated CPO, retired LDO 647X

Thanks to the rest of ya'll for your service and welcome home to all the Vietnam Vets

chiefduffy
05-31-2011, 22:44
84-06 USN Aircrew
May God bless all who have sacrificed for our country.

mweinstone
05-31-2011, 22:53
soldiers are so loved. they make good gosts i belive. i have imagined for years that the doyal hotel has a groupe of korean war vets living in my room 23. i have some pics of orbs. this is just a pic i took of the stairs.

Feral Bill
05-31-2011, 23:06
We do all know that Veterans Day is in November, no? Lets reserve Memorial Day for remembering who were not so lucky as us and didn't live to be veterans.

FB

USCG '73-'77

World-Wide
05-31-2011, 23:24
U.S. Air Force: Feb 1990 thru Aug 2010....Communications type..."you can talk about us, but you can't talk without us!" W-W

Uncle Walkie
05-31-2011, 23:35
US Marines

1994 - present, Infantryman

planning a 2014 SOBO thru hike

Semper Fi

abn trooper
06-01-2011, 01:25
I was a MP in the Air Force for 6 years, 1981-1987. With that being said...

Memorial Day is NOT for us veterans. It is for the men and women who gave their lives, who died while in service of their country. It's for a day of reflection and to honor them.

Veterans Day is in November. That day is for the men and women like us who have served in the US military.

Thanks to ALL who have served.

My intent for this thread was to honor the dead, thank the living, and to find out more about my fellow hikers. I realize that Memorial day and Veterans day are not the same thing. I have and always will take any opportunity to thank our men and women who have served and are currently serving regardless of what month it is. Thanks again. Aiirborne all the way!

Wolf - 23000
06-01-2011, 04:07
I was a MP in the Air Force for 6 years, 1981-1987. With that being said...

Memorial Day is NOT for us veterans. It is for the men and women who gave their lives, who died while in service of their country. It's for a day of reflection and to honor them.

Veterans Day is in November. That day is for the men and women like us who have served in the US military.

Thanks to ALL who have served.

Well put southpaw95!!!

bionicJ
06-01-2011, 05:57
1st ranger bat.(savannah ga)
302 fsb (Korea)
3rd armored cav fort carson co) deploying unit to the sandbox
light mech, 2001-2005
I dont miss it much but its nice to have things in common, hiking and military wich was clearly the point of your post IMO

rsmall
06-01-2011, 09:12
US Army Infantry 1967-89. I just realized I have been retired longer than I was on active duty. Makes me feel really old.

Old Hiker
06-01-2011, 11:26
US Army Infantry 1967-89. I just realized I have been retired longer than I was on active duty. Makes me feel really old.

Nah! Let me cheer you up like I was yesterday: Clint Eastwood turned 81 yesterday!

Fog Horn
06-01-2011, 11:28
We do all know that Veterans Day is in November, no? Lets reserve Memorial Day for remembering who were not so lucky as us and didn't live to be veterans.

FB

USCG '73-'77

I think everyone on this thread, being veterans, knows both what Memorial Day is about and also what it means to remember our friends and family after they're gone. I'm from Cali, so I'll take all the appreciation I can get, as I get none from strangers back home, but I think its safe to say that anyone on this thread most likely wrote their name and service down, and then took a moment to reflect on the ones they've lost.

There is no harm in thanking a veteran on Memorial day. Hell, I spent most of the day choking back tears at a memorial service for my recently fallen comrades.

medic mullins
06-01-2011, 11:41
thanks man im at brinkroad shelter
i was in from 2002 to 2006
us navy orthopedic tech at naval hospital italy i miss it so bad now

thanks for your service

Kembo
06-01-2011, 12:04
Air Force 72 - 76 Missile silo's in Montana.
Joined with a six month delayed enlistment. Thru hiked the AT during that time.

elray
06-01-2011, 12:36
R.I.P to my comrades who never experienced the opportunities I was afforded. A Company, 1/6, 198 Infantry Brigade, Viet Nam, 1970

Saint Alfonzo
06-01-2011, 15:44
Hello All,,,, Sep. 1975-June 2008.. Air Force & Air Guard.. GOD BLESS YOU ALL.
Jet Engine Mech. KC-135A, B-52G,FB-111B, KC-135E, KC-135R... "MIKE"...

chiefduffy
06-01-2011, 23:19
Thanks, Fog Horn. Well said.