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Discussion in 'The Backstage' started by Kris Ford, Sep 22, 2017.
yep, and he's all ours.
that was funny.
this was the patch we wore.
Stories....Got a million of them....My time in S Korea was during a non war situation, but we were at a constant state of intense training and readiness. One of the benefits of being a medic was range duty...Basically a medic had to sit at the firing range and standby for any unfortunate accidents ...which never happened on my watch....which was good. Companies from all the surrounding units would come to the range and qualify for their assigned weapons. So anything in our inventory was fired at this (very large) range. Anything from the .45 ACP up to .50 cal, but they always had leftover ammo.....and something to shoot it through.
I would hear, "Hey Doc come and help us fire this stuff off, we can't bring it back"
It was all Vietnam era stuff and was coming up on its expire date (or well past it) Wow talk about a smorgasbord of brass and ammo! My .45 would get so hot and filthy it would stop firing, one clip after another...I still cant hit anything with the M-203 (grenade launcher) ....they tried to teach me ...I could never get how that sight worked...
MY favorite was the "Ma Deuce" .50 cal, its a brutal piece of hardware and I would hate to be on its bad side.
I got to shoot nearly every small arms the Army had at the time, and actually overheated a few of them....That will never happen again.
Another interesting moment was when the OP4 demonstration team was there. (Op 4 stands for Opposing Force) They had South Korean Regulars dress as North Korean Troops and they demoed all their captured hardware using their tactics. Then they let the classes fire these captured Chinese manufactured Soviet era weapons....the story of the AK47 working after a mud bath? ....True...Will the M-16 jam in the same mud bath ...? Yep....
I got to fire all these too....maybe not a big deal to some of the gun enthusiasts out there today ...but to me...it carried historical significance. Again I have pictures of me holding some of these Chinese weapons...
Another true story...
New meaning to the word UNSAT..
No Shellback here..but got this:
Safari to Suez
Here is an EXTREMELY sped up view of that..it took us over 8 hours to get tugged through..
USS AMERICA CV-66..
Was being decommissioned when CVN-73 went to Portsmouth Naval Shipyards in '96..
It's always bittersweet...she served well.
Well, this was kind of cool to see..the GW is getting refueled and overhauled..after 25 years (when I reported aboard in 1993..a few months after being commissioned..it was in dry dock at Newport News when I checked in Jan of '93)
The Enterprise (CVN-65)was in that spot when I got there..
mine started every time,was driven 4 days out of 5 ,and i even installed a heater kit.had no civilian car at the time,it was my baby.during the monthly motor pool inspections they would always marvel that a shitbird such as myself maintained the only truck in the motorpool that could be depended on to work.i loved that truck...
I saw her docked in Norfolk in the mid 1980s. Was the first aircraft carrier I'd ever seen in person.
Hull Techs FTW.
CVN-73 looking good!!
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Basic training story...(Lackland AFB)
We did something wrong so we all had to push ups. Our dorm was separated into an A Bay and B Bay. A wall divided 25 bunks, so when the TI is on one side of the dorm he can't see the other Bay pushing. So I notice when he is on the B Bay side some guys are not doing push ups, waiting in the ready position until they hear him coming, trying to cheat a bit.
So this kid a few bunks down thinks the TI is still in B Bay, and he's sorta looking side to side not pushing. He doesn't realize the TI managed to sneak behind him. Suddenly he hears "YOU LOOKING FOR ME MOTHER F@&$ER!?!".
lol, I bet he had to clean his drawers out after that.
It was sad to see the Big E get decommed. But the name never dies, there will always be an Enterprise. I was in VF-1 on the best ship in the fleet. No regrets.