To: A Navy Vet
He didn't talk about the Navy much, but he did mention that the Seabees fed him well when he guarded their compounds, as most of them were older construction types drafted or enticed due to their skill sets and not given much infantry training. My mother was probably more disappointed when I joined the Army instead of the Marines, but they offered me a much better deal and I'd already seen most Marine Corps bases.
Unit crest for the 102nd Military Intelligence Battalion (CEWI), 2nd US "Indianhead" Infantry Division
posted on 05/21/2012 1:51:47 AM PDT
(Ich habe keinen Konig aber Gott)
Vet, you did your duty even more than me. Sorry your Mom thought less for you not being a Marine, they are not the end all. That kinda makes me sad. The only thing I ever did in my life that made my parents proud was to join the Aviation Navy, and that's even less hazardous than Army. Along with your thinking, I also didn't want to experience a continuing boot camp like the Marines do.
While I have felt bad sometimes for not being in the "shit" with some my buds, I still recognize that I was targeted by the Soviet machine and could go down to ole Davy Jones Locker any time. No matter what you were in the Army, I'm sure you did your part.
From the most macho SEAL to the supply clerk, we all did our duty and sacrificed. As young men we all wanted to make a difference and be in the "shit". Being Viet-Nam era Vet, I'm glad I wasn't in "it". Saw too many friends come back too screwed up. Be proud and be certain in your beliefs about your service, I am.
I did 11 years of old Navy away from home and my wife and eventually lost her because of it. Still, I'm proud of every moment on that flight deck and wouldn't trade a second for anything. It was the best thing I have ever done and will go to my grave knowing I did something right. Sure you will too.
posted on 05/21/2012 3:17:12 AM PDT
by A Navy Vet
(An Oath Is Forever)
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