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  • Yes, I served and it was during a time of war

    13 20.31%
  • Yes, I served and it was during peace time

    7 10.94%
  • Yes, I have family who served during a time of war

    33 51.56%
  • Yes, I have family who served during peace time

    6 9.38%
  • I've never been in the military - so no

    1 1.56%
  • Nobody in my family has been in any branch of the military

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    Re: Have you or a family member served in the military

    My father went into the Army-Air Force at the age of 19 in 1944. he was on a B-17 and flew missions over Europe. His plane was shot down over Czechoslovakia. He spent a few weeks with some partisans but then was captured by the Germans. He spent most of a year in a prison camp until liberated. He said the worst part was just after liberation when hundreds of Americans were following a railroad track and an American plane flew overhead and strafed the group killing some thinking they were Germans. He thought that he had survived the nazi's only to be killed by his own army. The men rushed into a field and formed the letters POW with their own bodies. On the second pass the plane tipped its wing flaps and the next day they were rescued by ground forces. After the war he was recruited by the OSS but turned them down.
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    Re: Have you or a family member served in the military

    Quote Originally Posted by Goshin View Post
    My Dad and most of my Uncles were WW2 vets.

    My BIL was a Vietnam vet.

    I attempted to join the Army for the first Gulf War, and was denied service due to a hearing problem.

    About half of my good friends are current or former servicepeople, and a good many of them have done multiple tours in the "Sandbox" over the past 10 years.

    My teenage son has voiced plans to join the military in a few years, and I will support this if this is his decision.
    being a competitive shooter for more than 35 years, I have lots and lots of friends who were in the military. The range officers at my gun club, the owner of the indoor range where I shoot and serve as a staff pro, the guy who works on my Smith and Wesson revolvers are all vets.



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    Re: Have you or a family member served in the military

    Quote Originally Posted by haymarket View Post
    My father went into the Army-Air Force at the age of 19 in 1944. he was on a B-17 and flew missions over Europe. His plane was shot down over Czechoslovakia. He spent a few weeks with some partisans but then was captured by the Germans. He spent most of a year in a prison camp until liberated. He said the worst part was just after liberation when hundreds of Americans were following a railroad track and an American plane flew overhead and strafed the group killing some thinking they were Germans. He thought that he had survived the nazi's only to be killed by his own army. The men rushed into a field and formed the letters POW with their own bodies. On the second pass the plane tipped its wing flaps and the next day they were rescued by ground forces. After the war he was recruited by the OSS but turned them down.
    Interesting story. More than a few POWs in Japan were killed by the US bombings. Pappy Boyington's book describes that



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    Re: Have you or a family member served in the military

    A lot of military service in my family, but all before I was born. I attempted to enlist myself back in '99 and was told in no uncertain terms that I'd never be allowed to.

    I have good friends who have served and who are serving in the military now. They're in my thoughts and prayers.

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    Re: Have you or a family member served in the military

    Quote Originally Posted by Viktyr Korimir View Post
    A lot of military service in my family, but all before I was born. I attempted to enlist myself back in '99 and was told in no uncertain terms that I'd never be allowed to.

    I have good friends who have served and who are serving in the military now. They're in my thoughts and prayers.
    medical issues? I recall you mentioning some sort of disability

    I was recruited by the USAMU-US Army Shooting team after I won a couple major shooting tournaments while on my college varsity team. I almost went thinking it would give me a better than even chance of making the 1984 Olympic team after coming close in the Carter-Boycotted 80 games. HOwever, my late father noted that having an Ivy Law degree would mean I could probably afford to shoot at a high level the rest of my life while retired army shotgun shooter wasn't exactly a resume that was going to make six figures so I went to law school instead.

    when I was at the OTC one of the coaches was regular army and basically spent most of his time pissing off us civilian shooters. That played a role in my decision



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    Re: Have you or a family member served in the military

    I have never served, but both my grandparents have served during peace time. I also have friends in the military. My brother has considered joining too.
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    Re: Have you or a family member served in the military

    Quote Originally Posted by TurtleDude View Post
    medical issues? I recall you mentioning some sort of disability
    Medical issues. They took one look at the list of medications I was taking to stay functional and lost all interest in recruiting me.

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    Re: Have you or a family member served in the military

    My grandfather was in the Korean war,I served in the army in 2000-2003 but never got deployed to combat and I have a brother in law currently in the national guard. A couple of my sisters tried to join but it didn't work out.
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    Re: Have you or a family member served in the military

    Quote Originally Posted by haymarket View Post
    My father went into the Army-Air Force at the age of 19 in 1944. he was on a B-17 and flew missions over Europe. His plane was shot down over Czechoslovakia. He spent a few weeks with some partisans but then was captured by the Germans. He spent most of a year in a prison camp until liberated. He said the worst part was just after liberation when hundreds of Americans were following a railroad track and an American plane flew overhead and strafed the group killing some thinking they were Germans. He thought that he had survived the nazi's only to be killed by his own army. The men rushed into a field and formed the letters POW with their own bodies. On the second pass the plane tipped its wing flaps and the next day they were rescued by ground forces. After the war he was recruited by the OSS but turned them down.
    Interesting.

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    Re: Have you or a family member served in the military

    Grandfather served in the US military in WW1.
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