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

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  • Yes, I served and it was during peace time

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  • 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

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

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    Have you or a family member served in the military

    Has anyone in your family served in the military and was their service during a time of war or during peace time?

    Have YOU served in the military and was it during a time of war or during peace time?

    Just curious to see who would be familiar with supporting loved ones while they were in the military - whether or not you personally agreed with a war effort.
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    Re: Have you or a family member served in the military

    My uncle - WWII, pacific arena.

    If memory serves, he told some stories about fighting on Corregidor (sp?).

    He died a few years ago.

    That was ~40 years before I was born (my aunt is about a decade and a bit younger than he was), so I don't have any experience with family members being in a war.
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    Re: Have you or a family member served in the military

    My father served in the Marine Corps during Vietnam, as did my only Uncle. My paternal grandfather served in the Marine Corps during WWII in the Pacific Theater, and my maternal grandfather served in the Army in the Pacific Theater during WWII.

    I have several friends who have sons (and one, a daughter) and husbands who are serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. One lady I worked with a couple of years ago, lost her son in Iraq due to an IED explosion.

    Since this is a military town, we are pretty tight knit.
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    Re: Have you or a family member served in the military

    I have served, 2 tours for OIF and once during Desert Storm.

    My daughter serves, 1 tour for OIF

    My wife was in the Air Force reserves, not during a time of war

    Dad was drafted but 4Fed out of service during Vietnam

    Father-in-law was a navigator (B-17s) during WWII and Korea
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    Re: Have you or a family member served in the military

    My late Grandfather served in the AAE in France 1917-1918 as a Captain in an artillery unit. He earned the Silver Star, the "cross", two purple hearts and the Croix De Guerre from the French

    My late Uncle was a Ensign, USN, KIA at Okinawa doing close support mission in a carrier based Fighter. Purple heart, DFC among others.

    My father was a deck officer on a cruiser-after his brother was KIA (two months before we nuked Japan) he was pulled from any further chance of seeing combat.

    My nephew is currently a Captain in the US Special Forces--he served in the big Iranian offensive in the Rangers, then joined the SF. His current location is classified--he told me in a phone message about 6 weeks ago that he was going to be gone for a while. Where, I wasn't told



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

    Yes, I served during a war. Yes, I have family who served during a war.
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    Re: Have you or a family member served in the military

    I'll probably get in trouble for fair use...but...

    My fiance Tom was in Viet Nam. He served in the DaNang Mortuary. His job was to begin preparing American KIA for their final journey home. He's such a a warm, fuzzy guy, it's hard to believe that he saw and did what he saw and did. He had to fingerprint each and every soldier. Sometimes, decomp was so advanced that he had to slice off the skin at the wrist and then wear it as a glove to get the prints. How can someone not be forever changed after doing that for a year or more? He also drove a truck and had to go pick up the undertakers, private contractors who were paid by the US Army to embalm our guys. He'd go one day and pick up a dozen embalmers. Then the next day, he'd be driving 4 or 5 of them back because they just couldn't take the work. Our soldiers often buried their comrades so the North Vietnamese couldn't get hold of their bodies. The jungle heat did the rest.

    Tom was just welcomed home from Viet Nam by Warriors' Watch. Part of their mission statement:

    "The men and women of the United States Armed Forces are the finest generation of young Americans that our country has ever produced. They are the strongest and yet most merciful, the fiercest and yet most welcomed, the most dreaded and yet most compassionate, the deadliest and yet most moral warriors in history. As of June 30, 2008, about 1,427,546 men and women are on active duty in the United States Armed Forces, with an additional 1,458,400 in the seven reserve components. THE WARRIORS' WATCH RIDERS WILL HONOR EVERY ONE OF THEM."
    I gave Tom a surprise birthday party, and Warriors' Watch celebrated with us. They sent 45 or more Harley riders in full patriotic regalia joined by a fire truck and a few police cars. Engines revving, sirens blaring, they slowly drove up a long driveway at the restaurant where we partied. And, finally, after 40 years, Tom and his best buddy Paul got their Viet Nam welcome home.

    Paul was a point man in his company. 75 missions. Also the demo man. How he made home alive, I don't think anyone knows. He was forever changed...

    Thanks for asking. And giving me a place to tell that short story. If you ever have a chance to rub elbows with the folks at Warriors Watch, don't miss it. It's the experience of a lifetime.

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

    My grandfather served in WW2 on the western front, and I have an uncle who served in Vietnam.
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    Re: Have you or a family member served in the military

    Quote Originally Posted by Redress View Post
    Yes, I served during a war. Yes, I have family who served during a war.
    were you in the combat zone or in the military when a war was going on?



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

    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.

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