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July 4th – 50th Anniversary of 11th Infantry slog in Vietnam

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(This is another installment of one of our sponsors, Mike Collins, and still swaps stories with this mates from the old unit. Reunions and much beer involved.-VB)

This is the 50th Anniversary of our slog to build LZ Karen.

On the 4th we were OPCON to 3/21st Inf but were dropped off in the wrong place without right maps and wrong radio frequencies and/or were  out of radio range. This was smack in the middle of the Que Son valley.
I remember Patterson ...
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US ends 70 years of Military Presence in S. Korean Capital

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From AP:

SEOUL, South Korea — The United States formally ended seven decades of military presence in South Korea’s capital on Friday with the opening of a new headquarters farther from the tense border with North Korea.

The U.S. military had been headquartered in Seoul’s central Yongsan neighborhood since American troops first arrived at the end of World War II. The Yongsan Garrison had been a symbol of the U.S.-South Korea alliance aimed at deterring a North Korean attack, but its occupation ...

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My First Adventure at Manos in Tokyo, 1972

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(ed note: There is today a Manos Russian restaurant in the Asakusa area of Tokyo, but the one of which I speak here was just a short walk from the original Sanno Hotel in Akasaka, who’s history can be seen here.)

I could tell a dozen stories about Manos, a little Russian restaurant in the Akasaka District of Tokyo, about 200 feet from the Soviet Embassy.

My best friend in Japan was Maj Guy, living next door in our 12 family ...

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Dying of Gangrene

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(This pencil art is from an unidentified soldier or medical personnel, in a field facility, Corinth, Mississippi. Title: “Dying of Gangrene” from an exhibition of art at the Corcoran Gallery in Washington and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, 1961 and 1962.)

( A copy of the approx. 260 pg book is available in out Sales Gallery.)

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Our Mission Statement at VeteransTales.com

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A word from the Garritrooper, just so you’ll know where we intend to go with VeteransTales.org. and the Veterans 15:13 Foundation

A Little Background

In the mid-80s, when I was in industry, a second-shift floor mechanic came up to me and said, “If you’ll put me on first shift and give me a little raise, I’ll work harder.”

No, really. He said that.

Yet here we are begging for a raise, without a proven product, or for that matter, any indication we can actually ...

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Veterans: Why do Americans Enlist…When They Don’t Have to?

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This is a theme with us at VeteransTales.0rg.

When more veterans with skin in the game have checked in, this will be a running topic, and within two years, a working project on the ground. (Check our Mission statement for the longer game.)

At the heart of this inquiry is hearing from veterans about what it is in the hearts and minds that causes an American to go down and enlist when he or she don’t have to, and when more than 95% of Americans ...

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By an Angel’s Kiss, SSG Alexander Conrad, (Army) Somalia

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Kissed by an Angel, Where Violins are the Angels’ Voices, and the Cello Sings Harmony

SSG Alexander Conrad, 26, of Chandler, Arizona

was killed June 8, 2018, as a result of a fire fight with Al Shabbab in Somalia

He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group, Airborne,  Ft Bragg.

Rest in peace, Sergeant

Job well done.  

angeleagle

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Gummi Bears, a Supply Sergeant’s Revenge

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(From a 2014 Product-review of Sugar Free Gummi-Bears at Amazon.com. by a Supply Sargeant named Jason Ellenberg. Anyone know him, we’d like to invite him over.- VB)

To preface this, I will state that it is not good to upset anyone in the military supply network. This is especially true for a supply NCO who can be both creative and vindictive to those who earn his ire.

One of my biggest pet peeves was troopies who walked into my ...

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