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11-12-2014 02:24 AM  3 years agoPost 1

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I was checking out after grocery shopping today, when the bagger said that because today was Veteran's Day, all Veterans get a gold saver coin. I stated that I hadn't served. Joe, a nice person but shall we politely say is a "challenged" individual, said it didn't matter, that all I had to do was to say I was a Veteran and I'd get the saver coin.

I said that to do so would be an insult to all that had served. I hadn't noticed that there was a gentleman in line behind me until he softly said "Thank you". I turned and noticed that he was wearing a cap with a ship and number. My best guess was that he was a Navy veteran. I said "No, thank you!"

During the Vietnam period, I worked for a company making ceramic composite body armor as well as armored crash resistant helicopter seats and panels to protect critical aircraft systems. I'd like to think and hope that components I helped create may have allowed combatants to survive and come home. While I had a draft deferment due to the work I was doing, I tried to enlist in the Army's Warrant Office training program. They were going to teach me to fly helis! Unfortunately, prior to reporting I ended up in the hospital having surgery for a kidney problem. As such, my enlistment was declined. I wish I could say the same for my kidneys, as I've had 5 additional kidney surgeries since then.

While I regret never serving, I can proudly say that my Dad served from 1941 to 1970; my brother in law retired after 26 years in the Air Force, and my youngest brother retired after 24 years in the Air Force.

To all that served and continue to serve, a most sincere "THank you!"

Gerry Cullan,
Gaui 200, 255; T-Rex 250, 450 SE & SA, Mini-Titan, Blade 450

11-12-2014 04:21 AM  3 years agoPost 2


Ellsworth, ME - USA

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No one can fault you. You tried, but your body was not up to the task. Not your fault. It sounds like you served our brothers and sisters in arms in an important role anyway.

Gun control is like fighting drunk driving by making it harder for sober people to buy cars.

11-12-2014 05:00 AM  3 years agoPost 3

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Flat Land's

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A Small share as a Young man :

My dad walked out of High School on the Day they heard 1941,
" Central" and went to the Navy recruiting station. They thought he was lieing about his age - so he had to get a signature from his Mom.

He got the Signature : " He Still was Lying " Boarded a train that week for Paris Island.

Aprox: 40 or 50 year's later I was playing Golf with Him and a Man { VON } a X- Navy Lieutenant Commander his VEry Best Friend and a Business associate that had his own destroyer during the Term in the same area of the Pacific. I was riding with VON as a KID.

They where Nutt's They raced House BOAT"S Up on PLAIN !! With the hatches chained open - waste gate's open just bellering !! GOING DEAF !!!!

On the Course on a Wednesday Sales Meeting

Both where smoking Thigh Rolled and wearing their NAstey Old Navel stinky Ball Cap's with the Campaign Ribbons and the Unit's they Served with. Cartoon Hat's

The TWO where so Crazy in those day's they raced HOUSE BOATS on the Missouri River ! Dad and Von had a pair of OLD's 455's in theirs !
Stinking NUT's ! against OTHER House Boat's. " The Orange Blossom Special " Those stories are WILD as a KID !!!. GO ! was shooting a flair under the railroad bridge. When they got lined up, at Idle.

The Day on the Golf Course I will Never forget ! Dad was Riding with Mr. Henie : A - X -JAr HEad who had a Toy mounted on his patio on a Tri Pod that had every body in the Neighbor hood nervous -

They Eventually Took it

ON the Course a couple of guy's on " The Green Monster in Town " a couple of coot's come tearing across from another tee box in their cart and ONE of them had tear's ! He looked at VON and Salutes while VON chew's on his stub with toot pick's stuck in the end.

No emotion from VON at ALL - Just salutes back

Look's at my DAD and the tear's are streaming : Say's you guy's where ALL Volunteers - Not too many left are their ? Nobody would do that -you saved our bacon more than once you fool's !

NAVY Personnel : On Civilian Ship's - Out in Front !!! Path Finders for who was coming - sneaky as heck / went round 4-1/2 time and made King Neptune TWICE ! . Dad replied { It was GOOD DUTY } We did what we wanted. Dad winked with Utter GRACE absolutely COLD shook his hand stepped up to the Tee Box and VON said you need to know your dad.

Absolute Stupid and Clueless as a Teenager. I have his Steel Jacket Issued Book !!!

That Mr. Heine ?? HE was GOOFY - HE LIED - little wirey man : Every New Year's at 12.00 12.A.M he would shoot that dam thing with a series of 4 or 5 . He had the Firing Pin

For the Tail on the Dog ?? If I can Locate it I will re- Photo a 4 X 5 black and white photo off a browning camera sent to me from his brother - after my dad died !

My dad mailed it to HIM so it would Not be found by his Mom ! My dad's brother went into the Island's after my Dad left and went forward. Essentially it Earmark's the Re- patronization of the Pearl of the orient in Manilla Bay to the Philippine Citizen. !!!


11-12-2014 12:29 PM  3 years agoPost 4

rrKey Veteran

Southbridge, MA

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Grey, it sounds like our Dads were somewhat alike. Mine also lied about his age and went into the Navy in 1941. Served on supply ships in the European and Pacific theaters. He mustered out of the Navy after the war and went into the MA National Guard. About '58 he transferred to the Army Reserve. He retired in '70 with the rank of Captain teaching armor tactics. My Dad was proud of his service, and rightfully so. He instilled into his 5 children a deep respect for all whom serve. Not only for the military, but also police, fire, and medical servants. He passed in '86, but not before seeing my youngest brother and my brother in law begin long and successful Air Force careers.

To all whom served, we can never thank you enough!

Gerry Cullan,
Gaui 200, 255; T-Rex 250, 450 SE & SA, Mini-Titan, Blade 450

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