Re: Thank you, Veterans ... and your families
It was '68 going on '69 and Nam was on every high school graduate's mind. Some went to collage, some were 4F, but most left it to fate. That was me. I was making good money for a 18 year old as an engineering Draftsman. There was no money for collage. I decided to roll the dice and see what happens.
I received my notice to report for the Draft physical so I joined the Navy the next morning. After boot camp training I was assigned to the USS BIDDLE DLG-34, NORFOLK, VA.
Along with the General Quarters assignments aboard ship, I volunteered for Commissary-man cook because they had every other day off. I loved it and I would do it again tomorrow. The best part was meeting guys from just about every state, every nationality, religion, and family background. What a learning experience for a kid from a small town like me.
I would agree to bringing back some sort of mandatory military like service for 18 year old's. One year service or a reserve type of call up if needed. Leave the fighting to the professional Military, but have this one or two year service individuals (men and woman) serve their country on the boarders or disaster relief. Maybe earn collage credits and tuition costs like the VA collage programs.
It wound be at least a learning experience and a chance to see and hear what the rest of the USA is all about.
'68 rs/SS 350 M-21 posi
Last edited by rgwiz; Nov 12th, 19 at 07:08 AM.