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Thank you, Veterans ... and your families

Both for your service and sacrifice.
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Thanks to all who have served and are serving and to those who made the ultimate sacrifice. Freedom is not free.
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Both for your service and sacrifice.
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Thanks and a snappy Salute to all Veterans past and present.
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I am humbled by the sacrifices so many have made to protect the freedoms we have.

My most sincere thanks.

My lottery # in 1971 was 178. Due to a delay in extending the draft they only got to #125.

Things were crazy then. Iím glad I didnít go but at the same time feel guilty I didnít.

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I am humbled by the sacrifices so many have made to protect the freedoms we have.

My most sincere thanks.

My lottery # in 1971 was 178. Due to a delay in extending the draft they only got to #125.

Things were crazy then. Iím glad I didnít go but at the same time feel guilty I didnít.


Thanks to ALL the VETS from a vet. Those low numbers were scary to have...my lottery number was 35, classified 1A, but actually joined instead of being drafted. USAF Aircraft Mechanic 73 to 82, B52, C5A, C141, C130. A friend I grew up with in Atlanta was 4F with a 300 number. He had flat feet bad, but we still joined (4 of us) under the buddy system.

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Thanks to ALL the VETS from a vet. Those low numbers were scary to have...my lottery number was 35, classified 1A, but actually joined instead of being drafted. USAF Aircraft Mechanic 73 to 82, B52, C5A, C141, C130. A friend I grew up with in Atlanta was 4F with a 300 number. He had flat feet bad, but we still joined (4 of us) under the buddy system.


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but at the same time feel guilty I didnít.
My cousin always said he felt guilty he didn't enlist. Being in the military is mostly a young persons job, and most 18 year olds aren't thinking of things like duty, honor, and the consequences/rewards serving has. Just the fact that your conscience bothers you speaks volumes about your convictions to me and other vets. We don't look down on anyone that didn't serve. We don't look for acknowledgement or special treatment, just a little respect and a heart-felt handshake. It truly was an honor and if called again, I would go in an instant.
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I am humbled by the sacrifices so many have made to protect the freedoms we have.

My most sincere thanks.

My lottery # in 1971 was 178. Due to a delay in extending the draft they only got to #125.

Things were crazy then. Iím glad I didnít go but at the same time feel guilty I didnít.
There's nothing for you to feel guilty about. You should feel blessed. People that dodged so someone else would go for them are the ones who should feel guilty.
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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.
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To all who served, thank you for your service.

Drafted in '65 active till '67 Specialist E5, reserves till '71 and final discharge. Lucked out, had orders for Cam Ranh Bay, was quarantined, got my shots and on the day before departure, I got new orders sending me to Germany, where I was in the 4th Armored Division, G2 and since I had a Top Secret NATO clearance I bounced around TDY from Czech Borders to Belgium. Got to go out on the tank range and firing 105's in a M60A1 tank. Also got to drive/fire mortar APCs.

Two of my high school friends were drafted and inducted with me on the same day... both were lost in Viet Nam. Thats my saddest memory of my military service.
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