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    I have a cousin in the AirForce And a Aunt in the army.

    My cousin is a Fighter jet mechanic stationed in Alaska.
    My Aunt Retired a few years ago. But she was in charge of AMO shipments And she was in for the full 20 years.

    I hope to fallow them in the military.

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    Well I'm sure you will, good luck!

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    • #3
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      My Grandfathers from both my Mother's and Father's side served in the British Army. The one from my Mother's side was in the Royal Engineers, and joined up just after WW2 (he was too young to enlist during the war, so he worked in a factory making Spitfires). He was assigned to post-war Germany for a while, and had a number of interesting stories from that about dealing with food riots etc.

      On my Father's side, my Grandpa was an Army Chaplain, attached to the 81st Anti-Tank Regiment in North Africa. He was very involved even when the regiment saw combat, as he would help out by running ammo to the guns and tending to the wounded. He received an MBE for rescuing some wounded soldiers while under fire, although whenever asked about how he got the medal, he always downplayed it as though it was "just nothing"! The Regiment helped train the US Rangers prior to the invasion of Anzio, and he always had the greatest respect for the US military.

      My Grand-Uncle was also in the same Regiment as him, as an Artillery Officer (started the war as a Lt, finished as a Major). I was actually named after him, and he received a Military Cross for bravery. He wasn't actually my Grand-Uncle by blood, but a friend of my Grandfather, who introduced him to his future wife, who was one of my Grandfather's wife's sisters.

      Both of them said that there wouldn't be an England as we know it today if it hadn't been for the help of the US, and although they died a number of years ago, when I told them I wanted to emigrate to the US they were very encouraging of my dream.

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        [QUOTE=USAForever]My Grandfathers from both my Mother's and Father's side served in the British Army. The one from my Mother's side was in the Royal Engineers, and joined up just after WW2 (he was too young to enlist during the war, so he worked in a factory making Spitfires). He was assigned to post-war Germany for a while, and had a number of interesting stories from that about dealing with food riots etc.

        On my Father's side, my Grandpa was an Army Chaplain, attached to the 81st Anti-Tank Regiment in North Africa. He was very involved even when the regiment saw combat, as he would help out by running ammo to the guns and tending to the wounded. He received an MBE for rescuing some wounded soldiers while under fire, although whenever asked about how he got the medal, he always downplayed it as though it was "just nothing"! The Regiment helped train the US Rangers prior to the invasion of Anzio, and he always had the greatest respect for the US military.

        My Grand-Uncle was also in the same Regiment as him, as an Artillery Officer (started the war as a Lt, finished as a Major). I was actually named after him, and he received a Military Cross for bravery. He wasn't actually my Grand-Uncle by blood, but a friend of my Grandfather, who introduced him to his future wife, who was one of my Grandfather's wife's sisters.

        Both of them said that there wouldn't be an England as we know it today if it hadn't been for the help of the US, and although they died a number of years ago, when I told them I wanted to emigrate to the US they were very encouraging of my dream.[/QUOTE]

        Thats always a good thing is to have support because once you feel you have that you feel like a weight has been lifted from you.

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        • #5
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          They are supportive and are helping me.

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            I am going to take my AVSAB next Thursday and go to MEPS and enlist on Friday as an E-3, Missouri Army National Guard. 3175th Chemical Operations. My father was a Lieutenant in the US Navy on the USS Tolovana Tanker during Vietnam. My Grandfather, father's side was a Captain in the Army during WWII. He was the second surgeon on Normandy Beach and stayed all the way through the Battle of the Bulge before he was injured due to a German mine that detonated and overturned his jeep. Unfortunately I never knew him because he died in 1964, 16 years before I was born. My brother in law was a specialist in the Army and went back into the Army reserves before he was deployed in OIF where he was in a signal battalion stationed at the Bagdad Airport. My nephew is about to finish his undergrad degree in Pre-med and is going into the Chair force when he graduates. Also two of my uncles are Vietnam Vets, one a marine and one in the Army.

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              [QUOTE=JimMO]I am going to take my AVSAB next Thursday and go to MEPS and enlist on Friday as an E-3, Missouri Army National Guard. 3175th Chemical Operations. My father was a Lieutenant in the US Navy on the USS Tolovana Tanker during Vietnam. My Grandfather, father's side was a Captain in the Army during WWII. He was the second surgeon on Normandy Beach and stayed all the way through the Battle of the Bulge before he was injured due to a German mine that detonated and overturned his jeep. Unfortunately I never knew him because he died in 1964, 16 years before I was born. My brother in law was a specialist in the Army and went back into the Army reserves before he was deployed in OIF where he was in a signal battalion stationed at the Bagdad Airport. My nephew is about to finish his undergrad degree in Pre-med and is going into the Chair force when he graduates. Also two of my uncles are Vietnam Vets, one a marine and one in the Army.[/QUOTE]


              Now thats a family military history.

              I've gotten in contact with my recruiter. (I'm working on getting a metting.)

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              • #8
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                my great-grandfather was a drill seargeant during the end of ww2 his brother was not so lucky (normandy beach invasion) my grandpa was a major when he went to vietnam(pow)
                my father served in the gulf war and was a pfc before his end. and now i am a 21b ready to go to afganistan in less then three months. but before i go let me leave some wisdom.
                life sucks but while it sucks do something you love.

                "if you see a beast, kill the beast"
                "if you see a hadjii, kill the hadjii"
                "if you see the enemys god, kill the enemys god"

                and remember kids, the enemys gate is down.;)

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                  [QUOTE=pvtpeets]my grandpa was a major when he went to vietnam(pow)
                  my father served in the gulf war and was a pfc before his end.[/QUOTE]

                  Thanks for making me feel old. :eek:

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                    [QUOTE=pvtpeets]but before i go let me leave some wisdom.
                    life sucks but while it sucks do something you love.

                    "if you see a beast, kill the beast"
                    "if you see a hadjii, kill the hadjii"
                    "if you see the enemys god, kill the enemys god"

                    and remember kids, the enemys gate is down.;)[/QUOTE]

                    Where did you learn this gem of a saying? We appreciate what your family has contributed to this great Nation.

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                    • #11
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                      [QUOTE=pvtpeets]my great-grandfather was a drill seargeant during the end of ww2 his brother was not so lucky (normandy beach invasion) my grandpa was a major when he went to vietnam(pow)
                      my father served in the gulf war and was a pfc before his end. and now i am a 21b ready to go to afganistan in less then three months. but before i go let me leave some wisdom.
                      life sucks but while it sucks do something you love.

                      "if you see a beast, kill the beast"
                      "if you see a hadjii, kill the hadjii"
                      "if you see the enemys god, kill the enemys god"

                      and remember kids, the enemys gate is down.;)[/QUOTE]

                      Well you'll be in my thoughts when you leave. You've had a great military history.

                      Good luck and stand brave.

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                      • #12
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                        My dad was in for four years as a howtizer specialst, he was soldier of cycle and was offered to go to fort benning for ranger training but turned it down, Im really glad he did because i wouldnt be here now, This monday i take my asvab and go to meps and get sworn in, boot camp this summer then AIT next since im only a junior in highschool.

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                          [QUOTE=K-TownMT]My dad was in for four years as a howtizer specialst, he was soldier of cycle and was offered to go to fort benning for ranger training but turned it down, Im really glad he did because i wouldnt be here now, This monday i take my asvab and go to meps and get sworn in, boot camp this summer then AIT next since im only a junior in highschool.[/QUOTE]


                          Well good luck i'm still working on it. I can do a little more then the minamum in most of the PT stuff I was tol;d to do running i'm not there yet but close.

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                            My grandfather was too deaf to serve but he tried a few times.

                            On my dads side, my father joined the Army as soon as he could. He went to basic at fort dix NJ, Artillery AIT at fort Sill and ended up with an airborne slot somehow or another, and did airborne school.

                            The details are fuzzy because he wont elaborate about it, but he made a jump after airborne school and on his way out the door his right hand got wrapped up in the cords for the chute before they caught air. When the chute caught air the cords tightened obviously, and took his right hand off.

                            He survived the jump, but lost his hand. They were going to keep him in on admin type duties but he found out the LT in charge knew that it was too windy to jump that day or something, and he chased the guy around the desk with a pair of scissors. So he was medically retired or something like that as an E-5.

                            He still looks back sometimes and puts on the maroon beret. He was on his way to Vicenza, Italy, had orders and all and was so pissed about it.

                            I have an uncle on my mothers side who is in the USAF. A LTC in charge of missle maintenance somewhere. Most of my moms side of the family did one enlistment in one of the branches. I had an uncle kill himself on sea duty in the navy, an aunt in the air force, and another uncle who served 4 in the navy.

                            My grandfather on my moms side lied about his age to get in the Army, and there's a bit of mystery here. He was overseas, I think during the korean war or shortly before/after and married my grandmother who claims she is Japanese, but about half the family says she is Korean. Its been so long that she doesnt speak her first language any more. Her family back home (wherever that is) shunned her when she left and my grandfather became somewhat of a drunk after the service. She wanted to leave him one day and he went out to sit in his truck alone and drink and they thought he fell asleep so the left him there. When they went to get him up the next morning they saw he had shot himself and was gone.

                            So lots of military history in my family, most of it good, but a few bad ones.

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