Posted on Feb 20, 2020
SPC Richard Zacke
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I served from 1978 to 81 and when someone says thank you for your service I feel like I'm stealing the thunder of the troops that are seving in these two wars. Mainley because I don't remember anyone saying it before. I remember being called baby killer or being spit at.
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Lt Col Robert Canfield
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As I remember it, the 60s-80s were peak decades of the cold war. One of the key missions was nuclear deterrence...i.e. convincing the Soviets that engaging in ANY type of nuclear exchange would be a very bad idea. Its a scenario where both parties lose (although one may lose more than the other), or... both parties win. It involved keeping a strong, active force that could respond rapidly under a variety of scenarios. Fortunately a nuclear WWIII never occurred and many would say that, in the end, the US won more than the Soviets. But, again deterrence worked and the unthinkable did not occur. Sun Tzu said that it is best to win without conflict. I think that applies to the cold war. Whenever folks say that the US was not engaged in any major conflict during the 70s and 80s (after Vietnam), I remind them of what could have occurred if the US and NATO had not put forth a credible deterrent. A deterrent that required effective weapon systems, well trained personnel, and a commitment to win....and that's not chopped liver. If you served during those years then you deserve a handshake & a word of thanks. The world would be so much worse had the cold war deterrence mission failed.
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SGT Michael Hearn
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So many red alerts at 3 in the morning in 20 degree weather Yepper I do remember the cold war.
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MSgt Steven Smigelski
MSgt Steven Smigelski
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I spent 2 of my 35 years of service in a Pershing 1A battery (C 1/81). We had several shootouts with the RedArmy Faction. Although it wasn’t a declared war, the Cold War was dangerous as well.
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CW2 Paul Clemmons
CW2 Paul Clemmons
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US Army, 1980-1991 Cold War to Desert Shield/Storm, 97B/351B and spent from 1985-1989 in NW Europe (N West Germany and Benelux) and if you know what my MOS is, you know what I was doing and tense doesn't even begin to describe the tension during those 4 years until the wall fell. And of course we pivoted to a completely different environment in less than 2 years to a completely different set of tension.

Added: My paternal grandfather was a corporal medic, US Army in WWI, my father was infantry, SGT, in the Army during WWII, Pacific theater, then me as a CW2, and my son goes and enlists in the Air Force, but in ICBM maintenance of all things.

It's not like it is rocket science you know, oh wait.....
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SSG Cliff Richardson
SSG Cliff Richardson
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You know it, was in total service fron 1978 - 1993, all of it was centered on the Cold War, and I was concentrated in Europe most of the time, the wall fell, then Desert Storm, all the alerts, all the concerns from command on down. Sometimes difficult, sometimes just a day, but centerd on war in Europe. Miss the fun, just another day!!
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LTC John Griscom
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You served; you earned it.
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Sgt Phil Villa
Sgt Phil Villa
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SGT Villa Seams like everyone is forgetting about the Vietnam war.
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SP5 Dennis Dorsey
SP5 Dennis Dorsey
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Sgt Phil Villa - All the previous wars are being forgotten. we hear little about the Koren war and the veterans who served there. They should get the accolades as well.
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PO2 Jack LaBarge
PO2 Jack LaBarge
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Sgt Phil Villa - Vietnam, Korea’s was Never “Called” a war. And as such many were shunned from everything, like the Coming home should have been!
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SPC Richard Zacke crap happens, its not your fault.
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MAJ Armored Combat Command Commander
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One should never be ashamed for serving. It's that simple. Civilians don't understand what it means to fight for your buddies on the 9 and 3 o'clock. They don't understand hold at all cost orders because another unit is counting on yours. They don't know what we are willing to sacrifice on behalf of our buddies and the country. We understand it, they do not. We should keep our heads up high regardless of where you served.
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PFC William Mower
PFC William Mower
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In my previous post I made an era my dad was a veteran of three wars ww2 in both the Pacific and atlantic theaters, Korea and Vietnam
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MAJ Armored Combat Command Commander
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PFC William Mower - Wow that must have been tough. 3 tough wars.
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PFC William Mower
PFC William Mower
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He made at least two round the world cruises in the fifties aboard the Shangri La and so many med cruises I can't remember was involved in the blockade of Cuba during thethat Crises
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SSG Cliff Richardson
SSG Cliff Richardson
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My dad served in the navy WW2 pacific, my uncle Army both theaters WW2, Korea, 3 tours Vietnam, 33 years CSM, in high places, myself served USMC 2yrs. Army 12 yrs, Army reserve 2yrs. I keep my head held high, because like PFC Mower, and all of you out there, you did what civilians don't or won't understand, the usual comment back in the 70's/ 80's, was " whats the matter, you couldn't find a real job ", I applied for a job at the phone company in SLC, Utah, and the woman in charge of hiring said, " Well the phone company doesn't need anybody killed right now if you know what I mean, ha, ha, ha ". I said to her bitch if you only knew what really goes on in the world, you wouldn't laugh so loud, and I walked out, and went active duty for 12 years in the Army, civilians don't know crap, about what goes on in the world, they know everything about Kim Kardashian's ass, quite a few of them don't know that we are still in Afghanistan, they thought all that ended in 2010, most didn't know that we were waging real shit in Iraq in 2009, they only heard about place called Ramadi, or a mention of the name Fallujah. No sir I keep my head high, not arrogant, but I like others out there no the deal. Thank GOD for the U.S. Military. And all that I remember, and stories I tell my son so he understands, and he holds his head high because he fully understands that if we didn't do this his second language might have been Russian!!!
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