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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Lt Col Robert Canfield
Lt Col Robert Canfield
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...and then their were these false alarm/5 close call incidents as well...
https://www.history.com/news/5-cold-war-close-calls
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COL James Morrison
COL James Morrison
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Great response! I confess that I have felt a bit guilty when I use my VA and Tricare for Life medical insurance, insurances that I have because of the service of those who fought and died for our country. I set up a Yahoo Group for my first unit I served with just to keep in touch. One of my men wrote that he used the freedom for information act to review what the Library of Congress had on Soviet intentions in the 1962-64 time frame. He discovered that our installation in Germany (a nuclear weapons repair facility) was number 5 on the hit list if the balloon went up. When I read that statement, I felt less guilty. :-)
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PO2 Mike Keyes
PO2 Mike Keyes
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CAPT Steve E. - As an FTB that was on patrol at the time our country probably came closest to a nuclear war (no, it wasn't the Cuban Missile Crisis), I couldn't agree more Captain. I have no doubt we would have performed as trained, but thank God we didn't have to.
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CPT Willie Neal
CPT Willie Neal
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I loved the response from Lt Col. Canfield. I served from 1976 through 1989 and no we were not sitting around playing cards all day. We trained and we trained some more. Always ready to go wherever we were needed. Believe it or not there were sacrifices made during the Cold War. Everyone just seemed to have forgotten about them and assume we were just collecting big checks for doing nothin.
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LTC John Griscom
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You served; you earned it.
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SGT Michael Gregory
SGT Michael Gregory
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SFC Terry Wilcox 2nd ID D Troop 4/7 Air cav Uijeongbu 83 /84
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SGT Michael Gregory
SGT Michael Gregory
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SGT Michael Gregory

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COL Jon Lopey
COL Jon Lopey
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LTC Griscom: Brief but to the point and I would say you hit the bull's eye! COL L
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SPC Sherman Johnson
SPC Sherman Johnson
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2nd ID Aco 1/23 Camp Hovey. 78-79
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MAJ Ken Landgren
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One should never be ashamed for serving. It's that simple.
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MAJ Ken Landgren
MAJ Ken Landgren
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To be honest, I feel guilty for not serving in wars like WWII, Korean War, Vietnam War. Wars that had high casualty counts.
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SP5 Bp Pal
SP5 Bp Pal
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SP5 Michael Barczykowski - You and I think alike on this subject.
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TSgt Gwen Walcott
TSgt Gwen Walcott
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Not ashamed --- would do it again ---> but those doing the thanking are the guilty who usually have and had no skin in the game. They are just pandering
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MAJ Ken Landgren
MAJ Ken Landgren
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This is not an affront to you. You are too jaded. Some people have pure intentions. TSgt Gwen Walcott
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