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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COL Jon Lopey
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LTCOL Canfield: Great comments! Thank you, COL L
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Capt Raymond Parks
Capt Raymond Parks
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Lt Col Robert Canfield - Did you have the T-shirt showing a Buff flying away from a mushroom cloud with the meme (back then it was a bumper sticker saying) "And now, it's Miller time."
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Lt Col Robert Canfield
Lt Col Robert Canfield
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Yes I did !
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Col James Cooke
Col James Cooke
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Well thought out statement, Col.! Thank you for such sound encouragement.
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LTC John Griscom
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You served; you earned it.
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SFC Terry Wilcox
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SGT Michael Gregory - 2nd ID, G Company, 702nd Maint Bn, Camp Sears, Oui Jeong Bu [forgive me if I got that wrong] 78-79.
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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
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SGT Michael Gregory

Camp LaGradia Uijeongbu
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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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MAJ Ken Landgren
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One should never be ashamed for serving. It's that simple.
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Maj Bill Smith, Ph.D.
Maj Bill Smith, Ph.D.
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PO2 Lewis Brockman - So did I. But even volunteering for Vietnam, i kept getting sent someplace else.
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MAJ Ken Landgren
MAJ Ken Landgren
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You remind me of s young soldier who volunteered to go to Korea but the army sent to Hawaii. Some people have charmed lives. lol Maj Bill Smith, Ph.D.
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MAJ Ken Landgren
MAJ Ken Landgren
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Keep your head down and be safe. SPC Nicholas Murtha
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CPL Terry Mason
CPL Terry Mason
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I enlisted in 1973 while my brother was serving in the 7th Fleet in Vietnam. I actually enlisted so I didn't have to go to his wedding on June 2nd. I shipped to basic on May 31. I got an assignment to Camp Zama Japan after AIT supposedly because I was sole surviving son to a brother who was now a civilian. Got to love military intelligence, not much of it!!
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