Posted on Jul 15, 2015
LTC Stephen F.
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I was recently reminded me of the importance and significance of mail call especially in the days before email, cell phones and texting existed in the 1950's 1960's, 1970's and I think through the 1980's. Waiting with anticipation in formation as a young enlisted man in sun. snow, rain or wind for mail call. The weather was much less important than hearing the names of friends called out to get mail and then hearing my own name which was wonderful. Going back to the barracks to smell envelopes from girl friends, read the letters on my bunk.
Later as a cadet at West Point one of the duties of the freshman class known as plebes was to distribute the mail to the upper classmen. It was a very important function and seemed to release a sense of common humanity and a brief period of humane treatment.
After I was commissioned in 1980, my mail was delivered to me except when we were away from home station when we would have mail call or else wait until the operation was over and then mail would be distributed.
Images: mail call wingen 70th ID WWII; Korean War early afternoon mail call brought these Thunderbirds in the 279th Infantry; Mail call! Pfc Glen Zachery of the 19th Army Postal Unit brings a sack of mail to the
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SPC Jeffrey Bly
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We were out in the field this one time and we had mail call. The 1Sgt was calling us out. He called out Hernandez. Hernandez had not come out to the field with us. So the 1Sgt called out Hernandez again. Still no one replied. So the 1Sgt says "God damn it Hernandez, I knows you out there!" Of course for fear of questioning Top, we all kept our mouths shut. So he begins to spell it out, "H-E-N-R-I-K-S-O-N, Hernandez!" Henrikson, of course wanting his mail speaks up. "That's Henrikson 1sgt." Top replies, "God damn you Hernandez, get out here and get your mail!" To which Henrikson replies, "Yes 1Sgt!" Nobody said anything at the time for fear of insubordination, but we all got a pretty good chuckle out of it afterwards.

Ah, the good old days!
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SPC Christopher Murano
SPC Christopher Murano
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1SG Sal Alvarado - Right you are. "Alvarez" Alvarado!"
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SGT John Graham
SGT John Graham
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Not often, but memorable. The look of joy, concern, disappointment, or a combination of all. However, The First Sgt. seldom if never makes a mistake. Top is the God of an outfit. If you earn trust with them you have some latitude when you screw up. When you don't have trust they can make your life miserable.
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SGT Aircraft Pnuedralics Supervisor
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I remember fondly, the first time I enlisted back in 1992 when I joined the Guard. To this day I will never forget , and with amazement how our Drill Sergeant (DS Hornbach) who was able to accurately fling everyone's mail to them with laser like precision like a nija star, no matter how far away the person was or where they were in the barracks. not only was it entertaining to watch every time, but was always great to get mail from family, friends and loved ones.
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MSgt Paul Connors
MSgt Paul Connors
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One of the best pieces of mail I received on SICILY DZ at Ft. Bragg was notification from my university that they'd discovered that I actually qualified to receive a SECOND BA degree despite having already graduated with a BA in Political Science. When I got back to main post, I called my alma mater to ask if the letter was accurate and they said it was. I then asked what I needed to do receive the 2nd BA and they said "fill out the application to graduate [again], mail in the $15 fee for graduation" and "voila!" a second BA due to having so many extra credits via transfers. They then asked me if I planned to attend graduation (which I'd skipped the first time) and I was forced to say: "Ummm, I don't think so since I'm already at Ft. Bragg and on active duty."

I asked them to send the degree to my HOR address (my parents home) and six weeks or so later, my Mom dropped me a note to let me know the degree certificate had arrived in the mail.

I was also equally fortunate that I NEVER received a "Dear John" letter as I didn't have "a Jody back home when I left."
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I also remember forming for pay call
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Sgt Frank Rinchich
Sgt Frank Rinchich
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PVT James Strait - I don't know where all these pay scales come from when you brows for them. my memory servers me right in 1955 E1 was 47.00 E2 58.00 E3 63.00 and E4 87.00 of course there was some change involved.
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LTC Lowell Marx
LTC Lowell Marx
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One of my fond memories of responsibilities was paying the members of my units in Korea in 1970-71. Delta 707 MT, 7ID & Bravo 707 MT 2ID. Never had a shortage or extra...not easy to do.
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SP5 Terry Ashcraft
SP5 Terry Ashcraft
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I remember lining up for pay call. When I first enlisted the base pay for an E-1 was 98.00. In Vietnam we received MPC's.
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CMSgt Randy Beck
CMSgt Randy Beck
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I still have my very first pay stub (LES) as an Airman Basic, in 1979, $148 bucks! I was rich!
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Lt Col Charlie Brown
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LTC Jeff Shearer
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yeah my house gets kinda of dusty for some reason
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SFC Greg Bruorton
SFC Greg Bruorton
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Montgomery sang it best to describe the moments when a letter arrived from home.
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SPC Les Darbison
SPC Les Darbison
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Ok who remembers calling home through some rigged phone / Ham operator to another Ham operator / phone to your Wife or Girll friend? It, was free I guess the ham guys liked listening in on the conversations. I loved getting those litters theo.
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CSM Infantryman
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I do
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