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DeltaBoy:
C. C. Richardson  US Navy 1936-1962.
Great Lakes Chicago 
Active Duty 1936-1946
Served on the Texas , Alabama and numerous oilers and destroyers.
SE Asia WW2 
Midway, GC , Philippines , Oka and was in Tokyo Bay for the Surrender
Mustered into the Ready Reserves as a CPO
6 unit citations
2 purple hearts
2 Bronze Star's
1 Bronze Star with Cluster
1 Silver Star
1 Silver Star with Cluster
From 1943 to Wars end he was driving a LTV with Admiral Howling Mad Smith's Battle Group and under Gen Douglas MacArthur Battle Groups.
 As he put it I landed young marines in exotic tropical locations where they received a WARM Welcome. 


 

HogFan4Ever01:

--- Quote from: OS2 (SW) Razor Back on November 11, 2015, 11:23:17 am ---<<<<

USS Saratoga CV-60, Fighting Fortress of the Sea, Operations Department, OI Division 1987- 1991.

USS Essex LHD-2, The Iron Gator, 1991-1995.

Desert Shield/Desert Storm.

Air Intercept Controller.

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US Navy 1989-1993

Operations Specialist OS3 (SW)

USS Leyte Gulf CG-55

Desert Shield/Desert Storm Vet.

Man, you were in Mayport the same time I was. which means you were on board the Saratoga when the Liberty boat capsized.  That was terrible!!!!!

hawgfan4life:
Active Duty
Reserves
   
20+ years combined service

Großer Kriegschwein:

--- Quote from: DeltaBoy on November 11, 2015, 11:42:47 am ---C. C. Richardson  US Navy 1936-1962.
Great Lakes Chicago 
Active Duty 1936-1946
Served on the Texas , Alabama and numerous oilers and destroyers.
SE Asia WW2 
Midway, GC , Philippines , Oka and was in Tokyo Bay for the Surrender
Mustered into the Ready Reserves as a CPO
6 unit citations
2 purple hearts
2 Bronze Star's
1 Bronze Star with Cluster
1 Silver Star
1 Silver Star with Cluster
From 1943 to Wars end he was driving a LTV with Admiral Howling Mad Smith's Battle Group and under Gen Douglas MacArthur Battle Groups.
 As he put it I landed young marines in exotic tropical locations where they received a WARM Welcome.

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HM "Howling Mad" Smith was a General in the Marine Corps.

Neither him nor MacArthur ever commanded a Battle Group.

Battle Group is a Pentomic Army term from the Eisenhower years as President.

There are no devices on a Silver Star, only subsequent awards of the same medal. Bronze Stars can be for valor or meritorious service and each award is indistinguishable from the other after the first award with a V for valor.

bcdeputy:

--- Quote from: razorbackinva on November 11, 2015, 11:13:51 am ---Haha I was thinking the same thing.  Been in service for that long and only mentioning the most recent accomplishments.  Should have been involved in the last 100 years of conflicts.  Humble much?  ;)

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I'm not the gloating type...

TexHog188:
USAF - 1981 - 1988
AR ANG - 1988-2008

Retired: Major 2008 - 26 years total service.


Großer Kriegschwein:

--- Quote from: bcdeputy on November 11, 2015, 12:24:39 pm ---I'm not the gloating type...

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San Juan Hill with Colonel Roosevelt.

razorbackinva:

--- Quote from: Großer Kriegschwein on November 11, 2015, 12:20:13 pm ---HM "Howling Mad" Smith was a General in the Marine Corps.

Neither him nor MacArthur ever commanded a Battle Group.

Battle Group is a Pentomic Army term from the Eisenhower years as President.

There are no devices on a Silver Star, only subsequent awards of the same medal. Bronze Stars can be for valor or meritorious service and each award is indistinguishable from the other after the first award with a V for valor.

--- End quote ---

He can also be addressed as Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps.

Großer Kriegschwein:

--- Quote from: razorbackinva on November 11, 2015, 12:32:17 pm ---He can also be addressed as Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps.

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He could, but most would just call him Gen'ral.

bcdeputy:

--- Quote from: longtimeHogfan on November 11, 2015, 08:58:30 am ---was never in harms way, and the only time I picked up a weapon was to qualify on the range.  So while I served please give your thanks to those who flew the missions and waded the rice paddies. 

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This really sums up my feelings perfectly... I was a veteran, I don't regret my time in the military one bit.  However, I feel Veterans Day is more for the people that served in combat and hostile areas than for me.  My father fought in the trenches during WWII, this day is for him.

My time in the military was more like a job. 

The only thing I ever fired my weapon at was a paper target at the range while serving in the military.  I've been a deputy sheriff for the last 17 years, and I still have never pulled my side arm off my right hip and pointed it at anything but a paper target.  I've been really lucky

HognVA:
US Navy 1992-98
USS Canopus
USS Yellowstone

Sooiepride:
UofA ROTC
1996-2001
Air Force Civil Engineer
2001-2008
Good times were had.

Grunt:
Army 1967 - 1969
Ft. Polk, Ft. Sill, Nam, Ft. Irwin
Xuan Loc, Vietnam
Artillery Ballistic Meteorology

Großer Kriegschwein:

--- Quote from: Grunt on November 11, 2015, 12:54:50 pm ---Army 1967 - 1969
Ft. Polk, Ft. Sill, Nam, Ft. Irwin
Xuan Loc, Vietnam
Artillery Ballistic Meteorology

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We are having a "Return to Tigerland" this month at Ft. Polk if you have time and want to see it again. PM me if interested. My planning cell is the one that is putting it together. Or you can probably get information on the next one, about the same time next year.

It includes tours of what used to be Tiger Village up a Peason Ridge.

SemperHawg:

--- Quote from: OS2 (SW) Razor Back on November 11, 2015, 11:23:17 am ---<<<<

USS Saratoga CV-60, Fighting Fortress of the Sea, Operations Department, OI Division 1987- 1991.

USS Essex LHD-2, The Iron Gator, 1991-1995.

Desert Shield/Desert Storm.

Air Intercept Controller.

--- End quote ---
I rode around on the Essex while on the 31st MEU in 05.

Grunt:

--- Quote from: Großer Kriegschwein on November 11, 2015, 07:17:24 am ---1994 - Present

Active Duty Army and Marines.

Aerial Intelliegence Specialist 1994-1997
Marine Infantry 1997-2005
Cavalry Scout 2005-Present

Afghanistan x3
Iraq x1

Okinawa x4
Korea x6
Panama x1

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Did you have to do boot camp when switched to Marines?

Grunt:

--- Quote from: cloverhog on November 11, 2015, 08:08:45 am ---U S Army
Republic of Vietnam
1966 1967
Helicopter door gunner.


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I've always wondered if that was good duty? Exempt from details? Allowed to grow a beard? How much time in the air? Thanks.

Großer Kriegschwein:

--- Quote from: Grunt on November 11, 2015, 01:13:02 pm ---Did you have to do boot camp when switched to Marines?

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Yeah. Kinda sucked going thru all that again, plus add the island to boot camp period and the suck factor pegged at epic. But I wouldn't trade my time on the island for anything. It made me who I am today. I needed it back then. I was a horrible private after they cancelled the Mohawk program in the Army. Seriously pissed and had a big attitude problem.

SDI SSgt Lawrence, DI SSgt Mitchum, DI SSgt Henderson (now MGySgt Henderson), and DI Sgt Borba all took a vested interest in my development and it was painful.

phadedhawg:
US Army 99-02
1st SFG (A)
Ft Lewis Washington

hview:
USAF 1974 - 1997

devildog:
US Navy 1976-1980

VP-26 Anti-Submarine Warfare Operator
Homebase Brunswick, Maine
Deployed Bermuda, Lajes Azores, Rota Spain, Kadena Okinawa, Subic Bay Phillipines, Diego Garcia.

Skull and Crossbombs forever.

longtimeHogfan:

--- Quote from: bcdeputy on November 11, 2015, 12:34:11 pm --- I've been a deputy sheriff for the last 17 years, and I still have never pulled my side arm off my right hip and pointed it at anything but a paper target.  I've been really lucky.
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There are some really bad people out there....please be careful.  And thank you for your continued service. 

Newhopehog:
CTOCS, Navy 65-86

hooks85:
U.S. Navy Aircrew 2010-2014
VQ-2
VQ-1

DeltaBoy:

--- Quote from: Großer Kriegschwein on November 11, 2015, 12:20:13 pm ---HM "Howling Mad" Smith was a General in the Marine Corps.

Neither him nor MacArthur ever commanded a Battle Group.

Battle Group is a Pentomic Army term from the Eisenhower years as President.

There are no devices on a Silver Star, only subsequent awards of the same medal. Bronze Stars can be for valor or meritorious service and each award is indistinguishable from the other after the first award with a V for valor.

--- End quote ---

His paper work says he was under the command of Howling Mad Smith in the South Pacific.

As for the Clusters 
Read this

http://iagenweb.org/greatwar/DSC/bsolc.htm

pgmhawg:
US Army 2001-2004
101st Airborne
2/17 Cav
2003-2004 OIF

US Army Reserve 2004-2009
Barling, AR

Großer Kriegschwein:

--- Quote from: DeltaBoy on November 11, 2015, 03:38:03 pm ---His paper work says he was under the command of Howling Mad Smith in the South Pacific.

As for the Clusters 
Read this

http://iagenweb.org/greatwar/DSC/bsolc.htm

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I don't need to read about oak leaf clusters Delta. I have 2 of them on MY Bronze Star (one of them for Valor) along with two other medals that I have (one for valor).

So, if you have a bronze star with a bronze oak leads cluster, that means you have been awarded it twice for two separate periods of time. If one of them is for valor, then you will wear the V and an oak leaf cluster. The ribbon or medal signifies one award, and the oak leaf signifies the other.

Nobody in the history of the military has been awarded a Medal with a cluster unless you got the same medal twice.

As for discharge papers saying who your Commanding General was, I've never seen it, but that doesn't mean it didn't happen 60 years ago. But I'm sure it referred to him as Holland M. Smith.

Medic821:
Army 101st 1989-1995 Persian Gulf

trok24:
my dad...Vietnam in mid to late 60's.  shot in the chest(by friendly fire) and lived to tell about it with the bullet and a purple heart in a cedar chest at home. I am named after his best friend from Paragould who was killed in action there trying to save other Americans. All of you veterans we should thank each and every day for the world we live in and the air we breathe!!

hoglady:
Thank you to each and every veteran!!
I appreciate all you have done and continue to do to keep this country safe. 
And I never forget all the brave men who came before you.

From,
A very proud American.

Großer Kriegschwein:
I'm the son of a Vietnam Vet. They have my utmost respect and admiration.

schmeck:
United States Marine Corps
Corporal
1997-2003
0331 Machine Gunner
Albania 2000
Operation Iraqi Freedom - Al Kut, Iraq 2003

Großer Kriegschwein:
A man I served with never came home, he was from Forrest City and his name is Tyler Parten.

1LT Parten died while directing his men to safety in a terraced cornfield during an ambush in the Zangbosheh draw. His family still lives there. He represented Arkansas well during his time at West Point. Died doing what he loved while saving those he loved.

Boarmonger:
I never realized we had so many Active Duty members.  Thank you guys!

Count De Money:
US Army
SP5 - Combat Engineer
68 - 70
Vietnam - LZ Dottie & LZ Snoopy

wholehog92:

--- Quote from: longtimeHogfan on November 11, 2015, 08:58:30 am ---USAF (SAC)
1959-1963
I'm told that's part of the Vietnam era but I never left the States, was never in harms way, and the only time I picked up a weapon was to qualify on the range.  So while I served please give your thanks to those who flew the missions and waded the rice paddies. 


P.S.  The eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.  Thank you Veterans!

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--- Quote from: bcdeputy on November 11, 2015, 12:34:11 pm ---This really sums up my feelings perfectly... I was a veteran, I don't regret my time in the military one bit.  However, I feel Veterans Day is more for the people that served in combat and hostile areas than for me.  My father fought in the trenches during WWII, this day is for him.

My time in the military was more like a job. 

The only thing I ever fired my weapon at was a paper target at the range while serving in the military.  I've been a deputy sheriff for the last 17 years, and I still have never pulled my side arm off my right hip and pointed it at anything but a paper target.  I've been really lucky

--- End quote ---

For what it's worth I was in the air helping to put bombs on target and had a big old target on us while flying essentially a commercial jet around in a combat zone and I feel the same way.  My grandpa was in the 101st in WW2. 

He told me he would have quit and found a way home if the people doing payroll quit sending him money and supply guys didn't send bullets.  Everybody plays a part and what you were doing was important.

AFhawg:
USAF 1982-2008

Vehicle Operator/Dispatcher

Duty stations:

Malmstrom AFB, MT
Clark AB, PI
Scott AFB, IL
Osan AB, KR x2
Little Rock AFB, AR

Deployments:
Saudi Arabia
Kuwait x 2

Works at Little Rock AFB at present

deedster84:
US Army.
19D Cav Scout
Ft Knox 86-88
KTrp 3/11 Armored Cav Reg. Bad Hersfeld, Germany 88-91
My Troop on border patrol November 9th 1989. The day the wall came down and they could freely cross the border for the first time since end of WWII. Desert Storm.

Großer Kriegschwein:

--- Quote from: deedster84 on November 11, 2015, 05:14:53 pm ---US Army.
19D Cav Scout
Ft Knox 86-88
KTrp 3/11 Armored Cav Reg. Bad Hersfeld, Germany 88-91
My Troop on border patrol November 9th 1989. The day the wall came down and they could freely cross the border for the first time since end of WWII. Desert Storm.

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If you ain't Cav..........

I'm envious brother...... You were there for THE tearing down of the iron curtain.

-Saber 32
 Apache Red 4

RockyMtnHog:
Hometown: Hot Springs
Residence: Colorado Springs

Arkansas Air National Guard - Hot Springs
(1973-1976)

U.S. Army Retired
(1976-1997)

DoD Contractor
(1998-2011)

USAF GS Civilian
(2011-Present)

deedster84:

--- Quote from: Großer Kriegschwein on November 11, 2015, 05:17:34 pm ---If you ain't Cav..........

I'm envious brother...... You were there for THE tearing down of the iron curtain.

-Saber 32
 Apache Red 4

--- End quote ---

Großer Kriegschwein:

--- Quote from: deedster84 on November 11, 2015, 05:23:38 pm ---

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We MUST get together for a game. I got the Stetsons and the Spurs.

This must be an annual event.

FRAGO to follow.

welchog:
US Army
Colonel
Engineer
Fort Knox, KY
1990-present
Desert Storm, Iraqi Freedom
retiring Jan 16 to Fayetteville,  AR

deedster84:

--- Quote from: Großer Kriegschwein on November 11, 2015, 05:28:43 pm ---We MUST get together for a game. I got the Stetsons and the Spurs.

This must be an annual event.

FRAGO to follow.

--- End quote ---
Just had a reunion in Texas. I'm the one about to fall out of the chair on the right.

SouthFloridaHog:

--- Quote from: F15EPilot on November 11, 2015, 08:51:56 am ---USAF (U of A ROTC grad)
1997-Present
F-15E Pilot (shocking, I know)
Iraq and Afghanistan (OIF/OEF)

Thanks to all who serve!


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Do you know Col Scott Warner.  F-15 pilot. He is a high school friend of mine.  Retired and lives in Pensacola now.

US ARMY
1986 - 1989
" Doc" Combat Medic
carried a M203 grenade launcher on my M-16
Worked on a lot of tank personnel. Lots of time in the desert of Ft Irwin.
Ft. Knox
Ft. Sam Houston
Ft. Polk
ROTC UA

Vantage 8 dude:
USAF, 1972-76.
Captain
Osan AFB, South Korea (Land of the Morning Calm)

hawgfan4life:
Thanks to all that served.

To the couple who feel that their service was not what Veteran's Day represents, don't sell your service short.  Those that are in harm's way are damn sure dependent on those in the rear that ensure they have the items they need for their safety, comfort, survival, etc.  While one role might seem more glamorous or important by the nature of its accomplishment or task, others are vitally important.

Think of it this way, The little toe might seem insignificant to the entire leg for walking around, but try walking around very long with the little toe all messed up and sore.  There is a bible verse saying something similar. 

In other words, be proud of your service and be thankful for this day that is just as much for you as any other veteran. 

Thanks again for your service.

ricepig:
https://twitter.com/_BlakeEddins/status/664590595885699072

pigelow:

--- Quote from: HogFan4Ever01 on November 11, 2015, 12:00:04 pm ---US Navy 1989-1993

Operations Specialist OS3 (SW)

USS Leyte Gulf CG-55

Desert Shield/Desert Storm Vet.

Man, you were in Mayport the same time I was. which means you were on board the Saratoga when the Liberty boat capsized.  That was terrible!!!!!

--- End quote ---

Shrevepork:
USN  NAS on Guam and USS Ranger and hated every minute of it.
"Sweepers sweepers man your brooms." Yeah--they really said that. And they wanted me to ship over.

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