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    This was me, Recon Plt, E 2/3, 199th in 1969. I had been a rifle platoon leader with B company, did my stint in the field and was made XO of Echo company, boring-ass job I ever had. I got recruited to Recon about a month later. Long time ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gene l View Post
    This was me, Recon Plt, E 2/3, 199th in 1969. I had been a rifle platoon leader with B company, did my stint in the field and was made XO of Echo company, boring-ass job I ever had. I got recruited to Recon about a month later. Long time ago.

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    It’s amazing how quickly time flies by. Every year faster than the year before.

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    Is it really 50 years ago now?

    Vietnam, Dec. 1967 - Feb. 1970

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    we were all so young then !! now at 76 yrs old, my memories are fading. sad but true. class of 61.

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    Quote Originally Posted by toot View Post
    we were all so young then !! now at 76 yrs old, my memories are fading. sad but true. class of 61.

    Now at 74, I find that some more recent memories are fading but Vietnam memories are still sharp.

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    I turned in my M16 in 1970 but a couple of weeks ago during the riots, I stayed overnight at my store for two nights with my AR15 and 9 mags loaded with 252 rounds. Fortunately it was quiet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by geladen View Post
    I turned in my M16 in 1970 but a couple of weeks ago during the riots, I stayed overnight at my store for two nights with my AR15 and 9 mags loaded with 252 rounds. Fortunately it was quiet.
    Amen and thank goodness all is/was well. May I suggest a to keep minimum of a 1000round case of ammo handy next time? Too much is never enough and more is better if krazy happens.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shooter5 View Post
    Amen and thank goodness all is/was well. May I suggest a to keep minimum of a 1000round case of ammo handy next time? Too much is never enough and more is better if krazy happens.

    I had more ammo with me, just not in mags. Really, that's overkill. Five rounds in the air and most looters will vanish. Anyone left after that gets an aimed shot.
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    Fellas, nice pics and thanks for your service!

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    yea those 50 went by in a hurry ,but those 2 years dragged on for ever .when it was time to leave i remember feeling just a little sad leaving friends behind ,Nixon let me out 15 days early.i went in the same day he took office,

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    Damn, landed at Cam Rahn Bay late August 1968, after a couple of years in Germany. Thought I was going to Support Command at Qui Nohn but was diverted to Saigon Support Command at Long Binh, and wound up as S2/S3 of 185th Maint Bn. After six months, was reassigned as CO of F Company (inevitably, known as "F Troop" of course, after the TV show), Troop Command, USA Depot Long Binh.

    Yeah, over a half century gone, now. Memories remain vivid, don't they?
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    long binh that was my home also 1970

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