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I went to a car show in New Mexico last week. Wonderful show on grass with a lot of really nice cars. I saw this guy with a Paratrooper belt buckle and an 82 ND airborne cap. Being in both the 82 and 101st in the 60's I started to talk with him. The more we talked the less he knew. He said that he was in Nam and then at Ft. Bragg N.C. home to the 82nd. In my opinion he was not in Nam nor was he airborne. To many holes in his story. This just really gets to me. For someone to claim to be a airborne or any other Nam vet and be neither is just wrong. Instead of doing what I really wanted to do, I just turned around and walked away. I lost a lot of good friends over there and for this or any other person to claim to have been there and not really gets my blood boiling fast. I am proud of all my brothers and sisters from the Nam. If you have not been there you have not earned the right to claim so.

Thanks for listening to my rant. I just really need to get this out of me.
Thanks for everyone's service to this country!!

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I hate to run up on the fakers too....I worked with one and he always wanted to tell his experiences...
I was very fortunate that I wasn't called to go (AF 1961-65) but like you I lost some friends and school mates. You all are Heros and have my greatest respect and thanks....:flag6:
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good to get it off your chest. long time ago, can't remember a lot of stuff from back then myself. maybe that was his problem too. :gba:
 

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The place I used to work had a group of Vietnow's. They all had our honor and respect. There was one fella that always walked around in jungle fatigues at work. He even wore the equipment belt with various type of miscellaneous items and if I recall, at one time, even a canteen. Some people would just roll their eyes, others just shake their heads. One day another vet clued me in. He said his buddy was over Nam in the same company as this guy. He said this guy was just a file clerk and didn't see anything except the office and the bars. I said are you sure? He said "oh yeah" I guess some of them chewed him out for parading like he was a jungle warrior. My buddies that were there and got wounded in action, some many times over, did not parade like that.Matter of fact I didn't even know some were Vets, cause they just didn't want to talk about it. I guess they just wanted to forget about it. But, we would stop at the bars and at the house and drink some beers and they told me some stories that would have you laughing,crying and shock the crap out of you. I just don't know why people would want to lie about something so sobering as this. I guess they must have such a low self esteem and/or they are looking to get respect that they clearly don't deserve.
 

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I was in Cam Rahn 981st MP co, and fortunately, I never fired a shot in anger. (Got shot at alot though) 122 rockets were their favorites.

I ran into another supposed Nam vet who couldn;t remember where he was stationed in Nam. HUHH? Like you, I just walked away.

We had very little trouble with guys in from the bush. Most of our trouble came from the clerk typists and motor pool guys drunk or high.
 

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At least he didn't go as far as this fella.In 2007 a Xavier Alvarez from Pomona,Ca. claimed he was awarded the Medal of Honor.This was a complete fake and a lie and he thought he could get away with it.What an embarrassment he is.
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Not something I speak of often, but Jeffrey's comments struck a nerve. Its really hard for me to understand how anyone can do that. Impostors do a disservice to all those who really served in country and especially those who gave their all. Those are the guys I will never forget and they have my undying respect and gratitude. Always.

And whilst we are on the subject...... Everyone had their part to do. There must have been 5 or more support personnel for every one of us grunts in the field. Without them, we couldn't have fielded a single platoon. So I make no distinction. If you were there...... You were there.

And if you weren't, be glad you weren't. No shame in that. I wouldn't wish it on anybody. We were there so you wouldn't have to be.

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MAY GOD BLESS YOU ALL THAT SERVED - PEACE BE WITH YOU. THOSE THAT HAVE PAST MAY YOU REST IN OUR LORDS ETERNAL PEACE - THOSE WHO MADE IT HOME - THANKS BE TO GOD. I THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART.
 

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Not something I speak of often, but Jeffrey's comments struck a nerve. Its really hard for me to understand how anyone can do that. Impostors do a disservice to all those who really served in country and especially those who gave their all. Those are the guys I will never forget and they have my undying respect and gratitude. Always.

And whilst we are on the subject...... Everyone had their part to do. There must have been 5 or more support personnel for every one of us grunts in the field. Without them, we couldn't have fielded a single platoon. So I make no distinction. If you were there...... You were there.

And if you weren't, be glad you weren't. No shame in that. I wouldn't wish it on anybody. We were there so you wouldn't have to be.

Best regards to all,

Harry
well said harry, how I feel too. :flag6:
 

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well said harry, how I feel too. :flag6:
Me too.If it weren't for REMFs nothing would have gotten done.
I have a neighbor that wears Marine tee shirts and has a Semper Fi plate on his truck.And he goes to an Amvets bar and fills everyone with bull....Hes never been in the service.

Piston,I landed at Cam Rahn bay and spent a whole week puking my guts out because of the heat.New Hampshires cool weather to the heat of Nam was a heck of a surprise to my system.:sign0020:
 

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Me too.If it weren't for REMFs nothing would have gotten done.
I have a neighbor that wears Marine tee shirts and has a Semper Fi plate on his truck.And he goes to an Amvets bar and fills everyone with bull....Hes never been in the service.

Piston,I landed at Cam Rahn bay and spent a whole week puking my guts out because of the heat.New Hampshires cool weather to the heat of Nam was a heck of a surprise to my system.:sign0020:
I know what you are talking about ..Came home on R&R it was 112 degrees in Can Tho on the delta and when I landed in Portland ME.it was 10 below...... talk about a shock to the system !!!! There is a guy here in town that wears cammi all the time and sometimes paints his face and runs through the woods screeming .. He has been in and out of The VA hospital a few times... His brothers say he was in the Navy and never got off the ship in Nam....You just never know what goes through someones mind..............
 

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This used to be against the law, to wear medals you didn't earn, but I think the courts overturned that law. What a shame.
I think John Kerry took care of that.

I enlisted in the Army 3-17-66. Spent the next 3 years, after basic and AIT, in Germany. I was lucky.
My brother-in-law went in about the same time and went to Nam. He came home a diabetic, and recently had to sell his hot rod because he went blind, all because of Agent Orange. He wasn't lucky.

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MAY GOD BLESS YOU ALL THAT SERVED - PEACE BE WITH YOU. THOSE THAT HAVE PAST MAY YOU REST IN OUR LORDS ETERNAL PEACE - THOSE WHO MADE IT HOME - THANKS BE TO GOD. I THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART.
What he said, thank you for your service, especially those that served in harm's way and survived! I shed tears at funeral services I escort with the Patriot Guard Riders for all of our too quickly passing WWII, Vietnam,Desert Storm and OEF vets when I hear Taps after the 21 gun salute. Retired Air Guard, got a medical discharge just before I would have gone to Iraq for a deployments, but my Squadron Commander got the privilege, he felt bad he was going home after only 6 months, while others were staying. Very proud of my son who has gone to Southeast Asia twice with IN ANG.
 

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First of all let me say that I respect the hell out of anybody that did combat duty. I was in the Air Force stationed in north east Thailand in 1967-68. Our squadron flew F-4's over Hanoi and air support for the rest of Vietnam. We also had the Jolly green giant helicopters for downed pilot rescue. When I got out and was home drinking in a bar in my home town, I ran into an acquaintance from high school. He was always a blow hard and was talking about how bad he had it as a grunt in the bush over there. He asked what I did and I told him I was Air Force. He went off on me saying we didn't do anything worthwhile. I let that one go and let him rave on for a while. I then asked him if he ever was pinned down in a fire fight and had to call in for air support. He said "sure", I then informed him that it was me that kept those planes flying and saved his butt. What I'm saying is that everyone had a job to do, from the guy that got us our mail ,our chow, kept our records straight, or was out in the bush taking rounds. The ones that are fakes and never served deserve to be exposed in public.
 

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Crankshaft......

It is against the law

http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/113/hr258/text

It's now called Stolen Valor....

This generation of war fighters is experiencing the same issues. Everyone wants to get credit for the "cool jobs". The guys doing it know it isn't...

Thank you all for your service! This generation respects you and idolizes you.

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I really hesitate to post here, I did serve - 21 months some in-country, some on water, drew $65 a month combat pay, yippee. I don't intend to bash anyone, but I saw on the news last night where a local guy got killed on a motorcycle. He was supposedly part of the "Patriot Guard" which is a good organization. But they said he was 55 years old and had served in VietNam. The numbers don't add up, he would have been only 15 when the war ended in '73, or at the latest in '75 he would have been 17. I do get irritated at imposters or those that parade their service like they were the only ones there. Sorry for the rant.
 
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