Friday, July 15, 2011

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AJA...

My dad is a Vietnam veteren. He was in the Marines for 4 years and served the better part of two years in Vietnam and the surrounding areas. He has never really talked much about his experience over there. The only story he shared with me was just before I left for the Air Force, and it was a story about his time as a sniper.

About two years ago he was getting ready to retire and went down to the VA to register for benefits. It was shortly after that that he started counseling sessions for post traumatic stress issues from Vietnam. He went to several sessions that he said were pretty grueling, and after a few of those sessions he started trying to find some of the guys he used to serve with. He is not a Facebooker, he doesn't have time for that shit, so he used other service related websites.

Over the period of a few months he made contact with a few guys he served with, one of which he even went to high school with. A few of those guys were in touch with a few others who served together and so on. My dad and his friend thought it would be a good idea to try and organize a reunion, so they started reaching out to the different guys and did just that.

I had dinner with my dad twice over the last week. The first time it was us and two of my brothers. During dinner he shared about 4 stories from Vietnam, things he had never shared before. At one point he broke down a little bit. Last night cgjid and I had dinner with him again. This time he had a year book type deal from his unit in Vietnam, along with several pictures of the guys he served with. He told a few more stories that I had never heard before.

Today my dad leaves for Las Vegas for the weekend to go meet with these guys for the first time in several decades. There are 15 guys, not including spouses, who are going to meet up this weekend. There are also family members of some who were killed in action who are also attending. This is a really big weekend for him, he has no idea what to expect. I think this could really be a turning point for him as far as getting past some of the post traumatic stress isses. I can't wait to hear the stories when he gets back.

Just thought I'd share...

162 comments:

Blue said...

cool story jug

Blue said...

my grandfather's brother, so my great uncle I guess was part of patton's march through Italy in WWII

he's 92 now and has told me some really cool stories.

every year he gets together with a group of guys he served with. The numbers have obviously dwindled as they've all started to pass away, but it's the highlight of his year and even in his early 90's he still makes the trek to Kansas City to meet up with everyone that's left.

Beth said...

"cool story jug"

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

Beth said...

So jug's dad was a marine sniper in Vietnam? Talk about a bad ass.

I'm sure he was so proud when jug got hurt drunkenly jumping off of train tracks...

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Blue said...

i was really into history and the civil war and ww1 and ww2 about 15 years ago.

he sat down with me and just talked and talked and told me some horrible stuff and some really funny stuff.

He told me a couple of stories that he said he had never told anyone else his entire life, not his wife, not my grandpa, nobody.

It was super cool

Blue said...

this was pretty funny last night


fat prince kept waiting for the equipment guy and the crowd started booing. So he just borrowed some glasses from a guy in the crowd.

Blue said...

he almost forgot to give the guy back his glasses when he came in between innings too.

Spaceman Spiff said...

viet fuckin nam!

Spaceman Spiff said...

kumar left the white house

Jugdish said...

every year he gets together with a group of guys he served with.


i think these guys are going to do the same thing

Keef said...

congrats spiff

Jugdish said...

viet fuckin nam!



that's all i have to say about that

Jugdish said...

He told me a couple of stories that he said he had never told anyone else his entire life, not his wife, not my grandpa, nobody.

It was super cool



that's pretty suite

Keef said...

My dad was stationed in Korea during Vietnam. He's nerve told me one story.

Keef said...

My grandpa was a POW in dubya dubya 2 and told me how his plane was shot down in Turkey I think. Like bleu said, those stories are cool

Keef said...

My dad was Robert E. lee's right hand man


/TP

Keef said...

Rev's prince chills are jealous of rev's U2 chills

Blue said...

rickie fowler's blue puma shoes are kinda cool

Blue said...

his white pants suck


/ep

Keef said...

Who is Rickie Fowler?

/rev

Spaceman Spiff said...

"1rd picks now will sign 4-yr deals, with options for a 5th-, that will decrease their money 40-50% from last yr."

Spaceman Spiff said...

cam not happy, jamarcus russell laughing

Blue said...

sam bradford is glad he came out when he did

Keef said...

He's gay?

Blue said...

yes, and indian


a rare double minority

Blue said...

and a retard

triple minority

tem said...

my dad never tells any vietnam stories....except 2.


1 story was when he was on the Long Beach and it got kamikazied (sp?). The new guns jammed and didn't shoot down the plane. so everyone was out on the deck to watch the new guns and everyone ended up getting shrapnel from the crash. he has shrapnel all in his back now.

the other story he told as about shooting children. he was drunk and for whatever reason wanted to break down and tell that story. it was not a good story. it was wierd seeing him in any sort of emotional state, let alone that one.

now, i don't ask him about vietnam at all.

tem said...

retards are not a minority.

Keef said...

Retards are the new Mexicans

Keef said...

Black men are half as likely to die at any given time if they're in prison than if they aren't, suggests a new study of North Carolina inmates.
The black prisoners seemed to be especially protected against alcohol- and drug-related deaths, as well as lethal accidents and certain chronic diseases.
But that pattern didn't hold for white men, who on the whole were slightly more likely to die in prison than outside, according to findings published in Annals of Epidemiology.




Get in the slam, Steve

Blue said...

it's too late for steve

he died in a cracker barrel drive by

Keef said...

My company started carrying this diet margarita stuff called Skinny Girl, it's promoted by that Bethany chick from the housewifes* show. She was in town earlier this week signing autographs and shit. Cmk & her sisters think she's the greatest thing in the world. So I got some t-shirts and signed pics yesterday for them. There were a total of 7 t-shirts. So I take them to cmk's work yesterday, because they all work there along with milok, and give all the stuff to cmk. There were 3 signed pics, too. So each of the sisters got a signed pic. And cmk gave her mom 2 shirts, csil 2 shirts, she kept 2 shirts, and hsil got 1 shirt. Hsil started whining because she only got 1 shirt. We were all laughing, which made her whine more. She was like "why does mom get 2 shirts? She doesn't even watch real housewives! I was the first one of us to watch that show!", and she started crying.

On a related note, she's 23.

Keef said...

Then milok grabbed one of her shirts and threw it at hsil and said "There you go. Whill you shut up now?" I called her an enabler

Blue said...

wft is a diet margarita?

Keef said...

low cal margarita

Keef said...

ready to drink in a 750mL bottle

Beth said...

"wft is a diet margarita?"

This is a big deal now, there are several companies doing this and I think I've tried most of them. Skinny Girl's isn't that good though.

Keef said...

Yeah cuervo diet marg is all over the place here

Beth said...

There's also Sinless Margarita. Cuervo's is the best I've had so far I think.

Keef said...

there are several companies doing this and I think I've tried most of them



Gotta get rid of that gut?

/teej

tem said...

keef, go get your fed ex package.

Blue said...

i didn't realize there was such a big problem with margaritas being fattening

maybe that's my problem

Keef said...

I'm going to pick up bgas. right now. I'll be home in an hour

Keef said...

"i didn't realize there was such a big problem with margaritas being fattening"



They've a bit of sugar in them

Jugdish said...

suite jetpack

Keef said...

blockt. Is that Tony Parker, jugdrino?

Blue said...

nope but it's the same jetpack

tem said...

Tony shares his jetpack?

Blue said...

I guess you can rent that jetpack at the harbor in San Diego

i'll be in san diego next month, i'll let you guys know how the jetpack is

Keef said...

They said it's like $5k to rent

Keef said...

prize pack is here

Keef said...

YES! RUBBER BANDS!

Keef said...

Those are giant!

Keef said...

band aids

Keef said...

A tissue

Keef said...

a pen without a cap

Keef said...

A CBJ beer coozie

Keef said...

oh, multiple tissues

Keef said...

A data analysis sheet for University of Nevada-Reno

Keef said...

A 3.5" floppy disk

Keef said...

I don't have a 3.5" drive so I don't know if there's porn on the disk

Keef said...

oh, there's the cap for the pen

Keef said...

black kid on a Christmas card

Keef said...

SUBWAY GIFT CARD!

Keef said...

Luxury student living at the University of South Florida DVD

Keef said...

another rubber band

Keef said...

If you don't think I'm gonna wear the temjersey in Austin, your* wrong

Spaceman Spiff said...

tem,

edgar/maynard set for ufc136

Jugdish said...

A tissue



used?

Jugdish said...

SUBWAY GIFT CARD!



i thought this was supposed to be a prize pack?

/Lp

Keef said...

can't imagine how much exfemtem's parents spent on this jersey

Keef said...

Has anyone read that Hunger Games book? I want to read it

Jugdish said...

no


/cmblue

Keef said...

Me & jug's wwf board is the worse. I have 5 letters left and we have placed any tiles in the 5 leftmost columns

Jugdish said...

Me & jug's wwf board is the worse. I have 5 letters left and we have placed any tiles in the 5 leftmost columns


^^^^^^^

Jugdish said...

shot letters

Keef said...

Thanks for the prize pack, tem


NS

Keef said...

Me & cmk go out for pizza every Friday. I guess she invited bolth her sisters tonight. joy

tem said...

"can't imagine how much exfemtem's parents spent on this jersey"

too much

tem said...

"Thanks for the prize pack, tem


NS"


you earned the tissues. they aren't used.

i think there was an eraser in there too.

Keef said...

I didn't see an eraser

tem said...

damn. thought i put a pencil topper eraser in there.

oh well.


that was my last black kid christmas card.

tem said...

temjersey will be hot in austin in september.

tem said...

"edgar/maynard set for ufc136"

sweet.


one will probably get injured before hand.

Jugdish said...

no spider ring in the prize pack?

Jugdish said...

a friend of mine from hike school is participating in this race. I think this is his 2nd or 3rd year in a row.

Todd Packer said...

good post, jug

Todd Packer said...

nice tcs prize pack, tem

Todd Packer said...

tissues are a nice touch

Mize said...

My uncle is a Vietnam Vet. Has a Purple Heart.

He drinks.

Mize said...

Woah. K-Rod waived the vesting option in his contract.

Helllooooooooo!



LOL Mets.

kod said...

that's a really cool story on this post, thanks for sharing


ns

kod said...

I've had 0 chance to ketchup, so it's probably kodfast, but....


it's funny that the Minni state shutdown seemed hopeless until it was discovered that if they didn't reach an agreement, there could be no sales of Coors Light, Miller Lite or Blue Moon effective as early as this weekend


ah, CL, is there anything you can't make better?

Todd Packer said...

"ah, CL, is there anything you can't make better?"

don't forget about Lysol

Spaceman Spiff said...

jlo dumped skeletor

Keef said...

That Casey Anthony "lookalike" on TMZ looks nothing like her

Keef said...

113 days left, tem

tem said...

Until austin?

tem said...

S

Todd Packer said...

100

Todd Packer said...

Louie is a grate show

Keef said...

Tem you gotta put a bed skirt on your registry

tem said...

Already have enough

tem said...

Plus you know I have nothing to do with the registry

Keef said...

I don't know

Todd Packer said...

mess are starting off the 2nd half messy

El Padrino said...

hi boys

Todd Packer said...

where did ep go on vacation?

Todd Packer said...

ep blog says Maryland

Spaceman Spiff said...

"That Casey Anthony "lookalike" on TMZ looks nothing like her"

they look exactly alike

/blue

Spaceman Spiff said...

pirates in first, is tem getting drunk

Mize said...

I'm not rooting against the Pirates. I'm enjoying their run.

tem said...

Nope...been flying into hilton head all day. Fucking flightd were all delayed....

Todd Packer said...

grate text, jug

Todd Packer said...

wiki says spotted dick is pudding or custard

Todd Packer said...

the "spotted" part = dried fruit

Keef said...

Hitting up Home Depot and Bed Bath & Beyond today

Todd Packer said...

huge shopping day today. cmtp had me all over the place.... torture. dropped a lot of $$$ too. nordstrom, best buy, home depot, sears, Edwin watts, barnes & nobles, some golf outlet store, target, 5 guys, some bullshit craft store and kohls. felt like Christmas shopping

Keef said...

Jesus

Keef said...

Had to get some wood blinds at HD. Cmk measured the windows. I should of* known better

Todd Packer said...

"Jesus"

got a nice bonus check on Friday.... it's gone now

Todd Packer said...

"Had to get some wood blinds at HD. Cmk measured the windows. I should of* known better"

gotta do some percise measurements for custom cut blinds

Todd Packer said...

got a suite stackable washer & dryer from sears... gonna have lots of space in the laundry room when that shit gets delivered next week

tem said...

In hilton head....got fmtem drunk. She passed out at 9 after puking a lot. Went to check on her at 9:45, she had moved to my parents bathroom. Puke there. Had to get her back to her room before my mom went to bed. Adventure. Good start to vacation.

Todd Packer said...

temventure. Good start to temcation.

fixed

Keef said...

Pukey Pukerson

Todd Packer said...

damn, another tie with Keith in wwf

Keef said...

Damn

Keef said...

TP, you should of* gone to see Casey Anthony go free

Todd Packer said...

"TP, you should of* gone to see Casey Anthony go free"

no thanks

Keef said...

Phil setting himself up to choke

Keef said...

Choke stared

Keef said...

Started

Mize said...

Travel question. American Airlines or Frontier?

I'm leaning heavily towards Frontier.

Keef said...

The cheaper one

Mize said...

It's only $9 more to fly Frontier.

Keef said...

Bag fees?

kod said...

Delta is $25 per checked bag each way. Sucks

kod said...

I've nevre flown AA or Frontier

Spaceman Spiff said...

think AA is 25 too, but you might save a dollar by checking the bag online

Spaceman Spiff said...

japan just retaliated 1-1

Spaceman Spiff said...

wambach again header

Spaceman Spiff said...

another equalizer

Spaceman Spiff said...

penalty kicks

Spaceman Spiff said...

hopefully it ends with morgan taking her shirt off

Spaceman Spiff said...

jap saves the first kick

Spaceman Spiff said...

2nd usa over the net


game over

Spaceman Spiff said...

horrible jap kick like the first usa kick, solo saves
1-0 jap after 2 kicks

Spaceman Spiff said...

saved by jap, horrible kicks

Spaceman Spiff said...

solo tipped it, but it goes in

Spaceman Spiff said...

japan wins

Spaceman Spiff said...

chokejob

Keef said...

Spiff is happy

/lp

Todd Packer said...

huge choke job

Keef said...

Fuck the USA

Keef said...

o:fb

Mize said...

"Bag fees?"


I'm not gonna check a bag. It's just for this weekend thing in Austin, TX.

Keef said...

Casey Anthony is in temhio

Keef said...

Subway tonight. Thanks tem!

Mize said...

Money In The Bank was awesome tonight. Raw is now appointment TV tomorrow.

tem said...

Subway sucks /lp

Keef said...

Conversation tonight...

Cmk: what is this hockey jersey?
Me: remember that package I got last year with all the random stuff in it?
Cmk: you're such a dork. ::walks away::

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