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    Quote Originally Posted by don graham View Post
    USN 66-70. First tour on USS Bennington CVS-20, aircraft carrier in 68. Decommissioned ship in 69. In 70 went to Cam Rhan Bay with Fleet Air Wing 10. Unit was stationed in Sangley Point in the PI. I rotated every 2 weeks from Sangley to CRB. VA put me in for hearing loss, Agent Orange, and Ischemic heart disease. They came back and said there was nothing in my records to show I was ever boots on ground in VN. Gone through a number of service officers and my Congressperson with no luck. The VA won't be happy til we're all gone and out of their hair.
    Don, you and I were on the USS Bennington at the same time, I worked on the flight deck, as a Aircraft Handler (blue shirt), V-1 Div., then up to the air control tower as a radio talker until we Decommissioned the Bennington.

    Sorry to hear about your troubles.
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    69-72 Spent three deployments to the Tonkin Gulf aboard the USS Navasota as machinist mate. Total of 27 months there. Hates off to all ashore doing their jobs. Special thanks to my cousin who never made it home. Joe L. Fowler KIA May 16,1969 and the many others on The Wall. Thanks to all our brothers and sisters who were there. Never Forgotten.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SEAlaskan View Post
    Don, you and I were on the USS Bennington at the same time, I worked on the flight deck, as a Aircraft Handler (blue shirt), V-1 Div., then up to the air control tower as a radio talker until we Decommissioned the Bennington. Sorry to hear about your troubles.
    Welcome Home Brother
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    I was in OI Dvision, Radar Operator. I still have the decommissioning booklet somewhere. I asked for River Patrol Boats and they laughed at me and said "you're never getting out of Comnavairpack". LOL

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    Flew two combat tours and lost friends. I was a Forward Air Controller during my first tour based in Vietnam. After my DEROS, I turned right around and flew fighters out of Thailand. I can say that I was a better person after flying combat because I better appreciated what was important in life.

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    Quote Originally Posted by don graham View Post
    I was in OI Dvision, Radar Operator. I still have the decommissioning booklet somewhere. I asked for River Patrol Boats and they laughed at me and said "you're never getting out of Comnavairpack". LOL
    Yes, we both probably sat next to each other chowing down one of Navy's finist meals at one time or another. I missed out on the decommissioning booked, I'll see if I can find one for my collection, thank for mentioning it.
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    68/69 Central Highlands with the 188th Ordinance, Ammunition Specialist.

    It might sound strange, but I had more apprehension about coming home as I did leaving for Nam. Go figure, took me longer to adapt so the feelings were justified. The public was horribly confused, not me.

    I'm a new member, but feel like I'm in the midst of old friends. Live well, ride free and safe my brothers and sisters.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Catfish View Post
    68/69 Central Highlands with the 188th Ordinance, Ammunition Specialist. It might sound strange, but I had more apprehension about coming home as I did leaving for Nam. Go figure, took me longer to adapt so the feelings were justified. The public was horribly confused, not me. I'm a new member, but feel like I'm in the midst of old friends. Live well, ride free and safe my brothers and sisters.
    Everyone that was in Nam... Left a little there..... And took a little back...
    When i came home [67] I was a stranger in the same neighborhood that i lived in all my life...
    Sometimes a Cigar is Just a Cigar.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by rhino 2 View Post
    Everyone that was in Nam... Left a little there..... And took a little back...
    When i came home [67] I was a stranger in the same neighborhood that i lived in all my life...
    I recall a book that was entitled, "A Stranger In A Strange Land" - I believe many of us felt like that upon coming back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Catfish View Post
    68/69 Central Highlands with the 188th Ordinance, Ammunition Specialist.

    It might sound strange, but I had more apprehension about coming home as I did leaving for Nam. Go figure, took me longer to adapt so the feelings were justified. The public was horribly confused, not me.

    I'm a new member, but feel like I'm in the midst of old friends. Live well, ride free and safe my brothers and sisters.
    i wonder how many of us felt like that. I was at camp holloway during the time you were there I suppose you were on artillery hill, made a few trips there while in pleiku. I don't think I will ever adjust to stateside after the ****wad so called americans made me feel so welcome,
    i want to punch anyone that tells me "thanks for your service", it doesn't seem real since now it is popular to say so. only once has a nam vet told thanks for your service and i replied f--k that, welcome home. he gave me a funny look and said welcome home, i wondered if he had really been there. all the other vets i have run in to said welcome home.
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