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Military Service

Created on: 07/23/10 01:18 PM Views: 1988 Replies: 1
Military Service
Posted Friday, July 23, 2010 08:18 AM

The military part is kind of interesting. I got drafted a few months before we graduated. I think most of the males in our class spent the next several years in the military to trying actively to stay out of it. I had to join the reserves via ROTC in college to keep the Fort Worth draft board at bay. I thought the army thing was all over for me in 1974 when Viet Nam ended and Nixon quit. I went back to Wyoming thinking that I could get on with my life and not have to worry about any more military service.

What happened was that in 1979 I got called back to active duty. The Iranian thing was about to blow up and they desperately needed any officers they could find that had cold weather and heavy weapons experience. I sat out two months in Fort Carson, Colorado waiting for orders that never came. Once again, I went back to Wyoming to resume normal life. Those were not good times to be a soldier, but I still have a deep and profound respect for our military. I'm grateful to have able to go home in one piece since I knew a lot of people that were not so lucky.

Chris Callaway

RE: Military Service
Posted Sunday, August 8, 2010 03:52 PM

I'm fascintated by the military. (probably because girls weren't widely accepted back then and we didn't consider that option)  Traveling and being part of an American movement seems interesting.  I do realize it's hard hard work passing the muster, getting fit for service.

Private Benjamin would be my version of the military, I'm afeert!