This could only happen in the service

Not everything that happened to me when I was in the US Navy was do or die. Most was boring, some was funny.
I was the Hospital 'driver". I had to drop off letters, pick up small packages etc. . I had to pick up and bring back the movies. I had a bunch of jobs. But I had to get a Security Clearance. You see I was supposed to pick up Confidential -Secret stuff. After about a month of the FBI investigating me, I got my clearance. So now, I will tell what my secret missions were. I had to go to the base secret message center, sign my life away and get these documents. The thing was the weather report was considered a "Confidential" document. In, war you can kind of see the reasoning. for that. That is why I needed a Security Clearance. So what was I supposed to do with this 'document? On my way back to the hospital, I had to drop it off at the base radio station, so they could announce it over the air.
This could only happen in the service
 

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I can’t count the times I pulled overnight guard duty with my rifle....no bullets mind you. o_O
I will always remember having "guard duty" at 2 AM. I was out freezing my off from the strong winds off the Great Lakes. I was guarding an enormous beam. They were building a new auditorium. The beam was about 6 feet high and about 80 feet long. It weighed many tons. It took two cranes just to move the thing. But there I was with a WWII rifle, filled with cement , guarding this beam, in case somebody tried to steal it. Apparently, robbers saw me there, and knew they were hopelessly outclassed. They didn't even bother attempting to steal the beam.
 

jerry old

redneck, but brainy
Okay us do humor
Sniper rifles: It really does not matter how far your round will travel; does it have sufficient Connecticut energy to kill the enemy when it hits?🤓
 

911

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Okay us do humor
Sniper rifles: It really does not matter how far your round will travel; does it have sufficient Connecticut energy to kill the enemy when it hits?🤓
I wish that we had some of the rifles in Vietnam that the soldiers and Marines have today. Some of those weapons look very intimidating and I can only imagine their capabilities.
 

911

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Nine of us were gearing up to do a night recon patrol in a jungle area just outside of Bien Hoa. We were given orders that if we found the enemy to identify only, but do not engage. We patrolled the area for about 2-3 miles. We found nothing, so we decided to turn back. On the return patrol, we may have went a hundred yards, we saw 4 enemy soldiers smoking and joking around a big tree. They were standing right into our path, so we had to stand down.

We waited for almost 2 hours before they finally moved on. When we got back, the Sergeant went into a discussion with the Lt. Pretty soon, the Sgt. came back over to where we were dressing down from being on patrol and told us we were getting a medal for “Meritorious Service.” I didn’t even know what that was.
 


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