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/K/ommandos, Yesterday I was...
Anonymous 05/25/14(Sun)19:25 UTC+1 No.21317884 Report

/K/ommandos,
Yesterday I was privileged with meeting one of the last surviving Medal of Honor recipients of the Korean War. Thomas Hudner was a bad ass Naval Aviator who who crashed his own aircraft to help a fellow downed fighter. (Poor guy later died, though)

I had no idea he was going to be at the parade I was marching at, and I'm glad somebody decided to snap a few pictures. I was truly humbled.

So, /k/, how have you been spending this Memorial Day weekend? I'm declaring this the official Memorial Day thread.
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Anonymous 05/25/14(Sun)19:28 UTC+1 No.21317917 Report

I now see that there is already a "Memorial Day feels" thread going. Not exactly what I was going for, but I won't be surprised if this doesn't take off.
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Phil Ossiferz Stone 05/25/14(Sun)19:31 UTC+1 No.21317951 Report

>>21317884
OP, you are a good person and you should feel good.

That is all.
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Anonymous 05/25/14(Sun)19:35 UTC+1 No.21317997 Report

>>21317917
cant see that thread, wont be too bad to start a new one seeing how slow everything is.
Relaxing and enjoying the 4-day weekend our section gave us, watching on amazon prime for free band of brothers and the pacific.

I just noticed something, sergeants every once in a while go "woof" at their subordinates, out of context, just saw it happen in part six the pacific, back in basic our TI would go woof at us too, more than HUA (heard understood acknowledged ?/!). Any idea where that stuff started from?
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Anonymous 05/25/14(Sun)19:47 UTC+1 No.21318154 Report

>>21317884
A little young for Vietnam, aren't you? In my country, people march in the parades in their uniforms they were issued. Is there some kind of Memorial Day "march in all of the issued uniforms" thing in the US?
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Anonymous 05/25/14(Sun)19:48 UTC+1 No.21318166 Report

>>21317884
This is awesome, OP
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Anonymous 05/25/14(Sun)19:58 UTC+1 No.21318264 Report

>>21318154


there's a thing called "reenactment"

i doubt anyone from a war in 1879 for example is left alive.
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Anonymous 05/25/14(Sun)20:03 UTC+1 No.21318301 Report

>>21317884
Just a reminder than in about 10-15 years 99.99% of all the WW2 veterans and Korean war veterans will be dead.

Seriously, thank them whenever you can.
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Anonymous 05/25/14(Sun)20:50 UTC+1 No.21318836 Report

>>21317951
Thanks, friend.

>>21317997
That is a Marine Corps thing that is derived from the "devil dog" persona. It's pretty face value if you think about it. What is your AFSC? I'm prior service security forces.

>>21318154
I'm actually in my mid-twenties. The uniform you're looking at is in fact for historical purposes. While I am a veteran (Meh, kind of) myself, I choose to honor our nation's veterans of past wars. Plenty of men and women march in the uniforms of their era, though.

>>21318166
I thought so too. I was so taken back by how humble and kind he was. When you think Medal of Honor recipient you tend to think Sergeant Rock type. I asked for permission to say hello and he told me to hop right up on the stage. Heck of a nice guy.

>>21318264
...that we know of. Science and stuff.

>>21318301
We ran out of the parade and personally thanked every veteran we saw. I have been doing WWII reenacting (This was my first time rolling out 'Nam style) for about 7 or 8 years now. I have met some seriously incredible people. It irks me to know that they'll be gone soon and all I'll have left is some old uniforms and pictures.


Unrelated note - thinking about beer and lobster tonight. Undecided.
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Anonymous 05/25/14(Sun)20:55 UTC+1 No.21318895 Report

>>21318836
electronics component repair. Got thrown into fixing Radio Electronic Warfare equipment for the good ol' B1-B.
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Anonymous 05/25/14(Sun)21:00 UTC+1 No.21318973 Report

>>21318895
I can't imagine that is a very lively gig, is it? Not unless stuff is breaking constantly, in which case it would just be more tedious than enjoyable.
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Anonymous 05/25/14(Sun)21:11 UTC+1 No.21319086 Report

>>21318836
did the cops hassel you for the rifle/guns and are they real or are they just show
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Anonymous 05/25/14(Sun)21:14 UTC+1 No.21319123 Report

>>21318973
Everything is breaking constantly, they stopped making the components over 60 years ago so you could say I'm just a refurbish-er. To test and fix the stuff is mostly manually done. My career line is shrinking constantly, the newer aircrafts and aircrafts that get overhauls do the stuff I do on their own, creepy. but it is the easiest gig in the air force in my opinion.
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Anonymous 05/25/14(Sun)21:15 UTC+1 No.21319135 Report

Shameless self bump with another picture from the parade.
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Anonymous 05/25/14(Sun)21:19 UTC+1 No.21319193 Report

>>21319086
There was a group of guys representing WWII paratroopers there. I've done events with them before and I can't say I'm a fan. They're all teenagers and middle-aged men who have watched "Band of Brothers" way too many times, and their kits completely suck. They were running around the parade shooting off blanks at random like a bunch of idiots. The cops didn't care.

I was marching in front of several patrol cars who would bleep their sirens every time we shook hands with a veteran.

At one point (We were in Massachusetts, mind you) I looked at one of the cops working a check point and said "So, is this considered an assault weapon?" and looked down at my rifle. He smiled and said "Not today it isn't. Thank you for doing what you do."

All in all every cop there was a total class act. There was even a state trooper who performed the National Anthem and a bunch of others songs.

>>21319123
That sounds like the Air Force I remember. I worked around nukes that hadn't been properly overhauled since the 1960's. The missile repair guys used to tell us they legitimately hoped we never had to launch one and questioned if they would fire or just go off in the ground.
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Anonymous 05/25/14(Sun)21:20 UTC+1 No.21319214 Report

>>21319086
>>21319193

We use a mix of weapons that are both real and replica.
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Anonymous 05/25/14(Sun)21:21 UTC+1 No.21319216 Report

>>21318836
>safety on fire
Ready for gook ambush to strike in the middle of suburbia.
I like it.
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Anonymous 05/25/14(Sun)21:23 UTC+1 No.21319253 Report

>>21317884
My grandpa was a 2nd Lt in the ROK army. Thank every vet you meet for me.

My grandpa had two things to say about his decision to join the army:
1) It protected his family from anti-commie purges
2) He would be given a gun; villagers were often killed because they couldn't shoot back. The tough guy survived commie shrapnel piercing his lungs, so I'm sure he'd have survived a mere bullet...

Hold your guns tight and keep your powder dry.
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Anonymous 05/25/14(Sun)21:26 UTC+1 No.21319294 Report

>>21317884
Are you actually in the military, or do you just like to play dress-up?
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Anonymous 05/25/14(Sun)21:27 UTC+1 No.21319302 Report

>>21318301
>thank them

Go a little bit further than that, and get their story and put it on paper for future generations.
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Anonymous 05/25/14(Sun)21:27 UTC+1 No.21319311 Report

>>21319216

"Delta or no delta, that's a hot weapon."

"This is my safety, sir." *wiggles trigger finger*

>>21319253
They don't make men like him anymore. Wearing the uniform around at a parade is one thing, but having actually gone out into the bush is a whole other ballpark.
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Anonymous 05/25/14(Sun)21:28 UTC+1 No.21319326 Report

>>21319294
I am both prior service and like to play dress-up.

>>21319302
This.

We film and document everything we absolutely can.
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Rose Parade Float Guyihabribva79ryavr087g2 05/25/14(Sun)21:31 UTC+1 No.21319361 Report

On Monday I'm going to be in a local Memorial Day parade with the rose parade float I work on. It should be fun.

Nice radio OP. Is it still functional? I'll be wearing my homemade manpack tomorrow too.
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Rose Parade Float Guy 05/25/14(Sun)21:32 UTC+1 No.21319375 Report

>>21319361
god damn it I forgot how to tripcode
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Anonymous 05/25/14(Sun)21:34 UTC+1 No.21319395 Report

>>21319361
Excellent choice in activities, man. That should be a great time for you.

That is a fully functional PRC-25.
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Rose Parade Float Guy 05/25/14(Sun)21:35 UTC+1 No.21319417 Report

>>21319395
Nice. Do you guys actually use radios during reenactments, or are they more for show?
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Anonymous 05/25/14(Sun)21:37 UTC+1 No.21319434 Report

>>21319417
What fun is something if you don't actually use it? We use them as intended during "tactical" events or for demonstration purposes.
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Rose Parade Float Guy 05/25/14(Sun)21:44 UTC+1 No.21319516 Report

>>21319434
Nice. You must do a good job maintaining them, but I guess stuff was made better back then (except for the important stuff like oh say your rifle).
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Anonymous 05/25/14(Sun)22:51 UTC+1 No.21320253 Report

bump

so what's everyone up to?
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Anonymous 05/25/14(Sun)23:58 UTC+1 No.21321020 Report

>>21319516
Everything was made better back in the day. Things weren't as disposable as we treat them now.

>>21320253
I just had a lobster and some grilled shrimp. Meeting a lady for ice cream in a little while. Hoping to get laid.
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Anonymous 05/26/14(Mon)00:01 UTC+1 No.21321069 Report

>playing with my AR15
>eating bacon
>watching band of brothers
>grilling
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Anonymous 05/26/14(Mon)00:05 UTC+1 No.21321114 Report

>>21321069
The good life.
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Anonymous 05/26/14(Mon)01:06 UTC+1 No.21321749 Report

>>21317884
Bumping for righteous righteousness
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