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 Post Posted: Sat Mar 07, 2009 6:24 pm 
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Man, if you guys have a soft spot in your hearts DON'T watch this movie!!!!! =P~
This movie, with Kevin Bacon playing the roll as a Marine Colonel, chaperone, who voluntered to bring home the deceased body of a PFC Marine (Jason Chance) from Kuwait to his home town for burial in Colorado, and man what a tear jerker for me. Call me a wussy if you will, but the people who showed there feelings from N.J. where the trip began thru the 8 days it took to get this fallen soldier home really sends you a message that we are not here for a long time, but a good time, and to make it last forever with everyone you come in contact with from family to friends. Every one who helped with the casket from point A to B, felt the sadness and showed there respects all the way thru the trip.

I have had the opportunity to have served in the U.S. ARMY, and was fortunate to not have seen war first hand, but I truely pray for all those fallen soldiers, from every branch of the military, Coast Guard, and National Guard combined. Semper Fi to all the fallen Marines, and others for there service to this great country we live in. I have now gone to the next level of life in respect by watching this movie and having even more respect to those fallen soldiers. R.I.P. to all of those service men & women. Thankyou for protecting this great country we live in. =D> =D> =D>

I have also been fortunate, to have seen the "WALL" in Washington, D.C. and when I got within 100 feet of it, the feeling of emptyness & sadness hit me strong and right in my chest like a brick hit me ](*,) , and I also saw the new Site of the WWI statues too, and the other areas of Military servicemen & women who helped protect this country long ago. Saving Private Ryan was good, but this one hurts at home. Just thought I would pass this along to some of you as I know some have served this country, and Thankyou as well for your time spent protecting me.

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3rd Battalian, 63rd Armor
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 Post Posted: Sat Mar 07, 2009 7:06 pm 
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I hear you, It seems the older we get the closer to those feelings we get..

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 Post Posted: Sat Mar 07, 2009 9:01 pm 
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I didn't know you were a turret rat. O:) O:) \:D/ \:D/ \:D/ \:D/ \:D/ \:D/ \:D/

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 Post Posted: Sat Mar 07, 2009 10:04 pm 
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WR169 wrote:
I didn't know you were a turret rat. O:) O:)


Yep, but I spent more time helping as a loader in different tanks in my company to get them qualified during tank gunnery in Eurpoe, Graphenweer & Hohwenfels(spelling???), and I was also a jeep driver for the company XO, or 1st Lt., and I was also working with the the crew on the M-88 tank recovery vehicle, and THAT was cool, except when tracks fell off of other tanks, and the tanks got stuck in the mud #-o #-o but what a leaning experience. I even got to shoot the 105mm main gun twice, and what a dumb a$$ I was on the first shot, I left my eyes open when I pulled the trigger [-( [-( and got flash burn for 30 minutes, then I got back in and hit the bullseye =; and they said, (get the hell out of there showoff) \:D/ \:D/ I never did get to shoot the .50 cal machine gun though, and that was one I wish I had, but the M-60 was good enough for some firepower. Best part of my boot camp was when I fired my first LAWS rocket, and when I sighted in, the sight was bad, and my round went like 1000ft above the highest point on the range O:) , I said, What????? =; but it wasn't my fault, but that was fun too. Ok, got to go finish watching Pearl Harbor now, good night for war movies ;-)

Oh yeah, and I know Ft Knox Quite well mind you, so don't pi$$ me off, I still have friends there 8-[ =;

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 Post Posted: Sat Mar 07, 2009 10:08 pm 
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Steve,
Wrong place to say this, but, if all goes right, I will be racing a Nostalgia GTO in BG in May in the NMCA, cross your fingers I make it there with my elky too ;-)

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 Post Posted: Sat Mar 07, 2009 10:21 pm 
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We will be running NMC also B class. Hey I was a 63 F (Recovery Specialist) to start Spent many a day and night living in the 88's and unsticking and fixing M48's through M1A1's. =; Don't matter what kind of tank, they still put the track on the same way. When 63F went away I became a 63 N. then 63 E. Now they are going to do away with 63 series and make them 92 series :-s [-( [-( [-( Come on back to Knox and see how it has changed. O:)

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 Post Posted: Sun Mar 08, 2009 10:33 am 
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WR169 wrote:
We will be running NMC also B class. Hey I was a 63 F (Recovery Specialist) to start Spent many a day and night living in the 88's and unsticking and fixing M48's through M1A1's. =; Don't matter what kind of tank, they still put the track on the same way. When 63F went away I became a 63 N. then 63 E. Now they are going to do away with 63 series and make them 92 series :-s [-( Come on back to Knox and see how it has changed. O:)


Coming back to the Knox may cause me some problems O:) with all that gold there, I may just try to invite myself past all the infared alarm systems, and crash the door to get some so I can afford to do my backhalf =; =;
I was, a 45 N but never got the chance to play with the M1's and I wanted to, they are one bad A$$ tank bar none \:D/ I used to pull the power packs a lot on the M 88, and that is what I liked to do mostly, but I would REALLY like to get into General Dynamics here in Warren, Mi. and work on the new build up of tanks, that would really keep me going and in touch with them. I used to drive the 2.5 & 5 ton trucks also, and some goofey thing they called a Gammagoat :- an articulated piece that was like the tanker fuel trucks called gammagores like an earth mover from CAT. Cool stuff too.

The class I will drive in will be the 10.50 class, so look out for a cream colored with gold trimmings 70 GTO Judge with Royal Pontiac Red logo's on it, I should be driving it =; It is one nasty Nostalgia car too, and you have to come watch this thing launch, left front tire is 2 feet off the ground, and the pass side is about half a foot O:) O:) but we calmed it down some to stop the twisting this engine creates, and is it loud, and you will hear it coming for sure, cool car too. Looking forward to coming down, and it will be MY first time at BG. so it better not rain and flood the place out #-o #-o

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 Post Posted: Sun Mar 08, 2009 12:50 pm 
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My first vehicle was the Goer Wrecker. Image

Then went to the 578 (cherry picker) The fastest VTR I had. Mine went 60mph on a dirt road. \:D/ \:D/ \:D/ Image

Then the M88. The Cadillac of VTR's Sleeps 3 stretched out and can pull over 70 tons. Image

And Johns Favorite The Gama Goat Image

http://www.gamagoat.com/

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 Post Posted: Mon Mar 09, 2009 12:28 pm 
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Haaaa, check that chit out, cool pics, thanks \:D/ my goat had a built up box on the back to carry our sleeping gear and tools needed for the on the job crap, plus food too ;-) I never saw the goer wrecker, we only had the M88 back then, 1979-81, and the bad part about it was this, the earlier M88's had a gas engine, and the new 88's had the dielsel, and the gas engine's were badd a$$, we used to warm up food on the back grids, and when the engine was cold, we would rev it up and have flames coming out of the grids too O:) flames man flames =; =; some cool times back then for sure. Thanks again for the pics =D> =D> did you put a pic of the M88 on here? if you did, it didn't come thru on my end =P~

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 Post Posted: Mon Mar 09, 2009 1:44 pm 
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Yeah John I did put a picture of an 88 on there. One time at hood it was night and we were running black out marker only and I almost hit another units Gasser on the rear with my 578 because he didn't have his markers on. Luckly he backed out of the gas and shot that pretty 2 foot blue flame out both stacks. It works better than a Stop light. Our gama goat had a build up on it too for the turret rats. It had a 3 cyl diesel in it. The 88 had a v12 gas (now deisel) engine it had 24 sparkplugs pain in the but to change and 2 magnetos. It sat on 400+ gallons of gas. When ever you fired up the heater (Gas) the bad deck would flame up from the fumes. Several people died during vietnam because the would go to sleep inside with the heater running and not wake up. That is one of the reasons for shanging to deisel.

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