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Waymon Campbell
04-06-2004, 8:27 AM
Now that I have completed my FPP pledge to donate $1200 in 2004, I'd like to make a new pledge. For this one, I am going to need your help. But first I would like to tell you a story.

My father was a Marine. He spent two years serving in Korea in Force Recon. The remainder of his career he spent as a Marine Drill Instructor. You can well imagine that when I was growing up as a young man I did not care for my father's strict rules and discipline. When I left home to make my place in the world my father and I grew ever more distant. It was only later in life that I began to rebuild my relationship with him. Sadly, he died before I had completed this task. One of the things that I most deeply regret was never telling him about the respect I had for him as a veteran. He served with honor in a world sometimes not so honorable.

I believe our veterans, as well as those "veterans in the making" who are now serving all over the world, deserve three things:

1) Our respect for serving with honor.
2) Our admiration for the sacrifices they made and are making in the performance of their duties.
3) Our support.

That is what the Freedom Pens Project is all about. Letting individual men and women serving in the Armed Forces know that we appreciate them, that we are thinking about them, and that we support them. So, here is the deal. I will donate $10 each to the FPP for any veteran who is a member of SMC and responds to this thread with your service branch and years of service, up to a $1000 limit. If you don't want to publically disclose that information you can PM me. Please be assured that this is in no way a political statement, it is merely my way of recognizing my SMC brethren for their service.

Steve Jenkins
04-06-2004, 8:33 AM
Waymon that is very generous of you. Steve 8 years Army '68-'76.

Ken Salisbury
04-06-2004, 9:02 AM
1952 thru 1960 - Korean War Vet - Military Policeman

Martin Shupe
04-06-2004, 9:09 AM
Waymon,

That is very generous of you.

Currently: LCDR, USNR, Individual Ready Reserve

Previously: Active Duty: 1986-1995

I served with Air Antisubmarine Squadron Twenty-Two (VS-22) on board the USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67) during what I guess is now called the "first" Gulf War in 1990-91. The Kennedy was part of "Battleforce Red Sea", which consisted of 3 aircraft carriers and their support ships. Prior to the beginning of hostilities, our job was to enforce the blockade of Iraq by monitoring all shipping in the Red Sea. During the liberation of Kuwait, the S-3's continued the blockade, conducted combat tanking missions, and ferried the air plan from Riyadh to the carriers. We were gone for 7 and a half months on 5 days notice.

125 traps, 43 at night.

Don Farr
04-06-2004, 9:17 AM
Thanks Waymon that's great of you. I served in the United States Army from 1966 to 1969. In Nam I was attached to the 75th transportation group and performed flight line support of mostly navigation equipment on Huey helicopters. I was there during the Tet offensive in 1968 when all h___ broke out.

Joel Shapiro
04-06-2004, 9:19 AM
Joel, U.S. Army, 1957-1960

Glenn Clabo
04-06-2004, 9:41 AM
US Navy - 1971-1980 (Currently responsible for the horizontal launching systems for the US Submarine Force)

Son now serving in the US Air Force

Harry Pye
04-06-2004, 10:07 AM
U.S. Air Force 1952 to 1956

Don Abele
04-06-2004, 10:19 AM
Thank you Waymon. That's a very generous offer.

I've been a Hospital Corpsman in the Navy for 18 years now. I spent the first 6 years of my career with the Marines (as a field corpsman), did a 2 year stint with the military's medical examiners and then went into the submarine service (as an independent duty corpsman). I'm currently on my 3rd submarine.

Again, thank you for your contribution and to all you past veterans, THANK YOU too for your service.

Greg Heppeard
04-06-2004, 10:37 AM
Air Force 73-93 Italy to Guam and a lot of points between. Thank you, and I'm sure your Dad knows.

Ted Calver
04-06-2004, 10:44 AM
Waymon,
Thanks for your service and support!!
USAF Target Analyst 1965-1992
Ted

Blake McCully
04-06-2004, 11:16 AM
Waymon,
I'm sure your father knows what you feel. USN 1961-1964 USAF 1965-1975.

I've got 9 pens finished, one on the lathe to be sanded, just ordered 20 more from Ken.

Blake

David A. Rose
04-06-2004, 11:24 AM
Sir,

I'm currently enlisted in the United States Air Force, stationed at Sheppard A.F.B. Wichita Falls TX. I've been in the service for going on 12 years and have 8 more to go.

Thank you for your support. Your Father would be proud.

SSgt David A. Rose
USAF

Jim Pfaff
04-06-2004, 11:52 AM
Jim Pfaff US Army 1966-68.

Keith Outten
04-06-2004, 11:54 AM
USNR, 1972 - 1978

And for my Dad, a USN Veteran of Korea and WWII.

Thanks again Waymon for your hard work and dedication to the FPP.

Dennis Peacock
04-06-2004, 11:58 AM
United States Air Force, part of the Strategic Air Command, Served all active duty time in Italy, GSU(geographical seperated unit) from Aviano Air Base. Munitions Maintenance (lot of really BIG firecrackers!!!) Served in the Iranian Hostage Attempt and worked/volunteered for missions in disaster relief for Naples, Italy and Cairo, Egypt due to large earthquakes. USAF 1976 - 1981

Mark Patoka
04-06-2004, 12:06 PM
US Air Force, 1985 - present.

Many thanks for your generous donation.

Greg Heppeard
04-06-2004, 12:19 PM
United States Air Force, part of the Strategic Air Command, Served all active duty time in Italy, GSU(geographical seperated unit) from Aviano Air Base. Munitions Maintenance (lot of really BIG firecrackers!!!) Served in the Iranian Hostage Attempt and worked/volunteered for missions in disaster relief for Naples, Italy and Cairo, Egypt due to large earthquakes. USAF 1976 - 1981


Hey Dennis,

I was in Aviano during the earthquake in 76. I was with the F-4's from Lakenheath England at the time. Small world.

Greg

Bart Leetch
04-06-2004, 12:26 PM
USN Dec 74 through Sep 78 Vt. Era USN TAR March 79 through 85 Aviation Egress Mechanic USA Feb 89 through Sep 92 Radio Teletype (first trip through Iraq) USA Washington State National Guard 3 years Heavy Equipment operator. My former Brigade is over there right now.

What can I say, I like collecting different military uniforms? This is the only way I could get complete ones with medals & everything?....


No that really isn't it you can bet when the flag passes by I'll be standing proud with a tear in my eye.

I have seen pictures of the Old Glory passing by & everybody staying seated & one old Vetren standing up out of his wheel chair that really got me.

When we came back from Iraq they played I'm proud to be an American as we marched across the field.

Thanks Waymon

Bud Duffy
04-06-2004, 12:30 PM
U.S. AIR FORCE 1976 -1993 Grenada ,Lebanon and first Gulf War

David Spicer
04-06-2004, 12:50 PM
I'm currently in the Air Force as a Staff (E-5) for 8 years. I'm stationed at Malmstrom AFB, MT and I work on the ICBMs.


SSgt David Spicer

Ron McNeil
04-06-2004, 2:01 PM
U.S. AIR FORCE 1964 -1968 (Crew Chief F4C Fighter Aircraft) Waymon, thanks for such a generous offer and thanks for being a member of Saw Mill Creek. It's people like you that makes Saw Mill Creek the great place it is.

Robert E Lee
04-06-2004, 2:22 PM
USN, Boilerman 1958 - 1962 Pacific
Thanks Waymon
Bob

Bruce Page
04-06-2004, 2:22 PM
US Army, July 1970 / Dec 1970 - blew my left knee out carrying my M60 up a 45* incline during AIT training. It was fun while it lasted….

Wolf Kiessling
04-06-2004, 2:57 PM
Very generous of you, Waymon.

Joined US Navy in 1956

Joined Fleet Reserve in 1976 as Chief Radioman

Full retirement in 1985

Art Hendrix
04-06-2004, 2:57 PM
Thanks, Waymon, for your touching message and generous offer.

USAF, 1954-1957, Far East Command, 548th Rec Tech Sqdn.

Art Hendrix

Carl Eyman
04-06-2004, 4:30 PM
Very Generous, Waymon. Wish I had the wherewithall to do the same. Army of the United Stated 1942 - 1946

Joseph Green
04-06-2004, 5:39 PM
Waymon,
We all appreciate your efforts.
U.S. Navy 1972-1981.

Kerry Adams
04-06-2004, 6:01 PM
Thanks Waymon for your support

USARMY 1982-2003

Kerry Adams

Ken Garlock
04-06-2004, 6:11 PM
Lt. USAF, 1964-68.

Dick Parr
04-06-2004, 7:44 PM
USN, 1968-1978
Hull Technician, Nuclear Components Welder/Quality Supervisor
Thanks Waymon

harry strasil
04-06-2004, 8:28 PM
thanks for your support and careing Waymon, wish there were more people like you. I followed my fathers lead, he was WWII steelworker in the SeaBees, I was Navy Seabee Steelworker from 62 to 65, last 11 months in hospitals, then active reserves till 68. My son would have gone into the airforce, but he was killed on manuevers with the Civil Air Patrol at age 17 he was C/MSGt. My 3 girls were also in the CAP for about 5 years. thanks

Stephen Lybeck
04-06-2004, 9:39 PM
Thanks Waymon, US Army, Disabled Vet. from Nam 1970-73. Iam sending in 50 pens this friday,

Don Henthorn Smithville, TX
04-06-2004, 10:07 PM
Thanks for your generosity.

Don Henthorn United States Army
542 Artillery 42nd Rainbow Division
January 1942 -- January 1946
European theator

Jim McFall
04-06-2004, 10:50 PM
Jim McFall USCG 1968 -- 1972 Never thought I'd see Nam from a Coast Guard ship but I did.

Thanks for your generosity!!

Von Bickley
04-06-2004, 11:48 PM
319th. US Army Security Agency
May 1968 - May 1970

David Plaskett
04-07-2004, 12:27 AM
US Army. 1957-1960

Jim Schmoll
04-07-2004, 1:38 AM
Waymon,

Jun 1967 to present day, and 16 months to retirement in the Air Force Reserve Command. I guess that means I should kick in for my own $10.00... PM me with your address and I will send to your pot.

I will match the first 5 that can beat my time in service...

Chief Schmoll
USAFR

Jim From Idyllwild CA

Mike Leonard
04-07-2004, 7:01 AM
US Army, CW3, 19+ years and counting

Thank you for your generosity

Keith Hall
04-07-2004, 7:51 AM
Waymon, Thank you for your very generous offer. USAF 1954-1962 Keith

Bob Aquino
04-07-2004, 9:11 AM
Waymon
Way to go. USN 1981-1993, Lt, SWO.


Now that I have completed my FPP pledge to donate $1200 in 2004, I'd like to make a new pledge. For this one, I am going to need your help. But first I would like to tell you a story.

My father was a Marine. He spent two years serving in Korea in Force Recon. The remainder of his career he spent as a Marine Drill Instructor. You can well imagine that when I was growing up as a young man I did not care for my father's strict rules and discipline. When I left home to make my place in the world my father and I grew ever more distant. It was only later in life that I began to rebuild my relationship with him. Sadly, he died before I had completed this task. One of the things that I most deeply regret was never telling him about the respect I had for him as a veteran. He served with honor in a world sometimes not so honorable.

I believe our veterans, as well as those "veterans in the making" who are now serving all over the world, deserve three things:

1) Our respect for serving with honor.
2) Our admiration for the sacrifices they made and are making in the performance of their duties.
3) Our support.

That is what the Freedom Pens Project is all about. Letting individual men and women serving in the Armed Forces know that we appreciate them, that we are thinking about them, and that we support them. So, here is the deal. I will donate $10 each to the FPP for any veteran who is a member of SMC and responds to this thread with your service branch and years of service, up to a $1000 limit. If you don't want to publically disclose that information you can PM me. Please be assured that this is in no way a political statement, it is merely my way of recognizing my SMC brethren for their service.

John Lock
04-07-2004, 9:27 AM
USAF 88 - 91 stationed at Cheyenne Mtn, CO working for NORAD

Dan Henry
04-07-2004, 10:22 AM
US Air Force Jan 59 to May 80 Ret CMSgt Aircraft Maintenance

Dan Henry

John Renzetti
04-07-2004, 11:07 AM
This is a great and generous thing you are doing.
Take care,
CW4(maybe 5 this year) John Renzetti
1969 to present, Vietnam-1971
AGR C-12 pilot

Ken Fitzgerald
04-08-2004, 3:53 AM
Waymon,

Very generous, indeed. Your father would be proud! I'm sure...I served in the USN from Nov. 68 - Nov. 76.......my oldest son served in the Army for 9 years.......my youngest son just got out of the navy in August 2003 after 5 years........my father was a Chief Boatswain Mate.......my youngest son was the most immature 26 year old man I'd ever seen following his graduation (& my paying for) from college.....16 weeks under a U.S. Marine Drill Gunnery Sergeant did wonders for his attitude! I'll never forget parking the car on the old seaplane parking area at Pensacola. We walked a block when he saw us.......He kissed his Mom....he hugged me..he stepped back.....he said "Dad...I never realized how much you and Mom did for me!".......That evening at the Mom and Pop function.....my wife was giving that Marine drill instructor both barrels for not letting her son call home more often.......I was buying him a drink thanking him for what he'd done! As a parent, I'd bet your father would just appeciate your appreciation for what he did.....In my opinion that's all a parent can expect......just respect and appreciation for what you've done for your child.

Again....you are extremely generous!

Bob Hovde
04-08-2004, 10:01 AM
Very generous, Waymon. Air Force 1964-91.

Ed Davidson
04-08-2004, 1:59 PM
USMC Force Recon, 1968-1972, San Diego, Camp Pendleton, Kaneohe Bay Hawaii, Quason Valley and Mountain range southwest of Danang Vietnam.

Bob Hayles
04-08-2004, 4:32 PM
I've never served. I feel poorly for it. My father gave his life to the Air Force...26 years. I didn't appreciate it. Way too late to apologize. He's been dead since 1969. But here is what I CAN do.

100 pens. I can and will do this. That is nothing for the troops. 3 Per hour...no big deal.

Tom Wynn
04-09-2004, 10:56 PM
Waymon thanks for the generous offer. Since 1981 adn still serving proudly in the US Navy.

USS Carl Vinson, USS H.S. Truman, USS Mt. Whitney, VP squadrons 56 and 24

Carroll Caddel
04-10-2004, 8:06 PM
Now that I have completed my FPP pledge to donate $1200 in 2004, I'd like to make a new pledge. For this one, I am going to need your help. But first I would like to tell you a story.

... brethren for their service.

USAF 1957 -1961

Tactical missiles

Jim Earls
04-11-2004, 10:45 AM
U.S. Navy 1968-1989.

SteveKrim
04-11-2004, 4:09 PM
USAF 1980 - 1984, Neubruken Germany (615 ACWS) and Beale AFB ( 7th MWS)

Scope dope and SLBM Operator...

Take care,

Steve

Jeff Cybulski
04-12-2004, 10:39 PM
USN 1982-1987 VQ-1 in Guam, Japan and the P.I.

Jeff

Shawn Oberdorf
04-13-2004, 8:12 AM
Aircraft Mechanic, USAF 87-?? Currently in NC, soon to be Korea. Spent over 7 years overseas so far, not counting deployments. Dad-army, father-in law 20 years in the Air Force, wife-Navy, brother-in-law-Navy, Brother-USMC


Shawn

Dave Brandt
04-13-2004, 9:14 AM
That's mighty generous of you, Waymon! I served in the Army from 1967 through 1969. Dave

Roger Fitzsimonds
04-13-2004, 2:33 PM
This is a very nice gesture and I am sure your Dad knows.

USN 1970 to 1980 vietnam 1971-1972

Thanks Waymon

Todd Woodward
04-13-2004, 3:15 PM
Ssgt Todd A. Woodward USAF (national guard) 1992 to present. Only 31 more years to go!!!! Just to let everyone know, after 9-11 we were in Oman (december to july) as the 405th AEF dropping bombs!!! You didn't hear half of what happened. Nothing bad, I just wish it had made the news so you could see or hear about the progress!!!!!!!!!

Bev Polmanteer
04-14-2004, 12:25 AM
Served in the US Army 1955-1958 most of the time in Germany as radio control services

Dave Anderson NH
04-14-2004, 6:48 AM
Corporal USMC - B Co 1st Bn 7th Marines, 1st MARDIV Vietnam Aug 1968- Sept 1969

Quotes: For those who have fought for it, life has a flavor the protected will
never know.

If they say they aren't scared they are a liar, a fool, or a psychopath.

While I can't say my military service was exactly enjoyable- combat never is, I did my duty for my country. It did however teach me a lot about myself and has shaped my outlook on life. All in all, a very valuable experience.

Rob Klopp
04-14-2004, 9:43 AM
Thank You Waymon! :)
Active Duty Air Force 1980-1984,
Air Force Reserve Technician 1984- Present
Activated 1990-1991, Activated Feb 2004-present
Rob

Jay Kilpatrick
04-14-2004, 10:29 AM
Thank you Waymon,
Jay Kilpatrick, USAF, 1996 - present.

Warmest Regards.
~Jay

Kenn Osborne
04-17-2004, 12:34 AM
That sounds wonderful!!!

US Army
1991-1994
63S Heavy Wheeled Vehicle Mechanic
Hohenfels Germany

Charles L. Augustyn
04-17-2004, 1:02 AM
Charles Augustyn

U.S. Army, Infantry and Armor
1975-2001

John Price
04-19-2004, 6:57 PM
Thank you Waymon,

USAir Force - 1868 - 1979 Crew Chief (Fighters)
US Air Force Reserves - 1980 - 1989 (Crew Chief C-141)

Christopher Pine
04-23-2004, 6:57 PM
US Airforce/Air Guard 1987 to present! Thankyou for your generosity!
Aircraft Maintenance Technition f-16's


Chris Pine

Dave Ray
04-23-2004, 10:50 PM
Thank you Waymon for your generous offer/pledge, I spent 23 years in our Navy. Was a great time/learning experience

Scott Stefanoski
04-23-2004, 11:35 PM
Waymon,
Awfully generous of you. USMC 1990- (medical discharge) Army National Guard 1994-2000.

Paul Kunkel
04-23-2004, 11:47 PM
Army, '64-'66, 114th Armed helicopter Co. Cobra platoon -Nam

Waymon Campbell
04-30-2004, 11:26 PM
Moving the thread back to the top. Any other veterans out there? 68 responses is ONLY $680.00.

Larry Gottlieb
04-30-2004, 11:41 PM
Larry Gottlieb
Capt. USAF 1957-59

I'll keep turning.

Larry

W Craig Wilson
04-30-2004, 11:44 PM
Can't let you fall short of such an admirable goal.

USAF 1971 - 1991 Caught the end of Viet Nam and the start of Gulf War.

Bill Duran
05-03-2004, 10:26 AM
USMC 1977-1981 Improved Hawk Yuma Arizona. Thanks for your generous offer.

Ralph Umphfres
05-08-2004, 2:12 PM
Ralph Umphfres USN (ret) ADC. 20 years and proud of it.

Lee Schierer
05-11-2004, 9:06 AM
I have 17 years as an Air Force brat and 26 years of Navy Service (1971-1997). Not counting four years at Annapolis.

Lee Schierer Captain USNR (ret)

Jim Stastny
05-11-2004, 4:08 PM
USAF 1968 -1972, Vietnam - yes, Duty: military policeman/sentry dog handler.

Thanks for your generosity and spirit.

Carl Eyman
05-11-2004, 5:05 PM
OK for another twenty bucks (your ten and I'll match it directly to Ken)
Private to 1st Lt. U S Army, Combat Engineers, Europe, 1942 - 1946

Bruce Shiverdecker
05-12-2004, 6:39 PM
Dennis you are GREAT

I'm USN 1966 - 1970

Have turned 52 pens as part of Peoria Illinois Turn-a-thon with ten more on my bench to finish.

Gilbert Vega
05-13-2004, 12:31 AM
US Army '67 - '69. Vietnam vet.

Bruce Shiverdecker
05-15-2004, 1:38 AM
Count increased to 62 today. Delivered these 9 Brazilian Cherry pens to woodcraft for delivery, and one Special pen is on its way to its recepient.

Tony Walker
05-18-2004, 10:08 AM
You guys are GREAT!

USN - 1970-74
USNR - 1980-95

To all veterans and current service men/women... God bless! Thank you for your service and sacrifices!

Chris Padilla
06-17-2004, 8:39 PM
Can I put my father down?

USN, 1962-1982

:D

Billy Reynolds
06-17-2004, 10:31 PM
1961-1965
United States Air Force
Air Defense Command
657th Rada Squadron

Jack Wood
06-18-2004, 2:03 AM
Hey Dennis Peacock! First We find out that I'm living a mile from where you use to live in Alabama and now with this posting I find out that we were in Italy at the same time!:p I was at Camp Darby at Livorno Italy. I was an MP from 1976 to '79. I guarded an Airforce ammo dump, well actually I chased rabbits and watched grass grow;) But the commies didn't come down thru the gap on my shift:D My father is a retired Army Chaplain of 20 years, and I have 2 brother in laws who are Army, one is the Aviation Officer for the State of TN National Guard and the other just retired from a brigade command at Ft Hood where he was an Apache pilot so the military runs in my family. Thanks Waymon for your generous donations!!:)

Filiph Dufffy
06-18-2004, 5:08 AM
Philip Duffy; 31 years USN. Rear Admiral, Naval Aviator, helicoper pilot; trained 2 astronauts to land on the moon. Twice a ships Captain. Viet Nam x2, etc, etc. Turned 9 pens and taught 2 new turners at Tidewater Turners at Woodcraft back in March.
Thanks for the honor of serving our beloved country and its beautiful Constitution! Phil

David Wilson
06-18-2004, 11:07 AM
Waymon
Thankyou verry much.
USN 1971-1976 Electronics Tech (ET)

Tom Brown
06-18-2004, 10:56 PM
Waymon, you're a great American!

A pen in the lathe as we speak...
Tom Brown
United States Navy 1964-1969
(Viet Nam 1965-1967)
Navy Diver

Warren Donnelly
06-22-2004, 12:45 AM
U.S.Air Force ,July 1949 to Oct.1969.

Michael Barry
06-22-2004, 7:11 AM
USAF 1948 Comm Sq. Columbus MS. 1980-1982.
2 Combat Comm Group Patrick FL 1983

Roger Bingham
06-24-2004, 8:02 PM
:rolleyes: What a great offer, send in 10 for me. I served from 1972 - 1978 USAF. I too am the son of a military father (USAF) and my son is in Afganastan right now. I will be turning up the lathe and putting together as many pens as possible.

John Payton
06-25-2004, 10:10 PM
USAF - 1968-1975

3Years/Spectre AC-130Gunships SEA

Gary Salisbury
07-08-2004, 3:13 AM
USN - 1967-1968 (Vietnam Vet)
USNR - 1969 - 1979
13 years of service... Wish I would have stayed 7 more..:(

Terry Quiram
07-08-2004, 7:54 AM
Thanks Waymon, USN 1970 - 1974.

Terry Quiram

Ed Heuslein
07-08-2004, 9:40 PM
Howdy Wyman: Thanks for your continued support. Ed Heuslein, USN, 1958-1961.

W Craig Wilson
07-08-2004, 10:50 PM
USAF - 1968-1975

3Years/Spectre AC-130Gunships SEA
John
We must have crossed paths. I worked gunships (sensor shop) at Hurlburt Field in 71-72 and then at Ubon in 72-73.

John Payton
07-09-2004, 12:07 AM
I do believe we must have. I was AirborneWeapons Tech on the AC-130H models. Flew on them at Korat for almost two years and helped them close the doors in '75. The year before that I was in Ubon doing the same thing (which puts me there about the same time as you).

The year before that I was stationed at Nakapanam [sic?] on different aircraft.

"Ghostriders in the Sky"

Tom Stover
11-11-2005, 8:25 AM
United States Air Force 1962-1966. And proud of it.

John Hart
11-11-2005, 8:33 AM
I'm in too...
U.S. Navy
CTM1 - Naval Security Group
1979 - 1986

Don Dean
11-11-2005, 8:58 AM
U.S. Army
1969 - 1978
Viet Nam Vet.

Greg Heppeard
11-11-2005, 9:14 AM
U S A F
1973 - 1993

Karl Laustrup
11-11-2005, 9:38 AM
Never saw this post before today. Thanks Waymon for starting it and thanks Keith for bringing it to the fore.

US Army quartermaster corp. 1966-1968. Nam 66-67. Not nearly as glamorous as some of the others here, I was part of the largest supply base in Nam just outside Saigon. We made sure the rest of the guys had fuel, food, clothing and any other equipment that might be needed to do their jobs.

I don't even think it matters who did what. We were all part of a "TEAM".

Thanks to all who have served and taken the time to post. And thanks to those of you who didn't, couldn't or whatever for at least thinking about those who serve now or have served in the past.

Karl

John Shuk
11-11-2005, 9:43 AM
I have never served. I thank all of you who have.
Thank You Waymon for keeping this UP FRONT in our minds.
John

Andy Hoyt
11-11-2005, 9:45 AM
HM2 USN
3rd Mar Div - Kilo 3/4 and 3rd Med Bn
USS Nassau LHA4 - Plankowner
FASOTRAGRULANT - SERE Instructor.

Cecil Arnold
11-11-2005, 10:07 AM
Waymon, you are very generous and I'm sure those in the service are grateful. US Army '59-'62, 3rd Inf. Div. Kitzengen, Germany (60-62). The discipline learned as a 17 year old Pvt. shaped my life for the better and is something far too many miss out on in today's all volunteer service.

David Plaskett
11-11-2005, 1:21 PM
Thanks Waymon. US Army 1957-1960

Neal McCormick
11-11-2005, 1:31 PM
Sept 72 to Sept 74
US Army Field Artillery
Camp Stanley Korea, Ft Sill Oklahoma

Ted Calver
11-11-2005, 1:51 PM
Thank You Waymon!,

USAF 1965-1992

Don Baer
11-11-2005, 2:07 PM
Thank you Wamon and thanks to all of my fellow vets for their contribution.

Don Baer EM1(SS)
1965-1971
USS Nathan Hale SSBN 623

Jean Holland
11-11-2005, 4:33 PM
Wayman,

will you count my youngest son. He is currently serving in the Air Force (stationed in Alamogordo, NM). Also, my older son who is an engineer is considering joining the Air Force and is speaking with a recruiter.

Can we get 1 and 1/2 points for them? :D

Proud Parent of the USAF

Donnie Raines
11-11-2005, 5:22 PM
My father:

Don Raines USAF 1969-1981..SGT

Brother in law(s)

Ken Volle marines 1987- 2003 Special forces(sniper)

Terry Presser Army(airborne) 2000 to present(currently in Afganistan for second tour

Jasen Wright Army ?- present(currently serving in Iraq)

Damien Concord Army ?- present currently servingin Iraq(served one term in Afganistan.

bravo to all!!!!

Raymond Kallman
11-11-2005, 7:46 PM
Thank You Waymon!,

Ray Kallman
USN/USNR
1974-2004

Bruce Shiverdecker
11-11-2005, 7:48 PM
Thanks Waymon!
Bruce Shiverdecker
USN/USNR 6 years - 1964............1970.
USS Springfield, CLG 7 - Com 6th Fleet and Com 2nd Fleet

Bill Pealer
11-11-2005, 8:51 PM
Bill Pealer US Navy 1975-1981 Blessings on your willingness to support FPP

Mark Plough
11-11-2005, 10:47 PM
Outstanding offer.

Mark Plough, USAF, 1967-1989, Msgt.

Christopher Pine
11-12-2005, 1:35 AM
Thanks for your donation. Served in Colorado AIr National Guard 1987 to present. Aircraft Maintenance crew chief until last year and now working the "MOC" Maintenance Operations Center.
Deployed in support of many ops to support no fly zones around Iraq, to turkey and kuwait..
Also deployed in this latest fray in early 2003.

Thanks again
Chris

Ron McNeil
11-12-2005, 9:01 AM
Thanks, Waymon

Ron McNeil
U.S. Air Force
1965 - 1968

bob gugerty
11-12-2005, 3:37 PM
Thank you Waymon
USN 82-86 USS Constellation CV64
USNR 86-90

Bob Johnson2
11-12-2005, 8:26 PM
mighty nice waymon

bob johnson, usaf, 77-81

Shawn Oberdorf
11-12-2005, 8:26 PM
USAF 1987-present
Gulf wars 1 & 2
Kosovo

Shawn

Rob Klopp
11-12-2005, 8:57 PM
USAF 1980-1984
USAFR 1984-Present
Activated 1990-1991
Activated 2004-Present
Thank You
Rob Klopp

Robert Watsek
11-14-2005, 10:42 PM
Thank You Waymon! U.S. Army 1955 - 1958

__________________

Bob

Allen Grimes
11-14-2005, 11:39 PM
Hi Waymon I don't know if you are counting family members or not, but I got 2 for you. My father is a Vietnam Veteran and my older brother served 5 years as an MP in 2 different American Embassies, both of them are Marines.

I am ashamed to say that I never served our beautiful country, but I am proud to say that my father and brother did. To me that is one of the greatest honors in the world. I do however plan on serving our country in a different way, but I wont talk about that until the time comes.

Gary Kittleson
11-15-2005, 9:40 AM
Waymon,

Thanks for your offer....

Gary Kittleson
USS KittyHawk '87-'89

Ed Breen
11-15-2005, 4:43 PM
Hey Waymon,

Greetings and thanks.
US Air Force 1950 - 1954 Forward Controller.

Ed Breen:rolleyes:

David Wilson
11-15-2005, 6:03 PM
Waymon Thanks

David Wilson
USN 1971-1976
Electronics Technition

Jim Stastny
11-15-2005, 6:59 PM
Wayne,

I haven't been at the Pond for a while. By now I assume you have the requisite number of vets for your donation. First, thanks for your generousity. Second, I would like to simply add my name to the others as one glad to have done my part and wish I had done it better.

Jim Stastny
USAF 1968-1972
Security Policeman/Sentry-Patrol Dog Handler

Mark Patoka
11-15-2005, 9:28 PM
Waymon,
Many thanks for your generous contribution to this program.

Air Force, 1985-present = 19 years, 11 months and counting.

Mike Cutler
11-16-2005, 6:08 PM
For the records.

US Navy.1978-1984. MT2(SS). Served on board the USS John Marshall, SSBN-611(Blue Crew), and the USS Andrew Jackson, SSBN-619(Gold Crew).

Reg Mitchell
11-17-2005, 6:43 PM
Waymon,
very nice thing you are doing for the new recrutes. ABN/PFDR 1ST 509TH BCT 69-73

Bobby Hatfield
11-22-2005, 5:50 PM
For the record;

Father US Army 1943-46
Self USAF 1955-64
Son 1 USN 1979-99
Son 2 USN 1982-Present

Proud to Serve

Bill Kay
11-26-2005, 8:41 AM
Air Force 63 to 83

Joe Kelly
11-26-2005, 5:05 PM
I gave 38 years to my country with 19 years Active Duty plus 19 years Active Reserve Duty on an off from 1955 to 1996

Joseph Green
12-05-2005, 11:56 PM
U.S. Navy
1972-1981

Thanks for the offer.

Keith Christopher
12-06-2005, 2:01 PM
Don't know why I didn't see this before.


US Army 1983-1989 C co. 1/20 SFG ABN

Larry James
12-06-2005, 6:52 PM
Marines-1959-1963

glenn wiederman
12-07-2005, 9:26 AM
I am currently serving onboard the USS WYOMING SSBN 742 (G) in Kingsbay Ga. Thank you very much for donating you time and money. I have been active duty for almost 14 years and have served on the
USS SILVERSIDES SSN 679
USS TENNESSEE SSBN 734(B)
USS BOISE SSN 764
USS MARYLAND 738(B)
USS WYOMING 742(G)
and SUBASE Kingsbay (SHORE DUTY)
I am transferrring to Naval Recruiting District Jacksonville in short time and look foward to put in your sons and daughters in the military to serve their country proud just like the rest of us. Go Navy.

aurelio alarcon
12-08-2005, 3:42 AM
Devil Dog, Leather Neck! Member of The United States Finest Fighting Force! United States Marine Corps. 0311 Rifleman Grunt! '82-85 Grenada, Beirut, Lebanon. Uncle Sam's Misguided Children...Yeah...You know the deal! Get Outta The Way!

When I was just a young boy
My Father said to me
There's a different fighting force
That's right for you and me
The uniform is different
The best you've ever seen
The German's called us Devil Dogs
Our real name's Marine!

Larry James
12-08-2005, 10:56 AM
Devil Dog, Leather Neck! Member of The United States Finest Fighting Force! United States Marine Corps. 0311 Rifleman Grunt! '82-85 Grenada, Beirut, Lebanon. Uncle Sam's Misguided Children...Yeah...You know the deal! Get Outta The Way!

When I was just a young boy
My Father said to me
There's a different fighting force
That's right for you and me
The uniform is different
The best you've ever seen
The German's called us Devil Dogs
Our real name's Marine!

Congratulations, Aurelio. You have been selected to receive the Lewis B. (Chesty) Puller award for the most misguided of the misguided.

Marine Gen. Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will contact you soon with details. Hold your breath.

As a fellow Marine, I would end with Semper Fi, but in your case it seems so inadequate.

aurelio alarcon
12-08-2005, 2:16 PM
Congratulations, Aurelio. You have been selected to receive the Lewis B. (Chesty) Puller award for the most misguided of the misguided.

Marine Gen. Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will contact you soon with details. Hold your breath.

As a fellow Marine, I would end with Semper Fi, but in your case it seems so inadequate.
I'm glad you saw the humor in my statement. But, amongest the humor, there is a bit of pride for having served my country honorably. I sometimes believe that all young men and women should have to serve.

Christopher Knight
12-09-2005, 4:15 AM
Third Geneneration Military, my father and grandfather both were in the navy. My grandfather was a survivor of Pearl Harbor.

I was in from 1988 to 2003. US Army Infantry, staioned at Ft. Benning, Ft Carson, Ft. Stewart, Ft. Lewis, Hohenfels Germany, Guam, Bosnia, and Kosovo.

Bob Smalser
12-13-2005, 3:33 PM
http://pic3.picturetrail.com/VOL12/1104763/2999461/65377938.jpg

John Krumlauf
12-14-2005, 9:31 PM
HC-7 (Helicopter Combat Support Squadron-Seven) 1970 - 1974.

Robert Fox
12-14-2005, 9:52 PM
I served in the US Navy from 61-66. Was stationed in Sicily most of the time and did duty as a meteorologist. Closest I came to being famous... was a crew member on the P2V that first spotted the Russian ship with the rockets on board that led to the Bay of Pigs. Came out a second class. Way to go... your doing a good thing!

Bill Ebert
12-15-2005, 8:10 PM
Active Army: October 1981 to July 1992
Reserves & Army National Guard: July 1992 to July 2005.
U.S. Army INFANTRY!
Desert Storm Veteran with the 101st Airborne Division! Screaming Eagles!
Combat Infantryman!

Bill

Travis Shipman
01-25-2006, 10:59 AM
Sorry for the late post, this is the first I saw of it.
USAF 1992 to Present
B-52 Crew Chief

Jim DeLaney
01-25-2006, 2:09 PM
USMC 1966~1988.

Vietnam Feb '68~Mar '69. Lucky enough to spend TWO Tets there! Combat Air Crew - 229 missions as crew chief/gunner.

Went Grunt when I was selects 1st Sgt. Spent the last six years with infantry/recon.

Japan/Korea/Philippines & at least half a dozen stateside duty stations...

Retired just before Gulf War I.

Bob D.
01-25-2006, 2:41 PM
Me, USNR SeaBees 1992-2005 UT2


EVERY generation of my family has had at least one member serve in one branch or another all the way back to Master Commandant Richard Somers who served in the Barbary Pirate War. In Tripoli he lost his life along with many other sailors in the attack on the Tripolian harbor on 04SEP1804 when their ship, the Intrepid, exploded prematurely.

http://www.history.navy.mil/danfs/s/somers.htm


Our first defense against terrorists.

Joe Unni
01-25-2006, 6:33 PM
Me
USAF
Senior Airman
Hahn AB Germany
1984 - 1987
10th AMU - "the blue zoo"
F-16 Crew Chief

Dad
Lance Corporal
USMC
Korea
Don't know the year(s)
Wounded when convoy was attacked and his truck fell down the side of a mountain. At least that's the story as I remember...he's gone since 1978.
From him is where I got my intensely deep respect for all GI's. I wish I could express the gratitude that I have for them all - especially those that have seen or are seeing combat.

Thanks for this thread.
-joe

Gil Jones
01-26-2006, 12:20 PM
USAF 1961 to 1969
Aircraft Maint.

Mike Blackburn
01-28-2006, 5:20 PM
USN 1973-1977
USS Gilmore-Submarine Tender
ARD-5 - Dry Dock

Met my wife on the ARD and married her 5 months later. She was in from '74-'76.

Keith July
01-28-2006, 8:08 PM
US Air Force 1977 to 1981
Muntions Maintence
Upper Heyford, England with the F111
Blytheville, Arkansas with the B-52
Keith

Mike Henderson
01-29-2006, 2:12 AM
1st Lt, Signal Corps, US Army 1968-1971
14 months in Vietnam 1970-1971

I was drafted right after college, went to Infantry OCS at the Benning School for Boys, but received a commission in the Signal Corps (probably saved my life). Had some US duty but it was so boring that I volunteered for duty in Vietnam. For me, Vietnam duty was not bad - it was better than duty in the United States. We worked long hours and six days per week but as long as you did your job, nobody messed with you.

I met my wife in Vietnam. She was a civilian working for Control Data on a computer contract. I always tell people that we met during a mortar attack when I jumped into a fox hole and fell on her, but the truth is much less prosaic - we met in the office.

Vietnam had a major impact on me - like many others of my generation, it was the defining event of my life. It expanded my view of the world and of the people in it. I loved the Orient: the food, the culture, the crazy traffic, the dirty streets. To this day, I have a strong affinity for the Orient.

I have so many stories about that time - my friends have gotten tired of hearing them. One of the great things about our marriage is that my wife and I share many of the same stories.

Mike

Jim Hill 53
01-29-2006, 11:49 PM
Waymon,

Thanks for your service to our great nation.

As the title if the message states I am retired from the US Navy. 25 and a half of the best years of my life were spent serving. No regrets, but plenty of "I wish I had".

I enlisted in August 1971 and retired in April 2000. I was an Aviation Electrician (AE) and retired as a Senior Chief (AECS). Most of my career was spent in the Pacific Northwest. I deployed on aircraft carriers 3 times, and spent a tour on Instructor Duty in Memphis.

To all who have posted here: Thank you! You all have my deepest respect and admiration. It truly is an honor to have read each of your posts.

Jim Hill
AECS USN Retired

Chip Charnley
01-30-2006, 9:51 AM
Ocean Systems Tech (OT), USN
1976-1981 Active duty, Navfacs, Argentia, Newfoundland and Keflavik, Iceland.

1981-1983 Active Reserves, Norfolk VA

1975 & 1981-1985 Dependent Husband! :eek: :D

OT's no longer exist in the USN having been folded into Sonar Techs several years ago. For those that have a clue, OT's ran the SOSUS network for many years.

For those of you on this thread, I thank you. For those of you who actually went in harm's way, and even bigger thank you. Not that those who served in the rear, like me, served any smaller purpose. Just that I am not sure how well I would have performed listening to ordinance pass that close to me and, well, just THANK YOU for being there and getting the job done!

Dave Brandt
01-30-2006, 9:57 AM
US Army 1967-1969

Tom Drake
01-31-2006, 8:05 AM
Brown water navy 1966 to 1970. Nam july 67 to june 68, july 68 to january 69.

Joe Kelly
02-01-2006, 10:05 AM
I gave 38 years to the US Army and the Country I love between July 1955 and November 1996. Nineteen were active duty and 19 were Active Reserve. The VA consideres me 90 percert disabled and 100 percent unemployable.

Thanks

Hal Flynt
02-01-2006, 12:52 PM
THANKS Waymon!

Sorry, I thought I had made my entry months ago.

USAF F4 Jock 1967-1971

Diverted from Vietnam to Korea for the Pueblo Crisis in Jan. 1968 and was there for the EC-121 shootdown incident in 1969.

Brad Noble
02-01-2006, 7:14 PM
US Army 1968-1975 for me (everywhere)
US Army 1941-1945 for my Dad (Panama)
US Army 1968-1970 for my son-in-law (101st Airborne Rakkasans) (Hamburger Hill Vet)

Send me a PM and I'll send in the money for us. We're all still pretty proud.

Brad

Joe Kelly
02-02-2006, 7:21 PM
I served for 19 years in the US Army and 19 years in the US Army Reserve between July 1955 and November 1996

Jerry Todd
02-04-2006, 6:54 PM
Way to go Waymon,
Jerry Todd
US Army 1965-1968

Steve Culbertson
02-07-2006, 4:28 PM
SSgt Stephen Culbertson
USMC
1994-2004

(Unfortunately Medically Retired)

OOOOOOOHHHHHHHH-RAAAAAAAAAAAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Michael Williams
02-19-2006, 2:23 AM
Amazing!!!!! This is great!!!! ET2 Williams USN 1990-1996. Men this is wonderful, now if I could get all to join with me in getting The right for a full military funeral re-evaluated. Served in First Gulf War, (and a few other places) medically retired.

Eric Richardson
02-19-2006, 11:30 PM
Happy to serve!
Active duty Navy since 1988.
NATC Patuxent River, MD
USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69)
USS Simon Lake (AS 33)
NCBC Gulfport, MS
Naval Security Force, Manama Bahrain
USS O'Bannon (DD 987)
and currently serving at Marine Corps Security Force Company, Kingsland, GA.

Proud to serve but looking forward to a possible retirement in 2008!!:cool:

Chris Walls
02-21-2006, 10:53 PM
I served in the U S Air Force 5 years 1972 to 1977 In Maintenance and Civil enginering, Fought the snow and cold in North Dakota and then the heat and bugs in the Phillipines. Had a great time and would not have missed it. Chris

Robert Smith 656
02-21-2006, 11:14 PM
U. S. Army 1967-1987
Ft Polk, LA
Ft Wolters, TX
Ft Rucker, AL
Ft Eustis, VA
Cu Chi, RVN
Ft Gordon,GA
Ft Stewart,GA
Ft Rucker, AL
Phu Loi, RVN
Ft Gordon, GA
Lakehurst NAS, NJ
HQUSAEUR, Heidelberg, Ger
Ft Gordon, GA

Major, USA Ret

Bob Swenson
02-23-2006, 5:33 PM
Volunteered to be a Ski trooper in 1943 in the 10th Mountain DIV.
10,000 feet in the Rockies
My German shepard volunteered in 1943 for the K9
I served in north Italy .
Discharged in 1946
My dog didn't come back.
Still cold.
Still Ski.

Bobby Nicks
02-24-2006, 12:38 PM
USAF 1964 - 1968 AC&W Radar Maintenance

Bob N.

Michael Wells
02-26-2006, 2:01 PM
Some distinguished folks in here! You guys are awesome and you are what makes this country great!

Michael Wells
USAF 1968 to 1972
7101st and 602nd Air Commandos
Laos, Viet Nam, Germany
On the ground- Alpha Team Nighthawk 7
In the Air- FAC in O2 Birddog, Backseat in F4 Phantom
Didn't amount to much back home, but those were the days that I was alive!!

Ken Fitzgerald
02-26-2006, 2:02 PM
And thank you for your service Michael!

Tim Shelton
04-01-2006, 8:38 AM
SSG Army 1983-1998
Served in Gulf War. Supply

Paul Kunkel
04-03-2006, 12:59 PM
Crew Chief/gunner 114thAHC 13 AVN Batt., Cobra platoon. Vingh Long VN, '65-66 Some of the first 'gun ship' 'B' model Hueys.

Rick Gibson
04-03-2006, 1:00 PM
Very generous offer. And if Canadians count. Canadian Air Force 1965 - 1975

Ray Mighells
05-14-2006, 7:58 PM
I served in the US Army 24 years. Fought in the Korean War, Dominican Republic Rebellion and Vietnam in 1970, retired Jun 1971. I admire your recognition and your generous contribution

Lopaka Garcia
05-16-2006, 9:04 AM
Aloha Waymon... I served the USAF from 1980-1984 Strategic Air Command 351st Strategic Missile Wing as a Team Chief on the Minuteman II Missile. My father was a 25yr vet that served with honor in the Korean Conflict and Vietnam, receiving 2 Silver Stars w/valor, 3 Bronze Stars, 2 Purple Hearts among other decorations. While I was growing up, he was my hero and still is to this day. I would never have known about his achievements had my sister not visited our grandmother who gave them to my sister. My father never talked about his deeds or awards. I grew up wanting to serve my country because of who my father was.

Chip Charnley
05-17-2006, 9:43 AM
USN 1977-1983 Argentia, Newfoundland and Keflavik, Iceland
USNR 1983-1986 Norfolk, VA
Ocean Systems Tech/SOSUS

Larry Norton
05-21-2006, 11:03 AM
USAF 1965-1969, Bitburg and Hahn, Germany, F-4 mechanic and crash recovery

Many, many Thanks to all of you who served.

Larry

Jeff Kuykendall
05-23-2006, 10:28 PM
U.S. Army 1983-85 Army National Gaurd 86-92
My son and daughter in law both are serving in the USAF at the present.

glenn wiederman
05-27-2006, 9:55 PM
My name is Glenn Wiederman and I am on my 14 th year in the Navy I have served onboard six submarines 3 fast attacks 3 tridents. Thank you very much for donating what you have and I am very happy I have been able to serve my country. I am right now serving as aNavy Recruiter in Hinesville, Georgia. So anybody that may read this and be close come by and see me pm me for my number if you want we can chat and talk sea stories. By the way my rate(job) name change from Mess Management Specialist for those who served in the navy but didnt know what A CS was. thanks for reading From Feb 1992 to Present time.

Bob Hovde
05-31-2006, 2:10 PM
Thanks, Waymon. USAF 1964 - 1991.

Jerry Todd
08-12-2006, 8:39 AM
Way to go!!
Jerry Todd, U.S.Army 1965-1968.

Paul Libby
08-12-2006, 5:15 PM
US Army 1971-1974 Pershing Missiles 1/81 FA.

terry miller
08-28-2006, 8:14 PM
Thank you waymon
I just posted a link in this forum about some Marines in Iraq who just got a lathe and are starting to turn in their free time.

Terry Miller USN
1993 till present

Bob Smalser
08-29-2006, 10:52 PM
Very generous offer. And if Canadians count. Canadian Air Force 1965 - 1975

Sure you do...it's all the same cause.

Say hi to the Princess Pat's and Strathcona's Light Horse for me. ;) A couple old buddies there.

Nancy Laird
08-30-2006, 1:35 AM
Hubby did 28 years in the Navy (1965 - 1993) and retired as an ATCS. He served in VP-5 at Jacksonville; NAS Pax River, Maryland; Souda Bay, Crete; NSA Naples; USS Nimitz; BuPers DC; USS Saipan; VF-84; and other points in between. He's a 45-plus-year woodworker, and turned me into one about 23 years ago. I don't know if this counts, but I worked with the Navy at NavSta Norfolk and NAS Pax River from 1966-1971 as a civilian disbursing clerk. (First husband was also Navy--retired as AVCM with 20 years.)

Also had multiple uncles on both sides of the family in WWII and Korea; lost family members in VietNam.

Anchors Aweigh!!!!!

What a great thing you are doing, Waymon. Thank you.

Jeremy Freeman
09-06-2006, 3:49 AM
Staff Sergeant Jeremy Freeman

U.S. Navy 1993-1997
U.S. Army 1998-present - currently deployed to Iraq

Thanks for the support

Ken Weaver
09-06-2006, 7:59 AM
USAF 1966-1986; Vietnam '70, Korea '82

Bob Hovde
09-07-2006, 1:58 PM
USAF - 1964-1991. Thanks for being so generous in supporting our troops.

Bob

Glenn Clabo
09-07-2006, 2:13 PM
I love reading these...but you should also know that Waymon's Public Page states "Last Activity: 11-21-2005 7:46 PM
"

Matt Rabe
09-07-2006, 11:29 PM
Marine Corps 1988-1996 Semper Fi!!!!!

Joe Melton
09-10-2006, 10:47 PM
US Army, 1969-71, 641 days!
Joe

KENNY JASPER
09-10-2006, 10:56 PM
thanks,
i served in the army infantry 1971-1972 vietnam

Holden McGroyn
10-02-2006, 5:27 AM
United States Navy 1975-present. 13 years enlisted; 18 commissioned officer.
31 down, 2 to go.

Thanks for this very considerate effort; I know all the troops appreciate it.

R/
Holden

Tim Devlin
10-04-2006, 11:36 PM
Chief Electronic Warfare Technician...now merged with the Crypies.

1996 - present.

A great service for a worthy cause.

V/R,

CTTC :p

Jack Dickey
10-11-2006, 5:08 PM
Jack Dickey USN 1974-1986 GMGC
USS Connole ( DE 1056 )
USS H.E. Yarnell ( CG 17 )
NAS Pensacola , shore duty
USS Stump ( DD 978 )

Thanks

Bob Aliano
10-14-2006, 2:46 PM
USN, Submarine Service '61-'69. Thanks.

Tom Cole
10-18-2006, 12:18 PM
USAF Security Service, TAC Intelligence Analyst, SAC Inflight Refueling Program Manager, SAC Alert Facility Manager

USAF 1967-1994 retired as a SMSgt

Jude Tuliszewski
10-20-2006, 2:45 PM
Firstly, THANK YOU, for all who have and all who are serving our country in the armed services. My time in was from 1983 to 1987 as a United States Marine, helicopter mech.(CH-53e's), quality inspector, crew chief, areial gunner. Traveled numorous places in the states and across the big pond. One month+ on the USS IWO JIMA LPH-2 and seven+ months on the USS SAIPAN LHA-2. Was not all ways fun but all ways worth it. In hind sight I should have stayed in longer.

Looking forward on the flight deck of the USS SAIPAN
48789

Some bro's possing in front of my chopper in beautiful Norway.
48791

SEMPER FI

Roy Griggs
11-11-2006, 7:49 PM
U.S. Army 1969-1971
RVN '70-71
G-Troop
2nd Squadron
11th Armored Cavalry Regiment

Bobby Perry
01-01-2007, 8:50 PM
U.S.A.F. 1966-1973 Jet Aircraft mech. Alaska for 2 years 1967-1969 C-141's quick turnarounds. Altus Okla. 1969-1972 Crew Chief on C-5A's. Dover Del. 1972-Nov 1973. Discharged. Wouldn't let me leave Del.

Got hurt in Altus on a C-5 so now 100% disabled vet.

Ron Kerpsack
01-24-2007, 5:51 PM
Msgt USAF ret 21yrs 2months 8days. the only reason I know that is they put it on my retirement pappers

Bob Berthiaume
03-08-2007, 10:57 PM
Waymon,

Very generous, indeed. USN, ETR2, 1965-1971. One tour of Viet Nam.

Bob

Rick Runyon
03-13-2007, 6:36 PM
THANX for all your support - I KNOW that it is appreciated.

USN, 1961-1967, YN2 USS Franklin D. Roosevelt, CVA-42, Home Port Jacksonville, Fla.

Glenn Clabo
03-13-2007, 7:01 PM
This must be the longest running post on SMC...a good thing btw.

Joe Kelly
03-13-2007, 10:28 PM
Joe Kelly

19 years active duty US Army and 19 years US Army Reserve between 1955 and 1996

James Rambo
03-13-2007, 10:49 PM
Army Security Agency Signal Security Specialist 1975 - 1978

Jim Johnstun
03-29-2007, 12:20 AM
FTCM(SS) Navy. 1961 to 1987. Served in the Polaris/Posiden missile submarines.

Christopher K. Hartley
03-29-2007, 5:54 AM
Thank you Waymon, United States Air Force 1966 - 1976; Viet Nam 1969 - 1970. Material Facilities, Inventory Management and Air Transportation. TSGT.

Mark Hubbs
04-04-2007, 11:48 PM
US Army Infantry 1981 - 1992. Currently US Army Civilian

Son - Combat Medic, 3rd Infantry Division
Daughter - US Coast Guard

Doug Collins
04-06-2007, 5:48 PM
Very Generous of you.
U.S. Navy, Lt. Cmdr., 1986-1991 (active duty) 1991 - 1994 (reserves)

And THANKS to all the vets out there for your service!

lou barchey
04-07-2007, 10:18 AM
Just started some pens for the project!

Lou Barchey, SGT U.S. Army ,1974-77

Bob Spare
04-07-2007, 11:23 AM
Thank you waymon

USAF
1954-1958
Bitburg Germany

Kevin Jaynes
04-09-2007, 10:56 AM
USCG 1981 - 1985 Aviation Electronics Technician and Aircrewman on HH 3F Pelican ritary wing and HU 25A Falcon fanjets.

My wife experessed an interest in turning pens so I swapped some wood blanks (I have a sawmill) to a guy for his Delta Midi. He stepped up to a bigger lathe.

We do not have it set up yet because life keeps getting in the way, don't even have any turning tools yet but hopefully will soon and will dive into this Freedom Pen effort and see what it is all about.

Love this site have been reading archives off and on for months.

Kevin.

Brian Knop
04-09-2007, 3:16 PM
USAF 1982-1986
McChord AFB
Kunsan Korea

Chris Groff
04-12-2007, 6:31 PM
Great work guys! Thanks for your service. I'm new to the message board here, and have read about 4 hours of posts so far.

US Army 1989-1992, UH-60 Crewchief. Service was cut short after a crash in Desert Shield.

2 People have offered their lives for your freedom; Jesus and a US Servicemember!

Robert Heckler
04-12-2007, 10:23 PM
I'm a new guy here,if I get this wrong,just yell at me. I'm used to it!

US Army,1966-1970. RVN with the 101st, Camp Eagle and other wonderful places. Helicopter pilot.

Terry Mobley
05-20-2007, 1:51 PM
Howdy Everyone!

SFC Terry Mobley here, stationed out of Fort Hood, Texas.
Currently in Baghdad!

Bob Childress
05-20-2007, 5:29 PM
Welcome Terry. And God bless. Come around any time!

dennis kranz
05-21-2007, 5:05 AM
Dennis Kranz U.S. Air Force 1966 - 1970

Jamie Donaldson
05-21-2007, 10:44 AM
..Army, 502 Rangers, 101st Screamin' Eagles, Phu Bai and many areas N and W in I Corps-Vietnam.

Brad Knight
05-21-2007, 1:46 PM
Sgt. Brad Knight, US Army 92'-98'... deployed into Bosina in 95'

Rich Dean
05-28-2007, 1:37 PM
Waymon;
I am a VET still serving in Iraq now and have been for the forth time now.
11 Sep 2001 till present U.S. Army SSGT
Rich:D

Mike Shue
05-29-2007, 3:16 PM
Navy 1995-1997. CTI3 Russian Linguist. Medical Discharge and pissed about it.

David Tiell
06-04-2007, 3:15 PM
In case you're still doing this great thing, Waymon;

GySgt (Ret)
US Marine Corps
March 1982 - April 2002

Semper FI!

Rich Dean
06-05-2007, 4:38 PM
Waymon,

Jun 1967 to present day, and 16 months to retirement in the Air Force Reserve Command. I guess that means I should kick in for my own $10.00... PM me with your address and I will send to your pot.

I will match the first 5 that can beat my time in service...

Chief Schmoll
USAFR

Jim From Idyllwild CA

Jim,
MSG James Jones, WWII,Korea,Nam. 82nd ABN DIV, 3SFG. Jan 1940 to MARCH 1971:D WAY TO GO PAW PAW me 4 TIMES NOW 2 IRAQ 2 AFGHANISTAN

Bobby Perry
06-27-2007, 11:31 AM
US Air Force 1966 to 1973 Jet Aircraft mechanic C-5A crew chief. Loved it:D Then Maintance control, office job hated it.:D

Michael McCoy
06-30-2007, 7:20 PM
Navy - E2 Hawkeye aircrew and later air traffic control - 1969-1991.

Thomas Clark
08-07-2007, 9:18 AM
I did my duty in the Army, discharged as an E-5, Vietnam 67-68 9th Infantry. It totally helped me become disciplined, I am now a retired Fire Captain living in Maine, make a lot of pens, just now becoming involved in this Freedom Pen Project.

Bob Swenson
08-26-2007, 2:11 PM
So long ago I almost forgot-- 10th Mountain 43-46

Dave Brandt
08-26-2007, 3:06 PM
Very generous, indeed. Thank You! US Army 1967-1969

Dave Ray
08-26-2007, 4:40 PM
U. S. Navy 57-78..... Always Haze Grey and Underway... Loved it.

Daniel Kennedy
08-28-2007, 11:06 AM
USMC 2002-Present (currently in Iraq)

Clif Liliedahl
08-30-2007, 5:49 PM
US Army, 1958-1962, HAWK Missile System Radar Repairman, Germany
Plus almost 38 years providing contractor support to US Army and Allied customers in US, Europe, Asia and Middle East. Member American Legion. Oldest son was selected as the first term enlistee Airman of the Year for the entire USAF and served with USAF Thunderbirds. Son-in-law was 8 years USMC and served in Desert Storm.

Jon Lanier
08-30-2007, 8:57 PM
Jon, Force Recon, Marines, 81-86

Bill Neely
09-03-2007, 4:53 AM
Usn 1960-67, Uscg 1969-1989.

Johnathan Bussom
09-03-2007, 11:22 AM
Very generous of you Waymon, it looks like your goal of $1000 was reached rather quickly and I am sure your Dad would have appreciated your efforts.

I'll post anyway so you will know there are still more woodworker vets still out here!

USArmy Corp of Engineers 59-67, been there and done that too!

Mike Hood
09-03-2007, 11:31 AM
Same thing... just wanted to thank you.

US Navy, Aviation Electronics Tech, Senior Chief - 1981-2004

David Peno
09-20-2007, 3:56 PM
US ARMY 1988-1992

82d Airborne Division, 1/325th, Recon Platoon

Dave

Karl Franz
09-20-2007, 10:48 PM
US Navy, 1969-1990.

John Renzetti
10-02-2007, 12:53 AM
Originally Posted by Jim Schmoll
Waymon,

Jun 1967 to present day, and 16 months to retirement in the Air Force Reserve Command. I guess that means I should kick in for my own $10.00... PM me with your address and I will send to your pot.

I will match the first 5 that can beat my time in service...

Chief Schmoll
USAFR

Jim From Idyllwild CA

I might have Jim beat now, from the time back in 2004 when this was posted and I posted my original message..
USA 1969-72, Vietnam-Cobra gunships out of Pleiku, Guard 72-75, Active Reserves 76-84 while flying in Africa. Active Guard 85 to present flying C-12 airplanes. If I make it to April 2009, my new MRD at 62, that will make 40yrs active and reserve. (We must be short of pilots if they are letting us 60yr olds make tactical night approaches into Bagdad.)
CW5 John Renzetti
now based in the Middle East and anxiously awaiting the delivery of the Freedom Pens. Thanks Keith and Jackie

Dean Thomas
10-02-2007, 3:16 PM
Dennis Kranz U.S. Air Force 1966 - 1970
Me, too, Dennis, 66-70. I served in Texas for a year and in the Canal Zone for 3.

Go Waymon!!

Bruce Page
10-02-2007, 3:37 PM
Anyone know what happend to Waymon?
It's been almost 2 years since he last visited the Creek.

Ken Fitzgerald
10-02-2007, 3:56 PM
Bruce.....I don't have a clue.....He had a family member with some health issues......sister IIRC....then the hurricane hit......I haven't seen him post since...........

mike thomas01
12-05-2007, 7:53 PM
Thank you for thinking of the Veterans!
Michael A. Thomas, SMSgt, USAF (Retired)
1976-2000

Scott Hooker
12-05-2007, 10:48 PM
U S Army June, 1983 - March, 1989

Captain, Medical Service Corps

Served as Battalion Medical Officer, 1st BN, 8th Infantry (M), 4th ID Fort Carson, CO

Also, Health Care Systems Support Activity, Ft. Sam Houston, TX

Proud of my service and more proud of the young men and women doing the hard work in Irag and Afghanistan! Looking forward to growing old as a woodworker and veteran of the great USA!

Don Stutsman
12-06-2007, 12:28 AM
US Army '69-'75; US Air Force '76-01 - Thanks for your generous support!

Spring Branch, TX

Dan Barr
12-06-2007, 3:56 AM
Dan Barr

U.S. Air Force 98' - present; SSgt (TSgt select)

Radio Operator

Been to OEF twice.

v/r

dan :)

Rick Gifford
12-06-2007, 6:39 AM
U.S. Navy - Boiler Technician 3rd Class
1985-1989

USS Raleigh LPD-1

Jeff Raymond
12-06-2007, 10:57 AM
Me: USAF: 66-70 RVN 67-68 TET
Dad: USA Capt S. Pacific 42-44
Uncle: USA Korea
Uncle: Lt. Gen William Rolya USA (Ret)

Brad Noble
12-06-2007, 8:20 PM
Very Nice gesture, Waymon. Army, 101st, 3rd/187th. 1969-1975

Brad

charles lewis
12-06-2007, 8:45 PM
Very generous of you ,thank you very much. U S Navy 58 to 62