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Comment by michael ruotolo on December 22, 2011 at 9:47pm

Jim, Brothers. The vet said dogs have an extra eye lid, thats why after I put drops in his eye I could see his eye balls roll up. It sucks to care that much about an animal but I love the guy. If I told you what he costs me to date I'm liable to get get a round over my house-and I'm not done yet.

Comment by Jim Vaught on December 22, 2011 at 12:54pm

Got my prayers, don't know what I would do without my two wenner's. They run the show around here.

So 1st sgt. Murray was your pain in the b---.. Well good ole Lt. Ragusa was mine.The first time he and I met, he was CQ and wanted in the commo office crypto room to do bed check. I told him if he walked thru that door they would carry him out. He was brand new and I don't think anyone knew who he was. Not that it mattered. He did his best to make my life a living hell the last 6 months I was there. I know he took Capt. Hormann's place as commo officer after I was gone. Thats the last I heard about him.Lord says I have to forgive him and I have, but nothing says I have to forget what a real a-hole looks like.

Let us know what the Vet has to say????

Comment by michael ruotolo on December 22, 2011 at 10:10am

Jim, I paid $500 for that baby. I washed it every day I was on base. As to its demise. Have to ask Cantwell for that gem of info. When Maj Hodges moved out I went into the Hq 5 spot but I was real short and he wanted to have a good wheel man that had time to go. That hump Murray, the 1st. Sgt found a way to get back at me. I had a,are you ready for this, a cosmic top secret security clearence. A detail came up in Stutgart guarding the 7th Army war room. One month detail. He knew I had a car and a gal I was tight with so off to Stutgart I go. Before I went Chuck talked me into giving him the keys to my car. I think you can read between the lines. Talk to you later. Brothers, I have to go back to the Vet. I would appreciate your prayers.

Comment by Jim Vaught on December 21, 2011 at 7:51pm

Mike, none of my business but what did yu have to give for tht Chrysler back then? Guessing you sold it before going home?

Comment by Jim Vaught on December 21, 2011 at 7:49pm

Know wht you mean. Sometimes I really think a few of us could write a book and turn it in a movie. No doubt it would be a mean "R" and darn close to "X" LOL Now that I think about it, you would have known Capt. Hormann? He was Commo officer and asst. to S-3. Don'r know about anyone else but I really liked him. Never asked anyone else, didn't matter. He was just a no bull officer. Do your job and you got nothing to worry about. Being in crypto togeather helped I am sure. Keep  each other out of jail.LOL

Comment by michael ruotolo on December 21, 2011 at 6:06pm

Jim, I was going from regimental hqts one day heading towards the barricks.This was in the fall of 1962. In the parking lot was a 1956 crysler new yorker with a for sale sign on it. A gent wearing a suit stopped and asked if I was interested. I told him I was. I banked some money from working part time in the officers club and I got a loan from american express. Man did I love that car. Push button drive, leather seats, what a draws wagon. One of the many pluses being in Nurnburg. Those were great times.After all the things I have done nothing can top my world in the early 60s.

Comment by Jim Vaught on December 21, 2011 at 3:48pm

Mike, run the name "turnbow" thru Merrell facebooks 380 members and nothing came up. I know I saw that name. Well, would have been willing to bet I saw that name. Sorry Bud.

If don't talk to you before Christmas my family and I pray you and yours will have a very blessed day. Merry Christmas

Comment by Jim Vaught on December 21, 2011 at 1:46pm

What a story...Only in our Army. Its a wonder how those things seem to work out the best for the good ole USA.

Could tell some stories about my Pal David Holmes and my self. But save those for a later time. Some of this stuff could still be classified.n someone's mind anyway.

Comment by michael ruotolo on December 20, 2011 at 1:48pm

Jim, there a story behind the Holmes I'm talking about. This chap was 6"2-3, jet black hair. I drove him into Nurnberg one day and he told me he wanted to goto Viet Nam when he was a Ltc. The Army denied it and he told the Army to shove it. After a while he regretted his descion and went back in as an E-6. Mind you he was a Ltc in the reserve. Well after 2 years he gets promoted to General. The Army could not him as a general in the regular army and a Ltc so they made him a General in the regulular army. I saw him by regimental hqtrs and was about to give him a wave and then I saw the star. As I said before he worked in the war room under Capt Stokes who broke his balls constantly. Well he was assigned statside and guess who he was taking with him. Some story hah.

Comment by Jim Vaught on December 20, 2011 at 12:32pm

No Mike he was some what on the short side, bald and would have b een sp4 when you were there. Trying to bring back memories of some soon to be 50 years is not easy for a fellow who can't remember what his wife told him 10 minutes ago. Now thats from my wife's point of view.LOL


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