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That time the NAZI's invaded Camp Gates...in 1987

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Comment by harold goldstein on October 7, 2019 at 10:10am

I did make money on the change from Scrip to Dollars when the Germans were for half it's value to us. Screaming outside our barracks selling the scrip.

"Bitte Americans"  and they would take $5. for a $10. scrip

I do not remember what they looked like. What you showed Chief doesn't bring out my memory.

Comment by harold goldstein on October 7, 2019 at 10:05am

Dave, the comment about me being exemplary, she agrees with enthusiasm.

57 years Dave, that say's something!

Comment by harold goldstein on October 7, 2019 at 9:59am

This comment Dave:

As far as what we call the Vietnam War, or Second Indochina War, it officially began November 1, 1955. Our involvement goes further back to the First Indochina War when we started aiding the French there in 1950 with money, equipment, and the first military advisors with MAAG (Military Assistance Advisory Group). Two CIA pilots were killed in action during the siege of Dien Bien Phu, 1954.

Comment by Dave Gettman on October 7, 2019 at 8:56am

What, the comment about you being exemplary? I'd need confirmation from your wife on that before you can quote me.

Our involvement in what would become Vietnam goes all the way back before the end of WW II and initially we were supporting the forces that would evolve into the communist forces that won that war.

Comment by Lawrence Stanley Snow(DUSTY)SSG on October 6, 2019 at 8:23pm

why didn't they have the 11 acr patch on the unit that was in Viet Nam i was with the 11 ACR for two years that was between Jul 1967 to July 1969

Comment by George Crump (Chief) on October 6, 2019 at 2:04pm

Reference the Vietnam War, actually it started right after the WW2 ended in 1945 - we were not involve yet - the Japanese at first had a mutual agreement  with the French because it was a French colony. After a while the Japanese took complete control, and when the war ended, the British when in to accept the Japanese surrender. And everything was calm because the British treated the Vietnamese people with respect. That only lasted a short time and friction broke out between the Communists and the British. So the British Army rearmed the Japanese soldier and with the Gurkhas and well trained British jungle troops  brought everything under control again. During this period of time Ho Chi Minh was not involved with the fighting, his objected was he wanted Vietnam to have self rule, so he sent a delegation to Washington DC to talk to Eisenhower about peace, Ho thinking the Americans would understand, since we fought a revolution to free ourselves of  foreign rule, Ike would not even talk to them. Meanwhile the British were disarming again the Japanese soldiers and were in the process of sending them home, some decided to stay as the British were turning over the country to France again. And that's when the problem started, and we know what happened to the French. Which led us to be drawn in slowly but surely, but here's the kicker - guess who owned Bell helicopter. - the factory was located in Texas. Dragoon for life - Chief 

Comment by harold goldstein on October 6, 2019 at 9:46am

Screw Her. If she is in a movie I turn it to another station. I refuse to watch her and Mel Gibson.

I received an Article 15 in Radio School. Specialist Northrup, asd soon as this Radio School Class started, he resented me from day 1. He was anti semitic and let everyone know it.

We were policing an area and I was on the extreme right side of a line of 15 or so classmates. He hollered, "Goldstein, over by that tree, (which was over on the left side where there were half a dozen walking,) so I said LET THEM DO IT) so he wrote me up. 2 weeks Kitchen duty. Looking back, an order is an order you must follow. However; I think that it was intentional harassment. I still graduated 5 th in my class, 1st in Radio Operation about 8th in repair and electric.

I ran a tight net. You radio operators that know Q and Z codes, I had to give someone a ZBM 2 because I could not tell the difference between his dots and dashes and turned someone in because of indiscretion on the air.

Comment by Lawrence Joseph Galaske Jr. on October 6, 2019 at 9:28am

Strange, no Americal Division. About GCM, I received a ACM when I ETS’d out of Nam but no GCM. Always wondered why. I’ve run into guys with 2 yrs service with one. I never got an article 15 or in trouble, Nixon did send me home 12 days short of 3 yrs.??


Comment by George Crump (Chief) on October 5, 2019 at 9:05pm

Troopers, attach listing of awards and medals, maybe will help with discussion, also you cannot talk about Vietnam without including our famous movie star. see attached picture. Dragoon for life - Chief.

Comment by Jim Ward on October 5, 2019 at 5:42pm

As far as the Good Conduct Medal goes, I received a Field Grade Article 15 and also received a Good Conduct Medal. I recall the seeing the paperwork for the GCM and my First Sergeant wrote NO! so large as to fill his entire block on the paper work. Captain pushed it through so who knows. Up to my last 60 days I didn't have so much as a write up. 


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