"Good morning , checking in so as not to be counted AWOL. Beautiful sunny cool Friday morning, going to get up to 70 deg. All is well here in the lower desert of So. Cal. Oldest daughter celebrated her birthday Wed. Helping a widow out with her golf…"
"I go by Sig, I was in Howitzer company 2/2 from Feb 58 to March 60 when I was discharged from Ft. Hamilton N.Y. I took basic at Ft Meade Md. in April 57 then went to Ft. Chafee Ark. for Artillery trng. on a towed 105. Gyroed over to Germany Feb 58…"
"Well with the fires around us but a ways off, our air quality sucks right now, films of ash on cars and when the sun sets in the eve it looks like a tangerine. Trying to stay inside and keep the A/C on. Go out early in the AM as soon as it's…"
"Gene, well we are about 20/25 miles to the southwest of the El Dorado fire, we were able to see the smoke Saturday and Sunday and one of our friends posted pictures of the flames Sunday night. We are at a much lower elevation than where the fire is…"
Hi Sigmund - I know what you mean - we had the same with the replacement of the M-59 APC the M-113 APC.but the biggest problem we had with both of them was being power by gasoline engines, later they did change the engine to diesel in the M-113, But I never understand why the Army at that time used.gas in every armored vehicles, the Germans taught us a lesson in ww2 by using diesel fuel, that's why the M-4 Sherman tank got the neck name Ronson lighter. the M-48A3 was the first Tank with diesel, but our M-88 recovery vehicle was still gas until the M-1 came out.- see attached photos Dragoon for life Chief.
Thanks for the welcome Sigmund. Sorry I didn't respond earlier. I am just now figuring out how to navigate this site. I started with the US Forest Service on the Big Bear Ranger District in 1969. Made a career out of it and retired in 2002 out of Redding, CA. Went to work for CalFire the next day as a crew captain for 6 years until my back had to be fused. I'd probably still be working for them if that wouldn't have taken me down. My wife Wendy and I have been working as lookouts since 2011. We live at Timber Mountain Lookout in our travel trailer. Timber Mountain is one of 5 lookouts on the Modoc NF. They are all contracted lookouts. Wendy commutes daily 18 miles to her lookout in the Lava Beds National Monument (Schonchin Butte). She's hired as a temporary employee with the Park Service each summer. She has a 1 mile hike up and back each day. We had a place in Shingletown, CA for several m years and then sold it and became full time RVers. We wintered in San Jacinto for a few years. Our place was in the Heritage Ranch Senior Park. We sold it in 2015 and now live in Green River, Utah.