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Sun Jun 14, 2020, 04:40 AM

Happy birthday soldiers today is the U.S. army's birthday

The first army birthday I celebrated was June 14 1984. We stood at attention my platoon at fort benning. Over at harmony church in a old WW 2 Mess hall singing happy birthday to the army. And we had to sing it at least twice as our Senior Drill was not impressed with our attempt. And that second try fell short.

After chow we were smoked with push ups sit ups log drills and mountain climbers. By our senior Drill. Nothing unusual about getting smoked it was common at least five or six times a day maybe more it was a fact of day to day life a hard common. It was a special moment the armyís birthday I wasnít feeling it.

Another reason was my platoon member another trainee was allowed to have a piece of cake on that day. He had real bad acne and our senior Drill informed him no cake or pie no sweets. On the first day of our 14 week of osut infantry cycle.

On that first day the Senior Drill informed his platoon of former civilians. That he served two tours Heavy combat tours in Vietnam.

And the second tour he volunteered to get away from his first wife. Standing at attention in platoon bay hearing that this SFC. Upon not being happily married and decided to spend a second time fighting the NVA instead of stateside with his first wife. Iím thinking WTF did I get myself into ok. I have 35 months and three weeks and four days on my enlistment.

And as he walked in the middle of the platoon bay. Eyeing all of us up he saw a young trainee with bad acne. And after punishing us all with sit ups and mountain climbers in platoon bay. Reason the army sent him a ugly acne infested civilian how dare they disrespect him. The young soldier with bad acne who would be now known as private qausimodo. Would not be allowed any cake pie chocolate milk for the next 14 weeks. As sweets cause acne according to the Senior Drill.

Sweating in the front leaning rest position Iím thinking to myself. Fucking great not only is this Senior Drill not great at marriage. He has a desire to be a fucking dermatologist. years later singing happy birthday I would often remember that June 14 and smile.

So happy birthday troopers why I think Iíll make shit on a shingle this morning. In memory of our alma mater.

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Reply Happy birthday soldiers today is the U.S. army's birthday (Original post)
TEB Jun 2020 OP
Glorfindel Jun 2020 #1
TEB Jun 2020 #2
JustABozoOnThisBus Jun 2020 #3
TEB Jun 2020 #4
Glorfindel Jun 2020 #5
TEB Jun 2020 #6
JustABozoOnThisBus Jun 2020 #7
Glorfindel Jun 2020 #8
JustABozoOnThisBus Jun 2020 #9
Glorfindel Jun 2020 #10
DashOneBravo Jun 2020 #12
TEB Jun 2020 #13
TEB Jun 2020 #14
DashOneBravo Jun 2020 #15
DashOneBravo Jun 2020 #11

Response to TEB (Original post)

Sun Jun 14, 2020, 04:56 AM

1. Hey, TEB! Thanks for a very interesting post.

I was at Harmony Church, Fort Benning, for basic training in 1966, May - July. Hotter than the hinges of hell! I don't recall that we celebrated the Army's birthday, but to tell the truth, there's a lot I don't remember about those eight weeks...mostly exhaustion and terror of flunking out of basic and having to do the same thing all over again (I didn't, thank God).

Happy birthday right back atcha, and enjoy your SOS. I always secretly liked it.

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Response to Glorfindel (Reply #1)

Sun Jun 14, 2020, 05:03 AM

2. Happy birthday Glorfindel

Oh yes it was hot in summer at that time we were maybe 3 days into our cycle. I have chip beef sliced up I had help from the chocolate menace. Heís a vet as weíll probably 12 skunk engagements over the years. His wounds mostly stitches or new skin and rabies booster shots.

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Response to Glorfindel (Reply #1)

Sun Jun 14, 2020, 06:11 AM

3. Hey Glorfindel, you must be an old fart like me. I was in basic Jun-Jul '66.

Fortunately, I was at Fort Bliss, TX (El Paso). Flat (easy running), and it was a dry heat. My reward was AIT in Ft Polk, LA. No "dry heat" there, ha.

SOS, favorite breakfast. Sometimes with chipped beef, sometimes with ground beef. Both were great.

I didn't know the Army had a birthday. We didn't celebrate it. I remember the relaxing times in the front-leaning-rest position.

TEB, I won't have any birthday cake today, maybe a shot of Bourbon.

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Response to JustABozoOnThisBus (Reply #3)

Sun Jun 14, 2020, 07:15 AM

4. Awesome on bourbon

Iím on the wagon So no booze. I just find humor

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Response to JustABozoOnThisBus (Reply #3)

Sun Jun 14, 2020, 07:17 AM

5. Yep, definitely an old fart here.

My AIT was at Fort Benjamin Harrison, Indiana, the US Army's Adjutant General School. Sixteen weeks of typing, shorthand, English, and (best of all) cancelled PE. After that, off to Nha Trang, Vietnam, just in time for Christmas.

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Response to Glorfindel (Reply #5)

Sun Jun 14, 2020, 07:25 AM

6. Glad you made it home

Weíre running down menu here my guys want stuffed shells In marinara and garlic bread So that means Iíll at least have buy 4 loaves garlics bread. One for the three of them and my wife and I will share one. I mentioned going fishing they said dad itís only gonna be 68 here today.

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Response to Glorfindel (Reply #5)

Sun Jun 14, 2020, 03:22 PM

7. AG here as well

A few weeks into 11B school at Polk, they (the Army) pulled about five of us out, sent us to clerk school (51x) at the "civilized part" of Polk. Then to Germany in November. Ended 18 months later, 51H50. I hope Vietnam treated you well. Germany was a treat for this young draftee.

I don't know if SOS is a traditional German breakfast, but we had it regularly.

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Response to JustABozoOnThisBus (Reply #7)

Sun Jun 14, 2020, 04:26 PM

8. I was very, very lucky with my assignment to Nha Trang, RVN

Here's a film of where I lived and worked: the Grand Hotel. Our office (G2) was on the second floor with the generals. My MOS was 71C30. It was an easy stroll across the highway to the beach. The waves were fantastic. We used to go body-surfing on inflated air mattresses. Our barracks, mess hall, NCO club, etc., were in the buildings behind the hotel. I'll bet Germany really was a treat. I have never been; maybe someday.

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Response to Glorfindel (Reply #8)

Sun Jun 14, 2020, 04:46 PM

9. Brain spasm on my MOS codes: They were 71H, not 51H.

Personnel records stuff. Pretty boring, but well out of the line of fire.

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Response to JustABozoOnThisBus (Reply #9)

Sun Jun 14, 2020, 04:50 PM

10. As we used to say, "They also serve who only sit and type."

Boring can definitely be good!

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Response to Glorfindel (Reply #1)

Mon Jun 15, 2020, 01:06 PM

12. Harmony Church changed in the 80's

Thatís where they sent all the losers. They sent the better recruits to Sand Hill.


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Response to DashOneBravo (Reply #12)

Mon Jun 15, 2020, 01:29 PM

13. Oh I agree on harmony church

We were mentally challenged soldier

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Response to DashOneBravo (Reply #12)

Mon Jun 15, 2020, 01:31 PM

14. Carry on make fun of us

Harmony church short bus troops I joke take it all in humor

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Response to TEB (Reply #14)

Tue Jun 16, 2020, 12:15 PM

15. I know lol

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Response to TEB (Original post)

Mon Jun 15, 2020, 01:00 PM

11. Happy belated birthday

I have an funny SOS story.

My dad had retired from the Army. I grew up eating SOS that he made. He used deer or beef in it and it was great.

So Iím going through the chow line and I saw SOS and asked for an extra helping. I took one bite and I realized Iíd made a horrible mistake. They make it different and I had to eat it all.

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