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March 08, 2019 10:19AM
After completing basic training I went to New Jersey, Ft. Monmouth, for training. Because I had enlisted I got to choose my MOS... computer repair. While being trained we discovered that 100% of the classes who had graduated in the previous approx. 10 years had been sent to Viet Nam. One of my classmates got mad about this and wrote his congressman.... I don't know what he said but I do know the congressman made inquiries.. to whom or what he said again - I don't know. When we graduated none of us went to Viet Nam but instead either Germany or Korea.

In basic training we had 270 soldiers in our company. Half of those were Natl. Guard... in for 6 months then out. 135 regular army. I became good friends with a guy from Lemoore and we maintained contact thru our tour of duty and for several years after. He got stationed in D.C. working... well, not sure of his title or MOS.... he ran the stats for various things which included the causality reports from Viet Nam... (you probably remember the weekly news reports). He and I separated after basic but reunited doing a year in the Army Resevex after our active duty... and he told me that of the 135 active duty soldiers we attended basic training with 37 never came home from Viet Nam. He didn't remember all their names, of course, but remembered several of them... friends of ours from Basic.

Also while in Germany they ran a drawing... this is weird, I know, but true... every week they chose 3 people at random, (or supposedly at random), to be transferred to Viet Nam. I had to go thru that drawing for nearly 2 years. Never told my wife about it.

While in Germany I was assigned, for a few days, the duty of introducing those just arriving to the base in Germany... where things were, etc. One guy told me he had been on a plane in Seattle headed for Viet Nam when they announced, WHILE ON THE PLANE, they had been reassigned to Germany.

He was in Germany for one week and got 'drawn' for Viet Nam.

Yes, I know many men on the Memorial wall in D.C.... and have visited perhaps a half a dozen times. - JamesJM

  Grandson... may be Western Colorado U.

JamesJM83March 07, 2019 05:51PM

  How very interesting

waterfield33March 07, 2019 07:31PM

  How old is he, Waterfield? And WOW

JamesJM31March 07, 2019 08:17PM

  looked at the seasonal totals for China Peak.......

21Dog29March 08, 2019 04:32AM

  Re: How old is he, Waterfield? And WOW

waterfield36March 08, 2019 09:04AM

  Re: How very interesting

21Dog54March 08, 2019 04:26AM

  Same here, well..the beer anyway, not the baseball...

JamesJM31March 08, 2019 04:46AM

  did you have a low lottery number......

21Dog30March 08, 2019 04:50AM


JamesJM27March 08, 2019 05:05AM

  got mine in either '72 or '73......

21Dog29March 08, 2019 05:14AM

  Military service

waterfield33March 08, 2019 09:39AM

  I know how you feel...

JamesJM29March 08, 2019 10:19AM

  Re: How very interesting

waterfield32March 08, 2019 09:42AM