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Laury Allison

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  1. If the thing is still armed and you are on the receiving end of it....it is definately unheathy! I would follow the other advices given here as well. Laury
  2. I remember the movie "Baby Blue Marine"....sometime in the mid to late 1970s as I recall. I think it was largely a Hollywood creation. I went in the US Air Force in 1982 and my Flight did not loose anyone to separation or a recycle. I was told that it had been about 10 years that a flight went through clean like that. Not sure if that is true or not? There were 5 of us that were considered prior service and "bypassed" basic....I was one of those. The only thing we "bypassed" was having to mess with the graduation. We basically did everything it took to graduate basic training, we just didn't always do it with our own unit. We were often involved in training with squadrons/flights that were ahead of where our own squadron/flight was at. So we might have gone to the rifle range in the second week of training with trainees that were in their fourth week of training. We went to the obstacle course in our third week with other trainees in their fifth week. All in all I think I speant a month and a day in basic training. I did everything everyone else did...except for waiting around for the graduation stuff...I just got to do it sooner and get the heck out of there sooner. I do recall that our civilian clothes that we wore to basic training were packed away as soon as we were issued our uniforms. They were locked in a closet in the day room of our bay. The night before leaving we were allowed to retrieve our personal luggage (which contained our civvies). Myself and the other four guys who were prior service retrieved our civvie bags the night before we left. The other guys in the flight were envious when the saw real civilian blue jeans...LOL. I do remember getting up that morning and while the rest of the flight went to PT, I took a nice long hot shower (by myself), and dressed in my blues. I remember going to breakfast one last time with them too. Left on a bus to Keesler AFB....took ALL day...but we could smoke all we wanted. That was over 27 years ago now, but the memories are as clear as they were yesterday....and still a proud moment in my life.
  3. To answer the original question: Enlist in the armed service of your choice and spend a few years learning how things are done. If you still want to play soldier after that...then you will know how. :w00t:
  4. They are for mounting a single miniature medal. :thumbsup:
  5. The branch of service brass is wrong too, but you never know. Also makes me wonder why there isn't a CIB or CMB since there is a combat patch. I would think the CIB would be closer to right due to the Infantry bos insignia. But anything is possible. No campaign stars on the VSM either, but that was very often overlooked.
  6. I am not a uniform collector so much, but do remember these Nomex uniforms. I think it is a good example of all Vietnam made insignia for a CW2 aviator. All of the Vietnamese made "Eagle Rising" Warrant Officer branch insignia I've seen looked similar to the "squashed bug" look as this one. As far as the odd colors on the rank insignia, I'm not really surprised by them. Remember back in those days, warrant officer rank was brown and gold for WO1 and CW2. For CW3 and CW4, it was brown and silver. Remember too that warrant officer ranks are the smallest batch of ranks in the US Army...compared to officer and enlisted ranks. Aviators probably make up the majority of warrants in the Army....especially during the Vietnam time frame. Maybe the Vietnamese tailor who made the insignia didn't have any brown thread....the dark red may have been as close as he had. I think it looks good for that period. My Dad was a CWO-3 when he retired in 1972 and had 2 tours in Vietnam. I don't think he had any Vietnamese made insignia, but he was a PBO, so he probably knew how to order the authorized stuff. Just my thoughts.... Laury
  7. I would think stick it in the deep freeze instead of heating it. Cold makes things contract....heat makes things expand. I've used this method on hard drives that wouldn't spin up and it worked...it may work on swords too. I am pretty sure I would try the cold method before the heat method???? Laury
  8. Here are some of my cloth versions. I think I have a couple of metal ones somewhere. Laury
  9. I have 3 (I think?) National Guard ribbons. One of them was the Alabama Commendation Medal. I was asked if I wanted an awards ceremony and thought about having one for about 15 minutes. I changed my mind and decided I didn't need a ceremony for this one. I have 21 different ribbons and medals and only ever had two of them pinned on me. As soon as I said I didn't really want a ceremony for the Alabama Commendation Medal, the full size medal that was going to be pinned on me was taken away. I was kind of ticked off by this....later a guy I knew in Personnel gave me a medal for the one I didn't get from my unit. I also later found out that they were supposed to give me a flag (they didn't). I have one from when I left HQ Pacific Air Forces that flew over the USS Arizona that is special to me. I also found that I could have gotten a letter from the Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force and would have liked to have had that. I had requested one of those for a former boss of mine who was a Command Chief Master Sergeant. I knew about that, but at the time thought it was just a Chief Master Sergeant thing. I later found out that all enlisted Air Force personnel can request that. The thing I wanted most was the Minuteman Statue. They are given as awards and can be requested by a unit at the time of a member's retirement. My unit was too damned lazy to do this for me. I was the oddball (like many others in my squadron). I initially served over a decade on active duty in the US Air Force. I then went to the Army National Guard for six years, then went to the Air National Guard. I didn't got to high school with these people, wasn't married to anybody's sister in the unit, wasn't related to anybody in the unit, etc., etc., etc. Those things often seemed to affect promotions as to who got promoted and who didn't. The person that came from active duty and earned their NCO stripes the hard way were very often penalized when it came to getting promoted in the National Guard. I lost 14 years time in grade when I went to the Air National Guard from the Army National Guard. Because I had came from the Army NG, my date of rank was set as the day I came in the Air NG. I had been promoted to Staff Sergeant (E-5) on 1 May 1986...to me, that was my date of rank....even the Army NG had that as my date of rank. I got into a huge argument with a female Chief Master Sergeant over it....I still don't think she was reading the regulation correctly and as it turned out....she wasn't. The "Good Old Boy" System was alive and well when I retired in 2005, and I'm sure it still thriving today. I was eventually promoted to E-6, after a lot of regulation digging and proving I was qualified for the promotion. It wasn't easy, but persistance paid off. The thing that bothers me about it is that I could have been promoted at least 4 years earlier and that was a lot of money lost considering the ammount of active duty time I served with that unit. But....I wasn't anybody's cousin. brother-in-law, etc. So I guess I have to live with what I got........ Laury Laury
  10. I have several variations of cloth color and subdued badges and one or two metal ones. I've always thought this was a neat looking badge. Laury
  11. RIP Shifty!!! :salute:
  12. Also, PBR (Papst Blue Ribbon) and Old Milwaukee come to mind....not sure if those are still around? But beer was more of a base camp thing...not even a fire base and never on a patrol setting (you gotta stay sharp out there). Just something to keep in mind. Laury
  13. Some Schlitz, Black Label or the occasional Budweiser...all in cans would be more fitting for American Soldiers....and then not in the field but more back in Base Camp....especially while relaxing and grilling some steaks. I'm sure there were some other vintage brands that would work as well....I just can't think of them at the moment. The "33" would be OK for down in the village, but not really at the base camp. I'll see if I can dig up some of the base camp beer pics I have. Good job! Laury
  14. The Senior and Master parachute wings weren't authorized until 1949 and in the Army regulations until 1950. Even after that time, regardless of the number of jumps a trooper has, they have to be Jumpmaster qualified to get the Senior or Master wings. I knew a guy once that had 618 jumps, but had never gone to the Jumpmaster Course, so still wore basic wings. When asked about it, he said he never wanted the responsibility. These wings could be from prior to the authorization of the Senior and Master ratings or from someone who wasn't a Jumpmaster. Without knowing for sure, there is no need to beat yourself up about it either way. It appears to be a unique way of a trooper marking their jumps. I've got some pilot wings marked with what appears to be the father's initials and date they earned their wings and the son's initials and the date they earned their wings....I would guess it was a pair of wings awarded to the son upon graduation from flight school. I think I have a submarine badge with something scratched on the reverse too...I just don't remember what it is at the moment. Different stuff scratched (or engraved) onto the backs of different badges/wings is not unheard of, but not real common and is neat when you do find them. Just my thoughts.... Laury
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