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We were soldiers once, and young
Posted by: McQ on Monday, July 10, 2006

This past weekend I had the distinct honor and pleasure of attending the first reunion in my life I enjoyed. Did the high school thing and even the college one.

Hated it.

But this weekend I was able to see a bunch of buddies, in the truest sense of the word. Guys I served with for many years in the military. I hadn't seen many of them in 20 odd years. And this was the first time we'd all tried to get together. I had no idea how many would show up, but I figured 20 or 30 would be great. How about 140? We had 5 retired Major Generals there (former commanders of the unit) for heaven sake.

So here, for your edification, is a picture of a group of those guys. It is always startling for me to see a picture like this and realize I'm getting so damn old. But this folks, is what your Vietnam generation now looks like.

Oh, and that's me in the red shirt. And for some fun, identify the 3 Ranger school grads in the picture. One is free - me. But find the other two. Number the people in the pic 1 thru 10 with 1 starting on the left. I'm 7, the shorter guy to my right is 8 and the taller guy 9. Answer below the fold.
OK you can't look at this until you've put your guess in:

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Which outfit?
Written By: Mark A. Flacy
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8 and 4
Written By: DCB
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6 & 10

(and thanks for your service in Vietnam)
Written By: Stomp Allen
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Be glad it was not a Star Trek reunion or convention.

You know what happened to the guys in the red shirts.

Although you do sport that Klingon goatee... and go by Q. hmmm...

I too served in the Vietnam era. Interesting times. We all did what we could, with what we had.

Me? I had to work on a 120 degree flightline with Iranian student jet pilots.

Yes, we trained the pilots that trained the pilots to fight our boys if things go ’hot’ there.

I’ll never forget the smell.

Hey. You look pretty good, for a trekkie bluehair, heh.
Written By: Rick D.
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You think you hated your high school reunion? Have you been to your wife’s? Hanging around with some strange old fogies is even worse. Funny how everybody else ages faster than I do(They must!). And the only beer they had was budweiser.
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2 and 10.
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1 and 8.
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