A Vietnam Veteran Having Fun After the War

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Mike was in Vietnam from 1968-1972, for four tours. He was in Special Forces, and was often loaned out to other groups. He learned quite a bit about bombs and how to make them. He did a lot of scouting and even did stints as a sniper. He did his job well and managed to come back. His last hour in Vietnam was not quiet either. While he was waiting to board his plane to come home, a sniper opened up. That time, he didn't even have a gun with him. He had already turned it in. His duffle bag received a bullet hole in it, two inches from where his head had been lying on it in the airport in Vietnam.

Here are a few episodes in his life after combat:

When he came back, he became a deputy in his hometown. He left just a few years later and wandered the country for a while. Then his car broke down in a little town in the far south of CA. He painted houses to get it fixed and eventually joined the Sheriff's Department there.

He joined the National Guard in Imperial County, CA. They went on their two week training duty, and they were pitted against another Guard group from Riverside.

They were all billeted at Fort Irwin for the exercise. Mike's group decided to take over the Riverside command camp during the night. They did a magic mixture between the C-ration beans and Sterno, which made a noxious odor of condensed outhouse. They lit it up and watched as the smoke rolled out of the little cans of beans and filled the rival camp. The rival soldiers poured out of their tents, coughing, gagging, crying, and choking. They gave up without a fight. This pleased the heck out of Mike's group but the Riverside Guard was highly displeased. A few months later, the Captain from the Riverside Guard transferred to the one Mike was in.

When asked why, he answered simply, "I never want to have to go up against HIM again. I want him on my side." They became very good friends.

In another incident, Mike's wife was pregnant and went to her first OB appointment. The Doctor, who was a wizened old man (who looked as if a good stiff breeze would blow him away), noticing that she was fifteen pounds overweight, commented that she was so fat that she should never be pregnant. In her wildly emotional state of mind, she started crying. When she left, she was still crying, as the Doctors comments got increasingly nasty during the appointment. She went to pick up the two year old at the babysitter's house. Being the good friends they were, they talked her into waiting to drive home until she was calmer.

When she arrived home, Mike was just arriving from his job as a Deputy. He asked how her appointment went and she told him, starting to cry again. Mike calmed her down and told her she was perfect. Then he went to run a few errands and to pick up some dinner on the way home. He tended to spoil his wife a little.

He went back to the Sheriff's office and talked to the Sheriff. They then went and filed a report on the offensive Doctor. They sent a couple of Deputies down to the Doctor's office and arrested him for disturbing the peace. He had disturbed the 'peace of mind' of a pregnant woman and to them, that mattered. Mike, being slightly on the vengeful side, then called a friend who worked at the power company. They had his power shut off. They called the water company and had his water shut off. They called the newspaper, and had his paper delivery cancelled. When the offending Doctor got out of jail that Friday night, and went home, he left right away to go to a hotel for the week-end. Mike really did not like people making his wife cry. The next Doctor, an elderly man, asked why they switched, and then shook his head and commented that someday that man was going to find a husband that was violent and would just shoot him.


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One of my favorite stories is a joke played on Mike's best friend Frank. They were deputies together and had quite a few wild times. They had most of their wild times off duty. Frank was married to a witch that didn't like Mike. Mike didn't like her either but he put up with her for Frank's sake. Mike decided one day to play a practical joke on Frank and wired his mailbox to explode when Frank opened it. Mike miscalculated and missed that Frank's stepson was home from school that day. He checked the mail. The mailbox exploded right on cue, no one got hurt, Frank's wife hated Mike even more.

A more scary story with a humorous twist is a period of time when Mike had a contract working security for the farms during a farm workers strike. He hired his cop friends to work security in their off-duty hours. Frank was one of the friends that was working for him, the money was good and the risk was relatively low. One night the farm workers gathered while Frank was on duty as a deputy. Mike called the Sheriff's office and called everyone in. There was going to be a riot, he could feel it. The re-enforcements rolled in, all of the deputies that could be spared, all of the security guards that could be found, the Highway Patrol, all sent people to help in this riot situation. One of the deputies had a frog with velcro on it. The other side of the velcro strip was on his riot helmet. When he knew a riot was imminent, he would slap it on his riot helmet. He said he needed its protection. When the riot went down, they fought to control it and tried to keep anyone from getting hurt. They tried to convince the rioters that it would not do them any good to riot. It didn't work. They rioted and hundreds ended up in the hospital. Mike's crew did pretty good. No one got killed and very few serious injuries. Frank sprained his ankle. The frog was fine.

One night, the farm workers gathered and were going to riot. Mike had gotten permission to use a few small rocket launchers in desperate circumstances. He figured this was one of them. He and two others against a hundred farm workers, the reinforcements were not there yet. Mike touched one of the rockets off to hit just to the right of the rioting group. Just then, Frank came speeding into the dirt field to the rescue, pulling right in front of the rocket. The rocket flew straight towards the car Frank was in. Mike held his breath, too horrified to look away. It took off the light bar and kept going. Frank had some burns from the flames of the rocket but was otherwise unhurt.

As the ambulance loaded Frank in to take him away, he looked at Mike and said, "Why is it, that in twenty years of being a cop, I never get hurt or have to pull my gun unless you are involved." Then he started laughing maniacally as they shut the doors and drove off.

When Mike moved from Imperial County, his friends decided to give him a royal send-off. One was highly placed at the power company and shut the power off for 20 seconds. Another was flying over in a military plane which was designed as a spy plane. He shut down all communications at the same exact second. For twenty seconds, electricity and communications were off in the whole Imperial Valley.

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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

I can see this as a series Becky. Your stories are told with humor and candor. I think the velcroed frog on the riot helmet is the funniest moment here. Thanks for sharing these stories with us.


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

God bless all the veterans! This was a beautiful, heartfelt message. Well done Becky!


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

mck, I changed and added a little more. I will probably do another as the stories occur to me. Thanks for the help. The velcroed frog was always a funny story. He would dare the rioters to knock it off, they usually wouldn't even try.


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

billybuc, I am glad you enjoyed this, it is based on some stories that my husband has told over the years. He is my veteran. Thanks for coming by to visit.


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dahoglund 4 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

Hi Becky,

Combat veterans have a lot to adjust to when they get back.The circumstances are different in different wars, but they all need support to get into civilian life again. sharing.


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

dahoglund, I am so glad that you see the point in this. I always loved to listen to my husband tell his stories, he does it so well. Thank you for coming by to visit and for the share.


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TToombs08 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

Becky, your husband is certainly a character! A fun read. VUM.


Ghost32 4 years ago

Like, mckbirdks, I can see this as a series--A TV SERIES, that is. Maybe titled something like, "Mikey Likes It". With a theme song referring to the overall attitude of Mike's and asking (in the lyrics),

"How could something like that happen? Where do the reasons fit?

"Why, simply you know, that's how it goes, 'cause MIKEY LIKES IT!"

Now, if the Mike in your story (gee, wonder who could have possibly modeled for that character) dislikes being called "Mikey", the producer might have to be wary of his email inbox exploding, but other than that....


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shiningirisheyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

I owe all I am to the Veterans. Wonderful job.


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50 Caliber 4 years ago from Arizona

Becky, good stuff, I so like the frog, it was always a running challenge back in the day,"you feel froggy? Mutha effer? Jump" when some body got all up in our face.

It's good to see some of his stories come out in print. I don't see us ever getting readjusted, we process things differently than most folks.

Like using rocket launchers as an introduction to an hind end whoopin'

Imperial County is a place all in it's own, I wish you'd move back there, get out of the crooked ass law of Tennessee one lies the other swears to it, it's the drug center of the south, off the rivers and out of the trucks rolling to Laredo Texas and back 24/7.

My little bro bitches about that area all the time but stays when he don't have to.

Thanks for the tales,

May the Blessings Be,

dust


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

Hi Becky,

Voted this up and funny. Mike certainly came back from Vietnam with his humor intact! Does he still like to pull pranks like the ones you related or has he settled down a bit? Haha! Both of my brothers were also in Vietnam. Wrote a hub about my brother Jim. Lots of real photos from Vietnam.


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

Some of these escapades sound very dangerous. Men, like little boys just don't care. I suppose veterans get so used to unstable situations they need the adrenaline rush. Wow, these tales are amazing.


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

My husband is an original. Most of these stories were told by him and some of his friends added to them. They were warning me about him. Are they all true? Doubtful, but they are fun. Thanks for coming by to visit.


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

Ghost, luckily 'Mikey' has settled down quite a bit. He is not nearly as volatile as he was then and just wants people to leave him alone. They keep pushing though and he may just spring back at them and teach them to respect other people a little more. Thanks for the great comment and for coming to visit.


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

shining, I think we all owe veterans a lot more than most believe. Glad you liked this and so happy you came to visit.


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

Dusty, I am about half leery of bringing too much out in print. Wasn't too many years ago that someone saw him driving by when we went to see some friends and had a heart attack right on the front steps of the courthouse. We will not be going back there. Too dangerous for an old man. We would love to get out of TN but do not have the money to do that. I will let my son come back to stay with you if you would. He needs to get out of here so he can straighten himself up like he has tried to do. They won't leave him alone long enough to get his life straightened out. Thanks for coming to visit me.


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

Peggy, Mike came back with his humor intact and twisted a little. His patriotism and sense of fair play has never changed but they are suffering now. I have lots of his photos from Nam but our scanner broke. Oh well. Glad that you came to visit.


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

Brenda, some of these were dangerous but no more so than going into a tunnel full of explosives and looking for people with guns, trying to kill you. They came home and had to find their adrenaline rush. It was too calm and tame here. Thanks for coming to visit. And I haven't told the wildest.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida

Thanks for these charming stories, Becky. Your protagonist, Mike, has lived a very interesting and so far, charmed life. May his good luck continue.


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

drbj, Interesting may be something of an understatement. Charmed is pushing things. I am not sure how true all of these stories are as they were told by 'friends' warning me about him. I know exaggeration is not out of the question. Thank you for coming by to visit.


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

I know. My husband went into those tunnels also. I never went close to wake him but stood across the room out of reach. He needed times of danger and no boundaries at times. It is a terrible thing for warriors to go through.


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

My husband didn't go into many because he was too big, but he went into a few and went to sleep on graves because they were dry and then the rats would attack. Not a place to grow up sane.


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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Dear Becky,

You are a weaver of story. I appreciate there may be a tad bit of "myth to Mike's machinations". However, you accurately portray him as a fearless man with a gusto for life, despite having seen the very worst. He also sounds like a solid and loyal friend.

I join the gang in hoping to see more of these stories. Voted UP and across the board... Hugs, Maria


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

Maria, friends do not come any more loyal. Don't cheat them and you can be friends for life. He told me just today that his faith in young men has been improved by the bravery of the young men who threw themselves over their girlfriends at the Theater shooting in CO. I agree, he thought that they were all a bunch of punks now. Thanks for coming to visit and I will see about writing down some more of these 'stories'.


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

Mike sounds like a good friend to have and definitely not a man to cross... watch out if you do. That he came home with his sense of humour in tact is wonderful, so many lose it and are only left with nightmares.

Thank you for sharing these stories, the frog won the day :)


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

Rosemay, so glad that you liked this. His sense of humor has stuck around although it has lowered a little. He doesn't pull as many practical jokes. Thank you for coming to visit.


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teaches12345 4 years ago

I have several veterans in my family, including my dear brother. They deserve our respect and support. Thanks for the reminder.


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

teaches, Veterans are the greatest. I always like to remind people that we owe them our freedom. We need to keep fighting for it too. They seem to be trying to take more and more of it. Thank you for coming to visit.


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

Mike and would get along just fine. Did I ever tell you about the time...!


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

Will, he somehow manages to get along with everyone but a fool. He even tries to get along with them. No, you haven't told us any stories other than fiction. Thanks for coming to visit.


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PegCole17 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas

It was quite enjoyable reading this story, Becky. "Mike" sounds like quite a character. And from what I've heard, the stories get a little more ripe with age and the retelling. I'll be opening my mailbox with a lot more care now. Hah! Couldn't help but find the froggy funny. What a hoot.


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

Hi Peg, mailboxes should be opened with great care. Frog always have to be handled with humor or they will get irate. Glad you enjoyed. Thanks for coming to visit.


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The Frog Prince 4 years ago from Arlington, TX

I can relate...

The Frog


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aguasilver 4 years ago from Malaga, Spain

More, that's all I can add, give us more, your and Mikes stories show that there IS life in this dreary world worth hearing about...

John


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

TFP, So many can relate and understand. We have so many soldiers coming home and they don't have a way to vent. They just get in trouble now. Thank you for coming by to visit.


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

aguasilver, I am so glad you enjoyed this. I have a few more stories that I am thinking about. Have to get the old memory jogged. I will probably write a few more of these. Thank you for coming by to visit.


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resspenser 4 years ago from South Carolina

Fun hub, I think Mike and I could be buddies!


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

resspenser, I have told you before that you would be. Both old school ex-cops with a twisted sense of humor. Glad you came to visit.


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50 Caliber 4 years ago from Arizona

Becky, you can't go to the most exciting, adrenalin pumping, scare you to the point of dang near pissing your pants, meeting new and strange people and then kill them for 36 months, then come home and settle down or ever be afraid of this place, seems like we went over the top hunting a challenge, hold my beer and watch this LOL

I remember watching the new comers show up after you've aged 20 years in 6 months, where there were guys that treated the new badly at a time they needed help and warnings. Picking a new guy to replace the guy in the bag line, I always picked the one that looked most likely to fail and gave them the best direction I could and at my half tour I got my transfer to the man in the door on choppers, then I flew home picked up orders to 29 Palms, Ca. to be trained as crew chief and door gunner after doing it for 8 months picking up the extra from the guy I was replacing, his rotation date was 2 months past mine but I took his job in an old H-34 Sikorsky, the ugliest flying rattle trap known to mankind, I was picked up at Marble Island in a CH-46 and thought I had drawn the best duty, Loaded up and checked the head space on the waist gun and put a belt in it slammed the lid and pulled the feed strap 'til the bolt got tripped by the first round then jacked it an it dropped a link as it ejected the first round and I snatched it in mid air and put it in my shirt pocket, just like the ground M-60 but mounted with butterfly grips and the belt had a steel slide that the rounds were carried up to the gun with a huge can of 2180 rounds, checked the swing of right to left and up then down. I was set in a nice ride headed to Khe San, the guy that was looking out the other window after fixing the floor plate where the winch hoisted netted cargo, it was a great feeling. The guy walks over and says something in the mic I can't hear and then fires a burst and picks up the brass that he angled in side and looked it over told me great job thanks! He looked out the side window motions me over and points down and says there is your ride. Kinda felt like a jacksa$$ I should have known I'd get bottom of the barrel chopper, if you never saw one search the H-34 Giant tricycle with rubber tires and a hoist and was being phased out by the ch-46 I rode in on didn't have a bullet hole in it and no skin patches. The H34 was with HMM-134 "Evil Eyes" painted on the front big rotor tower, kinda looked like a grass hopper with it's legs pulled off. That sucker had patches all over it, it had been used for supply in Korea. 1 side door and a window on the other side, hard to load wounded through and no way to shoot while loading troops, had to hang the 60 on the bungee cord and just grab hands and jerk them up inside. I take that back the old Sikorsky h-53 was the ugliest had 6 blades and a rumbling engine the would shake the fillings out of your teeth my Evil Eye had 4 blades, never could find it but it had a bullet magnet in it somewhere seemed every flight we would catch a couple shots up high, might have been your old man messing with us. We flew supply to lukewarm to cold bases but we got a share of the dust offs when the rest were running behind or shot down.

'nuff said

Peace and Blessings,

dust


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

Dusty, I really tried but didn't understand a whole bunch of that. Outside my education zome. Dennis was a sergeant most of the time he was in Nam. Did a lot of recons and had to be picked up from strange situations. His main idea of being a sergeant was to bring them back in one piece. He trained them as good as he could and they all wanted to stay with him. He still has some of them calling and emailing him. One of them is a General with the National Guard now. In New York and he was responsible for making sure that our guys in Iraq had what they needed. They are some good guys and as loyal as they get. Glad you came to share some memories with us.


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agilitymach 4 years ago

Those are great stories. I read the whole thing, and voted it up as funny. Some wonderful tales there to be handed down to the family.


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

agilitymach, I am so glad that you enjoyed these. He has several more and I will be working on them as I get the time. I have my grandchildren today so not much will get done. I appreciate you stopping by to visit.


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Docmo 4 years ago from UK

What a wonderful read. Full of pithy anecdotes, daredevilry and delightfully funny tales. You have a great way of getting to the facts and the story to tell itself. It's delightfully endearing in a writer. Loved reading this and hope there is more... Voted up/awesome.


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

Docmo, I always love it when you come read and leave me such a nice comment. I am glad you enjoyed this since I have many more stories to tell. I just have to collect them into a readable format. It isn't that easy sometimes. I really appreciate you coming to visit.


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b. Malin 4 years ago

Loved the Frog story. Lover Man was a Marine, and also served in the Guards. These guys came from a time when Men worked hard, played hard, and had no regrets...and Eventually, Married US! Wonderful Moments shared here Becky. My Votes of UP, Interesting, & Useful, as well as Funny, go to YOU!


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

b. Malin, men worked hard, and if they could have fun working, they did. Cops and soldiers always had a lot in common. They lived dangerous and played the same way. Mine was both and he had a lot of fun. Glad you liked this and so pleased that you came by to visit.


CJ Sledgehammer 4 years ago

Wow, Becky, that is some crazy stuff. Well written, informative, and highly entertaining. :0)

Did Mike ever run into any legal trouble as a result of his questionable antics?

Best wishes, behave, and be well - C.J. Sledgehammer


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

C.J. Sledgehammer, he was working with the cops and the military. He lived out in the middle of the desert where no one complained anyway. Who was he going to get in trouble with? 35 and 40 years ago, these were much more common than people knew about. The veterans were understood and used by the police dept. and Feds to do work which they knew very well how to do. They were treated with more respect if they wanted to work for good. Not like now when everything is treated as a crime. God bless and thank you for coming by to visit.


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Alastar Packer 4 years ago from North Carolina

Great enjoyable story about Frank Becky. Someone was looking out for him in that airport- doesn't get much closer than that. And that punk doctor! what a jerk. got what was coming to him. And what a send-off!- how many of us get that kind! Funny and interesting Becky, thumbs up too.


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

Mike is a unique person with extreme loyalties. He also has extreme hate for idiots and fools. We still have the duffle bag and use it. The story about the hole in it has been of interest to our children many times. He was needed to bring many to Christ. I will have to tell that story also one day. So glad you enjoyed these stories. Thank you for coming to visit.


sally 4 years ago

Denny, the man, the myth the legend.


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

Is this the Sally I know? We all have someone like this in the family. Thank you for coming by to visit.


Sunnie Day 4 years ago

Hi Becky,

I loved these stories and brought some spice to life for sure. You are such a great story teller which makes for a great writer. Thanks for the smiles. Love and hugs,

Sunnie

PS..miss ya lots


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

Hi Sunnie, really missing you and it is so good to hear from you. So glad you could come for a visit. Come again soon.


sally 4 years ago

Denny is a great story teller as well.


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

Yes Sally, he definitely is a good storyteller. I think his children have gotten it from him.


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50 Caliber 4 years ago from Arizona

Becky, I reckon all that up there is jibberish to many (my comment) but I figured you'd share with the SGT, he'd know much his job you said was Recon, back in the day it was MACVSOG, or Military Assistance Command, Vietnam, Studies and Observations Group AKA sneak out and lay in a good spot and count incoming troops and supplies from the north on the different routes in. A dust off was flying our copter in and getting groups like his out of a hot or dangerous area or extracting wounded in a dangerous area if the guns didn't run we logged a simple insertion or extraction of a fire team. So it's quite possible that I was on board one of his in or out flights, it is a small world, still great reminders that you shared

Peace and Blessings


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

Dusty, yes, he explained it to me a bit. I knew what a dust off was, I just got confused over the technicalities of ammo and helos. We have talked a bit about the war and how much he loved it over there. He has also told me that the pilots were most commonly Kenny Rogers, Kris Kristofferson, and someone from Jefferson Airplane. They all sang all the time they were flying. Someone finally taught Kenny to sing and that kind of stuff.


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50 Caliber 4 years ago from Arizona

HA HA, most the time the pilots and crew were smoking a hash pipe and passing it around on our way to do the job where they taught a door man had a 6.5 second life expectancy with in a hundred feet of the ground and the pilots life expectancy dropped to 4 seconds after the loss of a gunner, for some it was true for the lucky it was half a leg, best I remember. I don't remember much that was great fun and I do remember some fun times where we all had so much fun together being crazy to start with, especially the 2nd and 3rd tour guys, who had lost touch with it all and signed on for any flight, before going second seat as a crew chief I was grabbing my gear anytime they asked for a volunteer for a bad run, I guess it was like a gambling disease where people can't get enough of throwing their money down on a rigged slot machine or card table in Vegas. I kinda miss it and if I weren't too old to play I'd be back in a second, seems it all made sense to me then, and now I'm right where I need to be and happy as a clam, what ever that means

Peace,Love and Blessings

dust


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

It is the adrenaline rush Dusty. It is hard to turn it down when you get a chance at it. Dennis did four tours over there but he was down on the ground. He got to associate with the people and enjoyed them a lot. He learned several different languages and ran around sightseeing. He definitely did not do the typical soldier thing.

Sally, up above is his mother. I can tell because she is the only one who ever calls him Denny.


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50 Caliber 4 years ago from Arizona

I did the ground tour as a squad machine gunner with the M60 and graduated to the door and then to 2nd pilot over a 10 year span, I so get the adrenaline rush, like I said above you can't go to the most exciting place in the world (war) and come home and be satisfied with a roller coaster that you know is letting you out on the other side you got in at the same place you started. Combat is if you survive, that rush can't be beat in civil circles,

Peace

Dust


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

Cops get some of it Dusty. I think that is why so many soldiers go into police work. A lot of undercover work also. That can be very dangerous, have to keep your wits in shape.


SUSIE KNAEBEL 4 years ago

Hi Becky: Great work! Remembered some of the stories that Dennis

told Rex and I along time ago! Hope he is doing well! Miss you guys,

and keep up the good work!


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Randy Godwin 4 years ago from Southern Georgia

Ha! Sounds like Mike would fit in down here in this neck of the woods, Becky! Very entertaining hub.

SSSSS


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

Randy, Mike would like to move but I don't think he would like to move to the swamps. He is disabled nowadays. Thanks for coming by to visit.


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midget38 4 years ago from Singapore

A war veteran is often so overlooked, thanks for the heartfelt reminder that they deserve our respect! Thanks for sharing this, Becky!


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

midget, they are indeed overlooked quite often. I wrote this from some of the stories my husband has told. I did change a few things but he always had a lot of fun. Our vets are so important to us as they are the reason we have the rights we do. Thank you for coming to visit and leaving this nice comment.


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girishpuri 4 years ago from NCR , INDIA

A wonderful tribute to the veterans of Vietnam war, touching hub, God bless.


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

girishpuri, My husband came home from the war and when we met, these are some of the wild stories that he told. Friends of his have told me that they are true but they said they were worse. In the interest of truth, I don't know. They are good, fun stories though. Thank you for coming by to visit.


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By Lori 4 years ago from USA

I voted up as "AWESOME". I loved that story of how Mike protected his wife ! What he did to that doctor was priceless.

I had an older brother who was in Vietnam. Shot in the throat but airlifted out to surgery fast enough that he lived. Got hit by shrapnel once too. Agent Orange ended his life too soon, later on.

God Bless all Veterans.


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

By Lori, I thought that was pretty ingenious of 'Mike' also. My Mike is based on stories told about my husband. I am not going to say whether they are true or not, but they could be. My husband was injured several times while in the Army and is disabled for PTSD now. The consciences of the people who knew these things were going to be causing our soldiers harm so many years ago, should be on fire. I know they will burn for it. Thank you for coming by to visit.


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DrJez 3 years ago from Narara NSW Australia

A very interesting read, playing pranks on each other was just another way of relieving a very stressful situation. Thank you I think sums up what I'm trying to say!


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Becky Katz 3 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

DrJez, you have seen something that I was trying to show and no one else has seen it. Thank You. I really appreciate you coming by to visit.


Mklow1 3 years ago

Great story, Becky. I'm glad I came across it. There really are some characters in this world. How did you know him?


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Becky Katz 3 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

Mklow1, I'm happy that you enjoyed this. I met him at my parents house and married him 8 months later. We have been married for 27 years now. He did calm down a bit before I met him. Thank you for coming by to visit.


Vickiw 3 years ago

Hello Becky, great story, and makes you aware of the change in perspective when veterans come back from a totally different life , and have to adapt back again into the previous one. Well told. It myst be a wonderful adventure to live next door to you great people! Have voted!


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Becky Katz 3 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

Hi Vickiw, so good to see you back again. When veterans come back, sometimes they never adjust to the lack of the adrenaline rush. Some do but it takes a while. My husband has finally adjusted but it took him getting sick to do it. He was a cop for many years and that gave him a bit of the adrenaline rush. He was also in the National Guard which helped. He is very quiet now and it is calmer to be around him. I really appreciate you coming by to visit.


Vickiw 3 years ago

Becky, it really isn't surprising that it is so difficult for these guys. We are talking about loss again - the loss of one life to adapt to war, and then, just when they get used to that they lose that, and have to adapt all over again. It is such a lot to expect that they wouldn't be changed. Glad to hear that your husband managed it finally. So hard on the family too. You are in my thoughts.


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Becky Katz 3 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

Vickiw, the biggest problem is that they are still angry about being termed baby killers and that Jane Fonda was not executed as a traitor. They also have had problems getting disability payments and care. My husband and I fought for 18 years after the VA told him that he could never work again; before they finally started getting his payments to him. He has severe PTSD, which if treated early is much more manageable. He went so long without the VA even acknowledging it that his is a lot worse and he is not functional. He also has a seizure disorder from wounds sustained in combat, that they have not and probably never will acknowledge. Their plan was to put it off long enough that most of them would die or commit suicide. That has been proven so not my words. Thanks for coming back to comment.


Vickiw 3 years ago

My heart goes out to all of you, and others in your position. There must be so many. Feel free to come for a holiday sometime!


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Becky Katz 3 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

There are many out there. Not near as many as there would have been. I would love to come for a holiday sometime. It is colder than heck here. How is it there? Hahaha


Pamdora 3 years ago

This is TOO GOOD and hits close to home. Wow.

I'm glad to finally be on HP so I can read your Hubs. Fred read many of your comments and some of your writings to aloud to me, but being able to do it myself at my own pace is awesome.

Voted Up and Across.


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Becky Katz 3 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

Pam, it is soo good to finally meet you. Dropping his name can only mean you are his precious wife. You know you are very lucky to have foound a man who adores you so much, don't you.

I am so delighted that you liked this story. I guess I am going to have to give up and do some more research to get some more stuff written if you are going to be reading them. I am so happy that you came to visit me. Please come again soon.


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suzettenaples 3 years ago from Taos, NM

Oh, Becky, this is hilarious. Quite a bit lighter than my piece. Sometimes the truth is stranger than fiction. I enjoyed reading this. Some people can get away with the funniest pranks. This is a great non-fiction piece. Voted up!


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Becky Katz 3 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

suzette, this was my funny one. I have a very serious one also. A Struggle of Being Married to Someone Who is a Disabled Veteran-Part One, is my serious one about veterans. This is somewhat true. My husband and his friends tell these stories every time they get together. I wonder how much literary license is taken. Since they all agree and my husband says they are all lies, with a smirk; I tend to think they may be mostly true. Thanks for coming to visit and for the votes.


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Lisawilliamsj 2 years ago

Becky, I cannot believe I have never read this before, it is hilarious! I needed a laugh this morning, and now I am smiling from ear to ear! Thank you for sharing this well written account of your friends life. He sounds like someone I would be friends with! I voted up!


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Becky Katz 2 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

Lisa, good to see you here. I have some strange friends. They are more fun. I am happy this made you smile and laugh. We all need a good laugh occasionally. I wrote a few about my kids that should have you laughing. Thank you for coming to visit and leaving the nice comment.


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dahoglund 22 months ago from Wisconsin Rapids

Hi Becky and thanks for sharing these stories. Although I was in the reserves, I was an age group that was between wars, too young for Korea and out of the service when Viet Nam came about. I DID HEAR A LOT about the non-war experiences of the people in the military. I think they had to have a sense of humor to survive, no matter what generation.


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Becky Katz 22 months ago from Hereford, AZ Author

Good to have you visiting Don. They did need a sense of humor to let off the stress. My dad was in the same in-between stage as you were. He also had a broken ankle that said he could not serve. He tried to join and was told he could not. He was very disappointed for some reason. Thanks for the nice comment.

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