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USAA proves to be a HORRIBLE insurance company

To all who read this,HEED MY WARNINGS. Especially if you are in the military and/or have USAA as an…See More
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YOUR Military Story- What was your physical training and PT test like in Boot Camp?

"DOUBLE-TIME, MARCH!"   AHHH. I remember well those hated words from the drill sergeants or cadre.   It meant you went from simply marching to running, likely at O dark thirty, after a crappy night sleep, in a formation no less.

Physical training…


Posted by Claudia Bartow on July 8, 2015 at 11:05pm — 2 Comments

Thank you, veterans

I continue to be more in awe of veterans and their service and sacrifice every year.

This past year I was honored to be a Guardian for five World War II or Korean War veterans on three different Honor Flights.  These people are amazing.  Even in 95 degree Washington, D.C. heat and delayed flights, they don't complain. They just endure and smile.  I loved hearing their…


Posted by Claudia Bartow on November 10, 2014 at 10:00pm — 3 Comments

A Soldier's Musty Virtues

"How long shall we sit in our porticoes practicing idle and musty virtues,which any work would make impertinent?"

- Henry David Thoreau, Walden

I took a class in college. It had something to do with the psychology of choice. What motivates the choices of men?..... Reason? Experience? Fame? Emotion?.... Love? Hate? Fear? I guess it could be any one of these things at any given time. The premise of the class has always sparked some interest in…


Posted by Andy Stahl on October 13, 2014 at 10:24pm — 1 Comment

YOUR Military Story- What type of weapons did you fire during Boot Camp? How good were you?

Note: This is part of series to help ALL who served and their families to reminisce, remember and record memories and stories of your military service. Be sure to check out all the other posts and comment…


Posted by Claudia Bartow on September 17, 2014 at 8:00am — 9 Comments


USMC Boot Camp '68 17 Replies

I passed through the gates of MCRD San Diego, at around 7:00pm in the evening, on May 28, 1968. I was on a bus with maybe 100 other young sad sacks of various backgrounds and character. The sun was setting and shadows were getting long as the bus…Continue

Started by Richard Boyd in Basic Training/Boot Camp. Last reply by Paul Boardman Oct 26, 2016.

USAA proves to be a HORRIBLE insurance company

To all who read this,HEED MY WARNINGS. Especially if you are in the military and/or have USAA as an insurance carrier. Recently, my nephew Charles Huff​ had personal property stolen from a house he owns in Morgan County. USAA used a BS loop hole to…Continue

Started by Kevin Lytton in Basic Training/Boot Camp Aug 4, 2015.

basic training 2 Replies

This is what basic was like for me. I did a recording of me imitating my drill sergeant. hope this link works. I did not use his real name.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_R8eCrK42SAContinue

Started by E Potts in Basic Training/Boot Camp. Last reply by E Potts Jul 16, 2015.

Ed Reeves, Vietnam Dog Handler

Note:  This story was written by member and retired Air Force Colonel Ron Albers…Continue

Tags: Vietnam Dog Handlers, Ed Reeves

Started by Motts Military Museum in Motts Military Museum Stories Jul 8, 2015.

R and R 1971

I met my wife in Honolulu over Valentine's Day 1971. I was on R&R from South Vietnam and we hadn't seen each other since I had left for the war in July of 1970. It was our first visit to Hawaii. We were celebrating big time and taking in all the…Continue

Started by Charles L. Anderson in Funny, Unique and Bizarre May 19, 2015.

Boot Camp 3 Replies

I enlisted in the Navy July of 1949.  Along with two of my buddies we left Pittsburgh on an old coach to Great Lakes, Ill which is close to Chicago and also Kenosha, Wisc.  It was so long ago the memories are fuzzy of my first day but I do recall a…Continue

Started by Robert (Bob) Peters in Basic Training/Boot Camp. Last reply by Robert (Bob) Peters Feb 16, 2015.

Danang-Freedom Hill 18 Replies

Went up to the Hill for a hamburger at the USO club in 1971. Remember having to relinquish my M-16 at the guard shack and looking in to see 3 or 4 Rem/Winchester sniper rifles sitting in the cage. While sitting at the USO, they had a sign on the…Continue

Started by Jeff Wenum in Combat. Last reply by Jeff Wenum Feb 15, 2015.

The Herman Blumenschein WW2 Story 7 Replies

I have been researching the local men and women who served in WW2 from my home county (Madison County, Ohio) for about the last thirteen years and while doing research through the war time local papers on micro-film I found this soldier listed in a…Continue

Started by Darrin Mason in Miscellaneous. Last reply by Joel McConnell Feb 12, 2015.

Riding in a Convoy 4 Replies

Note:  This post is not meant to downplay the seriousness of riding in a convoy.  I fully realize our men and women are put in harm's way every day when they ride in a convoy overseas.  Their experiences are likely much different than my training…Continue

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Started by Claudia Bartow in All in a Day's Work. Last reply by Jeff Wenum Jan 29, 2015.

Honor Flight 6/07/14 from Columbus 3 Replies

I was fortunate to be selected for the Honor Flight on June 7th.  I had put in application some time ago when I read where Korean Vets were being eligible.  It was much, much more than I ever imagined.  From the time of arrival at airport at 0530 I…Continue

Started by Robert (Bob) Peters in Homecoming. Last reply by Jeff Wenum Nov 16, 2014.



Ramona Plaisted holds the dog tags of her husband's uncle, World War I veteran Kenneth Plaisted.   These tags were found in an auction box years ago by a Your Military Story member and finally returned .....READ MORE


What's This Website All About?

I was interviewed by Joel Boggess for his podcast, Finding Your Voice.  You can listen to it here.  In it I talk about how Your Military Story came about, how the website works, and I share some…


Created by Claudia Bartow Nov 6, 2011 at 8:35pm. Last updated by Claudia Bartow Apr 4, 2012.

About this website

Welcome to Your Military Story!

If you have ever served in the military, you have lots of stories and experiences to share.  Boot camp, stories about your daily job, combat, being recruited, meeting your sweetheart, and so much more.  You can share a story by clicking on the "add a discussion" button in the forum section below.  Family members can also become members and submit stories on behalf of their loved…


Created by Claudia Bartow Jun 16, 2011 at 12:07pm. Last updated by Claudia Bartow Jun 16, 2011.


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