I dropped out of college and soon after got my draft notice. This was probably in Feb. or so, and I didn't want go then. So I looked around and got hooked up in delayed enlistment in the U.S.M.C. I'm sure my mom didn't like it;(my dad had been in the U.S.Navy in WWII and Korea) , so he was halfways OK with the fact. Upon graduation from boot camp in Sept. 1969, they came down to So.Carolina and brought my future wife with them. I can kinda remember my mom being a little aloof, she was a…Continue
My only daughter went thru Army boot camp at Ft. Jackson,S.C. and subsequently went into advertising.She's now in Columbus,Oh., but this story started yrs. ago in Akron,Oh. She was setting up some Marine Corps advertising and had to work with a public relations guy in the Corps. If I remember correctly,he told her she had to establish her bonafides. She said she was Army reserve; he said that didn't mean anything. She replied that her dad & older brother were Marines. He said he could…Continue
Ok, here goes.. While in Danang at ASP#1( ammunition supply point) in '71. We were moving artillery shells around to get the oldest out in front for first pickup. I was spotting for the forklift driver and he came roaring in(he had 8-9 months there) and knew what he was doing. His brakes gave out and he threw it reverse and I jumped out of the way. My rt. leg went up when I jumped and the blade of the forklift hit my shin and pined against a pallet of 155-mm shells. Needless to say, my…Continue
Added by Jeff Wenum on March 10, 2013 at 7:24pm — No Comments
In 2004, my wife and I took a belated vacation to Hawaii and met up with Charlie & Gail Dayton from St. Louis..Turns out that his brother and my dad were on the U.S.S. Essex in the Korean War at the same time. Course, with over 1,000 personnel on board,they never met each other. Gail said that they came to Ohio every year for the Soap Box Derby and had this favorite restaurant they went to. Hartville Kitchen,1 mile from our house. We have met up every year since then for food AND…Continue
Added by Jeff Wenum on January 5, 2013 at 6:54pm — No Comments
I can only hope for it. Sadly, more and more of the population will be without any military service. What are we now? 5-10%. I believe that serving teaches you so many things that are lacking in the general population. Teamwork,deprivation,common sense..Oh well, we still have each other!!!!!!!!!!!
Added by Jeff Wenum on November 11, 2012 at 8:36pm — No Comments