Can you hear me now?

27th Jan 2019, 3:26 PM

Can you hear me now?
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BUMBLEBEE on 27th Jan 2019, 3:26 PM

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You know its bad news when commo problems hit the REMFs...



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lirvilas on 28th Jan 2019, 11:20 AM

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Rude!

Ha ha somewhat different circumstances but this gives me flashbacks of my personal internet-connection-on-a-broomstick at Camp Victory.

BUMBLEBEE on 28th Jan 2019, 6:59 PM

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Sometimes those little interwebs just don’t want line up! At least you had some kind of internet. In MY day we had to wait in line to make a collect call from a phone bank. Now Gerald comes in and says back in MY day we had to wait for Dear John letters written on Paper!

lirvilas on 28th Jan 2019, 7:03 PM

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The worst "Dear John" I've ever seen was a voicemail left on a dude's phone that was subsequently heard at last when we hit the pier... dude's severely negative reaction was such that neither he nor his next two levels of supervisors got to go on liberty due to safety concerns.

BUMBLEBEE on 28th Jan 2019, 10:33 PM

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they can be so heartless! But losing liberty on top of that .... it’s insult to injury! Besides, hows he going to get a replacement?

Gerald Ney on 1st Feb 2019, 10:36 PM

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I wasn't going to do an "in my day", but since you broached the subject; the "Dear John" I had a brush with was no laughing matter. My staff sergeant had married a girl from the Panamanian upper class when he was stationed in Panama. Her father had him that she might find being the wife of a non-com back in the US difficult. I'd only been in country a short time when he got a letter from her saying she was going to go back to Panama and take their 2 sons along. Now normally the seasoned NCO is the buffer between the men and the green 2LT. Situation totally reversed. For 6 weeks he was virtually impossible to live with till he got a compassionate leave to go stateside and resolve the issues. Upshot was that she would get a divorce and go back to Panama, but leave the boys with his parents. When he came back he was on an even keel.

I can't vouch for other stories I was told, but a number of them circulated about guys getting a "Dear John" and volunteering to go on point for the next patrol or sweep and getting themselves killed.

On outgoing calls, there were the MARS stations where you could phone via short wave radio connection if there was an open time slot. Never tried it myself. Just made with pen and paper. There's a shoe box in my bedroom with all my letters saved by my Mom. My oldest son will get them.

BUMBLEBEE on 3rd Feb 2019, 4:25 PM

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No winners there... marriage is hard enough without a war getting in the way.

Gerald Ney on 2nd Feb 2019, 7:06 PM

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After thinking about it, I can't see where any RL senator in my lifetime would have dared to try to call the shots to in theater operational decisions, and no President would tolerate that sort of usurping his authority, especially our current President. At the least he'd be censured by the Senate and any future appointment recommendation for a position in his state would be dead on arrival.
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