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Unlike Bill, some Vietnam veterans are really retiring...

Face of Defense: Vietnam Vet to Retire From National Guard

From a North Dakota National Guard News Release

FARGO, N.D., Nov. 29, 2011 - The last North Dakota National Guard member to have served in the Vietnam War is slated to retire tomorrow.

Army Master Sgt. Alan K. Peterson of West Fargo, N.D., will be honored during a retirement ceremony at the Armed Forces Reserve Center here. He is the last of many Vietnam veterans to have served in the state's Army and Air National Guard during the past 30 years, officials said.
Peterson joined the Navy's delayed entry program shortly before he graduated from Pine River High School in Minnesota in 1970. He served as a plane captain on the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk in the Gulf of Tonkin off of the coast of Vietnam, where he maintained and cleaned aircraft, assisted pilots and tracked aircraft work orders.

In July 1972, he was sent to shore for an eight-month stint at Tan Son Nhut Air Base outside of Da Nang. There, he worked with other service members to replace tail hooks, patch holes and repair aircraft landing gear.

Peterson left the Navy in July 1974, but he donned an Army uniform in February 1979 when he joined the North Dakota Army National Guard. He deployed to Iraq in 2003 with the Guard's 142nd Engineer Combat Battalion.

He also served on seven overseas duty training missions -- three times to Honduras, twice to Korea and once each to Jamaica and Panama.

During his time in the North Dakota National Guard, Peterson worked as a construction specialist, engineer equipment supervisor, motor sergeant, construction equipment repair supervisor, mechanized maintenance operations noncommissioned officer, heavy mobile equipment repairer and maintenance control sergeant.

His most recent assignment was with the 3662nd Maintenance Company in Devils Lake, N.D. He also works full-time for the North Dakota National Guard at Field Maintenance Shop No. 2 here.


Well done, MSG Peterson!

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Back when I was training Guard troops with AC/RC, we had a unit come through.  PL was a young LT, as most of them are, but his gunner, an E5 was about the crustiest old fart you'll see.

Turns out the guy had been in the Marines.  In Vietnam.  At Khe freakin' Sahn.

Guess that's why they put him with the LT.
 
Huh?  Tan Son Nhut Air Base outside of Da Nang?  When I left, TSNAB was in Saigon.
 
Good point, LaMigra, though I admit I don't have Vietnam as imprinted as some of you others.  I'm more familiar with where the Auld Soldier did his time - Bien Hoa and Tay Ninh.
 
And another Viet Nam vet is retired:

http://www.ng.mil/news/archives/2011/11/112211-Huey.aspx
 
...the last UH-1 "Huey" in the Army's inventory...

They ain't retired -- they get refurbished, up-engined, up-powertrained, and cammy-painted, then they're sent over to this side of the pond to resume their careers as Huey IIs.

In 2008, I posted a pic of one that dropped in at Kirkuk and scored a comment from the pilot who flew it in Vietnam...

 
They ain't retired -- they get refurbished, up-engined, up-powertrained, and cammy-painted, then they're sent over to this side of the pond to resume their careers as Huey IIs.

Kinda like someone getting a ticket in another old school bird and resuming his career as a Mi-17/171 pilot...   except the cammy-paint ain't working out so well...
 
That ain't cammy, it's crust.
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Meh.  Where'd my italics go? 
 
They took a bailout and now they're unionized.  Obviously you haven't paid your *dues*.....
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 Huebert looks to be as restless as our Bill.