Holiday at Cam Ranh Bay

Holiday at Cam Ranh Bay
Essays, Stories, Adventures, Dreams Chronicles of a Footloose Forester By Dick Pellek    Holiday at Cam Ranh Bay   It wasn’t often that the Footloose Forester chose to pick up his suitcase and walk from the air terminal to his destination, especially when he was in Viet Nam during the height...
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The Dirty Rifle

The Dirty Rifle
Essays, Stories, Adventures, Dreams Chronicles of a Footloose Forester By Dick Pellek     The Dirty Rifle   Every company in the training battalion at Fort Ord, California had an ongoing but unspoken competition for best company in each training cycle.  Basic Training in the US Army in those days of...
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Fliegerhorst 2017

Fliegerhorst 2017
On the road…again! Afghanistan to Zambia Chronicles of a Footloose Forester By Dick Pellek   Fliegerhorst 2017   The old Fliegerhorst Kaserne of World War II is becoming a modern housing complex.  Based on the construction activity seen on the most recent Google Earth satellite photos, the old military barracks building...
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New Fliegerhorst

New Fliegerhorst
  On the road…again! Afghanistan to Zambia Chronicles of a Footloose Forester By Dick Pellek   The New Fliegerhorst   The old Fliegerhorst Kaserne of World War II is becoming a modern housing complex.  Based on the construction activity seen on the most recent Google Earth satellite photos, the old military...
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JJ Ryder and the 106

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I don’t know if JJ Ryder is still alive and I’m not sure he ever made it back from Viet Nam. I hardly knew him except for being thrown into a situation where he needed me to be the A-gunner for his 106 recoilless rifle for about 15 terrifying minutes. It...
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Always Remember This

Always Remember This
I received an incredible email that was so emotionally powerful I thought I'd recreate it here in by story blog. Hopefully, others will share this because it says it all.  REMEMBER THIS! It is the   VETERAN ,    not the preacher,     who has given us freedom of religion. ...
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A Test Pilot's grandson

I've been interested in aviation all my life. My dad was a pilot, and I grew up in a house with a basement full of airplane parts, since he also restored one airplane and built another. We had books and magazines about flying and took annual trips to Oshkosh to the...
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Part Three: Swimming In The Gene Pool

Part Three:  Swimming In The Gene Pool
There have been Carrikers in America since before the American Revolution.  The roots of the Carriker family tree are rooted in soil that is solidly German and they reach all the way back to the Black Forest region of Germany, which was once called “The Palatinate.”  The original American Carriker was...
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Part 4 "Into Hostile Skies"

Part 4  "Into Hostile Skies"
April 1, 1944 14,900 feet over the English Channel and climbing                Sunlight suddenly brightened the interior of the bomber. After what seemed like hours of climbing through the wet murky clouds of springtime England they had broken out into scattered sunshine. There were still wisps, patches, and sometimes full-blown clouds...
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Part Two: The Mission

Part Two:    The Mission
409 th Bomb Squadron 93 rd Bomb Group Hardwick Army Air Base Somewhere in England   April 1, 1944             Lieutenant Ed Robbins sat with his head cocked to one side listening intently to the thunder of the two big Pratt & Whitney radial engines out on the wing to his...
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Part One: Preface:

Part One:    Preface:
    SO BRIEFLY AN EAGLE     PREFACE               Since I was only ten years old when he gave his life for his country my memories of my brother Rudy during his early years are part reality, part myth, and part stories I was told about him by my...
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Hampton, Virginia 1956-1959

Hampton, Virginia 1956-1959
Six weeks after our wedding, the elementary and high schools at Waldo, Kansas were dismissed for the summer.  It had been a busy time with Solo and Ensemble Music Contest, finishing the paper drives in order to purchase new band uniforms, performing the 'Pomp and Circumstance' music for high school graduation...
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TDY

TDY
On the road…again!!! Afghanistan to Zambia Chronicles of a Footloose Forester By Dick Pellek TDY Getting out of the house once in a while is a desire that resembles an itch. Most people get that itch to travel on occasion, and soldiers confined to a military bases are no different.  With...
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10 Questions a Veteran Would Be Happy to Answer

10 Questions a Veteran Would Be Happy to Answer
As a Vietnam vet, I find it easier to share war stories with fellow vets than with non-vets. But there's a lot more to military life than the worst of the worst. And since only a small fraction of veterans ever see actual combat, there are lots of fascinating stories to...
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John's Military Experiences

John's Military Experiences
The Army  The Choice After graduation from El Molino High School in Forestville, California, I joined the United States Army. It was in the middle of the Vietnam War and all young men were subject to the draft. I thought that I would avoid the possibility of being drafted and forced...
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Rides On The Wild Side

Rides On The Wild Side
On the road…again! Afghanistan to Zambia Chronicles of a Footloose Forester By Dick Pellek   Rides On The Wild Side   As he emerged from a dream and lay beneath the cozy flannel sheet, the Footloose Forester started to brew his next chronicle about flying and flying machines.  After many years...
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The Rhine River Froze Over

The Rhine River Froze Over
  On the road …again! Afghanistan to Zambia Chronicles of a Footloose Forester By Dick Pellek   The Rhine Freezes Over   There are times when you and those around you are not truly appreciative of the things and events in your midst.  As a soldier in Germany during the early...
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Those Untold Secrets

Those Untold Secrets
On the road…again! Afghanistan to Zambia Chronicles of a Footloose Forester By Dick Pellek                                         Those Untold Secrets     Every month Legacy Stories encourages members to submit entries and thus keep...
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Family Heroes Who Served in World War II

During World War II, four cousins from my father's side of the family and an uncle and two cousins from my mother's side of the family served in the military. Can you imagine that my paternal grandparents, Sam and Sylvania Chatham had four grandsons serving in the armed forces at one...
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An odor I would love to forget!

While serving in the Navy, one of my assignments took me to Jedda, Saudi Arabia, near the Red Sea.  I was the detachment Aircraft Maintenance Officer and we were housed in a beautiful local hotel on one of the upper floors.  We would leave very early in the morning and drive...
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