'regular' Navy. Viet Vet.Served '69-'73.
9/69-12/71 attached to Com7thFlt staff as a Radioman. Rest of hitch in CA ashore.
@Loren Schofield definitely pulled it off..and in style.
1 week, 5 days ago on A Soldier’s Story
Great job Loren. Quite a twist from the "unbreakable wall of red..." to the end. Caught me. Up to that point I was thinking more modern...
@MikePerry2 or...could have been more...
3 weeks, 3 days ago on Charles ‘Commando’ Kelly
@Allwet @YankeePapa @oldSquid(Mafia) agreed, Allwet... nothing raises the temptation - or dare level- like saying don't go ther...lol
3 weeks, 3 days ago on Rome and the Night Train
@YankeePapa @oldSquid(Mafia) we were told the same..and New Frontier was iffy as well..we were pretty much confines to street level Wanchai and Kowloon... I found Kowloon to be too 'ritzy' for my blood..so pretty much stayed Wanchai side. Always started at the British Enlisted Club... the restaurant on the top floor (if I remember right) had really good food... Supper was usually a visit to "Jimmy's" for a steak.
@YankeePapa YP..we were in the same part of the world at about the same time....my first trip to Hong Kong was in early October of '69....and before I rotated back Stateside, I was fairly familiar with the Wanchai - 5 trips total to Hong Kong in the almost 2 1/2 years I was over there...loved Hong Kong "in the old days".. bet it's a whole lot different after the Brits gave it to the Commies...
3 weeks, 4 days ago on Rome and the Night Train
@majrod agreed, majrod...Americans are easy to spot overseas...for those very reasons...I tried to blend in overseas one time....did a pisspoor imitation of a Japanese... may have had something to do with my size...kimono looked like a damned mini skirt
3 weeks, 6 days ago on The Night Train and the Jihadist
@14Charlie @majrod Good Stuff, Charlie!
@clluelo and it's been going on for years...I was working in the Oilfield, offshore in the early to mid 80's, worked with a Paki name Khan Abrar. It was a screwy job with lots of down time sitting in the 'office' and talking. Had a long discussion about islam and at one point, he told me if I didn't convert, he would have to kill me as that is what his religion dictated. All nonbelievers must die..said it matter of factly, like you would say..."oh, by the way, it's Wednesday."
@majrod @LawyerHandle Good stuff, Will..on to Part II and right on about your delay to Jan 2017 comment above... stall till he doesn't have to decide anymore...
1 month, 1 week ago on American Combat Troops inevitable return to Iraq Part I
Can't do that...they'll 'crash' and be wiped before you could...
1 month, 3 weeks ago on What isn’t being asked about the failed Foley rescue?
@Txazz I'm not so sure it's incompetence... I think it's a well scripted appearance to fool and distract the American People. He acts like he is checking out and the msm is all atwitter about how he is bored, can't accomplish anything and is checking out by playing golf and going on vacation...in the meantime, his policies and programs are still moving forward - and he gives campaign style speeches talking about how wrong things (that he is implementing) are and how nothing is getting done, and he has to use his phone and pen and bypass Congress to achieve anything...like legalizing 5 million ILLEGAL immigrants etc... on another note, I'm not so sure that the kidnappers were not forewarned by a 'little birdie' (named Valerie maybe) that the raid was coming and to move the hostages..could explain his foot dragging on the rescue op (if there actually was one)..think back to what was leaked about the opportunities to get bin Laden before the trigger was finally pulled...word was he delayed three or four times on the advice of Valerie before somebody else actually gave the go ahead... think also about his footdragging on what to do about attacking isis/isil/is/whatever the f**k they call themselves now...
@LadyHW I live "up the road" from Athens..been through there a few times.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on UPDATED Team Room Project: Protecting Our Southern Border Part 2
@Loren Schofield gotcha....
Sounds good Loren, and I am with you on the whole thing. One question though...in your Part 3: Round up,under bullet 2 you state: "What will happen is, as the Mexican Military creates a bigger presence
to prevent these “runners” it will also prevent others from being able
to sneak across.)"
Parts of the Mexican Military are complicit in the cartel drug trade and smuggling operations. SOrt of like the fox guarding the hen house to my way of thinking..
Otherwise, I'm purt near ready to move back to Texas to 'Jine up" and help out!
@Loren Schofield ya think? LOL... told ya you were gonna be 'famous'
2 months, 3 weeks ago on A Green Beret’s Solution To Protecting The Southern Border
@SEAN SPOONTS(MAFIA) I like the way you think.
1000% in agreement with this article, Loren! GREAT JOB!
@SEAL76 Heard today that we signed a treaty to defend Ukraine from Russia if Ukraine gave up their nukes back in I believe the Clinton Administration...Several European Countries signed on as well I think... Seems we kinda forgot that ...
2 months, 3 weeks ago on A Look In The Mirror At Iran Air Flight 655 Shot Down By The USS Vincennes In 1988
@majrod rules to live by. I can understand why his men loved him and followed him.
3 months, 1 week ago on KIA Marine Major also CIA Agent
@engelbrad I like mine dredged through buttermilk, then yellow cornmeal/flour mix with a generous addition of Tony Chacere's Creole Seasoning, then fried, with hot sauce on the side, hushpuppies, cole slaw and sow simered green beans with hawg jowl and beer or iced tea...but then, I are a rednecky hibilly
3 months, 1 week ago on Navy SEAL or Internet Catfish? Operators Beware
@CFG300 more like projectile vomit, CFG.... I hope it's a wild ass rumor...
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Episode 99 – Former Navy SEAL and FBI Special Agent Jonathan Gilliam
@YankeePapa @CarpeNoctem @PeteN @Loren Schofield nailed him, YP...Little Mac ccould organize a herd of cats, but couldn't fight his way out of a wet paper bag...
3 months, 3 weeks ago on A New Caliphate?
@ColonelProp can stupidity actually be the plan?!?!?
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Secretary Kerry’s Foreign Policy Uncertainty
@engelbrad @SEAN SPOONTS(MAFIA) and I believe this admin has resolved that Iraq has to be a "failure"
@susanmarie24 "let's try this and see what happens", with the added aside, but only if it hurts America's standing in the World's view...
@ColonelProp and I concur with your concurrence, Colonel.
3 months, 4 weeks ago on Meanwhile, Back in Iraq…
@YankeePapa +100, YP... and I agree... and I have been, ...ahem...on very rare occasions... a drunken Sailor
4 months ago on So Bergdahl’s Suffered Enough?
@Blake Miles @LawyerHandle plus the fact that moochie al-Sadr's name is popping up again...
4 months ago on ISIS Strategy In Iraq: The Dark Side of Unconventional Warfare
Good article, Peter.
4 months, 1 week ago on The Dominoes Keep Falling: Bayji, Tikrit, and Now Kirkuk
@11BRecon Sharpshooters (as they were called at the time - Berdan's Sharpshooters comes to mind) probably did get target practice and ammo allocations due to the fact their skill levels had to be higher... but then those selected for those positions tended to already be marksmen. There have been rifles found on battlefields of that War, with rounds loaded to the muzzle - and the piece was never fired between reloads...
4 months, 1 week ago on The Problem With Dick Measuring
@11BRecon and this problem goes all the way back to at least that 1861-65 War here in America... infantry troops on both sides were trained in manual of arms,...and maybe loading their rifles, but target practice was quite often taught in their first actual engagement with the other side.
@Txazz @majrod LOL..I loved that... in muslim culture, you eat with the right hand - and wipe yur arse with the left..that's why it is 'particularly rudee'...gotta love it - it had to be done intentionally.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on SOF Too Valuable to Risk Rescuing Deserter Bergdahl?
Welcome Aboard, Eric.
Looking forward to intriguing stuff!
4 months, 3 weeks ago on New International Affairs Writer: Eric Jones
I agree with you,Chief on the being President some day...hopefully sooner rather than later... I think he'd be a good 'un, and run circles around what we got in there now...and in the chute for the next go 'round - and prolly several after that...
5 months ago on Admiral McRaven’s Message To Grads: Lead By Example
Saw it, then noticed everybody else commenting did too...lol... nice work
5 months ago on The Invisible Kill: Snipers and Counterinsurgency Warfare
Good Stuff, Loren! Well written and on point. Welcome to SOFREP.I look forward to reading more
5 months, 1 week ago on Reply to “10 Reasons Not to Vote for a Veteran”
@YankeePapa @Tango9"hog ranch" of the 7th Fleet..good one YP.... and I loved that "hog ranch"....learned a lot of weird life lessons there as a young Swabbie..
5 months, 1 week ago on US & Philippines sign military basing agreement
@JHR13 @ArcticWarriordoubt they would hire him either...he's too liberal..and gay looking...
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Throat Punch of The Week: Dude, This Was Like Two Years Ago
@Recon6 @JHR13@ArcticWarriorhell, 6, he wouldn't last 10 minutes in gen pop before he'd be somebody's bee-yatch...
5 months, 3 weeks ago on Throat Punch of The Week: Dude, This Was Like Two Years Ago
@Hurricane36 is it just me, or does it look like this punk doesn't even shave yet?!?!?!
LOL..it usually takes a lot... so no worries.
5 months, 3 weeks ago on Military Friends With Benefits: How The DoD Is Failing Young Servicemembers
@Recon6 @hlconrad4(MAFIA) @oldSquid(Mafia) @YankeePapa I'll 'like' the comment above..for the meet up part..true THAT!
As for the 'gentle giant part', ...got Y'all fooled...big time. LOL...
@YankeePapa @oldSquid(Mafia) good stuff, YP...evidently we covered some of the same ground and similar experiences. I found the Filipino people away from the G.I. hangouts the same...if you behaved yourself.... Thai folks, same same as well as most Japanese... seemed they really enjoyed engaging Gaijin (round eyes-Americans) to practice their English.
As to Filipino haircuts, the 'butterfly knife' seemed to be everywhere...saw one put to good use by a pissed off bar girl against a Marine in 'Po City one afternoon... and I remember hearing about putting a hit on someone for a carton of KOOL cigarettes or bottle of Johnny Walker Red and a photo of the target...eventually, said mark would be found in Shit River - that river that ran between main gate Subic and Olongapo...rumor or myth? Who knows, but we had a less than respected E-8 (asshat) that would not leave the base in Subic... seems his photo from the watch board on the afterbrow disappeared one time in Subic
@YankeePapa @oldSquid(Mafia)YP...I graduated High School in '68... so yep... you've got perzackly what I was alluding to with your post. Homeported in Yokosuka Japan - with w-a-aa-y too many trips to Olongapo City in the P.I.
Also, Thai Women and Taiwanese in the mix...only ones that didn't seem to fit (sorta like the Vietnamese - though there were a fair number I believe hooking up with Army and Marine types) were women from Singapore..and Hong Kong.musta been something to with the Brits...
Whole different side to this, is young servicemen (due to time I was in, can't say how much female service members are in this mix), stationed in exotic foreign lands, .arrying foreign females (affectionately called 'Bar hogs' in this old Squid's day), whose main reason for marrying said young serviceman was that ticket to the 'Big PX'... and the 'good life' stateside...but either way, you are on the money, Chief. Good article.
Gotta wonder about the significance of what looks to be a U.S one dollar bill on the table, next to the billfold at center rear of the top photo...
5 months, 3 weeks ago on Covert Op Gone Bad: Three Ukrainian Special Forces Officers Captured by Pro-Russian Militia
@JHR13 I don't trust the Saudis.... well only about half as far as I can throw the Ka'aba.... while they shake your hand, they are inserting a knife in your ribs...always...
it prolly was the King's decision and won't be to improve relations with the U.S. .... unless that is incidental to their goals.
5 months, 3 weeks ago on Bandar Bin Sultan Relieved
@ArcticWarrior @Recon6 @CJCJ Oceans can be fun, AW.... mostly getting from one port's good time to another port's good time...speaking as an old Squid.... but if you ever want to feel miniscule,stand at the bow of a moving vessel under blackout conditions on a clear night...
6 months ago on Intel Update: America Jet In Iran & Ghana
@JHR13 @oldSquid(Mafia) @Recon6 @TheNorthRemembers guaranteed to have all four legs and sleeps like a Holiday Inn Express!
6 months ago on The Kathleen Belew Veteran Stereotype