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Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Nov 8, 2013 - 11:27am PT
Sierra Ledge Rat has my proxy. Well said, sir. John F Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson
can rot in hell. Hopefully Bush will soon join them.

Trad climber
Old Climbers' Home (Adopted)
Nov 8, 2013 - 11:41am PT
Name: Dave Daly (aka Mooch)

Branch of Service: USMC (Uncle Sam's Misguided Children)

Years of Service: 1983-2003

Where you Basic trained: Parris Island, SC (Boot Camp), Aug 1983

Where you were stationed: MCAS El Toro (CA), MCAS Kaneohe Bay (HI), MCAS Iwakuni (Japan), NAS Lemoore (CA). NAWS China Lske (CA), MCAS Miramar (CA)
Sea Time: (3 years - USS Ranger, USS Constellation, USS Nimitz, USS Abraham Lincoln, USS John C Stennis

If in a war where? ODS (Operation Desert Shield) & OEF (Operation Enduring Freedom)

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
Nov 8, 2013 - 12:11pm PT
Well done Mooch.

The full 20 in the beloved Corps. Takes a special breed.

Nov 8, 2013 - 12:18pm PT
Name: Scott Allen

Branch of Service: US Army

Years of Service: 1976 - 1980

Where you trained: Ft. Leonard Wood, MO, then Ft. Huachuca, AZ

Where you were stationed: B Co, 104th MI BN, Ft. Carson, CO

I stood with my fellow Veterans last night at a concert put on by a local high school. Great music following a program derived from the old Navy Hour radio show. No less than twenty World War 2 vets stood before the crowd to be recognized for their service. I felt honored that they let a kid like me stand with them.
The highlight for me was watching 3 young marines in full dress uniforms wait at the bottom of the stairs and thank each and every veteran for their service.
My thanks go out to all who served. And I have a special place in my heart for Mr. Jim Kollias, band director at Beckman High School in Irvine, CA who goes out of his way every year to honor those served in the Armed Forces.

Trad climber
Nedsterdam CO
Nov 8, 2013 - 12:18pm PT
@ Mooch: University of Science, Music and Culture!

Semper Fi Bro, and Happy Birthday to our Corps!

Trad climber
Santa Monica, California
Nov 8, 2013 - 01:18pm PT
As I said upthread, I was stationed near Pusan Korea 74 -75. I'll say one thing, I met some real nice climbers there that showed me some cool routes. These two are on a wall that is now pretty much all sport, not back then. I think they were in the 5.8 to 5.9 range, we were doing most of these in big boots or gray suede shoes with stoppers, hexes and a stich plate.

Busan, Korea
Busan, Korea
Credit: ydpl8s

Busan, Korea
Busan, Korea
Credit: ydpl8s

Social climber
1187 Hunterwasser
Nov 8, 2013 - 01:39pm PT
You know, I have mixed feelings about this "holiday." I loved the Army and didn't want to get out. When I joined at 36, I fully intended in putting in many years. I was to learn the hard way that brotherhood was frequently only extended to brothers, not sisters. God forbid a woman stand up and report a rape. Talk about ostracism and lack of support. It is disgusting how manystill believe we have no business in the Armed Forces. But whatever, not my problem. I am told by people: you're not a real Vet because you didn't deploy, because you got out, because you werent combat arms, etcetcetc. I'm also told I don't deserve my disability benefits because of those reasons and one person informed me that rape shouldn't be covered at all,in any way. I'm still plotting revenge on that guy. I usually blow these dicks off. It's when my friends or people that I assume are supportive share these negative opinions. I guess that's life though. Maybe they're just bitter because I get free Subway.. lol and the hippies just crack me up :)

In the end, I AM a Veteren, regardless of these silly opinions. I work at being available for other women Vets who suffer from MST (and men too). I'm grateful for the support I get and am always open about my experience so that perhaps I can still be of service. I forgot who said it above but I too prefer silence to gratitude or pity, in my case. It's just something I chose to do.


Sport climber
Pinedale, Wyoming
Nov 8, 2013 - 04:26pm PT
Sierra Ledge Rat- my apology for the oversight- I did see the photo of you in your flight suit- kinda cute there. I was worn down a bit after reading Karl's posts which are thoughts similar to mine sometimes when watching the evening news..Working ATOC gave me a chance to see simultaneous operations going on within the Pacific theater. Things such as "Burn Flights" coming from Marine bases in Asia to the burn center in Texas. Special Handling flights which included soldiers heading home the last time, Food and Supplies to the '88 fires in Yellowstone and even, I remember that it was the Air Force that responded to the "delightful" task of recovering stinking bloated bodies from the Jonestown massacre and returning the dead US citizens to Dover Delaware in a C-5. For me, the military was always people supporting other people to make a bad situation a little better. F*#k the (intrinsically embedded) politics..which Yes, are VERY DIFFICULT to overlook. It was unintended, but I received more than I gave.
YAK, YAK, Type, Type. But, please accept my apology..
("Sierra Ledge Rat" made me remember the big tree growing about 1/8th of the way up El Cap on a ledge- had not thought of that in 30 years).

Trad climber
Santa Clara, CA
Nov 11, 2013 - 04:19pm PT
Michelle, I know you feel dissed. And from what I've heard you f*#king should be!

Some of us respect your attempts to serve the country, and indeed, think of you as a vet. I do.

I regret never serving my country. I was a bit of an anti-military brat when I was younger. I was stupid.

Let's go climbing again, Michelle. I'll call it 'take a Vet climbing day'. But let's just do it.


Trad climber
greater Boss Angeles area
Nov 11, 2013 - 04:51pm PT
Having never done a day's service to the country in my life, my hat is off to ALL you Veterans. I don't care if your unit were the ones in the dark with fixed bayonets, sneaking around looking to make contact with the enemy, or if your entire military career was spent in Monterey California, on National Guard duty, working the mess hall one weekend a month making sure everybody got something to eat. You all are tougher than I am, and a hell of a lot more responsible. I'm glad I don't have to think about how things would be without people like you.


Social climber
somewhere that doesnt have anything over 90'
Nov 11, 2013 - 07:03pm PT
Name: Scott Leeper
Branch of Service: Army
Years of Service: 8
Where you Basic trained:Fort Leonard Wood
Where you were stationed: Stuttgart Deutschland
If in a war where? no thank God

Trad climber
Santa Clara, CA
Nov 11, 2013 - 07:13pm PT
I will salute all Taco Vets and those outside the TacoStand. And this includes Dingus Milktoast.

God bless all our vets! I should not not have to say this, but I f*#king will! I respect the Armed Services and what they do.

Trad climber
Santa Clara, CA
Nov 11, 2013 - 07:33pm PT
Thanks for the typical sanctimonious crap Karl.

This thread is to honor vets. Who do fight for peace and freedoms, the very ones u enjoy.


I was going to say the same thing, Scott.

Hey, Chief, some people do respect your service. My Gramps was a Navy man.

Social climber
1187 Hunterwasser
Nov 11, 2013 - 07:44pm PT
Thanks bluey! Now that I'm robotized, we need to make a plan pronto. I lost your number again and mines different so I'll pm you.

Social climber
Nov 11, 2013 - 07:45pm PT
It's one thing to say that you support the troops.

It's another to actually do it.

While many believe this is the day to honor and salute those who served, it is on every other day of the year that the appreciation holds up. A large portion of businesses have discriminatory approaches towards hiring veterans who they fear might exhibit PTSD in the work place. Our warriors come home crippled, physically and emotionally, while we wave a flag once a year and walk past them begging for change the other 364.

Veterans Day should tell us to go above and beyond in helping our Veterans transition back to a life they left to serve our country. If the call came, they would answer. Regardless of your feelings in how the brass handle the hammer they are there for us when we need them - which is pretty damn often.

So, yes, God Bless The Troops, etc. Sometimes even heroes need a hand.

Thanks, everyone. I appreciate the hell outta ya.

Social climber
somewhere that doesnt have anything over 90'
Nov 11, 2013 - 11:15pm PT
Enlisted during Viet Nam but the Paris Peace Accord was signed while I was in Basic and the worst I had to do was go to Kansas.

I love this line, Gilroy!
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Nov 11, 2013 - 11:34pm PT
Wow! Great post Greg Davis.

Remembering all the past and present military as well as their loved ones, families and friends this moment, this day. Prayers and love! lynne

ps, Greg, missed you at the Billy S. Memorial in JTree. Hope all is good with yo.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Nov 11, 2013 - 11:45pm PT
One for Bluering.
Mel &#40;the 'mayor' of Planads&#41; is a vet.  He loves the blues.
Mel (the 'mayor' of Planads) is a vet. He loves the blues.
Credit: mouse from merced

One for the Chief.
Shipmates through thick and thin.
Shipmates through thick and thin.
Credit: mouse from merced

One for all the ST vets.
Thank you, vets, even if I'm too young to understand.
Thank you, vets, even if I'm too young to understand.
Credit: mouse from merced

Big Wall climber
Richmond, CA
Nov 12, 2013 - 03:59am PT
You're very welcome. I was happy to do it. 31 years, both in and out of service doing my best for all of you, even those who would question my motivation...Baba. I couldn't care less, you were my people, my responsibility, and it was my privilege to serve you.

Nov 12, 2013 - 11:56am PT
i don't understand this whole idea.

after that, the veterans have my compassion as victims of our government, not because they are truly fighting for freedom, because they aren't.
that make a whole lot more sense than all the thanks. thanks for what exactly?

not that i have anything against vets per se - it's just that i don't get how you could think of that job as something particularly positive like say being a doctor or a nurse or a firefighter or whatever.

and the american effort to end ww2 is very honorable and deserves respect, as do those that made it happen.

i don't see how that line of thought would work for vietnam or irak though.
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