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Old 09-11-2013, 04:00 AM   #136
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Two years and counting and this thread still has legs - awesome.

Thank you for your service, sir, and for penning such a powerful ride report. You - and everyone who serves or who has served - have my utmost respect, admiration and thanks.

My older brother Doug served in and survived Viet Nam, '69-'70 First Air Cav. We've done many things together over the years, except ride together.

In two weeks we're gonna fix that. He's flying out here from Washington, picking up his new Road King, and he, me and my wife are going to spend some quality time on the Blue Ridge Parkway. I know you can appreciate how special this ride will be.

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Good morning, Ferris,

I think you and your brother are going to have a great ride. Not knowing where you live, the BRP should cool down a bit by then. If you're in the Bedford, VA area, you might want to take a detour and visit the D-Day Memorial. Also, down in Maggie Valley, the Wheels Through Time is a great place to spend a few hours. I'm heading there late next week myself.

So you brother was with The Cav, huh? I was in RVN in '69-'70 myself but south of him. Those airmobile troopers had a tough time up there but they darn sure gave more then they got! Last Sunday, I rode up to Tuggle's Gap where there's a little restaurant at the intersection of VA 8 and the BRP. There was an old guy there wearing a large 1st Cav patch on his leather vest. On my way past him, I noticed a Purple Heart patch and said, "Well, how were things up in An Khe when you were there." He smiled and said, "I wasn't in An Khe very much." I replied, "Yeah, that Purple Heart told me that." He just laughed and asked where I had been. I told him I was with the Big Red One; he laughed again and said, "Y'all had it pretty easy down there, didn't you?" Hey, it's a vet thing. We welcomed each other home.

Have a great ride, Ferris. Please tell your brother I thank him for his service!

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Old 09-11-2013, 04:26 PM   #137
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...Please tell your brother I thank him for his service!

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Hi Mike -

Done! I sent Doug a link to your thread. He's read it, and is presently waiting for his "approval" from ADV so he can post-up here for the first time.

I messed up on the dates last night; my bad. He was in Viet Nam in '68-'69, not '69-'70. I'll let him share other details when he's goes live here in a bit.

My wife and I live next to the Parkway, not far from the state line. This has been home for going on seven years, and we love it here. Perhaps one of these days we'll run into you on the road.

Thanks again, sir.

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Old 10-06-2013, 08:15 PM   #138
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Well Mike as I set here in tears - Thanks for a great rr --- bringing back old memories - and I do mean old memories thinking of those who didn't get back home - the ultimate sacrifices they gave -- friends I grew up with that never came back and some that did didn't last long before alcoholism or some rare form of cancer took them,,, how humbled I am to just be a part of something like "the Big Red One" that most will never experience! -- certainly took me back to a place I never realized I would ever go back to in this lifetime!!
And the remark about the big red one insignia on the junction city water tower I had totally forgotten about!!
With hands shaking and a lump in My throat I say Welcome home Mike Welcome home!!!

P/S Your Dad said it best -- I used to say the experience was worth a million and I wouldn't take a million to go back!!
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Old 10-17-2013, 03:47 AM   #139
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Thank you, Jack, for your thoughtful and heartfelt comments. I apologize for taking this long to reply. Your service to our country gave you, as others in this thread have stated, a sense of honor that is now part of who you are. All who have served and are serving joined the ranks of those who came before and fought hard to give us this wonderful country. I was reminded of that last evening.


I got home last night in time to watch the NBC Nightly News and caught a story about a young trooper, Corporal Hargess, who had been wounded in Afghanistan. In his hospital bed, encumbered by breathing tubes, IVs, bandages, etc., he managed to salute as he was being given the Purple Heart.

Frankly, I got this huge lump in my throat but, along with that, I felt the need to thank those who served and are serving. I sent an e-mail to a couple of guys, one I "met" through ADV Rider and with whom I served. "Dillard" responded, "Wow, he saluted. Got tears in my eyes. Of course, it doesn't take much to get me choked up with this sort of thing. I really love these guys. They do a lot of dumb shit and piss me off most of the time, but then you see something like this and I want to give the kid a big hug."

Mike, my former commanding officer replied, "Dillard is one of our real heroes, and I'm glad you are in touch with him. Honestly, I am just as proud to have flown, risked our lives, and, somehow, survived.with you, right there beside us. Just doing your job.

Career soldies both, one active, one retired, share a trait that I find quite remarkable. They're very humble about what they're doing or have done. As has been said, "Where do we get such men."


Our servicemen and women keep us safe. Please don't forget to welcome them home and thank them for their service.

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Old 10-17-2013, 09:33 AM   #140
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First of all thank you for your service. No one comes back the same from combat areas, but it sounds like and I hope its so ,that you are finally home. Your story has touched a lot of folks here, I'm happy for you and all on the forum. You are among a lot of friends who will always be here. Terry, [CMS Ret. USAF, first two years US Army]
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First of all thank you for your service. No one comes back the same from combat areas, but it sounds like and I hope its so ,that you are finally home. Your story has touched a lot of folks here, I'm happy for you and all on the forum. You are among a lot of friends who will always be here. Terry, [CMS Ret. USAF, first two years US Army]
You're very kind, Terry. Thank you and, yes, I made it home a long time ago. You know, I see the TV reports of these young veterans returning home, surprising wifes, kids, parents, dogs, etc. It give me chills every single time and makes me proud I once wore the uniform. Thank you, Terry, for staying at your post all of those years.

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Old 12-03-2014, 06:57 PM   #142
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Mike -

Thanks to you and all the others that have served. You have put forth an amazing report that anyone with any patriotism whatsoever will read and have the ultimate respect for those that have served and are currently serving.

The photos and narrative are second to none. It really helps those of us that haven't been in that situation to glean some very small, modest amount of understanding of what you all go through in the roles you so honorably perform.

So for that, and obviously the service and sacrifice you and all the others have made, we salute and thank you!

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PS - sorry about the recent get-off on the BRP. I hope all is well and you are back at it!
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Mike -

Thanks to you and all the others that have served. You have put forth an amazing report that anyone with any patriotism whatsoever will read and have the ultimate respect for those that have served and are currently serving.

The photos and narrative are second to none. It really helps those of us that haven't been in that situation to glean some very small, modest amount of understanding of what you all go through in the roles you so honorably perform.

So for that, and obviously the service and sacrifice you and all the others have made, we salute and thank you!

Chris

PS - sorry about the recent get-off on the BRP. I hope all is well and you are back at it!
Thank you, Chris, you're very kind to reach out. A few weeks ago, my former CO had very serious surgery. I got in the car and drove up to Wisconsin. His wife didn't tell him I was coming and, when he saw me walk in, he started tearing up and hugged me. While doing so, HALO and all, he said, "No mission too difficult, huh?" Part of the Big Red One's motto. Pretty special.

Thank you, once again, Chris. I really appreciate your comments.

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Special. Very special indeed. We are in debted to you and those that have served with you.

Thanks again. Huge RESPECT.

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Thank you, Chris, you're very kind to reach out. A few weeks ago, my former CO had very serious surgery. I got in the car and drove up to Wisconsin. His wife didn't tell him I was coming and, when he saw me walk in, he started tearing up and hugged me. While doing so, HALO and all, he said, "No mission too difficult, huh?" Part of the Big Red One's motto. Pretty special.

Thank you, once again, Chris. I really appreciate your comments.

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Also - I hope and pray he is recovering well and doing better from whatever ailments he experienced.

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Mike. I just stumbled on your RR and photos. You brought tears to my eyes.
I was just up the road from you with the 1st Cavalry Airmobile. 13B from Christmas 19869 to March of 1971.
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Mike. I just stumbled on your RR and photos. You brought tears to my eyes.
I was just up the road from you with the 1st Cavalry Airmobile. 13B from Christmas 19869 to March of 1971.
Thanks Mike.

I heard An Khe was beautiful at Christmas! Seriously, Dave, thank you for your kind words and your service. Welcome home, bud.

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Wow, what a great read. Thank you for sharing something so personal.
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I heard An Khe was beautiful at Christmas! Seriously, Dave, thank you for your kind words and your service. Welcome home, bud.

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Wow, what a great read. Thank you for sharing something so personal.
Thank you, Ryan, for your complement. I really appreciate the kind words.

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