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Rindy 
Posted: 25-Nov-2008, 09:27 PM
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Thank you Jay. I love reading about all of this keep going if you want. Are you sure they can have cookies? lol..I have a lot to learn here. Sorry for my ignorance.

Thanks for filling me in on things everyone!


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Posted: 26-Jan-2009, 07:43 AM
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Rindy congratulations to you and your family. I salute the new Marine and wish this person well in this new career. I now little of the armed services in the US other than what you see in the movies. Here's a little history of some of my family's involvement with the military.
My Grandfather and Great Uncles fought in WWI and WWII. In WWI he was with The Grey Regiment Infantry Battalion and spent most of the war dodging mortars and snipers on a motorcycle to deliver intelligence from the front line to the command post. He got blown off his bike with a mortar shell when The Canadians battled for Vimy Ridge.
WWII saw him fighting with The Toronto Scottish Regiment, Captain of a machine gun unit. He was sent home after six months when shrapnel from his injury from the previous war started to move around his body. He and all of my uncles survived the ordeal of war and very seldom ever talked of it.
My father at the time was too young to enlist but served with The 48th Highlanders Reserve unit at Camp Borden during WWII. I spent some time through 1981-1986 with The Haistings And Prince Edward Regiment Reserve Pipband. This is probably the most storied regiment in Canada and holds The most battle honours awarded to a Canadian Regiment.
Commonly called ``The Plow Jockeys`` by the rest of the Canadian and British Regiments During WWI & WWII because they all came from rural farming communities in Southern Ontario. they were renowned for their ferocity and determination in battle and became known as ``THE REGIMENT``. You can check out their web site here if anyone is interested in learning more. The Regiment


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Posted: 26-Jan-2009, 09:31 AM
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The "Hasty P's" are a most Honoured and renowned Regiment. My step-dad served in the 48th reserves from 49 to 52. Can still picture him going to the armoury in his kilt. He also had the same problem as your grandfather in that he recieved sharpnel wounds to the head in 41 and after the war sometimes they would move around and he'd pass out. Took them to his grave.

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Posted: 26-Jan-2009, 12:01 PM
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No matter the branch, the best job in the military is the job of a Peace Keeper. Not looking for a fight, but looking to end one.


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Posted: 26-Jan-2009, 12:46 PM
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Your right the best is "PEACE KEEPING' but of late we seem to have given up that job to be 'PEACE MAKERS"


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Posted: 26-Feb-2009, 03:10 PM
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I don't know about the services in the United States, but my family are all Air Force, having serve, and continuing to serve in Australia.

I have only one uncle in the Army, and he married into the family. To my mind, Air Force is the armed service of choice. I had intended to join when I left school, but the fates had other ideas. wink.gif


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I have always preferred the Army and for the following; being in the Navy or Marines and could possibly entail death by drowning and I don't much relish the thought of being fish food. In the Air Force it could entail being shot out of the sky thus becoming a spat on the ground indistiguishable from all the other bird dropings. In the Army if I got shot, blown up, run over by a tank at least I didn't have far to drop being as it were rooted to Terra Firma. Yeah the Armys' the best. More places to hide.



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Posted: 27-Feb-2009, 06:13 AM
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I am from a long line of service to the Army. Why I even have a great-great-great uncle who deserted from the British Army to fight for the Union in the Civil war....God bless the Irish.


I have a Son who was and Infantryman (in Iraq) and a Daughter who was a Marine.


But I tried to get both of them to join the air force. I only have one reason for that.........It is the only branch of the service that makes its officers go and fight.


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I have always preferred the Army and for the following; being in the Navy or Marines and could possibly entail death by drowning and I don't much relish the thought of being fish food. In the Air Force it could entail being shot out of the sky thus becoming a spat on the ground indistiguishable from all the other bird dropings. In the Army if I got shot, blown up, run over by a tank at least I didn't have far to drop being as it were rooted to Terra Firma. Yeah the Armys' the best. More places to hide.



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I have always felt the same way. I can't fly, and while I can swim I've never cared for it. So the only logical choice was the Army. Keep my feet planted firmly on the ground!


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I was sure we had decided the Navy was the best branch of the service (in any country)!!!

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MacEoghainn;

I will give you that point but only if you are talking about the Mother of all Navies and the children sprung from her THE ROYAL NAVY, ROYAL CANADIAN NAVY ROYAL AUSTRALIAN NAVY ETC. ETC. ETC. angel_not.gif


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QUOTE (Camac @ 27-Feb-2009, 03:36 PM)
MacEoghainn;

I will give you that point but only if you are talking about the Mother of all Navies and the children sprung from her THE ROYAL NAVY, ROYAL CANADIAN NAVY ROYAL AUSTRALIAN NAVY ETC. ETC. ETC. angel_not.gif


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Do you mean the Navy this guy kept embarrassing? unsure.gif

Seriously, We Yank "Squids"always appreciated our Limey, Aussie, Kiwi, and Canadian brothers in arms!!! thumbs_up.gif
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MacEoghainn;

In 1945 Canada had the 3rd largest Navy in the the world with 471 Combat Vessels. To-day 64 years later we are ranked 15th with 34 Combat Vessels. Mexico is 14th with 93 Combat Vessels. Bloody disgusting isn't it and we have the longest coast line in the world bordering on 3 Oceans.

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Hey, what about the Coast Guard?

Been reading the interesting posts, but missing out on the Coast Guard. Anyone got input on 'em?
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I didn't mention them because the Canadian Coast Guard is a civilian organization.



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