Category Archives: From the footlocker

FOOTLOCKER–NEW YEAR’S DAY 1971

I ran into a case of these at the Air Am Air Operations Center on New Year’s Day at Udorn and gave the warehouse dude a case of Marb reds  for one. For the record, at 17¢ a pack, that … Continue reading

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VIETNAM: WHAT WENT WRONG IN SIX MINUTES

America is becoming more and more enamoured of it’s former warriors than ever. Each day reveals a new commission, a new museum showing or another commemorative gun from one of those outfits that advertises in American Rifleman. This month they’re … Continue reading

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LZ CORK-JANUARY 18TH,1969–A DAY IN THE LIFE

From the Vietnam footlocker of life, we pull out a story of one who thankfully missed his opportunity to be immortalized on the Vietnam Wall. On that day, three would die and fifteen would suffer life-altering changes from their wounds. This is … Continue reading

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PTSD AND FIREWORKS

I was contacted numerous times during the leadup to July 4th by some who suffer PTSD and asked-almost begged- to write an article about the negative effects of loud explosions on those with PTSD. The folks who wished me to … Continue reading

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FOOTLOCKER VIETNAM–42 YEARS LATER

After winning my VA claims in 2008, I became extremely introspective and examined my sparse case file for why it took so long. After obtaining my military records from the NPRC in St. Louis, I discovered the Air Force had … Continue reading

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FOOTLOCKER–JULY 4TH, 1972

Long ago, on the 16th of May 1972, I returned from the land of the PACEX catalogue. After a short sojourn on leave in Alexandria, Virginia to visit my mother, I reported to Edwards AFB for my new assignment. I … Continue reading

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FOOTLOCKER– SERVICE MEDICAL RECORDS

Member Gary writes of the Change Order–Saving Private Ryan: Gary says: March 26, 2014 at 14:39 (Edit) How did you get that WWII document when most of them were supposedly destroyed in the 1973 fire? I am still trying to locate my … Continue reading

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NEW WIDGET

Here’s a great addition to the widget bar above. Sent in by Tip of the Spear Bruce McCartney (4 tour combat medic 68-72). It will bring back that hot sticky air and pungent aroma of decaying vegetation. I think there’s … Continue reading

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FROM THE FOOTLOCKER–FLECHETTES

While picking up oats and a new saltlick the other day, I noticed Jerry (a Vietnam Vet) had what appeared to be a lapel pin made  out of small dart we knew as a flechette. When loaded into a 40mm … Continue reading

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FOOTLOCKER–MY OLD FRIEND THE U-17

Air America buffs will remember the venerable  U-17, none of which were ever in Laos, of course. And even had some FNG inadvertently become disoriented and landed up country, they were all suitably designated as official USAF Inventory. Well, most … Continue reading

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