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Happy birthday to the U.S. Army!

Wow! How time flies.  June 14th, 1775 marks the date when the Continental Congress authorized enlistment of riflemen to serve the United Colonies for one year.  It was a unified Army for the colonies to fight Great Britain, with George Washington as its commander.
So happy birthday to the U.S. Army! 
I knock the Army a lot because it was not the service of my choice.  I joined the U.S. Army thinking that would be better than two years as a, 11B, the infantry.  Even though I qualified Expert Rifleman, I chose to be a helicopter repairman instead.  During my training at Ft Rucker Ala. and later working with Crew Chiefs that had returned from Viet Nam at Hunter Army Airfield, I grew up pretty fast. I was very fortunate to have worked with these great men that prepared me for the trip to good old Viet Nam.  After working with them and picking their brains, I was very eager to get on that Flying Tiger Airlines and do my part in Viet Nam.  However as a lot of you know already, fate changed that trip to South Korea instead, after being red lined from an assignment to Viet Nam, due to an injury on the flight line.  And after being returned to duty, a new assignment was received shortly thereafter for South Korea, 55th Avn Co.  Which was cancelled after HQ Special Troops needed somebody pronto that could type!  Yep, type.  They were losing a troop and after review of my 201 file they found out that I could type, thanks to Bandera High School typing class and Mr. Cecil Graves!    So that's the way the mop flops. It turned out to be a good thing, and later responsible for the USAF allowing me to enlist for a direct duty assignment.  So as the saying goes, things sometime happen for the best.  It did take me many years later to realize that missing out on Viet Nam was not such a bad deal after all!  I have had many a Viet Nam Vet confirm that fact to me. 
My bottom line is that I have no regrets the way my military career turned out.  The U.S. Army was a perfect start to my over 22 years of service and retirement from the USAF!  Telling folks that I am US Army / USAF retired is pretty awesome!