In U.S. Air Force, Vietnam War on April 21, 2014 at 1:38 am
Airman Jack Freeman of Port Charlotte, Fla. is pictured with his Jeep along the runway at Bien Hoa Air Force base north of Saigon in 1969 where he worked as weapons specialist. In the background is a Douglas A-1 “Skyraider.” Photo provided
Tet was the big battle former Air Force Sgt. Jack Freeman of Port Charlotte, Fla recalls most vividly during his year-long deployment to Vietnam.
In Cold War, Cuban Missile Crisis, U.S. Navy on April 11, 2014 at 1:38 am
Seaman Jim Manning (left) and his buddy Lyle Hokenson about the time they got out of boot camp at Great Lakes Naval Receiving Center near Chicago in 1961, Photo provided
Two friends who served in the submarine service before Jim Manning talked him into signing up for the Navy and going to sub school when the time came. He didn’t regret it.
In Korean War on April 9, 2014 at 1:38 am
Pvt. Bob Goff (right) and his buddy Bob Vrablic in the Army at Fort Monmouth, N.J. training to be radio communication specialists in 1948. Photo provided
Bob Goff grew up in Placida, south of Englewood, Fla., joined the Army at 16 after he dropped out of Venice-Nokomis High School in 10th grade. He lied about his age and signed up for the service, “because I didn’t want to be a fishermen or farmer.”