Best Army Photos of 2012

I really enjoyed these two. Click to enlarge.

One photo is from the combat aviation unit descended from the unit in which I served in the 82nd Airborne…

82nd

…and the other one is from 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger regiment, the unit in which my son served in Iraq and Afghanistan.

rangers
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6 Responses to Best Army Photos of 2012

  1. notamobster says:

    Love it!

    Am I the only one who thinks Afghanistan is absolutely gorgeous, minus the towelban, obviously.

  2. Ray Davies says:

    Thank you and thank your son. The 75th was my parent outfit when I was playing in the SE Asia War Games(We Won Second Place) in 63-64. They called us LURRPs back then but let us have the Ranger Tab in 65,so I could wear both on my right shoulder. If I get a chance I’ll buy you both a drink, bring your coin.

    • R.D. Walker says:

      Long range patrols in Vietnam? Yeah, that was the real thing.

      I was Long Range Surveillance in the 82nd Airborne (although we just called ourselves cavalry scouts) and in the 194th LRSD in the Iowa Guard. I was a JFK Special Warfare Center trained SERE instructor and sniper. I also went through the JFK Jumpmaster course. I took part in Urgent Fury in ’83.

      My son was in the 1st Ranger Battalion, served three tours in Iraq and one in Afghanistan. He saw some real combat. He was wounded on a combat assault in Iraq badly enough to be evacuated to Walter Reed. He recovered and went back to Iraq. He has definitely seen the elephant.

      • Ray Davies says:

        I made it for 9 1/2 months and then got to wake up in the trauma ward at Balboa Naval (SD). After that they let me go to Germany,since they wouldn’t let me go home. Ain’t it fun to jump out of perfectly good airplanes? I did that for a while after I got out, and then decided to ride the plane down.

        • R.D. Walker says:

          “Ain’t it fun to jump out of perfectly good airplanes?”

          Having spent some time involved in aviation, I am now of the opinion there is no such thing as a “perfectly good airplane”.

          • notamobster says:

            Airplanes are perfectly logical, entirely reliable (mostly, kinda) method of transportation. It’s those helicopters one has to worry about.

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