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What did you do in the war, Daddy?

Well kids, my military occupational specialty was 13/69, "unlucky, er, never mind."  So I got to test stuff.  The nickname for our unit was, "The Mikeys."

Here's a picture of me testing an early reconnaissance platform.

Some lucky soldier testing reconnaissance... kites.

And here's another picture I've got of me modeling some early goth accouterments driver's goggles.

Early chain mail shrapnel guards for WWI tank drivers.

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 I think I wore one of those years ago in the CPO club at Dam Neck.
 
And of course we all know that 13/69 is pronounced "13 stroke 69"

 
Mary Poppin's should have keep a sharper eye on that kid.
 
Wow...the Armorer is really Air Force. You probably have been hiding your Air Medal all these years. Welcome to blue skies and a well stocked O club.

I'm supposing the tether line has something to do with lightening. Oh boy, were you on Haz pay?
 
I see Fishmugger's grasp of the history of the American Military is... well, um, er, how to put this politely, ah, weak.
 
Ah yes silly hats, very British of you.
 
We didn't have MOSs during The First War. We hadn't invented numbers yet.

And there were several minor set-tos around the Seven Hills before the Punic Wars broke out, but they were over almost before they started -- nobody could remember their MOS numbers -- I was a MMMCMLXXXVII Delta...
 
John...I was not in the Military...I was in the Air Force. 2nd Air Force HQ Barksdale had its own golf course, tennis courts, and Olympic size pool. How Military is that? As enlisted in Japan, I had my own house boy who shined my shoes and made my bed.

I did spend a little over a WEEK in Da Nang scared to death...so you spelled it wrong. I wore mostly civvies though cause my fly away bag didn't have many uniforms. It was a good place to learn how not to fight a war.
 
Isn't it someone's natal day?????
 
Fishmugger:

"I'm supposing the tether line has something to do with lightening. "

Still workng the English as a Second Language (ESL)?

lightning...

But you_are_ (were) Air Force....nevver mynd.....

 
The "silly hat" is French, an "Adrian" helmet, actually.  The chains hanging from the rim were an experiment in eye protection.  The chains were to protect the exposed face from shell fragments.  Didn't work, so they were discarded. 

The Adrian helmet remained on-duty until a bunch of German tourists showed up in France in 1940.

Cool pictures.  I'll steal them for my History classes.