Look,I know you're embarrassed.<quoted text>NotRealDave vilifies everybody who served in the Navy. Calls us "pus*ys". I'd like to have had him in my E-2 Hawkeye for about an hour of "fun" in those days. There wouldn't be a shovel big enough for him to clean the sh't out of his drawers.
I have the highest regard to all that serve in our military & appreciate their service.
But really, when someone like you brags, it requires a footnote.
A little history lesson.
If you were a male between 18 & 26 in the 60's & early 70's, you were subject to the draft, unless you had a deferment such as a college deferment.
Those without a deferment were in the "pool" & local draft boards selected draftees (until the lottery changed it).
The National Guard became the first choice of those who thought they would drafted & did not want to win that trip to Vietnam. The Guard quickly filled up & to get in the Guard took money & political influence ( Ref GW Bush).
The options became:
1) Try to get a medical deferment - like get a big boil on your ass (the Limbaughian).
2) Go to college & not flunk out & hope its over after 4 years.
3) Join the Navy because unless you volunteer & get selected for river boat duty, you will likely never step foot in Vietnam.
4) Run in hide in another country - flee to Canada or hide out in England (Clinton) or France (Romney).
Now you had no influence to get in the Guard. So when you thought you might get drafted, you ran out & joined the Navy.
I rate that above those that fled to other countries but really, if there was no draft,. we all know you would not have enlisted. If you were truly interested to fighting in Vietnam, you would have enlisted in the Army or Marines.
When the lottery was done, I had a high school buddy whose birthday was number 1 - he dropped out of college & joined the Navy. Lots of kids did this. But in reality, they did it to avoid the draft.
He, like you, hid out in the Navy.
Being drafyed m