Basic Training - March 1970

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Jun 22, 2009
 
I am a basic training graduate of C 2 2 in in May of 1970. Forgot what exactly C 2 2 was, but it was on my fatigues at the time along with US Army and my name Olson. Had a chance to drive thru the base again in 1989, I believe, while on vacation in the northwest. After basic, I went to Ft. Ord, CA for clerical school and on to Ft. Devens, Mass. for the rest of my 2 years. I have fond memories of the military. It was a place where I really became a man, had a chance to travel and was still lucky enough to serve in the continental US.
Floyd Hilliard

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Mar 16, 2010
 
Attended basic in Oct - Nov 1971. Company was D 3 2
Great memories, great training. Spent 20 years in. Retired Oct 1991 CW3 Huey pilot.
Jose C Cruz

Lewisville, TX

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May 28, 2010
 
Mike Olson wrote:
I am a basic training graduate of C 2 2 in in May of 1970. Forgot what exactly C 2 2 was, but it was on my fatigues at the time along with US Army and my name Olson. Had a chance to drive thru the base again in 1989, I believe, while on vacation in the northwest. After basic, I went to Ft. Ord, CA for clerical school and on to Ft. Devens, Mass. for the rest of my 2 years. I have fond memories of the military. It was a place where I really became a man, had a chance to travel and was still lucky enough to serve in the continental US.
I was also in basic training around the same time. Actually, 41 years ago, Memorial Day weekend, we arrived at Fort Lewis. Was in Charlie Company. I was injured and hospitalize for 3 months, released from the hospital in September. October of 1970, started anew in basic training and took AIT in Fort Ord, clerical training. Complete my duty in Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio till discharged May 1973.
Bob Ramirez

Flower Mound, TX

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Oct 27, 2010
 
I was in A-4-1, arrived at Ft Lewis from Dallas, Tx, Feb 24, 1970. Our basic training class graduated in early to mid May'70. Of my platoon of @50 men, 43 or 44 were assigned combat MOS's.
As I recall, it rained nearly every day, many days monsoon-like rains. I saw Mt Ranier only a few times. The training was tough,'old school' and probably saved a few lives in Nam.
As fate would have it, I was one of the very few 2 yr.(RA) enlistees who did not receive a combat MOS in my platoon. I served my entire 2 yr. enlistment in the U.S.
Mitch Marengo

Novato, CA

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Dec 27, 2010
 
Did basic training at Ft. Lewis WA from Sept through Oct 1970. Was in C 5 1 platoon. Vietnam was raging so basic was tough mentally in those days. But physcially, I recall high school football being more of a workout. Our platoon was mostly ERs and only a bout 10 RAs. We were all college guys who lost our student deferments and got low draft numbers so joined up with the reserves. Boy did those Drill Sargents give us the business. Hurry up there you #&@^$% ER!! Chow was good as I recall. I was always hungry. Slogan over the low crawl pit was "More Sweat here, less blood there" ...creepy. After basic did couple months as company clerk to a basic training company where I could give the trainees the business in return! Made lots of friends whom I never saw again. Was returned to civilian life just before Christmas. Sweet! Unlike the Reservists today who were the first to go to Iraq and Afghanistan, we were the last to go to 'Nam. Loved my country and respect my buddies who did go but not for me.
John

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Jan 5, 2011
 
Mike Olson wrote:
I am a basic training graduate of C 2 2 in in May of 1970. Forgot what exactly C 2 2 was, but it was on my fatigues at the time along with US Army and my name Olson. Had a chance to drive thru the base again in 1989, I believe, while on vacation in the northwest. After basic, I went to Ft. Ord, CA for clerical school and on to Ft. Devens, Mass. for the rest of my 2 years. I have fond memories of the military. It was a place where I really became a man, had a chance to travel and was still lucky enough to serve in the continental US.
C 2 2-Charlie Company 2 Battalion 2 Brigade. Alpha Company 2 Battalion 2 Brigade 69/70 Ft Lewis,Wa
Jeff Feingold

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Jan 6, 2011
 
I was an ER in A-5-2. Arrived at Ft. Lewis on April 3, 1970. After basic, went on to OJT as a cook for two months in B-4-2. Spent a total of 4 months at the fort.
John T

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Jan 7, 2011
 
Mike Olson wrote:
I am a basic training graduate of C 2 2 in in May of 1970. Forgot what exactly C 2 2 was, but it was on my fatigues at the time along with US Army and my name Olson. Had a chance to drive thru the base again in 1989, I believe, while on vacation in the northwest. After basic, I went to Ft. Ord, CA for clerical school and on to Ft. Devens, Mass. for the rest of my 2 years. I have fond memories of the military. It was a place where I really became a man, had a chance to travel and was still lucky enough to serve in the continental US.


I believe that C 2 2 would be Charlie Company 2nd Battalion 2nd Brigade. I attended Basic training (A Trainee) at Ft lewis 1969/1970 A 2 2. I do have good memories of that time.
Bob from Texas

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Apr 12, 2011
 
I arrived Ft. Lewis November 10, 1969. Completed basic training then to Signal School at Ft. Gordon, Georgia and then HQ VII Army in Stuttgart, Germany for my remaining time in the serivce. Discharged on November 2 as a Sergeant. Enjoyed my itme in Germany traveling Europe with my wife.
Randy Helmer Crofton Ne

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Apr 23, 2011
 
I arrived at Fort Lewis Washington Feb 14th 1968 for basic training. I was in A 3 3 . After all these years I still remember our drill sgts name. His name was drill sgt Thomas. He was one hell of a guy. I believe he was a honor guard at John Kennedys funeral. He spent several tours in nam. He was tough and knew his shit. Would love to know where he is now. From Fort Lewis I went to fort gordon ga and on to nam.
Timothy Ryerson

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May 20, 2011
 
Did Basic in Ft Lewis C-3-2 June and July 1969. From there to signal school at Ft Monmouth NJ. At Long Binh Sanford AAF March of 1971 to Jan 72. Out at Oakland Army Depot Jan 1972. I remember Sgts Malone and Harbottle. Cannot remember Head DI's name but he was an impressive individual even if he was rather small. We were near the end of Basic when the Moon landing happened. Only a few got to see that and I was not one of them.
Bernard Brown

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May 30, 2011
 
Mike Olson wrote:
I am a basic training graduate of C 2 2 in in May of 1970. Forgot what exactly C 2 2 was, but it was on my fatigues at the time along with US Army and my name Olson. Had a chance to drive thru the base again in 1989, I believe, while on vacation in the northwest. After basic, I went to Ft. Ord, CA for clerical school and on to Ft. Devens, Mass. for the rest of my 2 years. I have fond memories of the military. It was a place where I really became a man, had a chance to travel and was still lucky enough to serve in the continental US.
I arrived on 8 Feb 1970.I took basic training at Ft Lewis and my Drill Sgt was Boykins. I was in 3Plt C Company 1 BN 1 BDE. If any one knows someone from that company please contact me.
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Jun 14, 2011
 
I arrive 9Jan1970 from Dallas Love field via Braniff Airlines. I was in B-2-2, it rained the entire time, we were on the second deck of the barracks and you could look out the window and see Mt. Rainer. I remember posting fireguard I always had the mid watch 0200-0300. Those were the days my friend. Drill sgts. were SSGT Robinson and SGT Paz.
Jackie Brown

Goodlettsville, TN

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Jul 2, 2011
 
Arrived in Ft. Lewis for basic training Feb-April,'69. Wet, cold. Not the best of times. Was in D-1-1. Fireguard always early morning hours.
Dave Phillips

Park City, UT

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Jul 9, 2011
 
John T wrote:
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I believe that C 2 2 would be Charlie Company 2nd Battalion 2nd Brigade. I attended Basic training (A Trainee) at Ft lewis 1969/1970 A 2 2. I do have good memories of that time.
I went through basic training at Ft. Lewis Feb 11 through April 16, 1970. I was in A-2-1 (Company A,2nd Bn, 1st Combat Infantry Brigade. Most of the guys all went 11-B infantry to Vietnam, and I went to Germany, after training at Ft. Sill in Honest John Rocket Crewman tng. Drill Sgt at Ft. Lewis was Johnny Baugh.
Craig Thomson

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Jul 14, 2011
 
Trying to locate D.I. Baja C-4-3 basic traing march 20 1968 to May 22 1968. Would like to say thanks. craigf11@gmail.com
Jess

Fort Stewart, GA

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Sep 14, 2011
 
Was anyone at Lewis in or around 1982-1985? 109th M.I. S.E.W.I?
Richard Bailon

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Sep 21, 2011
 
I joined at 17 and arrived 6 March 1968 and assigned to B-1-2. I was scared straight back then as during that time the DI's put the fear in you, but it paid off in combat. I remember that bus no sooner stopped and that DI's jugular vein was already sticken out of his neck. Now that was the school of hard knocks.
But again; it saved alot of our lives in the Nam.
Gary B

Spokane, WA

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Nov 17, 2011
 
Basic Training ~ Fort Lewis Aug 1968 to Oct 1968 ~ D-5-2 (11th Cycle) Drill Sergeant was E-5 Hungerford...P.T. Sergeant was E-5 Blood.(No kidding) Many of the recruits were 3 year RAs while several of us were 2 year USs.

AIT ~ Fort Ord CA...Radio Training
AIT ~ Fort Gordon GA...Radio Teletype 05C

My signal assignment was in West German (Fuerth)

Saute!
Joe R

Wellesley Hills, MA

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Nov 28, 2011
 
Bernard Brown wrote:
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I arrived on 8 Feb 1970.I took basic training at Ft Lewis and my Drill Sgt was Boykins. I was in 3Plt C Company 1 BN 1 BDE. If any one knows someone from that company please contact me.
Was in 3rd Plt, C-1-1, Sept-Nov 1969. Also had Drill Sgt Boykins. He was quite a guy, very tough, but also showed his human side a few times. Once I was his CQ runner and he told me about his experiences in basic training way back when. Very good stuff. I still relate a story or two about him every now and again. Other drill sgts were SSG Jackson, Sgt Iverson, and Sr Drill Sgt Pama, who could be a very nasty piece of work. Was a "holdover" for 3 weeks after graduation awaiting my security clearance so I could go to Nike-Herc school at Ft. Bliss; they let me work at the rifle range as a scorer for the units still going through basic. It beat pulling KP for three weeks, I'll tell you.

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