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    Just back from El Paso where I and my youngest daughter (AirForce ROTC) pinned my daughter at her promotion to Staff Sergent.

    Got to put on my SEABEE sateens one last time, well my Dad's as mine was a bit tight. This was one of the best moments in my life.



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    Quote Originally Posted by usabaker View Post
    Got to put on my SEABEE sateens one last time, well my Dad's as mine was a bit tight.
    Good to see you all...congrats to her. I had my combat uniform on recently for a look after 13 years, still fits. It's been work though.
    Regards, Jim

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    Quote Originally Posted by browningautorifleicon View Post
    I had my combat uniform on recently for a look after 13 years, still fits. It's been work though.
    That's fantastic wich I could get back into mine, I pulled them out of the old footlocker I knew there was no way I could get in them. Lucky though my Dad did 35 years in so his fit me (barely) good thing we have the same last name ;P

    Me and my Dad in the 70's

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    I did the whole thing too, stayed mostly the same outside diameter. Just got taller. Let's see if I can find mine...

    One in 1980 the night before leaving for my second overseas tour and one here at the end.
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    USB pic of you in the 70's with your dad gotta love those flares bloke...........betcha don't fit into them anymore

    BAR looks pretty sharp there the latter cut of uniform looks far superior.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CINDERS View Post
    USB pic of you in the 70's with your dad gotta love those flares bloke...........betcha don't fit into them anymore
    Yeah, guess I wouldn't but if I did I'd look like this generation of fellas with their nuts squshed backup inside'm

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    Quote Originally Posted by browningautorifleicon View Post
    stayed mostly the same outside diameter. Just got taller.
    Wow, you have kept in shape.. still sharp as a nail.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CINDERS View Post
    the latter cut of uniform looks far superior
    Thanks, just think it's because I'd filled out by the end. Wider in the shoulders and back...

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    kept in shape
    Thanks...yes, I do try.

    First pic I was about 23 and the last is 60...I think.

    Unfortunately, my kids couldn't be convinced to join up, different mindset here...I'm afraid.
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    Twice I passed all the required tests & physicals got to signing the dotted line and said whoa up your too much of a rev head and hot tempered to buckle under I did serve in the cadets and thoroughly enjoyed it but then I was malleable my father served o/seas in WWII, my brother was a 20 year lifer in the RAAF who sadly passed away the week he was retiring to go to Qantas as an engine fitter, my b/inlaw went on a paid Asian holiday so there was plenty of military at home.
    But on discovering bikes and girls hell no way was I goin' in guess it disappointed my Dad thing is I went off the radar at one point for 5 years my family did not know where I was or up to, nothing illegal 'cept speeding and the odd well 'um 70-80's party sorta thing in the scrub, I would have probably made a good serviceman but my life took me in another direction.
    But one thing will never be erased from me is what my father instilled into me respect for the uniform no matter the service they are all doing their bit and that fellow milsurps is where I am at 40+ years down the track I have had a very interesting life with some rather alarming happenings in the world of operating cranes in the hire game, met many interesting people and places, caught in a chlorine leak, had acid rain literally sulphuric rain and so on.

    Before you ask No! I did not tip one over ever had a couple of scares in demolition with mis-calcs by the demo team last cut you got it, YEP! I take that question like a person asking some of you "Ever shot someone mister" absolutely the wrong question to ever ask of a serviceman ever and then some.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CINDERS View Post
    whoa up your too much of a rev head and hot tempered to buckle under
    Sadly that isn't so. Too late now I know but we had lots, and all kinds. All can be tempered and handled. All can be moulded…
    Quote Originally Posted by CINDERS View Post
    "Ever shot someone mister"
    That's the first question asked, seems it's a spectator question...
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    with some rather alarming happenings in the world of operating cranes
    I can imagine, heard about a few too.

    Regards, Jim

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