I enjoyed the commeradery among the men. I enjoyed the training and even the sometimes grueling exercises in the field. I also enjoyed the pomp of the parades, appearances, etc.
I did not enjoy my four years in Nam or getting shot twice. I enjoyed the two Purple Heart ceremonies. I did not enjoy being offshore Cuba at Bay of Pigs and the Cuban Missile Crisis, or in 1963 when sent to reinforce Gitmo as Castro threatened it. I did not enjoy my last combat deployment in Grenada in 1983. Anyone who enjoys that kind of assignment is nuts. But I enjoyed being proud that I did my job in those places, and in every other duty post I had.
My body was done in when I retired. if it had not been stressed from old wounds and age, I would have gladly stayed in longer.
Best years of my life. I had a great job in Public Relations. Wrote for the base newspaper and was a Photojournalist. I was able to write about most jobs done on the base and met hundred of interesting people from Airman to General.
I was offered a large bonus to stay in and my choice of bases. My EX wife said she'd divorce me if I stayed in. Heck she divorced me anyway so I really should have stayed with the job an career I loved.
Served 30 years in the Navy. Spent seven years of my service time in the U.S.A.. Rest of the time was at numerous overseas posts, and a little ship riding. My first tour was in Everglades, assigned to a Army unit. Enjoyed that tour very much, great bunch of troops who taught me a lot. After that overseas, and one tour in DC, in between overseas assignments. Retired in Hawaii, and my kids still live there. Upon my retirement, I was blessed with the greatest job in my life. I went to work on a temporary assignment with the VA
as part of a research group whose job was to prove to Congress that there was PTSD in the military. We had a group of the top psychiatrists and psychologists in the country (I am not a psychologist or psychiatrist) to do PTSD studies on a select group of Vietnam Veterans. I was blessed because I got to be friends with some of the bravest men and women in the military who had gone through hell and back. Some of them are some of my closest friends today. To make a long story short, we proved some military personnel did indeed suffer from PTSD. They deserved Disability Benefits, as well as medical benefits
for treatment of PTSD. Congress agreed. I then went on to be a FLEA for 15 years.