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Subject: Re: Promotions and awards

tim hammac
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Date Posted: 21:23:49 06/25/08 Wed
In reply to: Greg 's message, "Re: Promotions and awards" on 04:17:05 05/29/05 Sun

>In the spring of 70 a new rank was created for a Pfc
>that thought
>he'd been a private too long (4 months) All his
>friends were being promoted and he was disappointed he
>was being left behind. With the help of the supply
>sargent a set of command sargent major pins were
>obtained and subsequently altered to look like Pfc
>pins with the star and wreath in the center. Although
>not an increase in pay,he found a new respect among
>the EM. When finally asked by an officer to explain
>the insignia I replied "Command Pfc Sir!" Man was he
>pissed. They came off in the blink of an eye. I'm
>pretty sure his exact words were "Get those f----n'
>things off NOW!!!!!!! I made Sp4 about a month later.
>I was a sergeant when I left the army in 71. I'm
>surprised I wasn't given a chance to start from the
>bottom again.
Hi, I was a sergeant with HHQ 8th Transportation Gp.
I was at camp Vasquez in the Phu Tai Valley in 68 and 69.
The new rank you are talking about(mosquito wing with a rocker) actually was first introduced in 69. Right after the new rank came out, We had almost the same thing happen that you relayed.
We had a Command Sgt Major in headquarters, dont remember his name but he worked for Col. Garland Ludy.
Anyways, Private Lonnie Seagraves from Georgia kept getting passed over for promotion to pfc. One night at the watering hole, (EM Club) the Sgt Major tapped his glass with his spoon which quietened evreyone down. He then pulled out a set of fake orders and announced " attention to Orders" Private Lonnie Seagraves step forward. Poor ole Lonnie thought he had finally been promoted. The sgt major
announced the promotion of pvt Seagraves to "PFC of the Army". Everyone was rolling on the floor except Lonnie who was still trying to figure out if he had been promoted or not. The sgt major even pinned his stripes on and wet them down with beer, which was the ritual at our promotions.
All these years, I thought we were the only ones that ever did that, but it looks like I was wrong.
I enjoyed reading your e-mail, it brought back lots of memories. I'm glad you can still laugh at those days some forty years later, and I'm glad you made it home safe from that horrible place.

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