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Subject: Re: Promotions and awards

Tim Hammac
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Date Posted: 21:25:05 06/25/08 Wed
In reply to: tim hammac 's message, "Re: Promotions and awards" on 21:23:49 06/25/08 Wed

>>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
>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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