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Subject: Re: Promotions and awards

Tim Hammac
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Date Posted: 21:26:05 06/25/08 Wed
In reply to: Tim Hammac 's message, "Re: Promotions and awards" on 21:25:05 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
>>>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
>>>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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