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RaoulJan
08-26-2014, 10:49
I am filling in some spots in the military history and have come to a blank spot that could use some fill in.

I was at SFTG back in '68. Back then the Cherries wore just the ball cap with a set of wings on it. Got to wear that until the end of Phase I when we got the "no flash" berets. I think I remember that the wings on the ball cap had an oval, but I can't remember what it looked like. I have checked the current set of ovals and SFTG just does not look right.

Can some helpful troopie fill in this blank spot?

Many thanks in advance!

RJ - go to the following link and comply with its instructions - then expect an answer to your question. Welcome to PS.Com. Richard

http://www.professionalsoldiers.com/forums/showthread.php?t=3452

The Reaper
08-26-2014, 12:39
Welcome.

IAW our policies here, would you please introduce yourself and fill out your profile?

Thanks.

TR

Richard
08-27-2014, 10:37
I was at SFTG back in '68. Back then the Cherries wore just the ball cap with a set of wings on it. Got to wear that until the end of Phase I when we got the "no flash" berets. I think I remember that the wings on the ball cap had an oval, but I can't remember what it looked like. I have checked the current set of ovals and SFTG just does not look right.

Can some helpful troopie fill in this blank spot?

RJ,

It was the old 77th SFGA oval (attchd pic) which became the oval worn by all the SFGs (except the 10th SFGA) and students in SFTG at that time.

Richard

RaoulJan
08-28-2014, 11:34
Richard,

Thank you very much sir!
That oval does ring a bell ...

How did I get to SFTG in '68?
I went into the Army in December '67 and spent 8 lovely weeks at Ft. Lewis Washington learning to put on the suit and walk in line.

I was then sent to MOS school at Ft. Sam Houston (91A10). About half way thru the 10 weeks they marched us all into a training room and this Staff SGT stood up and started to speak.

I swear he was 6' 5", dressed in highly pressed khaki's (best uniform the Army every had), high shine Corcoran's (I still think he had silver BB's in the holes on the boots), silver brass and a green beret. He was the most military / STRAC looking individual I had ever seen. His message was "If your good enough .. you can look just like me"

About half the class of baby medics signed up .. to include the training Co X.O.

So off we went for about another few weeks of accelerated PT and then the physical test and the SFQT .. and waited ... about 1/3 of the signup caught orders for Jump School .. the rest (including the X.O.) got the gate.

So .. off we went to Ft. Benning.

I was one of the lucky few to catch a zero week and got to pull details for everyone on the post. They had fun with the skyborne wannbe .. (f'n legs).

Three weeks of Jump School taught me that if you can get thru Wednesdays, you can beat anything. By the end of the 5th jump is was a real knuckle dragging medic!

I found out that Jump School had been a TDY and I was the only one that graduated without a trip ticket to the next post, so I caught a ride with an escort sgt to Ft. Bragg.

I remember the drive along Ardennes ... past 82nd, 101st and to SFTG.

Checked in .. got the cherry gear and found my room.
Is it possible that "Silver wings upon his chest" was playing over the loud speaker??

Sooo ... a couple of weeks into processing and I get to a medical station and was told that my eyesight wasn't good enough .. my eyes are pretty bad. I was crushed. I asked why and the Dr said "You want to be a SF Medic .. how much good to your team would you be if you lost your glasses"? OK .. I signed the papers and waited for the orders .. meanwhile I pulled details. Of these .. one was being the honor guard for the laying of the foundation for the statue. Never mind the Seven Dwarfs and Drop Zone Lounge .. nothing to see there .. keep walking ..

Then off to Vietnam land ... open orders so I get the barn at Bien Hoa.
The processing REMF looked at my 201 and was muttering .. ummm .. medic .. jump school ... got just the job for you .. combat medic .. 1st Div.

So I said .. "Sounds fun .. but if I loose my glasses how good of a medic will I be?"
And he said "No problem .. be a pair on the next slick out"
STAMP!
"NEXT!"

And off I went..
I served with the 1/26th, 1st Inf Div from Aug to Nov '68
My last night in country has been pretty well documented by
http://quarterhorsecav.org/pg4ff.htm

So I guess I never got to wear the green beenie .. but I got kinda close.

VVVV
08-28-2014, 12:11
I wasn't aware of the vision requirements for SF being different from Airborne. I had to get a vision waiver to go to jump school in '66 before going through SFTG Commo Course. What good would I have been to a team, if I lost my glasses? BTW, I always carried a second pair.

The Reaper
08-28-2014, 14:15
I remember the drive along Ardennes ... past 82nd, 101st and to SFTG.

Where on Ardennes was the 101st?

TR

Pete
08-28-2014, 14:44
Where on Ardennes was the 101st?

TR

We talkin' 1944 or 1968? :cool: