Fort Stevens Batteries and Museum, Warrenton, OR: It's been forty something years since Uncle Stan Ingano and I played army, you know, real kine. Ok, it was Summer Camp in the Kahukus. Forty years ago, boy, now I really feel old. After visting this fort and seeing photos of the old days, I do feel a little guilty as Stan and I were stationed at Ft DeRussy in Waikiki, at the home of the famed 100th Bat, 422 Infantry were the civilians who walked by our armory were cleverly disguised in bikini's and assorted beach wear. The era was the early 70's. M*A*S*H was a popular movie and then a tv show and we tried to be as insubordinate as they were all the while knowing as reservist, we could get called up to visit that far away war in "Namn". Fortunately, the war came to an end and we finished the rest of our reservist years safe back home while many of our buddies did not.
So, here it is 40 something years later and when I saw the deuce and half truck and the jeep at the Ft Stevens museum it sure brought back memories. I instinctively reverted back to "playing army" and hopped on the jeep so I could send photos back to Stan. After the war ended, Stan and I were now sergeants in charge of a squad and two jeeps with mounted 60mm machine guns, kind of like the Rat Patrol tv series (they had 50 cal). Our job was basically to harass and act as "agressors" (the enemy) to the infantry foot soldiers as they trained in the Kahuku and Schofield mountain ranges. Boy, did they pick the wrong two guys. Hawkeye and Trapper John definitely made the best of the situation and were often seen scrambling in their jeeps up and down the red dirt trails and laying ambushes for the "humpers." We continually messed mentally with higher ranking hard asses. We knew our jobs and could often get away with a lot of stuff.
It was a confusing and different time, a different war. While Stan and I distracted ourselves we knew some guys were getting called away, some we would never see again. Our opposition was against being there in the first place and government who drafted us and forced our involvement, not our fellow soliders. Today, like then, we have utmost respect for our men and women serving our country. Not speaking for Stan, while I don't support wars we both have a sense of what soliders are called to do and have done.