Peterson, John, SFC

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Sergeant First Class
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Infantry (Enlisted)
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1985-1986, III Corps (3rd Corps)
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92A-Automated Logistical Specialist
Service Years
1964 - 1986
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Disabled American Veterans (DAV)American LegionUniformed Service Disabled Retirees (USDR)Chapter 1076
  1987, Disabled American Veterans (DAV) [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2003, American Legion [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2009, Uniformed Service Disabled Retirees (USDR)
  2015, Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA), Chapter 1076 (Member At Large) (Henderson, Nevada) [Verified]1 - Chap. Page

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What are you doing now:
8/16/2010 1:59:17 PM
Reviews and opinions about my book "A Hard Place".
Let me begin this with saying how much I appreciate the members for their support,comments and just checking out my books and profile. The numbers to me are extremely pleasing.
Now to the gist of this post. Two and a half years ago I published my Vietnam War story, after it taking me over three years to write.Even at that I only began it after years of urging from my family and friends,especially my son (also a soldier) and my daughter (an Army Brat married to a Marine)without their prompting along with that of their mother I probably would not have written it. Even though I wrote and published it as "Thriller Novel" I had to relive a lot of ugly memories and scars from that war.Along with a bunch of fond and humorous ones. I personaly give nay damn who will,or will not,believe the story! But what I do care about is being called a "phony" and that I probably never even went to Vietnam. Well, my DD214 says I spent three tours there. The Veterans Affairs says that I am 100% Disabled because of it.I have refrained from counter attacking those few malcontent souls who felt it necessary to impune my honor. But it does not sit well with me. Hooah! It's an Army thing!!!!
Jacamo Peterson,SFC US Army (ret),Reno Nevada

My Son, also a John L Peterson has held up the five generation line of Army Service, Sgt ,19D Cavalry Scout (OPFORS) and is also now a Disabled Veteran.(also a Certified Structural and Wildland Firefighter)

My Father was also a John L Peterson MSG, 81st Inf, Pacific Theatre 1942-46

Three of my Uncles jumped into Normandy 6 Jun 1944, Two with the 101st, one with the 82nd..Two others were Merchant Marine. 
Other Comments:
Presidential Certificate of Appreciation for Armed Forces Service, Richard M Nixon President of the United States, August 1973

Letter of Appreciation for Armed Forces Service, Robert F Froehlke Secretary of the Army, August 1973

Oregon Army National Guard Commendation Medal, Richard A Miller Major General Adj Gen. May 1979

Certified Police Officer
Certified Firefighter I&II
Certified Wildland Firefighter
Certified HAZMAT First Responder

I wrote the Vietnam War book to honor the service and sacrifice of all Vietnam Veterans, Yes that includes me! To all members of all the Armed Forces who were there, whether Volunteer or Draftee,  who served with Honor and Distinction,  this book is dedicated to you. Let us never forget our fallen and lost Brothers. Our cause was just,Our Service was Honorable.
I Have seen TOO many movies about American forces in Vietnam, portraying the soldiers as anti-war draftees who hated the military. That was not the case,over 95% of american soldiers, marines,airmen and sailors served with honor and distinction. We did NOT lose the Vietnam War, we were pulled from the field. Hooah!

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Journeys 1964 to Date

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Mitchell, Daniel, 1SG, (1970-1991) AG 00R First Sergeant
Monds, Roy J, 1SG, (1971-1997) AG 00R First Sergeant
Thormo, Christian, 1SG, (1970-1994) AG 00R First Sergeant
White, George, 1SG, (1965-1987) AG 00R First Sergeant
Dotson, Lonnie, 1SG, (1967-1988) AG 00R Master Sergeant
Dotson, Lonnie, 1SG, (1967-1988) AG 00R Master Sergeant
Little, William, MSG, (1954-1974) AG 00R Master Sergeant
Carey, Donald, SFC, (1959-1979) AG 00R Sergeant First Class
Craig, Romie, SFC, (1957-1981) AG 00R Sergeant First Class
REPINSKI, FRANK, SGM, (1964-1994) AG 00R Sergeant First Class
Thompson, Preston, CSM, (1961-1991) AG 00R Sergeant First Class
Wenzel, Wallace, MSG, (1965-1987) AG 00R Sergeant First Class
Williams, Robert, SFC, (1968-1988) AG 00R Sergeant First Class
Godsey, Robert, SGT, (1966-1974) AG 00R Sergeant
True, Thomas, CSM, (1965-1991) AG 00Z Command Sergeant Major
Palmer, Bill, SGM, (1960-1983) AG 00E Sergeant Major
Vine, Thomas, SGM, (1973-1997) AG 79R Sergeant Major
Cummings, Thomas, MSG, (1955-1979) AG 75Z40 Master Sergeant
Godin, Robert, MSG, (1961-1982) AG 00E Master Sergeant
Holbert, Jerry, MSG, (1960-1978) AG 00E Master Sergeant
Towles, Marvin, 1SG, (1955-1981) AG 00E Master Sergeant
Aleshire, Mary, SGM, (1965-1987) AG 00E Sergeant First Class
Bindley, Jerry L., SFC, (1962-1983) AG 00E Sergeant First Class
Brunato, John, SFC, (1959-1980) AG 00E Sergeant First Class
Conley, Rich, MSG, (1960-1982) AG 00E Sergeant First Class
Gardner, Dean, 1SG, (1960-1981) AG 00E Sergeant First Class
Hopson, Paul, SFC, (1964-1992) AG 00E Sergeant First Class
Johnson, Hjalmar, SFC, (1959-1979) AG 00E Sergeant First Class
King, John, SFC, (1964-1984) AG 00E Sergeant First Class
Lavender, Danny, SFC, (1970-Present) AG 00E Sergeant First Class
Lawson, Jimmy, SFC, (1965-1989) AG 75Z40 Sergeant First Class
Leggins, Leevon, SFC, (1959-1979) AG 00E Sergeant First Class
Lester, Shirley, SFC, (1965-1986) AG 00E Sergeant First Class
Smith, Woodrow, SFC, (1958-1980) AG 00E Sergeant First Class
Wilson, Donn, SFC, (1962-1982) AG 00E Sergeant First Class
Butler, Mary Jannice, SSG, (1968-1977) AG 00E Staff Sergeant
Calvert, Aulbrey, SSG, (1969-2006) AG 00E Staff Sergeant
Cartwright, Harley, SSG, (1972-1984) AG 75Z40 Staff Sergeant
Hetzel, Richard, CW3, (1970-1990) AG 00E Staff Sergeant
Lord, Kenneth (Ken), SFC, (1962-1984) AG 00E Staff Sergeant
Myers, Larry, CW3, (1967-1993) AG 00E Staff Sergeant
Ramsey, Sam, SSG, (1966-1978) AG 71L10 Staff Sergeant
McKee, Norbert, SGT, (1968-1977) AG 75B Sergeant
Thompson, Barbara, SFC, (1966-1983) AG 00E Sergeant
Lewis, Raymond, SP 5, (1972-1974) AG 75B Specialist 5
Lewis, Raymond, SP 5, (1972-1974) AG 75B Specialist 4
Sims, James, SP 4, (1973-1976) AG 71Q Specialist 4
Thormo, Christian, 1SG, (1970-1994) AG 71L10 Specialist 4
Freeman, Paul, MAJ, (1953-1973) IN 1542 Major
Fleming, James, CPT, (1956-1976) AG 2110 Captain
Gross, John, LTC, (1966-1988) IN 11A Captain
Ford, Mike, 1SG, (1970-1994) IN 11Z50 First Sergeant
Stockton, Doug, MSG, (1972-1992) FA 13Z Master Sergeant
Dildine, William, SFC, (1972-1989) IN 00Z Sergeant First Class
Jenkins Jr., Samuel, 1SG, (1959-1980) AR 11D10 Sergeant First Class
Knarr, Donnie, SFC, (1958-1979) SC 36D Sergeant First Class
Stumpp, William E., SFC, (1965-1986) IN 11B10 Sergeant First Class
Shook, Larry, SFC, (1964-1986) IN 11B10 Staff Sergeant
LaMaestra Jr, Mario, CW5, (1972-2005) FI 74E10 Specialist 5

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