Dunn, Rick, SGT

Signal Corps (Enlisted)
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Current Service Status
USA Veteran
Current/Last Rank
Current/Last Service Branch
Signal Corps
Current/Last Primary MOS
293.10-Radio Relay Carrier Operator
Current/Last MOS Group
Signal Corps (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1969-1970, 293.10, 304th Signal Battalion
Service Years
1968 - 1970
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Being the old guy now it's possible to look back over my life and see what was important and what wasn't. Forty years ago I had no plans to join the military. I was drafted. Plain and simple I got my notice to report and I did. I did have other plans. I was getting married. I had a good job. I had my life in front of me yet it made a sharp detour for several years.

Vietnam was going on hot and heavy. Tet had just happened shortly before I was in basic training. During the night guys were heading out the back door of the barracks and a few hours later they were in Canada. I did what I knew was right. I am not the warrior type, but stuck it out. Looking back, it was the best things I could have ever done. Sticking in there when things are tough is a rock you can build the rest of your life upon. Though most of my hard training was for Vietnam, the orders never came; I was sent to Korea instead.
The Army had polished off those youthful rough edges and when my service was over I had a different perspective on life. When I came home most of my friends were still there, but a few were gone. Some went to Vietnam and never came home. Now I honor their memory. With the passing of years I understand completely the expression one often hears: "Freedom is not Free"
Today I have the deepest respect for those that choose to serve their country in the armed forces. God bless this great country of ours and especially those who protect it!

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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
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  1968, 3rd Battalion, 1st Training Brigade (Fort Lewis, WA), E/28
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Signal Units304th Signal Battalion
  1968-1969, 293.10, 232nd Signal Company
  1969-1970, 293.10, B Company, 304th Signal Battalion
  1969-1970, 293.10, 304th Signal Battalion
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Montana State University-Billings
  1964-1965, Rocky Mountain College
  1966-1968, Montana State University-Billings
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