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  • Member since
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  • From: Fort Knox
Today is my 30th anniversary
Posted by Rob Gronovius on Friday, December 08, 2017 12:20 PM

Thirty years ago today, I got off a plane in Frankfurt, Germany and arrived in Mannheim to become the 2nd platoon leader in A Company, 5-77th Armor Regiment. Cold War was in full swing. The first thing I saw on the German TV was some East Germans trying to escape to West Berlin. They were unsuccessful and paid for it with their lives.

My DEROS (Date of Return from Overseas Service) was 7 December 1990, but was delayed due to Desert Storm.

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  • From: Northeast WA State
Posted by armornut on Friday, December 08, 2017 1:26 PM

Congrats and THANK YOU for your sevice. I was newly inducted into the U.S. Navy and was in Millington Tenn. for "A" school. Wow long time ago 

we're modelers it's what we do

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Posted by Pawel on Friday, December 08, 2017 2:57 PM

Hello Rob!

If the war broke out my pops would fight against you! That's why I'm so glad the things turned out the way they did - and we can be friends instead of enemies.

So - are you celebrating the anniversary?

In any case, have a nice day!

PaweĊ‚

All comments and critique welcomed. Thanks for your honest opinions!

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Posted by Rob Gronovius on Friday, December 08, 2017 3:30 PM
No, not celebrating in any way, although I do have the day off from work. I left for Germany on Dec. 7th, a day in infamy, so if I see something that reminds me of the date, like yesterday a local sailor who died at Pearl Harbor was identified and returned to Kentucky. Today just happens to be the 30th and it doesn't seem like it's been that long.
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Posted by GMorrison on Friday, December 08, 2017 3:34 PM

Thank you for your service, Rob.

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Friday, December 08, 2017 8:33 PM

Yes, thank you for your service!  Beer

Chad

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Posted by fox on Friday, December 08, 2017 10:35 PM

Thank you for your service Rob!

Jim  Captain

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Posted by stikpusher on Saturday, December 09, 2017 1:12 AM

Time flies when you’re having fun... it’s amazing how the world has changed in those 30 years.

 

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Posted by tempestjohnny on Saturday, December 09, 2017 7:39 AM
Thanks Rob. Your service is greatly appreciated

 

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Posted by Tanker - Builder on Saturday, December 09, 2017 9:25 AM

Hi ROB ;

 As you know most of us fellow members served . I thank you personally for your service .Remember this , as an immigrant I feel strongly about the U.S.A. and those who serve her .  Men like You made it possible for me to have a good life .

  I do know that my time in two different uniforms was something that makes me say , even at 74 , if needed I would step up again ! Thank You ,,T.B.

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Posted by Rob Gronovius on Saturday, December 09, 2017 9:52 AM

Tanker - Builder

Hi ROB ;

 As you know most of us fellow members served . I thank you personally for your service .Remember this , as an immigrant I feel strongly about the U.S.A. and those who serve her .  Men like You made it possible for me to have a good life .

  I do know that my time in two different uniforms was something that makes me say , even at 74 , if needed I would step up again ! Thank You ,,T.B.

 

My parents were immigrants. They were born in Indonesia when it was a Dutch colony. After Indonesia gained its independence, all people of mixed Dutch descent had to leave or be killed. So their families had been there for generations and now had to move to Holland. My parents were teenagers and met on the boat to Holland. They married several years later and immigrated to the US in 1962.

I'd go back onto active duty in a minute.

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Posted by armornut on Saturday, December 09, 2017 12:56 PM

I agree if I was asked to serve again I would step up. Our freedom isn't free and I truly miss the camaraderie, espri d' corps, heck sometimes I miss the feeling of being on the ship, the noise, the smells, the feeling of power my vessel expressed. Sorry shared to much for this thread. Yep I would go again.

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Posted by Gamera on Sunday, December 10, 2017 4:28 PM

Thanks as well from me for your service Rob.

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

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Posted by subfixer on Saturday, January 06, 2018 10:07 PM

Thank you, Rob, for your long and faithful service.

I'm from the government and I'm here to help.

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Posted by Devil Dawg on Friday, January 26, 2018 6:35 PM

Thanks for your service, Rob! Did you retire, or, are you still active duty? I arrived at Parris Island on 22 Feb 1984, and got out of the Corps 06 July 1995, with service in the First Gulf War. Never regretted a minute of it, and would go back in a heartbeat, if they would have me (too old and too many medical issues now....).

Interestingly, my wife was in Mannheim in the mid-80s as well (with her first husband). She was there for three years, but I'm not sure of the dates. 

Gary Mason

 

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Posted by Greg on Friday, January 26, 2018 7:21 PM

Thank you for serving.

-Greg

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Posted by Rob Gronovius on Sunday, January 28, 2018 9:31 AM

Devil Dawg

Thanks for your service, Rob! Did you retire, or, are you still active duty? I arrived at Parris Island on 22 Feb 1984, and got out of the Corps 06 July 1995, with service in the First Gulf War. Never regretted a minute of it, and would go back in a heartbeat, if they would have me (too old and too many medical issues now....).

Interestingly, my wife was in Mannheim in the mid-80s as well (with her first husband). She was there for three years, but I'm not sure of the dates. 

Gary Mason

 

 

I retired in July 2011 after 24 years of active duty. With the four years I did in the Guard while in college, it was 28 years of time in service. I turned down an assignment as the Deputy Director of Tactical Wheel Vehicle Development in the Pentagon so I had to retire. It was a nominative assignment, meaning a board selected me so I either had to go or had to retire.

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Posted by crown r n7 on Sunday, January 28, 2018 9:42 AM

Thank you Rob I bet you have a lot of stories to tell

 

 Nick.

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