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where did you spend 4th of July 1976?

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where did you spend 4th of July 1976?

#1 Post by Ghoulardi » Tue Jul 03, 2018 8:35 pm

I figured since it's going to be the 242nd birthday of the United States, I was wondering where did you guys and gals (if there are any here) spend the country's bicentennial (200th) birthday,


I spent mine in Hohenfels, Germany on field maneuvers. command issued a stand-down for that day so units could gather together. that night we fired off parachute flares our platoon had in a celebration, except for the red ones. seemed like other units in the training area had the same idea.
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#2 Post by 72 usmc » Tue Jul 03, 2018 9:08 pm

I was at the USMC ball in dress blues at Pendleton. A hell of a time. Then on the 5th, I had to stand duty NCO at Del Mar. Like a crazy person, I extended my second tour. :doh: :snooty: :lol: :lol: :lol:
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#3 Post by sowbelle » Tue Jul 03, 2018 10:43 pm

I watched fireworks in my hometown of Livermore CA
It was a great celebration with family and friends

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#4 Post by Rapidrob » Wed Jul 04, 2018 9:58 am

I was stationed in San Diego on-board a brand new destroyer, the USS Hewitt DD-966. We represented the Navy's newest warship and were mored downtown. The Tall Ships were in port as well as many NATO ships. If my memory is working there were at least 50 ships from all over the world pus many of our nations ships. Carriers,Cruisers, Amphibs , Army craft and SEAL boats etc.
My ship fired a Red White and Blue basketball at noon out of one of our disappearing torpedo tubes at the waterline. The ball skipped across San Diego harbor for several hundred yards.
The celebration was really something to see.
We held "Tour Ship" and there had been over 10,000 visitors that day. I volunteered to be one of the guides and never had a free moment.
The fireworks that night were something you'd never forget and we had the best seat int he house.
We were allowed to have family and friends on board and the ships decks were packed with folks watching all the events.
It was good to be an American that day.
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#5 Post by Tommy Atkins » Wed Jul 04, 2018 11:20 am

I hadn't move to the U.S.yet, so it wasn't a holiday in the U.K. which meant I was working.
I was somewhere in Brittany or Normandy as that was my week to go there for work & to pick up new customers.
It really was one of those "16 countries in 10 days & 7 nights" things!

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#6 Post by ffuries » Wed Jul 04, 2018 12:50 pm

Wow let's see, I was 9 years old, we were stationed at Mountain Home AFB, Idaho at the time. So we were downtown Mountain Home watching the parade, then we went to an oldie drive in hamburger joint before heading back to the base.

Now the weird part, I remember firework shows prior to Idaho (Spain) and after Idaho (Okinawa), but damn if I can recall seeing fireworks while in Idaho.
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#7 Post by mrbig381 » Thu Jul 05, 2018 9:12 am

Went to Ocean City Md. with a fine young lass. Drove home with fireworks going off everywhere.

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#8 Post by Reverend Mauser » Fri Jul 06, 2018 2:23 pm

SE Michigan. I don't remember much as I was five, but we were definitely at a festival celebration in town.

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#9 Post by retread12345678 » Sat Jul 07, 2018 6:59 pm

Spent my honeymoon in San Diego with my new bride. Still. married and happy

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#10 Post by jardows » Mon Jul 16, 2018 2:57 pm

I love posts like this! For one, it makes me feel young. I am the old guy where I work, but I wasn't even born in 1976! I really enjoy reading other people's life stories.

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#11 Post by Ghoulardi » Mon Jul 16, 2018 10:35 pm

jardows wrote:
Mon Jul 16, 2018 2:57 pm
I love posts like this! For one, it makes me feel young.

enjoy it while you still can. because getting old is no picnic. once they start sending you AARP applications, and funeral homes send you brochures about their "pay now, and be buried later plans" your days are numbered :D
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#12 Post by 72 usmc » Tue Jul 17, 2018 12:18 am

That's a fact Jack! :lol:
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