We are inundated with thanks to vets of all types and stripes, and those of us who served greatly appreciate that so many understand it, make no mistake. The other side of the coin is we who served and are glad to have done so. Most of us don't care to be singled out for thanks, it's what we did for what we believed was the right thing to do. Draftee or volunteer, service was expected and we did it. Recognition is secondary, and kudos are for another thread. Let's hear some other short accounts of service. My story, Cliff's notes version; I dodged the draft by joining the Navy and stuck around for 7 years, all Viet Nam era service (which does not mean serving in that particular conflict, just that the service was in that time period.) All east coast, and more than a few days underwater in the Silent Service. Was it fun? Of the seven years, maybe 30 days of fun, not counting shore leave or the annual 30 days of "vacation" that accrued. Would I do it again? Yes, in half a heartbeat.