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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by mikegc, Jul 29, 2011.

  1. mikegc

    mikegc Long timer

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    The ride back home was just like I like 'em . . . no mishaps, no problems. I did have to get a new set of tires so I stopped at Gateway BMW in St. Louis and cannot say enough good about those guys. I complained to the general manager, Bob, that the techs had taken almost five minutes to get my bike into the shop. He promised to try to do better.

    I've thought a lot about this trip on my return and since I've been home. On Friday evening our close circle of friends asked how the trip went and I said, "I've sent you a link to a ride report on the Adventure Riders forum." All of your comments have been most complimentary and deeply appreciated. In my opinion, they made the ride report. I offer my most humble thanks.


    My service in Vietnam brought me into contact with influential people. I saw Alexander Haig, Vice President Agnew and Wesley Clark while there. It was, however Mike, General Wolff and Betty Tisdale who showed me how to turn negatives into positives. The two soldiers instilled the value of being your best in difficult situations. Betty showed me compassion for those caught up in the chaos. Worthwhile lessons all, to be sure.

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    To the young soldier currently serving in Iraq: Thank you for the PM. I'd love to meet and talk to you when you get back. You have my number.

    To 6gun (currently serving in Iraq: Your sentence, sir, "Once again I thank you from the bottom of my heart and with all my soul for the path you have paved for me," reminds that all soldiers march in the footsteps of those who went before. I'm proud to have been in those ranks. Now you have the baton and, soon, your son will carry it. Godspeed, sir, and thank you for your service to us.


    To Patmo: As I mentioned in my PM, welcome home, brother.

    Finally, I'd like to end with a quote I heard somewhere: "And today, looking back at that long path of service, my soldier's heart stirs and murmurs from deep within: Thank you, thank you, my homeland."


    Thanks for coming along!

    Mike & me:
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    Mike
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  2. cobra_1

    cobra_1 n00b

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    Mike,

    Thanks for the great ride report. This was forwarded to me by my old Vietnam platoon leader, he is sending it on to other helicopter veterans like myself to share, because it was so good. Means a lot that you cared to share this with others.

    Keep the rubber side down and great read.

    Lonnie Heidtke
    Crew Chief Black Widow 474
    "C" 101st AHB, 101st Airborne
    68-69, Republic of South Vietnam
    Chippewa Falls, WI
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  3. mikegc

    mikegc Long timer

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    Welcome home, Lonnie!

    Thank you so much for contacting me and please extend my gratitude to your former platoon leader for forwarding the thread. You Screamin' Eagles were (and are!) a fine unit and did yourselves proud in RVN. I'm sure thankful I didn't have to go into the A Shau like you guys did. Thank you for your service. I'm glad you're okay!

    Mike
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  4. seabee1

    seabee1 we build, we fight

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    yet another retired vereran chiming in on what an outstanding report this is. most folks really don't get the bonds formed under those circumstances. well done.
    absolutely love the .45 you hade made. kimber is what i currently carry. can't go wrong with a .45.
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  5. mikegc

    mikegc Long timer

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    Thank you, Seabee1, for your service to us. I was just a guy "passing through" but you stayed at your post.

    Salute, sir,

    Mike
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  6. mikegc

    mikegc Long timer

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    From your moniker on the forum, Cobra_1, I thought you might enjoy this photo of an AH-1 Cobra:

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    This was one of the "Rebels" birds out of Phu Loi.

    Mike
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  7. jeffrey hamlin

    jeffrey hamlin Been here awhile

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    Thanks for sharing your story...and thanks to you and everyone else that has served their country. God Bless.
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  8. CarrGS

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    I've had the pleasure of knowing MikeGC for all 29 years of my young life. He has been a close friend of my family and specifically of my father ever since I can remember growing up. I have never really realized it, but in some way, he has contributed to my love of motorcyles. He and my father used to ride Harley's before he "saw the light" and started riding BMWs. They have stories they could share about each other that I am 100% certain the moderator would not allow...

    I knew he was an inmate, but had never come across any ride reports or stories of his until today when he shared this link with me. The stories and pictures tell of truly heroic events that unfortunately are rarely depicted in today's "news" about our country and the war. I can tell you that after reading this story, I know why he is such a valued friend of my father. . In responding to PirateSeaCaptain, I can assure you "he has made a difference in many people's lives." I have seen it first hand.

    Thank you to all the men and women that have sacrificed for this great country, and thank you MikeGC for sharing your story with us 'young folk' who may not have served our country, but will never forget those that have.
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  9. jorrie

    jorrie Been here awhile

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    Great rr ex soldier loves it:d
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  10. seabee1

    seabee1 we build, we fight

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    cobras served in vietnam. huh.

    i didn't know they'd been in service for that long.

    when i went on convoy into iraq when we breached the berms back in 03, i was concerned about enemy contact. always on alert. every moving thing fell under my sights. when the cobras flew over our convoy at about 50 feet, i relaxed visibly. it was such a great feeling to know that those gunships were flying ahead of us, clearing the way.

    thanks to those who cleared the way for us.
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  11. PersonaNonGrata

    PersonaNonGrata Needless Dickerer

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    very cool report. Love the old pics, fascinating and inspiring stories. Great job, thanks for your service.:clap
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  12. georev

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    Mike
    Great post... Marge cried the whole way thru the story.
    Best
    George
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  13. 14Traits

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    Just stumbled upon this ride report.

    All I can say is Bravo Zulu!

    And that you have the respect of this Marine. :devildog
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  14. mikegc

    mikegc Long timer

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    You're very kind. I really appreciate that!

    Mike
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  15. DanVFR

    DanVFR Continent Crusher

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    Truly amazing report, thank you for sharing.
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  16. Usually2Up

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    Mike, Sir!,

    What I can say but Thank You. God Bless You!
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  17. mikegc

    mikegc Long timer

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    You gentlemen humble this former trooper. I re-read this today after its dormancy of many months. Frankly, those long ago experiences on the other side of the world, in some ways, seem almost like yesterday. A quick glance in the mirror bring me back to reality! I realize how fortunate I've been in my associations with people of worth. They influenced me and I've tried to earn their respect by never letting my fellow soldiers down. There is no greater honor than to walk among them today.

    Thank you for your kind comments, gentlemen.

    Mike
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  18. whistlepig

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    Excellant RR Mike. I salute you and all who serve. Now, stand down soldier and sleep soundly. You've earned it.
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  19. Steve canyon

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    Wonderful story and pictures.....

    Thanks for taking the time..:clap
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  20. mikegc

    mikegc Long timer

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    Thank you, Steve, for the kind words.

    Mike
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