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Tom Oldman

Location: Beavercreek, OH, United States

Gender: M

Member Since: January 2012

Last online: September 2016

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Last Updated Sep 26, 2016

Well, shoot!

I took my wrist in this morning for a checkup. The doc did some rotating, bending, and a couple more bits of torture and, after some hemming and hawing, told me he might have to do a little more. It is hard to pin down a doctor, but he said he didn't like the way the tendons to my thumb were aligned. That meant he would have to do some more surgery to open the sheath up a little more to allow freedom of movement. For me, it means I will be in a much harder cast than the wrap-around, Velcro thingy I was using. It also means I'm out of the typing business once more; at least for a couple of weeks after the surgery

I know he didn't mean it to sound the way it came out, but he did say "if you were a bit younger, this would have worked". I assured him I knew what he meant.

Bummer.

~Tom

 


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Fully retired now (at 74) and enjoying my leisure time by doing what I've always wanted to do - write.  I have a Wordpress account at Tom1950.wordpress.com.  I used to have a Facebook account, but they kept changing stuff around and I got disgusted with them so I quit..  Although I haven't done much on my Wordpress account, it does have a lot of my earlier works done up in blog style.  That blogging effort has now become "Life - Such as it Was".  The picture accompanying the autobiography is my picture from my 1957 Bitburg American High School, Germany yearbook "Contrails". I am married and have been for over 53 years.

I got to thinking about my experiences in Vietnam and wrote the story "The Gift of Life" in tribute to a couple of my friends. I spent 20 years in the service of my country and I'm damned proud of it.  In the '60's, I was looked on as something that crawled out from under a rock. But now, due to more enlightened public opinion, I wanted to do more than just talk about it.  In view of that, I display my "fruit salad", my medal bar, here for all to see.  It isn't bragging, it's simply pride in a job I did well.

 

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If you're curious as to what they all mean, here you go (left to right & top to bottom):

Navy Unit Commendation (3 awards) : Meritorious Unit Commendation (3 awards)

Navy Good Conduct (4 awards @ 4 years each) : National Defense : Armed Forces Expeditionary

Vietnam Service Medal (4 awards of >120 days each) : Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal : US Navy Expert Rifleman

The scroll on the RVN Campaign Medal is inscribed "1960 -- " to signify it never really 'ended'.

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