Tom Oldman

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Tom Oldman

Location: Beavercreek, OH, United States

Gender: M

Member Since: January 2012

Last online: February 2017

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Last Updated Nov 09, 2016

Got all my fingers crossed

As you may have noticed, I removed my Japanese love story, You Only Love Twice, from the site. This was in anticipation of it being picked up for publication. I've now submitted it and am sweating out the weeks until I hear from them.

If you want to write up a short blurb about the story, I would be happy to include it as a candidate for the back of the book. I also have a list of those who helped review and I am supremely thankful for that help. You will be acknowledged.

I will be publishing it under my own name: B. Douglas Slack and not Tom Oldman. I find the tax quagmire gets deeper if you use a pen name.

~Bill

 


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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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