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Tom Oldman

Tom Oldman

Tom Oldman


Tom Oldman

Location: Beavercreek, OH, United States

Gender: M

Member Since: January 2012

Last online: May 2016

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Last Updated Apr 04, 2016

Surgery on the 28th (maybe)

I've finally received a date for an in-depth examination of my wrist by a neurosurgeon. I had the MRI already, which was horribly painful the way I had to stretch out my arm like Superman flying), so now I'm ready. Actually, I've been ready for a couple of months, but the gears move slowly.

The title sais "maybe", which means that now this doctor needs to evaluate what he wants to do before actually doing it. Meanwhile, the barest movement of my wrist sends shooting pains up my arm. Still, I try to get out a few reviews before my arm locks up.

Once this is taken care of, I will put every effort into clearing up back reviews I owe.



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Fully retired now (at 73) 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 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.



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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