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

Moratorium on reviewing

On another writing site, I have accumulated my personal goal of 1000 points. In view of this, I will not be reviewing and, in fact, have turned off my "Review requests honored" switch. This is being done so I can concentrate my total effort at making a final edit of You Only Love Twice to make it ready for publication. At my age, I'd really like to have just one novel published while I'm still able to enjoy the fact.

If I have time, I will try to allow Wednesday and Saturday mornings for any accumulated reviews that may have come in by email notifications.

~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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