Tom Oldman

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Tom Oldman

Location: Beavercreek, OH, United States

Gender: M

Member Since: January 2012

Last online: August 2016

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Last Updated Aug 26, 2016

Scheduled for surgery

I finally bit the bullet and nearly demanded that Something Be Done about my right wrist. Lately, it has developed into a higher-order of pain than before. Since I tap the space bar with my right thumb while typing, this action results in a twinge of pain every time I do it. (I know: Doc, it hurts when I do this -- Then, don't do that). So, in about a week, I'll have inpatient surgery that will, hopefully, relieve the pressure from an inflamed tendon sheath that guides the two ligaments in my right thumb  The doctor likened it to the sheath around a bicycle braking system. The wire inside slides easily, but if you kink the outer covering, the wire inside won't move very well. That's what's happening.

~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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