My grandfather Roy Gene Lakin was a U.S. Marine. He had many ranks which were private, private 1st class, lieutenant corporal, corporal, sergeant, staff sergeant, gunnery sergeant, master sergeant, and an E8. He was in the maintenance platoon and he was stationed in Vietnam for only 13 weeks. He was a repair shop machinist in which he also helped the “optics team install infrared on big war tanks” . His base was stationed at 12 miles south of Dangha and when I asked him if he was in the jungle he said, “Yes, it was very humid and raining the majority of the time. Even the beer was warm but whenever we went with some of the other guys to go have some ice cold beers, it made those beers seem like heaven.” He said that he loved his job because he loves guns and all other kinds of weapons. He can be considered a weapon specialist to most people.
Roy said that he has been everywhere! He said that he wasn’t just based at one place, he moved all around the country and he got to do many things and he got to meet many people. He also helped the rest of the army install and repair parts for all the weaponry. “I didn’t really stay in one place for long, I went all around the country and helped install for the army. I have been to many places and seen many things but the best part about the traveling was meeting...
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