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  • Here is a set owned by my grandfather Robert R. Pietruk. He gave me this set around 2006 and this was the first set of dog tags I ever had. ​Robert saw service in Japan with the 7th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division in 1957 as well as with the 24th Infantry Division in South Korea from 1957-1958. This was the set he wore throughout his whole 3 years of service. ​

Today he was buried in the Great Lakes National Cemetery after passing away 2 days before his 81st birthday. He will he missed very much, and I thank him for his service every day.
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#Korea #KoreanWar #Cavalry #cavalryscout #Cav #7thcav #7thCavalry #michigan #veterans #war #history #usa
  • Here is a set owned by my grandfather Robert R. Pietruk. He gave me this set around 2006 and this was the first set of dog tags I ever had. ​Robert saw service in Japan with the 7th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division in 1957 as well as with the 24th Infantry Division in South Korea from 1957-1958. This was the set he wore throughout his whole 3 years of service. ​

    Today he was buried in the Great Lakes National Cemetery after passing away 2 days before his 81st birthday. He will he missed very much, and I thank him for his service every day.
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    #Korea #KoreanWar #Cavalry #cavalryscout #Cav #7thcav #7thCavalry #michigan #veterans #war #history #usa

  •  24  4  4 July, 2019
  • Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer and every officer and man of five companies of the 7th U.S. Cavalry had been killed in battle at the Little Bighorn River on June 25, 1876. The captain recalled that hour as the most difficult of his life, but he was relieved as Elizabeth, regaining her composure, asked for her shawl so that she might accompany him to inform the post’s other new widows. As they walked down the steps of the Custer home, Margaret Calhoun followed. “Is there no message for me?” she cried. She had lost her husband, three brothers and a nephew. All McCaskey could say was, “They had all died fighting.” #fortabrahamlincoln #homeofthe7th #7thcav #historyhappendtoday #capturenorthdakota #plainslife #grasslands #littlehouseontheprairie #prarielife
  • Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer and every officer and man of five companies of the 7th U.S. Cavalry had been killed in battle at the Little Bighorn River on June 25, 1876. The captain recalled that hour as the most difficult of his life, but he was relieved as Elizabeth, regaining her composure, asked for her shawl so that she might accompany him to inform the post’s other new widows. As they walked down the steps of the Custer home, Margaret Calhoun followed. “Is there no message for me?” she cried. She had lost her husband, three brothers and a nephew. All McCaskey could say was, “They had all died fighting.” #fortabrahamlincoln #homeofthe7th #7thcav #historyhappendtoday #capturenorthdakota #plainslife #grasslands #littlehouseontheprairie #prarielife

  •  34  0  26 June, 2019
  • So... I get to the gunshow and a fellow #gunshowcarny knew I was in the #CAV and picked up a bumper sticker for me. Needless to say,  I immediately spotted the typo. I cut the Crest off and  put it on my cup (waste not, want not). I still very much appreciated the gesture... #igmilitia #ifyouaintcav #7thcav #garryowen
  • So... I get to the gunshow and a fellow #gunshowcarny knew I was in the #CAV and picked up a bumper sticker for me. Needless to say, I immediately spotted the typo. I cut the Crest off and put it on my cup (waste not, want not). I still very much appreciated the gesture... #igmilitia #ifyouaintcav #7thcav #garryowen

  •  31  7  27 April, 2019
  • This is brotherhood. This is what I miss. I hate some of these mother fuckers but I would still die for them every day of my life. You want Nikes you go to Nike town. You dont try on shoes at payless and expect the same fit, convertibility, and reliability. You want a new Ford you dont go looking for one at a Toyota dealership. Two different styles. Two different purposes. Expectations should fit the environment that you put yourself in. #OIF7 #Mosul #Cav #Nowatay #7thCav #3/7Cav #BloodOverDishonor
  • This is brotherhood. This is what I miss. I hate some of these mother fuckers but I would still die for them every day of my life. You want Nikes you go to Nike town. You dont try on shoes at payless and expect the same fit, convertibility, and reliability. You want a new Ford you dont go looking for one at a Toyota dealership. Two different styles. Two different purposes. Expectations should fit the environment that you put yourself in. #OIF7 #Mosul #Cav #Nowatay #7thCav #3/7Cav #BloodOverDishonor

  •  50  5  30 March, 2019
  • It's War Movie Wednesday!!! And today we're leaving the battlefields of the Second World War for the hot and humid jungles of Vietnam.

We Were Soldiers, released in 2002 and directed by Randall Wallace, is a dramatisation of the Battle of Ia Drang in 1965.  It is based on the book, We Were Soldiers Once...and Young by Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Hal Moore and reporter Joe Galloway.  In the movie Moore is played by  Mel Gibson and Galloway by Barry Pepper.

The movie chronicles the events of the battle for LZ X-Ray where the men of the 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry (of the famed 1st Cavalry Division) fought the North Vietnamese Army for control of the landing ground.  It was the first major battle the US Army faced in the Vietnam War.

We Were Soldiers is different from many films about the Vietnam as it shows the US Army early in the war.  There are no draftees, there is no anti-war sentiment and the unit is a professional fighting force.

While there are many points in the movie that differ from the book and even from actual history, We Were Soldiers is an excellent representation of the early Vietnam War period.  A period where kill ratios were established, were helicopter doctrine was tested and where US officials thought they might win the war within a year or two.

#warmoviewednesday #warmovie #weweresoldiers #7thcav #7thcavalry #1stcavalrydivision #aircav #iadrang #battleofiadrang #garyowen #garryowen #halmoore #sergeantmajorplumley #lostplatoon #vietnamwar #vietnam #melgibson #barrypepper #samelliott
  • It's War Movie Wednesday!!! And today we're leaving the battlefields of the Second World War for the hot and humid jungles of Vietnam.

    We Were Soldiers, released in 2002 and directed by Randall Wallace, is a dramatisation of the Battle of Ia Drang in 1965. It is based on the book, We Were Soldiers Once...and Young by Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Hal Moore and reporter Joe Galloway. In the movie Moore is played by Mel Gibson and Galloway by Barry Pepper.

    The movie chronicles the events of the battle for LZ X-Ray where the men of the 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry (of the famed 1st Cavalry Division) fought the North Vietnamese Army for control of the landing ground. It was the first major battle the US Army faced in the Vietnam War.

    We Were Soldiers is different from many films about the Vietnam as it shows the US Army early in the war. There are no draftees, there is no anti-war sentiment and the unit is a professional fighting force.

    While there are many points in the movie that differ from the book and even from actual history, We Were Soldiers is an excellent representation of the early Vietnam War period. A period where kill ratios were established, were helicopter doctrine was tested and where US officials thought they might win the war within a year or two.

    #warmoviewednesday #warmovie #weweresoldiers #7thcav #7thcavalry #1stcavalrydivision #aircav #iadrang #battleofiadrang #garyowen #garryowen #halmoore #sergeantmajorplumley #lostplatoon #vietnamwar #vietnam #melgibson #barrypepper #samelliott

  •  123  6  2 hours ago
  • Not just another day. “Please convey to the American people, what a tremendous fighting man we have here. He’s courageous. He’s aggressive. And he’s kind. And he’ll go where you tell him to go. He’s got self-discipline, and he’s got good unit discipline. He’s just an outstanding man.” –Lt. Col. Hal Moore

Today is the 53rd Anniversary of the 1965 battle in the Ia Drang Valley. The 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment, under the command of Lt. Col. Hal Moore, was sent in to assault and destroy the enemy forces. For three days, the battle at LZ X-Ray raged, with 80 U.S. Soldiers killed and another 124 being wounded. Estimates for North Vietnamese dead ranged between 600 and 1,200 killed - depending on sources.

The price that was paid. At the start of 1966, 2,344 Americans had died in Viet Nam. By the end of the war, 58,148 Americans would die in Vietnam.

As far as #LyndonJohnson leadership is concerned… It is hard to dispel ignorance, if you retain arrogance.

#USARMY #7thCav #currentlywatching #thevietnamwarpbs #pbs #kenburns #kenburnsvietnam #LZXRay
  • Not just another day. “Please convey to the American people, what a tremendous fighting man we have here. He’s courageous. He’s aggressive. And he’s kind. And he’ll go where you tell him to go. He’s got self-discipline, and he’s got good unit discipline. He’s just an outstanding man.” –Lt. Col. Hal Moore

    Today is the 53rd Anniversary of the 1965 battle in the Ia Drang Valley. The 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment, under the command of Lt. Col. Hal Moore, was sent in to assault and destroy the enemy forces. For three days, the battle at LZ X-Ray raged, with 80 U.S. Soldiers killed and another 124 being wounded. Estimates for North Vietnamese dead ranged between 600 and 1,200 killed - depending on sources.

    The price that was paid. At the start of 1966, 2,344 Americans had died in Viet Nam. By the end of the war, 58,148 Americans would die in Vietnam.

    As far as #LyndonJohnson leadership is concerned… It is hard to dispel ignorance, if you retain arrogance.

    #USARMY #7thCav #currentlywatching #thevietnamwarpbs #pbs #kenburns #kenburnsvietnam #LZXRay

  •  10  1  14 November, 2018
  • All done!
  • All done!

  •  36  2  17 hours ago
  • I acquired a new replica carbine! Finally completed the kit ohh also a new revolver because you can never have too many!
  • I acquired a new replica carbine! Finally completed the kit ohh also a new revolver because you can never have too many!

  •  52  7  12 April, 2018
  • March 1969

KEN BURNS SKIPPED THIS PART
Top was our 1st Sergeant, a nearly fifty year old E-8 lifer working toward an Army pension when the war interfered. See him walking like a dog. He was a savy dog. Always he had beer and steaks for his crew in the rear. His priority was the Black Market over supporting Alpha Company. Just a scheming criminal, who took  the souvenir war rifles when he left. He was not nearly as bad as the CO. I will divert here.

This fat passed-over officer became our CO, my third one after two great men. His focus was medals and self-promotion, mission over man. He pulled me into his CP at night. He was frightened and incompetent, I was the shadow CO for awhile. My men blew the claymore mines and fired like Ho Chi Minh was upon us, thanks. He freaked and almost cried. He caused KIAs by his command. He walked in the back of the trailing platoon as 18th man as we moved through the jungle. When my platoon was trailing he walked in the rear platoon, 27th man. Who leads from there? The scared-shit incompetent radioed up front from there.

The last day I saw his sorry ass my Platoon was walking last, just a matter of odds. He left the rucks with us on a small safe hill and proceeded forward with two platoons to attack NVA. I would have called a F4 strike on them from a distance. As he coordinated a Cobra strike I could see that he was crossed-up communicating with the pilot. Left right? I tried to break in, too late, two ARA rockets hit the company. 3 KIA and he was bleeding like a squirt gun from his stomach.

Two weeks before I left Vietnam I was presented with signing a Silver Star recommendation, that I supposedly was making for him. The rockets hit an 'enemy ammo cache' it said. I refused. The Battalion XO threatened to send me to the field.

I never knew the outcome and assumed he would get his medal somehow. I came home and forgot about it. This week I learned that he was relieved of command. This was welcome info that came from publishing these photos.

I hope you will eventually read this. Garryowen.

A/2/7 1st Calavry 1969

#coward #officer #11bravo #1stcavalry #garryowen #7thcav #1969 #letitgo
  • March 1969

    KEN BURNS SKIPPED THIS PART
    Top was our 1st Sergeant, a nearly fifty year old E-8 lifer working toward an Army pension when the war interfered. See him walking like a dog. He was a savy dog. Always he had beer and steaks for his crew in the rear. His priority was the Black Market over supporting Alpha Company. Just a scheming criminal, who took the souvenir war rifles when he left. He was not nearly as bad as the CO. I will divert here.

    This fat passed-over officer became our CO, my third one after two great men. His focus was medals and self-promotion, mission over man. He pulled me into his CP at night. He was frightened and incompetent, I was the shadow CO for awhile. My men blew the claymore mines and fired like Ho Chi Minh was upon us, thanks. He freaked and almost cried. He caused KIAs by his command. He walked in the back of the trailing platoon as 18th man as we moved through the jungle. When my platoon was trailing he walked in the rear platoon, 27th man. Who leads from there? The scared-shit incompetent radioed up front from there.

    The last day I saw his sorry ass my Platoon was walking last, just a matter of odds. He left the rucks with us on a small safe hill and proceeded forward with two platoons to attack NVA. I would have called a F4 strike on them from a distance. As he coordinated a Cobra strike I could see that he was crossed-up communicating with the pilot. Left right? I tried to break in, too late, two ARA rockets hit the company. 3 KIA and he was bleeding like a squirt gun from his stomach.

    Two weeks before I left Vietnam I was presented with signing a Silver Star recommendation, that I supposedly was making for him. The rockets hit an 'enemy ammo cache' it said. I refused. The Battalion XO threatened to send me to the field.

    I never knew the outcome and assumed he would get his medal somehow. I came home and forgot about it. This week I learned that he was relieved of command. This was welcome info that came from publishing these photos.

    I hope you will eventually read this. Garryowen.

    A/2/7 1st Calavry 1969

    #coward #officer #11bravo #1stcavalry #garryowen #7thcav #1969 #letitgo

  •  1,013  58  8 November, 2017
  • Now available at amazon.com
  • Now available at amazon.com

  •  14  1  17 September, 2017

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  • Here is a set owned by my grandfather Robert R. Pietruk. He gave me this set around 2006 and this was the first set of dog tags I ever had. ​Robert saw service in Japan with the 7th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division in 1957 as well as with the 24th Infantry Division in South Korea from 1957-1958. This was the set he wore throughout his whole 3 years of service. ​

Today he was buried in the Great Lakes National Cemetery after passing away 2 days before his 81st birthday. He will he missed very much, and I thank him for his service every day.
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#Korea #KoreanWar #Cavalry #cavalryscout #Cav #7thcav #7thCavalry #michigan #veterans #war #history #usa
  • Here is a set owned by my grandfather Robert R. Pietruk. He gave me this set around 2006 and this was the first set of dog tags I ever had. ​Robert saw service in Japan with the 7th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division in 1957 as well as with the 24th Infantry Division in South Korea from 1957-1958. This was the set he wore throughout his whole 3 years of service. ​

    Today he was buried in the Great Lakes National Cemetery after passing away 2 days before his 81st birthday. He will he missed very much, and I thank him for his service every day.
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    #Korea #KoreanWar #Cavalry #cavalryscout #Cav #7thcav #7thCavalry #michigan #veterans #war #history #usa

  •  24  4  4 July, 2019