Category Archives: Infantry OCS

DD214 on iphone

I was keeping the paper copy in the car, until someone suggested photographing it for the phone. Probably best to keep it there to avoid losing it, though I have several copies. Mostly I use my VA card for discounts when asked but AT&T asked for the full 214. And it was worth it, shaving $70 from my monthly bill. Veteran bennies, such as parking spaces and discounts, are a new thing. Wasn’t so long ago being a veteran was no benefit at all.

Train tickets

Bought our end of April tickets to Oklahoma City. Trying again to get within range of Higgins in the Texas Panhandle and OCS comrade Russ Wheat’s grave. At least we can expect no ice storms this time.

Munich guys

Had a Zoom meeting Saturday with six guys I knew at UMaryland’s Munich (Germany) campus back in the early 60s. Was surprised to hear that several, like me, were drafted for Vietnam, and spent time in Infantry OCS before deploying, as they say it now. Was enlightening and fun! A few even read this here blog. Wish they’d leave a comment now and then. But I understand shy.

Happy Veterans Day

Members of the old Sixth Platoon of OC 504-68. Infantry Officers Candidate School, at Fort Benning, Georgia. This was before about half dropped out, but veterans all.

Ice Storm

Nailed us in Oklahoma City, ice everywhere with a little snow and temps in the 20s. Farther west, where we were planning to go, the worse it got. Worst of all at our destination: Higgins in the Texas panhandle, and OCS buddy Russ Wheat’s grave, where the snow was more than a little and the temps in the teens.

So we stayed in the hotel, where three nights and two days in bed was quite fun. And Amtrak was enjoyable, as usual. Had a roomette where the conductors brought our meals. Got back to find that ice on the local lines caused a power outage which killed the furnace. So was a mite chilly until we got it going again. We’ll try again in April.

Sleet

Looks like bad weather Sunday and Monday for our trip to Higgins and Russ’s grave. Cold with possible sleet. We’ll have to drive slowly enroute from Oklahoma City. But getting to OKC should be comfortable by Amtrak.

Hotel Reservations

Made our hotel reservations the other day for our Amtrak trip to Oklahoma City on the 25th. From there we’ll drive a rental to Higgins, in the Texas Panhandle, to see and photograph Russ Wheat’s tombstone. Which we had planned to do back in March, until the Chinese Communist Party’s virus intervened.

Takes about three hours to drive it, but Bar and I will enliven the trip with talk. With her seven to five work schedule five days a week, we don’t get much chance of that.

UPDATE: Now it seems we have another couple that wants to go. My OCS classmate Charlie Button and his wife. We’re coordinating it.