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Donald victor Gailey


Enlisted in 1964 and went to basic training at Ft Ord, California. I was promised a foreign language school after basic, but was instead sent to "morse code" training school for one year. I was not with Army reserves, but was assigned to US Army Security Agency. My graduating class scored top in training and was promised best assignments. I originally had orders for Brady AF base in Japan. Two weeks before actual graduation, we were informed that our whole class was "block allocated" to Vietnam. I got to Vietnam 4/65. Our class was divided between Phubai and Saigon. I was permitted to stay in Saigon and was assigned to the 3rd RRu (radio research unit) . Since our work was classified (top secret crypto clearance) all I can say is we were assigned to capture and identify radio transmissions of the enemy and identify there locations for search and destroy missions. At the end of my tour, as a sp4 I was training ssgt for replace me. I got home and was assigned to Homestead AFB for the remaining two years of my four year commitment. My unit received the "Presidential unit citation" award. I am proud of my service even though learning morse code was not the language I had hoped to learn in the military.

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