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The 80's were quite troubling on a global scale. Radical Muslims took over westernized puppet gov'ts. Afghan Mujahadeen (early Al Queda) was being supplied Stinger AA missles to fight against Russian Hind 24's. Carter Boycotted the 80 Olympics. Greenpeace wasn't so peaceful. The world was fearful of US/USSR tensions in Germany. A Major was shot and killed at the Berlin Wall. Let's see; '79 Gary Hart gets caught banging Donna Rice on his boat and it's not his wife. He drops out. Pope John Paul II gets popped by a Turkish bad guy. Poland is revolting.."Solardinost" is the word. Soviets invade Afghanistan and our defense system goes from Vietminization decrease to Cold War increase. Eagle Claw One crashed in the Iranian desert making Carter a public scapegoat. He's done some great work since though... '80 Reagan takes office. Hostages are let go...trickle down theory....Lee Iaccoa and Chrysler K cars, MX Missles, Abrams Tank, Bradley APC's, Aegis Class Cruisers and B-1 Bombers are reborn and all that...WKRP in Cinncinatti has great ratings and Loni was the bomb then or was it Jan Smithers? Hmm...we did sell alot of AWAC's to Saudi Arabia really cheap and suddenly our gas prices went down...isn't that something? My folks just bought a diesel car too...bastiges! '81 Anwar Sadat was assasinated by Bin Laden's number two guy...the one with the doctorate for going soft on westernization and making peace with Menachem Begin but was let loose later. Our CIA was moving swiftly into Afghanistan to advise and fight Russians. General Dozier was kidnapped in Italy by the Red Army Faction but released. He was later conveniently retired without ever having a interview. Guess the "company" debriefed him really good. Operation Bright Star was an exercise with US and Egyptians just in case someone wanted the Suez again. 6-color deserts or "chocolate chip" suits were issued then. BDU's were just making it to the troops from the old Army green. Reagan was shot by John Hinkley because of a crush on Jodie Foster...that minx! Woof. She's still a hottie. '82 Lebanese/PLO were fighting against Israel. Christian Phalangists against sh*t es I think. Gemeyal was assasinated. We sent a naval fleet there...a pilot gets shot down and captured. Jesse Jackson goes and saves his ass...The Reverand does have a talent for that...there and later in Bosnia. Who knows...hobby? '83 We officially became peacekeepers in Lebanon and invaded Grenada under SEATO alliance in October 17th because of "detained" med students by Cuban advisors. Kevlar Helmets replaced the old steel pots of sixty years service. Romania's dictator is troubled that his country will soon see civil war...he's later hung, shot, stabbed and displayed with his wife both dead...Cheachesku or something like that? '84 This year kicked off alot of sh#t. Let's see...A group of paratroops going to Campbell or coming from the Sinai was over New Foundland when it mysteriously blew up...killing over 100. No one has come up with an explanation yet. We started worrying about Daniel Ortega and Sandinistas and started training Contras in Honduras ( see 80's Dominio Theory) so we could "observe" in El Salvador with our Special Forces. (5th and 7th Group was at Bragg then, 7th later moved to Campbell) and 220 Marines from Lejune was killed in a suicide bombing of their barracks. The Gipper got a second term. While the Soviets lost Breshenev, Chernynko and Andropov...from old age (maybe). Gorbachev becomes the new premier and he's a progressive one at that whom didn't get assasinated. Peristroika or something? '85 The Red Army Faction and Meiner Bahnof gang gets froggy and planted bombs in the airports of Berlin and Athens I think and a few US GI Discoteche's in Europe killing a lot of folks. And the US handicapped citizen was thrown off a ship (Achille Lauro) by a Muslim terrorist and Korean Airlines 007 was shot down deliberately by an MiG. I got laid on Veteran's Day, Teacher's Holiday 1985 for the first time....about time too and I smiled for a week. Was Aquino assasinated by Marcos this year? Not too sure...could've been '86. '86 I enlisted in the US Army Infantry that year as an E3 and monthly pay was $749 a month. I still had to wear a steel pot in basic training when Kevlars were the norm in real line troops. We were constantly having alerts. An officer was shot and killed by North Koreans. We bombed the bejesus out of Libya but only managed to kill Kaddafi's baby daughter and we called it collateral damage. France wouldn't let us fly over with our F-111's. We downgraded them then too. "How do you get a French waiter's attention in Paris?"......"Order in German" Ba dump...bump. '87 Baby Jessica falls in a well. WE WERE SO ENTRANCED WITH THAT! Six GI's were killed in a bombing in Berlin. The "Stars and Stripes" always had wanted pictures of the Meiner Bahnof Gang. I was there. New Pershing II missiles started to enter Miesau, W. Germany and the "Star Wars"/SDI was scaring Gorbachev promoting Glasnost. Iran/Contra was hitting the fan and the first M2 Bradley's and M-16A2 models finally reached the frontline guys in Germany. Europe had one of it's worst winters in over thirty years and I get pneumonia and spent a month in the hospital. When it rains...it pours. '88 Pan Am flight 103 went down in Lockerbie, Scotland by a bomb from Libya...payback. Lt. Col. Oliver North was convicted for the guns for hostages deal. The CIA director Casey mysteriously passes away during the hearing. Folks said Reagan didn't know squat and that he was getting senile. Well, I betcha he did...and he wasn't senile then. But I still loved the Gip. '89 Kinda of a slow year but in late December...I was an E5/Sergeant then...Noriega was out of control and I invaded 20 December '89 and was shot in the shoulder. Ouch! That's gonna leave a mark and finally... '90 as soon as I get out of Womack Hospital I get sent too Saudi Arabia via Germany for the 1st Gulf War. But at least I made E6/Staff Sergeant for that one and it still sucked... The fun never stops boys and girls. Where is my Six Million Dollar Man doll with Bionic eye and Kung fu grip? Where was the simple pleasure of stupid fun of a BB gun war...where you really got into trouble. Or the simple pleasures of getting laid in the backseat of a '73 Mercury Montego steaming up the windows while listening to Peter Gabriel, Genesis, Zeppelin or Floyd? Hit a water bong and find out alot of stuff you were told was just crap. Oh I long for the '80's but I'll always have those memories...so...have I forgotten anything that you guys want to add? I'm the History/Military guy so I got what I remember.
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