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Posted by Frank S on 5/17/03 at 13:39 (119107)

I revisited this site for the first time in a long time due to a recurrence of PF. Much to my surprise the focus has changed to mostly heated exchanges about politics and related issues. What does this have to do with PF or other foot problems? Where is the support I was looking for?

Goodbye!!

Re: Is this the heelspurs message board?

SteveG on 5/17/03 at 13:55 (119109)

Frank - the other categories - 'ask the doctor', 'ESWT', cover issues related to PF and its treatment.

Re: Is this the heelspurs message board?

Max K on 5/17/03 at 14:54 (119114)

Frank, this is one of eight separate message boards on heelspurs.com. To see a listing of all eight message boards, click here:

http://heelspurs.com/_safe.html

Max

Re: Frank

marie on 5/18/03 at 11:43 (119186)

What's up Frank? Are you having some problems you'd like to share? Please let us know....

marie

Re: Is this the heelspurs message board?

Richard, C.Ped on 5/19/03 at 08:50 (119258)

Welcome back Frank. If you have not been here in a while, much has changed. There are different sections that cover different topics. You posted on the 'Social/Support' area of the message board. The good thing about this area is that you can pretty much post whatever you want...well...no cursing or anything like that...you know. The SS board covers many different topics from current events...to just plain support for others with foot conditions.

Don't let heated political discussions keep you away...and that goes for everyone...regular posters or lurkers. If you do not want to be included in those discussions, just bypass them.

If you have a question...ask away!! We are here for you.
Richard

Re: Political Discourse Here & Elsewhere

Frank S on 5/19/03 at 14:21 (119292)

Thanks everyone for setting me straight about the message boards.

I have a comment re political discourse on this board and elsewhere throughout the country. I am depressed with the venom I observe spewed out by all sides in attacks against those with whom they disagee. I wish everyone would be civil to their opponents, respect one another's opinions and not impugn their motives.

I'm a retired military officer with a disability from Vietnam. When I hear people express views I disagree with, especially those I feel are without basis, downright stupid, counterproductive, etc., etc., I remember why I served my country: To preserve democracy and our right to free speech. I especially appreciate free speech having spent time in dictatorships and communist countries where it didn't exist.

Here's to civilized discourse!

Re: Political Discourse Here & Elsewhere

Richard, C.Ped on 5/19/03 at 14:39 (119294)

Thank you for your service to our country...and again, welcome back!!
Richard

Re: Political Discourse Here & Elsewhere

marie on 5/19/03 at 15:09 (119296)

Thanks Frank! I can drink too that!

Where in Vietnam did you serve? What years?

marie

Re: To Marie re Political Discourse Here & Elsewhere

Frank S on 5/19/03 at 18:24 (119318)

I was in Special Operations with SOG from mid-67 to mid-68 and at at MACV HQs from fall 72 until the ceasefire in Mar 73. When I was with SOG I was involved in operations in II, III an IV Corp areas. Spent a lot of time in the Central Highlands near the border with Cambodia.

Re: To Marie re Political Discourse Here & Elsewhere

john h on 5/19/03 at 18:53 (119323)

Frank S: You and I share some common ground. From Aug 1968-Aug 1969 I was a helicopter Special Operations Pilot out of NKP with the 21st Special Operations Squadron (CH-3E). For the first six months we dropped sensors around the DMZ in Laos and occasionally in N.Vietmam. The second six months we picked up a very scary mission with Heavy Hook Special Forces insertions and getting them out. Most of the teams I dealt with flew into NKP on a black C-130 and usually consisted of one or two Americans and 4-5 Montyards. Our insertions were all around the DMZ,Laos, and N. Vietnam. As often as not we were pulling them out under fire within 1 hour of insertion. Many did not make it back at all. Our unit started out with 10 helicopters and we lost them all but two. We had to combine with the 20th Special Operations Squadron because of our losses. I was shot down 34 miles west of Dong Ha on the Laos/S.Vietnam border just west of the DMZ in Jan 69. We on occasion operated in the Plain De Jars and out of many special ops bases in Laos. I think most of our missions were laid on by MACV and I Corps was our speciality. The SOG guys were as tough as any group I ever worked with. I had one mission where the lone American SOG leader had his leg in a full cast and it was his last mission. We also had 4 SOG guy break their legs when they jumped out of a helicopter over elephant grass. The pilot thought he was hovering at about 7 feet and was more like 30 feet. I forget the code name of the SOG Operations we conducted beging about December 69 around the DMZ but they were about as scary as it got. Send me your email address and I can send you some pictures you can relate to. I came back in Dec 71 as a Air Rescue Pilot but compared to SOG operations that was a lot less stressful.Have you read the book 'SOG' by John Plaster? For a while I was Commander of the C-130 King Squadron who coordinated all the rescue operations with the Jollys,Sandys, and FAC's. I still have the tape of my rescue made by the radar site out of Dong Ha (Waterboy Radar). My A-1 fighter escort that day was the Wing Commander General Ed White. He received the Silver Star on that mission. SOG guys always have a special place in my heart.

Re: To Marie re Political Discourse Here & Elsewhere

john h on 5/19/03 at 19:13 (119328)

Frank: I forgot to mention a bunch of my buddies flew in your area along the Cambodian border in UH-1's. They formed the Green Hornets late in 67 and I think they were primarly SOG missions.

Re: To Marie re Political Discourse Here & Elsewhere

john h on 5/19/03 at 21:15 (119334)

Frank: I forgot to mention a bunch of my buddies flew in your area along the Cambodian border in UH-1's. They formed the Green Hornets late in 67 and I think they were primarly SOG missions.

Re: John

marie on 5/20/03 at 09:04 (119355)

I knew would respond to this one...sounds like you guys have alot in common.

marie

Re: To Marie re Political Discourse Here & Elsewhere

Frank S on 5/20/03 at 12:32 (119380)

John,

I'll get back to you in a few days. Very busy until this weekend. I'm familiar with what you were doing at NKP, altho the SOG personnel you were working with came from another branch than mine. I was involved in POW rescue ops in South Vietnam.

Re: marie

Frank S on 5/20/03 at 20:15 (119439)

I have been reading about your participation in the MS walk. I assume someone in your family has MS. My sister had MS for over half her life. She ended up in a wheelchair because walking became difficult especially as she got older. Fortunately that was the extent of her problems arising from MS. I say fortunately because it could have been much worse.