Proper, Roger, Sgt

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 Service Details
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Current Service Status
USMC Veteran
Current/Last Rank
Sergeant
Current/Last Primary MOS
0311-Rifleman
Current/Last MOSGroup
Infantry
Previously Held MOS
8071-Aerial Gunner (helo)
0231-Intelligence Specialist
Primary Unit
1968-1969, 0231, HMH-462
Service Years
1958 - 1969
Foreign Language
Vietnamese
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Sergeant

 
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 Military Association Memberships
Disabled American Veterans (DAV)USMC Combat Helicopter & Tiltrotor Association (PopASmoke)Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW)
  1969, Disabled American Veterans (DAV) [Verified]
  2000, USMC Combat Helicopter & Tiltrotor Association (PopASmoke) [Verified]
  2004, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW) [Verified]


 Additional Information
What are you doing now:
In 2002 at age 61 after 22 years living alone and dealing with my demons, I met and later married a beautiful Thai woman, quit self medicating and settled in for the duration in Northern Thailand. Due to language differences I spend most of my time alone tinkering with one of my motorcycles and hiking with my German Shepherd, Bruno. A comfortable life waiting for the next big adventure...............Update June 4, 2015 my best friend Bruno died in my arms today as the result of advanced hip displacia. For eight years we were together every day. I am very sad.
   
Other Comments:
The Vietnam War changed my life. I went there seeking adventure without thought of the burden I would carry for the rest of my life. UPDATE: I have just returned from Vietnam. On 25 Nov 2009 I was on Hills 37 & 65, my home when in the rear. Then on to Arizona territory, Phulong 1 & 2, the site of the Battle at the Graveyard exactly 42 years to the hour. The war is over for me now; I have come to realize it exists only in my mind .....See FORUM/Stories of Combat/Baptism of fire.

 
   
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Combat Air Crew w/3 Stars
Rifle ExpertPistol Expert

 
 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1958, Boot Camp (Parris Island, SC), 157
 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
MARDET CINCLANTFLT2nd Bn, 23rd Marine Regiment (2/23), 23rd Marine Regiment3rd Bn, 7th Marine Regiment (3/7)HMM-364
HMH-462
  1958-1961, 0311, MARDET CINCLANTFLT
  1965-1967, 0311, E Co, 2nd Bn, 23rd Marine Regiment (2/23)
  1967-1968, 0311, L Co, 3rd Bn, 7th Marine Regiment (3/7)
  1968-1968, 0231, H&S Co, 3rd Bn, 7th Marine Regiment (3/7)
  1968-1968, 8071, HMM-364
  1968-1969, 0231, HMH-462
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1967-1969 Vietnam War
  1967-1967 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase III Campaign (1967-68)/Operation Foster4
  1967-1967 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase III Campaign (1967-68)/Operation Citrus1
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Tet Counteroffensive Campaign (1968)/Operation Jeb Stuart
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Tet Counteroffensive Campaign (1968)/Operation Rock
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Tet Counteroffensive Campaign (1968)/Operation Jasper Square
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase IV Campaign (1968)/Operation Mameluke Thrust
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase IV Campaign (1968)/Operation Allen Brook1
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase V Campaign (1968)/Operation Sussex Bay
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase V Campaign (1968)/Operation Maui Peak
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase V Campaign (1968)/Operation Dawson River Afton
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase VI Campaign (1968-69)/Operation Meade River
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase VI Campaign (1968-69)/Operation Marshall Mountain
  1969-1969 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase VI Campaign (1968-69)/Operation Victory Dragon VII
  1969-1969 Operation Dewey Canyon/Operation Dawson River West
  1969-1969 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase VI Campaign (1968-69)/Operation Victory Dragon VIII
  1969-1969 Vietnam War/Tet 69 Counteroffensive Campaign (1969)/Operation Ellis Ravine
  1969-1969 Vietnam War/Tet 69 Counteroffensive Campaign (1969)/Operation Purple Martin
  1969-1969 Vietnam War/Tet 69 Counteroffensive Campaign (1969)/Operation Apache Snow
  1969-1969 Vietnam War/Tet 69 Counteroffensive Campaign (1969)/Operation Herkimer Mountain
  1969-1969 Vietnam War/Tet 69 Counteroffensive Campaign (1969)/Operation Virginia Ridge
  1969-1969 Vietnam War/Tet 69 Counteroffensive Campaign (1969)/Operation Cameron Falls
 Reflections on Service
Sgt
Please describe who or what influenced your decision to join the Marine Corps.
Whether you were in the service for several years or as a career, please describe the direction or path you took. What was your reason for leaving?
If you participated in any military operations, including combat, humanitarian and peacekeeping operations, please describe those which made a lasting impact on you and, if life-changing, in what way?
Of all your duty stations or assignments, which one do you have fondest memories of and why? Which was your least favorite?
From your entire military service, describe any memories you still reflect back on to this day.
What professional achievements are you most proud of from your military career?
Of all the medals, awards, formal presentations and qualification badges you received, or other memorabilia, which one is the most meaningful to you and why?
Which individual(s) from your time in the military stand out as having the most positive impact on you and why?
Can you recount a particular incident from your service, which may or may not have been funny at the time, but still makes you laugh?
What profession did you follow after your military service and what are you doing now? If you are currently serving, what is your present occupational specialty?
What military associations are you a member of, if any? What specific benefits do you derive from your memberships?
In what ways has serving in the military influenced the way you have approached your life and your career? What do you miss most about your time in the service?
Based on your own experiences, what advice would you give to those who have recently joined the Marine Corps?
In what ways has TogetherWeServed.com helped you remember your military service and the friends you served with.
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  1969-1969, Others/Not Listed
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