Military History

Discussion in 'Hobbies' started by ricepaddydaddy, Jun 23, 2012.

  1. ricepaddydaddy

    ricepaddydaddy Member

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    My main hobby is the study of military history, especially WWII. I belong to several WWII history forums, a couple with international membership.
    I also enjoy collecting and shooting firearms, especially military surplus ones (of course;)).
    I gave up fishing years ago, it was just too much work; and hunting ended when a tour of duty in Vietnam gave me a different view of the hunting/killing thing.
    So, what do ya'll like to do for relaxation?
     
  2. Apyl

    Apyl New Member

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    My husband is into history and anything military. He spent 4 years in the Marines in the 90's. As for us are main hobbies are hunting , fishing, camping, gardening, and my flock :) . my goal is to have a decent hobby farm within the next couple years.
     

  3. Keith

    Keith New Member

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    Are you a member on Alternate History? I pop in there once and while, it's gotten huge!
     
  4. ricepaddydaddy

    ricepaddydaddy Member

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    No, not Alternate History. I had not heard of it, but will most certainly check it out, thanks.
    Great War Forum
    Feldgrau.net
    Axis History Forum
    WW2 Talk
    WWII Forum
    US Militaria Forum
    Military.com forum
    Together We Served ( a forum for veterans)
    Historium
    And I check into a couple of re-enactor sites every now and again to marvel at all the old gear they manage to find.
     
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  5. UncleJoe

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    While I do enjoy gardening, it turns into a lot of work at certain times of the year which makes it harder to think of it as relaxing. When I'm ready to do something to take my mind off the daily grind, I pull out one of my guitars or the telescope. They have been my regular hobbies for over 30 years. Recently I've turned to reading a bit right before bed. That seems to help me wind down as well.
     
  6. Riverdale

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    My garden, my chickens, medival history, SCA armored combat, coaching my son's football team and reading. Alot of reading.
     
  7. rob

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    i have several hobbies. i collect anything military. i collect coins, build scale model ships from wood. grow veg and the gym.
     
  8. Jason

    Jason New Member

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    I read a lot. A lot. We like to camp and the farm is kind of a hobby/job/lifestyle all rolled into one.
     
  9. jn4

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    I watch my friends from NAM get old......I raise most all our food.....I weld......do carpentry...work on my 4x4's.....mow grass endlessly...and oh yes....collect firearms and build 1/96 and 1/125 scale ships in my free time..(not much time).
     
  10. rob

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    i love building scale model ships.
     
  11. jn4

    jn4 New Member

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    Rob,..I see that you build also.....do you more so build for RC or static display my friend?
     
  12. ricepaddydaddy

    ricepaddydaddy Member

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    Welcome home. Thank you for serving our country.
    Who were ya with? I was Army, 5th infantry Division, Quang Tri Province, 69-70.
    And about that grass mowing thing - we've got horses, they mow and fertilize at the same time.:D
     
  13. rob

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    i build for display. ive never realy looked into R,C
     
  14. ReTIRED

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    My hobbies are Gardening, perusing the Internet, messing with chickens, playing with my Boxer-Dog, and also reading History.
    I particularly LIKE reading about the Bataan Campaign on the island of Luzon, Philippines......
    .....because my Father (P.O.W.) was a Sergeant in that MESS !
    ( At HIS insistence....I avoided Vietnam by attending College. A GOOD CHOICE, I have come to believe.)

    BEST REGARDS !.....and THANK YOU for your Service to our Country !!!
    ( I gave 6 years -part-time- at NO PAY...to our Country....in a different way. So...I don't FEEL like a "slacker" ! )

    Bruce (ReTIRED)
     
  15. OliviaE

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    Both my great grandpas served....both my grandpas served.
     
  16. seminole wind

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    I wonder if any of these members are still around?
     
  17. seminole wind

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    I just watched the Indianapolis - sunk during WW11, documentary. It was heart wrenching to hear all those vets talk about it. 5 days in shark infested waters. (free on Amazon with Prime).

    I watched a real classic about W. Halsey (Admiral) with a men's chorus music in the background, black and white. James Cagney. A real classic!

    Now I'm back to reading "Down to the Sea" that follows 3 Destroyers and crews after Pearl Harbor bombing- for the 2nd time. This is the book that got me interested in WW11.
     
  18. chickenqueen

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    I like watching WWII movies.They give me some insight what my father went through as a gunner on a fighter jet.He never told me anything but he told my brothers and they told me.One of my favorites stars Steve McQueen as a gunner.iI had a box of emergency communication parts minus the contents,dated 1942.My daughter nagged me for it for years and I finally gave it to her last year.I wasn't doing anything w/ it and she probably would get it eventually anyway.It still had the original lock.Someone removed the screws on the hinge to open it.It was a neat little keepsake.I also have a tea cup and saucer marked"Made In Occupied Japan".My daughter doesn't know about that sitting in my china cabinet.She'll find it someday,like I did............
     
  19. dawg53

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    I like WWll movies and documentaries. I've probably seen them all, more than once lol. I also like the cold war movies gone hot, such as: Failsafe, Dr Strangelove, By Dawn's Early Light, The Day After, The Bedford Incident. I'm sure there's a couple more I've forgotten about.