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Curtis Parker
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How many of US kept a short time calendar in some shape or fashion to keep Track of our days in the Nam until we departed.I kept my short time calendar in my Personal Ammo can inside of my Track,it was a drawing of a Steel Pot Helmer with 365 blocks drawn in it that I kept updated.I can still remember when I became a two Digit miget with 99 days left in the Nam!!!



Curtis Parker
B 2/2 Inf,3rd Plt, Track B231
9 Dec 1967-10 Dec 1968






Tom Copeland
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Mine was a girl with a Big Red One patch in the appropriate place. I may still have it. Haven’t thought about that for many years.

Tom Copeland
HHC, 2/2, Feb 3, 67 to Jan 30, 68
Luther Patton
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Hey Curtis,
I have the same Short Timers Calendar.  Having said that; has anyone heard of, or maybe had one to carry around when they were short in the Nam?  It was called a Short Timer Stick.  I have one of those as well.

Patton
Black Scarf Battalion 1/2
Nam 67-68
Curtis Parker
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Yeah Bro Luther, I Had a short Timer stick made of 18 Inch Brown polished Wood with a Brass horse head with a Brass tip with a leather strap that cost five MPC from the Company Mama San who did our sewing...Took it Home with me..
















Tom Copeland
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This is the short timers stick I made in Nam.
a .50 cal bullet and the primer core from a 155 round.

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Luther Patton
Reply with quote  #6 
Hey Tom,
During Operation Quyet Thang March 68-April 7th 1968.  The First of The Fifth Artillery guys were in our NDP for support. One of the artillery guys was carrying a short timer stick just like the one you have.  So I made one. I had in my possession  a 20MM brass casing from the Battle of Hill 172 Dec.8th, 1967.  As you well know my fifty caliber brass casing fits over the priming rod and the 20mm brass casing fits over the end of the .50 Caliber brass casing. And on the opposite end I inserted  a fifty caliber slug.  I left that short timer stick in the Nam. But I did manage  to bring home the other one made of wood.  
Patton
Black Scarf Battalion 1/2
Nam June 67-June- 68
Curtis Parker
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Tom and Luther my short Timer stick was about the same length as Toms,I took it to Fort Polk as a young Sgt E-5, walked around with it while Training Basic Trainees until I was informed that it looked Like a swagger stick like Gen George S.Patton and was not to carry it any more..lost track of it....but the short Timer Sticks that both You Tom and Luther describe was becoming popular in the AO......
Tom Copeland
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I took it to Lai Khe village and found a shop with an engraving machine and had it engraved (scratched).
The engraving was very shallow because Papasan didn’t have electricity to run it. He put in the letters and ran the bit over the .50 cal shell casing until he scratched the writing into it. I almost wore them off polishing it with Brasso.
Curtis Parker
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Tom your short Timer stick looks good with alot of imagination Put into IT....with hindsight that would have been a great Gift to been given to US/All short timers when We/They left the field going back to the rear to deroes...There were enough 50 Cal.brass Always around to make your Version of a short timers Stick,I could have saved five Dollars,ha,ha,ha¡!!!


Curtis Parker
B 2/2 Inf,3rd Plt, Track B231
9 Dec 1967-10 Dec 1968



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