The other day I met my first fellow Popasmoke brother, Randy Hirsch.
I was in HMM-164, in Vietnam. Got out of the USMC and joined the Arkansas Army National Guard. Stayed in the military (USMC and ARNG) for a total of 36 years and retired from active duty with guard. Been drawing a retirement check for almost 3 years.
Here's the story. After doing nothing for 7 months, I went to work as the Civilian Office Manager for the Director of Military Support at Camp Robinson, North Little Rock. AR. I have a Popasmoke sticker on the back bumper of my car and a Combat Aircrew Wings plate on the front.
The other morning I drove into our compound and as I got out of my car, a strange pickup truck came up behind me. The driver got out and said "Hey Popasmoke come here and look". I walked over to his truck and saw his association sticker on the rear window. It turns out that he is a Chief Warrant Officer, in the National Guard, assigned to the National Guard Professional Education Center at Camp Robinson.