quote:I'm not trying to come down on Erwin and I probably should keep my mouth shut about this, but I think Doggie's on the right track here. It's an intangible thing about the military and vets that is hard for some to understand. I've had a lot of wargame buddies over the years. Some were vets. But we always called each other by our real names and never called each other by military nicknames, except in one case. One of the guys I gamed with was always called "Doc" because he was a medic in Vietnam and he liked being called Doc. It was something he earned and he took pride in being called that. I never asked him about it, but occasionally he talked to me about Viet Nam and I think he kept that name and wore the title for the guys he looked after and especially the guys who didn't make it. It somehow gave a purpose to what he went through and I'm sure it helps him deal with the tragedy he witnessed. He was the one exception and we all understood.
ORIGINAL: KG Erwin
"Gunny" is a nickname given to me by another gaming buddy. Some of them refer to me as that. As for my veteran friends, they know better. A good friend of mine, who served both in the Army and as a USN corpsman serving with the Marines, calls me by my real name. Yeah, he served in Gulf War I, and by all definitions IS a combat veteran.
My buddies know the difference, and they understand that I hold no pretensions. My admiration for the USMC is real, and I'm glad that you acknowledge that.
I will continue writing about them, even though I never served in the Corps.
I only bring this up because, it's my belief, that military nicknames, just like patches and honors, should only belong to those who earned them. They are sacred and the only way you have a right to them is if you take that oath in which you declare yourself ready to sacrifice your life. If others want to use military nicknames, then that's their business, but I would never do it.
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