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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

From the FIRST MATE's

John & Nina Alemao
Photo taken in 2001

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John was awarded two Bronze Stars during his 24 1/2 years in the United States Army. John & Nina traveled thru Europe, California & Georgia. He was wearing a calvary hat in the picture. He was a First Sgt. for a few years and it was in the Calvary unit, yet he was a tanker. He was a Master Sgt. and had 9 years overseas.

John Alemao was born 16 Sept. 1958 and died 2 Sept 2004 which was 2 years after retiring (he was 45). "He was born on the island of Pico, near Portugal. We were stationed at Ft. Knox, which was his final duty station before retiring. We were married 16 years with no children, but we have a Scottie named Sebastian... my best friend." She also says that Geneaology is a godsend. - Submitted by Nina Alemao

1 comment:

John G. West said...

Nina said that she thought John had told her that the 7 stripes on the lower left sleeve represented each year he was overseas, but she was not sure. I decided to Google the question, since I thought the stripes were for each three years of service. As I found out the overseas service "bars" (one for each year of overseas duty) is worn on the right sleeve while the 3-year service "stripes" are worn on the left sleeve. In the very nice photo that Nina sent us taken in 2001, we can see that he has at that time at least 21 years of service. He was entitled to one more stripe for his 24th. year before his retirement.