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Old 06-15-2012, 01:34 PM   #71
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My father was an MP in the pacific, mainly the Phillipines after its liberation. My mother drove jeeps and trucks as a WAC here in the states. Jim
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Old 06-15-2012, 01:36 PM   #72
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My father was in broadcasting.

When the war was over he married my mother and moved to the Midwest to become a radio announcer.


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Old 06-16-2012, 10:58 PM   #73
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A great uncle belonged to the Devils' Brigade which stormed the Japanese-occupied Aleutian Islands in 1943.

The Japanese knew they were coming - shot-up their dry-docked subs and fled before the DBs got there. Army intelligence figured they were planning an attack on the Boeing plants in B.C. and Washington State.

My great uncle took this photo of one of their subs....

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Old 06-16-2012, 11:17 PM   #74
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My father was an engineer on a Dutch Navy supply ship. Stuck deep below decks of those unarmed U-Boat targets.

He taught me tools and mechanics, and the kind of self reliance that had allowed him to survive the war. He immigrated to America immediately after the war for which I am eternally grateful!

What he made sure I understood is what he lived through before the Nazis occupied his country. He warned me that politicians start wars and destroy nations not soldiers. The Nazis never occupied his hometown by force, they were welcomed as utopians by the politicians and intellectuals. He became American and was filled with patriotism for the Nation that had given its blood and men to save his.
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Old 06-17-2012, 01:29 PM   #75
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My father was a postal clerk at the Marine Base in San Diego for the duration. Not bad duty.
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Old 06-17-2012, 02:07 PM   #76
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My now 93 year old father was an aircraft electrician stationed in Washington DC all thru the war.
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Old 06-17-2012, 02:41 PM   #77
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My father served in the Ryukyu Islands campaign around Okinawa, and saw firsthand the aftermath of Nagasaki. He eventually talked a little more openly about his experiences after I was in uniform. He departed this realm in 2004. I always respected and marveled what their generation endured.
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Old 06-17-2012, 07:58 PM   #78
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My Father commanded a section of Amphibious Trucks taking in Hi explosives to blow up beach obstacles on D-day Omaha beach. He was one of a few survivors. He spoke of it only once in 1966. When I saw "Saving Private Ryan" I was stunned by how the beach scene matched his telling of his experience as he was trapped on the beach that horrible day.

The 6th of June does not pass unnoticed in our family.
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Old 06-17-2012, 08:53 PM   #79
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A great uncle belonged to the Devils' Brigade which stormed the Japanese-occupied Aleutian Islands in 1943.

The Japanese knew they were coming - shot-up their dry-docked subs and fled before the DBs got there....
Fly at Night - my post about my folks was so long I had already put in too much -- but my Mom went to North Africa on the Empress of Scotland - with the 1st Special Service Force -- the Devil's Brigade -- half and half Canadians and U.S. She said they stuck to themselves, because "they'd all already seen combat." That was the Aleutians you noted! Their story is a great one!
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All right, All right, At Ease!

Sunday is Veterans Day. Remember. Remember all these fine folks on that day. Raise a glass, take 'em out to lunch. Say a prayer.

May God continue to bless the United States Of America.

That is all. Carry on!

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My dad was a diesel mechanic with the 179th out of NE. He did the European Campaign in which I still have a few letters and then a short tour over in Korea.
He never lost his love for diesels as he would buy them at the old government auctions that used to exist down at Fort Devens MA back in the day and bring them home and barter with them. Low and behold he did switch one out on a small Airstream back in 1966 which he then traded that for one of the old Postal Buses which he converted to a camper.

Owning the Airstream allows many of us to reflect to a great American icon that has a relationship with WWII.

He died in 1969, I was young but left a strong impact on all of us as we all served in the Armed Forces where I completed 28 years of active service. I did get to tour the battlefields of Europe where he served during combat as I served there during the success of liberation in the early 80's.

The multiple other tours in Iraq, Afghanistan, Philippines and a few other sweet locations where I served I always reflected to how our WW II heroes and Nation survived during a very difficult time. To think that we had 5 million at one time serving in two major wars is amazing. They were truly heroes as the trips across the ocean to the Pacific were 30 day floats, compared to a 18 hour flight.

They set a high standard of discipline and commitment building a nation during and after wars that sustained us for many decades. The price of war is tough, but we do learn from it.

The new generation of heroes are here and we thank them for their commitment and sacrifice. I know that we will find a niche in our nation for their learned skills as history did for the WW II generation.

May God continue to bless this Nation and those serving keeping a watchful eye on them and their families. Pray for their safe return.

Happy Veterans Day.
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Old 11-09-2012, 08:20 PM   #82
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Dad was a boilermaker in Norfolk Naval Shipyard, he tried to enlist but he had lost his hearing while driving rivets on Navy ships and was turned down. He continued to repair ships for WW II, Korea, and Vietnam. He was a true patriot. I hope I was sucessful at changing my signature this time, I worked hard to become a past region president.
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Old 11-09-2012, 09:36 PM   #83
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Happy Veterans Day

My dad was in the Army ROTC at the time of the Pearl Harbor invasion and found himself in a machine gun emplacement in the hills above Pearl Harbor AFTER the Invasion. During that time he was approached by an officer asking if any of them might be interested in joining a new branch of the service, the Air Force. He signed up and was sent to Florida for training. He went through flight school with Chuck Yeager. Yeager was assigned P-51s and sent to Europe. My dad flew a P-38 and spent the rest of the war years in the south pacific. He flew over 100 combat missions and while his plane took hits he survived without a scratch. From him I learned how important it is to take care of your machinery. To this day my cars and trailers are maintained to a level that he would be proud of. For him it was a matter of life or death, for me it is simply pride. Thanks Dad.
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My dad was a tank commander in the Third Armor. Arrived at Omaha D Day + 6 and travelled across Normandy in a Sherman M3. Actually 3. As he used to say "The fisrst one got bent, the second one got a hole in her, (shell came through the turret and took off the breech of the 70MM gun and wen out the other side with a loud "clang" and he parked the third at the end of the war.
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