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Old 03-13-2016, 08:41 AM   #673
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I talk to my dogs also. Sometimes we go for long walks together; other times we meditate together. I've found that if I don't entertain the sometimes strange thoughts that come up related to my service time (or any other time for that matter), those thoughts eventually go away.
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Old 04-04-2016, 09:45 PM   #674
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"Of the 16 million Americans who served in World War II, some 874,000 are still alive today......" Quote shortened and emphasis added.

Smithsonian Magazine, January 2016, pp 110-111.
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Old 04-04-2016, 11:30 PM   #675
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I got to call BS on that article. Lets do the math.

If you were in the service at 18 in 1945, the end of WWII and you barely saw combat, but lets go with it....

2016-1945 was 71 years ago. 18+71= 89 y/o.....

You're telling me 874,000 vets from WWII are still alive that are 89 y/o mostly male? Yes, I'm calling B.S. on that one. You're going to have to prove that one to me. Hell, I have no Vietnam Friends left....

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Old 04-05-2016, 07:25 AM   #676
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Based on what I could fine on various sites to include the WW2 Musuem site and the VA that figure might be some what high but still in the ballpark. I would say that figure is close as the the figures that I saw ranged from over 800k to just under 700k. The one figure that was consistent was the number of WW2 Veterans that were passing each day. That number was in the high 400s.
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Old 04-06-2016, 12:20 AM   #677
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I saw those numbers.....and I'm assuming they are getting their list of who has died off of the Death Master File from Social Security? Watch 60 minutes and you will know that SSN has a hard time getting accurate information regarding who is alive and dead. Many families are collecting relatives SS after they have passed. They are working to fix this system but but in reality it's a another government boondoggle. http://www.cbsnews.com/news/social-s...ey-60-minutes/

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Old 04-06-2016, 06:10 AM   #678
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I live in a small Colorado mountain town of about 8,000 people and personally know 3 WWII vets that are still alive here, and I know 3 more in the Denver area. Three of those 6 are still in pretty good physical and mental shape. So nearly a million still alive doesn't surprise me.
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Old 04-06-2016, 07:47 AM   #679
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In our Church Parish..one was shot down over Germany at 18 years old and was repatriated when nearly 21... About 95 years of survival. When asked, he offers, "it was war.. Everyone was trying to survive...after all, there was only a few who started the war...and none of us fighting the war were eating real good! Had it not been for my Faith many things woul probably be different " He has some humbling views on life... It has helped myself and others process their experiences...
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Old 04-06-2016, 10:44 AM   #680
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If 16 MILLION served, and around 800,000 are still alive, you realize that is only 5%, right? That means 95% have passed on.. I can see those numbers.
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Army brat to combat infantry

I was an army brat and moved all over the world. I went to 5 high schools. I was drafted into the army and was selected for infantry training. I went to Vietnam in 1968 and 1969 and got credit for two tours. 11C heavy weapons including mortar, recoilless rifle, various rifles, and .45 1911. My father was an army surgeon. His grave marker in Arlington Nat. Cemetery has his war service WWII Korea and Vietnam. My active duty time was 150 days less than two years. I had enough.
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