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Old 08-25-2005, 12:59 PM   #1
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Here is a tribute to a group of proud folks who did what had to be done and never complained. Still don't.....

Through some stuff younger generations can only imagine.

It was only a few years ago that Dad would talk about things relating to WWII. But some talking about how the dropping of the A-bombs being inhumane, really got him "Fired up".

He now talks of an uncle that was a Medic who was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. He also will talk of his funeral and about all the high level "Brass" that attended.

I only wish he would have talked about these things sooner.

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Old 08-25-2005, 12:59 PM   #2
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Here is a tribute to a group of proud folks who did what had to be done and never complained. Still don't.....

Through some stuff younger generations can only imagine.

It was only a few years ago that Dad would talk about things relating to WWII. But some talking about how the dropping of the A-bombs being inhumane, really got him "Fired up".

He now talks of an uncle that was a Medic who was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. He also will talk of his funeral and about all the high level "Brass" that attended.

I only wish he would have talked about these things sooner.

"The Tribute" link
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Old 08-25-2005, 02:33 PM   #3
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My father was in the 1st Infantry Div in WWII. He was in the Battle of the Bulge. WE never talked about war stories. Kinda wished that we had taken the time. I found out after my father-in-law had passed that he was in the 1st. Cav. Div. And we never talked about "his" war or "my" war.
Too bad.
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Old 08-25-2005, 02:50 PM   #4
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Very touching tribute, if only we didn't get so caught up in our own small world and learned to ask the questions. The world would be a much different and better place.
Thank you for posting this.
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My Dad was stationed aboard a Destroyer Escort and they were in Pearl Harbor during the attack. He was aboard the ship in the Pacific until it was torpedoed in 1943. He did talk about the experiences a bit, but it was kind of hard for him. He lost a younger brother in the Pacific and a lot of good friends when his ship went down.

These are people that we should never forget...anyone that has served in the military.
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My dad was in WWII also--5th Army, 101st Military Police, stationed in France, Italy, and Africa. He was a personal body guard for Generals Patton, and Eisenhower. While carrying out his duties, he also entertained these men with his harmonica.

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My dad spent 42 months in the pacific in an engineering unit. He talked about his experiences because they weren't all that bad.

My step father-in-law was in the first wave to hit Omaha Omaha on D-Day. He didn't talk for a long time but eventually I got him to talk about it. He related a few amazing stories to us. He nailed a land mine which left him unable to have children. The story about the German officer that pointed a Luger at his head and fired but the gun jammed. You think God wasn't watching out over these guardians of freedom? I think he was right there in the foxhole next to them every step of the way.

It sure was a different time, wasn't it.
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Old 08-26-2005, 06:46 AM   #8
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My Dad is a WWII vet, he served in the Army Air Force and was on Tinian and Siapan, where he worked on B-29s. He actually flew on the Enola Gay on a test flight after some repairs were performed. Last January, I had the priviledge of taking him to the new Smithsonian Air Museum that just recently opened by Dulles Airport, to see his old friend, the Enola Gay, proudly on display in all her glory. When he laid eyes on her, he broke down and cried. Memories of horrible events and lost friends came bubbling out and we had a long, tearful conversation together as he shared with me these tales he had long kept inside. He spent several hours afterwards just looking at the B-29 and taking pictures of her. It was a wonderful moment to see him so proud of what he had done.

He was the second generation in my family to serve in the military, I'm the third (still serving, 24 years now) and my son is now the fourth generation. The greatest generation influenced me for the best and I hope my generation will be seen someday to, in some way, measure up to them.

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Wow, after experiencing that tribute, I have to wipe the tears from my eyes before writing this. My dad drove one of the 12 landing crafts that were assigned to his ship. One of 12 that delivered the marines to certain death in the beach landings in the South Pacific. When I was 18 he told me about some of his experiences.
He said in the Iwo Jima landing, the sea was red 3 miles out with the blood of these young marines. 75 men in each landing craft in each trip in. Most died before getting to the beach.
I, in my ignorance, asked if he thought it was worth it. His responce was, "the cost of freedom is very high" then he cried. My dad was a hero.
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Yes, the issues were well defined and the will to fight and contribute was shared by every echelon of society. Heroes they were, all!

It leads me to wonder what the youngsters that are serving in the Middle East will talk about down the line? A much different conflict where the issues are difficult to define and the bulk of the troops are from essentially one socio/economic class of Society, a poeple that does not seem to have a huge voice in the events that so very deeply affects them?

Born in 1937, I am one of those that managed to hop skotch between conflicts, and while I did my tour in the service, I have never been subjected to any real threaths. Sometimes I feel guilty about it, sometimes I'm glad.

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Oh yes....I can still remember my hero, my Father, as he discussed his travels in WWII....

It didn't exactly hit me as I remember watching him as he talked with great fondness his attachment to a Bomb Wing unit stationed in Albequerqe(sp?). He related many wonderful stories of playing baseball in the base's leagues. His eyes would light up and he would smile as he told of various players' exploits and particular games. Just today, I happened to pick up an old photograph of he and his fellow teammates while in New Mexico.

Whenever I would press him about his actual combat stations, his eyes would narrow and his everpresent smile would diminish until it had faded away. The more in depth that he related his subsequent actions in the South Pacific theater, the quieter he would become. Gone was the great ball game animations, to be replaced, instead by painful memories. I still didn't understand, at that time.

I can remember how certain words in normal conversation would stir up old tales that he would tie to his service. For example, the word seasick, would never fail to elicit his story of being on an aircraft carrier enroute to the invasion of Saipan and how he was seasick for 21 days. How other words such as, Iwo Jima would always get you the story of the hot water delivery system that he and his unit had jury rigged from the volano, Mt Suribachi (sp?). He talked of many wonderful hot showers until the enemy discovered the pipeline and sent saboteurs nightly to destroy it. They would draw straws to see who the night's pipeline guards would be. And until I asked him, "Did you ever have to go kill the sabotuers?", he would relate the various stories UNTIL his own stories came back, At which time he closed up, and usually the conversation would drift off to an entirely different subject.

He spoke of the bravery of Army, Marine, and Navy personnel with equality. At times, he almost made it sound like a huge camping trip with danger and excitment and all the things that little boys dream of. I remember though his disappointment when I informed him that I desired to join the Navy instead of the Air Force (the old Army Air Corps as he served in). His reply was always the same, " You can fly in the Air Force, they've got planes!" To which I always replied, " Yep but they don't have aircraft carriers!"

Now, as I am much older, I look back and can see the pain in his eyes as he tried to accomodate an inceasantly inquisitive son. With every tale of bravado and derring do by others it seemed, never himself, that he related, I knew that one day I had to grow up and emulate him as well. I know now the reasons for his farway looks and attempted avoidance whenever I pressed him for more intricate details...

But, God had another different plan for me. While I so desperately could not await my high school graduation, so that I, too, could become "an Amercian hero", fate stepped in. I suffered a serious injury playing football that served to dash my dream of military service. It took me awhile to recover from the injury and after it had, an argument (that I lost naturally ;.( ) with the Navy recruiter pretty much turned my aspirations in another direction...

I became, first, a volunteer firefighter, following in Dad's footsteps and then a career firefighter where I have served for nearly 25 yrs. I realize now that God's Plan for me was to save lives instead of take them....

Looking back, I will never forget his eyes and face one day, as he and my mother stood proudly as they watched their little boy being decorated for heroism. It was the same kind of look that I had given him every single time as he related the stories of he and his comrades as they battled to keep us free.

Thanks Dad and I miss you so much!!!
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