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Old 12-09-2010, 04:22 PM   #29
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i went up the the grocery story and walking out I met this man. His name is Paul. He served 21 years in the US Army WW2 Europe theater, Lived thru D Day June 6. Combat wounded, real nice guy. Made me feel very humble and he didnt even try.......

God bless our vets......
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In Albuquerque, NM there is a section named "old town". There I purchased a book entitled "Navajo Weapon". This is a compilation of the role Navajo soldiers (code talkers) fulfilled in WW II. I was very pleased to discover 10 of these brave men were present for a book signing. I now have my precious book in my bookcase, signed by those 10 brave men, They received none of the book proceeds, instead they used it for higher education of their descendants.
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In Albuquerque, NM there is a section named "old town". There I purchased a book entitled "Navajo Weapon". This is a compilation of the role Navajo soldiers (code talkers) fulfilled in WW II. I was very pleased to discover 10 of these brave men were present for a book signing. I now have my precious book in my bookcase, signed by those 10 brave men, They received none of the book proceeds, instead they used it for higher education of their descendants.
That's what makes them special they are still looking out for the people This thread has got me thinking about my Pop and uncles and all they gave. SEAJAY Thanks
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Old 12-17-2010, 09:43 PM   #32
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My dad was a ground crewman for the B-29s on Saipan and Tinian. He repaired the engines. His next door neighbor back home was Bob Caron, the tail gunner on the Enola Gay, the B-29 that dropped the first atomic bomb.

Shortly after the surrender of Japan, dad went and visited Bob Caron, who was able to take my dad up on a maintenance flight of the Enola Gay and he flew in the tail gunner position. We have several pictures of that day after they landed, of dad and Bob Caron standing next to the Enola Gay.

Bob Caron wrote a book about his participation in the famous flight, called "Fire of a Thousand Suns" and included the very picture of he and my dad standing next to the plane.

The Enola Gay is now on display in the new Smithsonian Udvay-Hazy Aircraft Museum, up near Dulles airport in northern VA. I live 15 minutes from it. My dad came to visit me shortly after the museum opened and I took him up to the musuem, but didn't tell him the Enola Gay was there.

When he saw the plane, he broke down in tears and out came some heartbreaking stories of horrific things he experienced and saw on the islands, and friends he lost. Stories he kept bottled up for over 65 years.

I'm very fortunate to still have my dad, he turned 89 this month, still works part time, hits the gym 3-4 times a week and drives around happily in his convertable.

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I touched history at the Air Force Museum in Dayton, OH. I took these pictures and touched "Bockscar" which dropped the 2nd H bomb on Nagasaki. Forever on call for Freedom, B-29 44-27297, Victor Number 77, is on watch and her brave crew stands ready to answer the call to start engines!

God Bless the men of the "Greatest Generation" who stood tall and gave us all the chance to enjoy the freedoms that we enjoy today. I salute you.
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Thanks, DrIver for the pix of Bocks Car, I visited the USAF Museum several years back and saw her. The great thing about the USAF Museum is you can walk right up to the planes on display and get a really great look.

The Smithsonian planes are railed off, you can get close, but not that close.

It is great to see history preserved to honor those that served and kept safe for future generations to see.

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Snipe,

You're a lucky man to still have your Dad.
I envy you.

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Note to Snipe. Please please get a video or some recording devise and have your dad just sit and talk about what he did and what he saw during his service to this nation. He is a world of ''first person'' oral history that will be lost with his death. I envy you for still having your dad. Every day tell him how proud you are of him for doing his duty when called upon and be sure to tell him Thanks from Seajay the sailor man. I would love to meet and talk to your dad.
God bless him and all who served this great nation........
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Note to Snipe. Please please get a video or some recording devise and have your dad just sit and talk about what he did and what he saw during his service to this nation.
I have both an VCR tape & a written transcript of my dad talking about his WWII service aboard the USS Indianapolis & his Pacific battles. He was one of the lucky ones to come home, over 800 of his shipmates didn't. He is gone now, but the tape & written word are a treasure & testament to the greatest generation this nation has seen.

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done it again guys ..... A WW2 vet Navy man that was one of the people that sailed into Tokay Bay at the end of WW2 and was part of the occupation force etc ... I got a pix but I am having trouble getting it off my phone. when I get it I will post it. Florida seems to be a magnet for WW2 vets...

Merry Christmas in case i for get .................

Remember our troops please.....
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Lori your Dad was on the USS Indianapolis? I thought the Navy threw Capt. Mcvay to the Wolves. I know a lot of his surviving crew stood by him. He later took his own life.
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Yesterday, I was blest to have received a tape made in 2004 of my dad sharing stories about his time at Guadalcanal. Dad served as an engineer on the initial wave of landing craft on D-Day. He died in 07 so having just listened to portions of the tape, I was able to hear his voice for the first time in 3 years. Priceless!!

As part of his research for a book about the CG's role in the Pacific from 1942-1945, author Michael Walling was interviewing WWII CG vets that had served in the Pacific. Dad was one of many he interviewed. I was also blest to have sat in when he was being interviewed.

Although Mike was successfull in publishing "Bloodstained Seas" USCG in Battle of the Atlantic 1941-1944, he unfortunately wasn't able to find a publisher interested in this book which would have been called "Bloodstained Sands" USCG War in the Pacific 1942-1945. Here's Mike's site if you're interested. Official Site of Author Mike Walling

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Lori your Dad was on the USS Indianapolis? I thought the Navy threw Capt. Mcvay to the Wolves. I know a lot of his surviving crew stood by him. He later took his own life.
Yes. He fired the 8" guns in the turrets. I always knew him as a gentle man who never angered. However, if he talked about the trial, it was clear how he felt. He believed the Navy needed a scapegoat to take the fall for their neglegence & incompetence in sending the ship into known harm's way without an escort & then the subsequent miscommunications that allowed the ship not to be missed when it didn't return as scheduled. Posthumously, McVay was exonerated.

Dad attended the Memorial Dedication back in 1995 & I have the Memorial book "Still at Sea". Also I've got a part of a brass shell casing that dad made into a bank & he etched an image of the ship on one side & all his battles & dates on the other.

I'll be forever grateful for what he & his generation did for us.

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Followers; If you want to share in World War II History, consider getting the HBO Miniseries, "The Pacific." Toward the end of the series in Chapter 10 and like so many returnees at the time, I'm I'm envisioning my dad in his early twenties coming home with a Ruptured Duck. Having just defeated the baddest war machine ever conceived and meeting my mom, I was born into the baby boomer generation. We are here through the grace of God and from men whose uncommon bravery was a common virtue.
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