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Old 12-06-2021, 09:12 AM   #1
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Well tomorrow is December 7th, and it is the 80th year anniversary of the attack on Pearl Habor that plunged the U.S. into WW2.
We are losing our WW2 veterans daily, with this said, does anybody want to share any stories from their parents/grandparents who served in WW2?

On my wife side of the family her uncles and father all served. One uncle was on UDT Team #3, from the start of the team and survived WW2. He was involved in most of the major invasions that UDT#3 was involved in, Tarawa, Saipan, Iwo Jima, Okinawa and clearing the obstacles in Tokyo Bay.

My grandfathers' brothers served in WW2 in Europe, one of them was with the 101st Airborne. Another brother was with the 1st Division. A couple of relatives served in the Navy and fought in the Pacific.
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[QUOTE=hamm2018;6008204]Well tomorrow is December 7th, and it is the 80th year anniversary of the attack on Pearl Habor that plunged the U.S. into WW2.
We are losing our WW2 veterans daily, with this said, does anybody want to share any stories from their parents/grandparents who served in WW2?

My father was with 'Chesty' Puller(Marines) and fought @ Guadalcanal, Peleliu, and New Guinea, as an anti-tank gunner. After so many battle's he accumulated enough 'points' to return home. Good thing: Tarawa was next.

My uncle, Charles Sweeney, dropped the A-bomb on Nagasaky. He practiced for almost 4 years and that was his ONLY combat mission.

They started it, we finished it.
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My Mother's brother "Hammie" Peterson died in the Bataan prison camp and is still buried there.
My Dad served in the Army Air Corp as a MP and was in italy when the Allies bombed Palermo. He said the ground "quivered" like jelly.
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My wife's father was a PBY pilot who was sent to Midway during the Battle. He was one of three PBYs that took turns tracking the remains of the fleet after the battle until they could be destroyed. He was awarded with a Navy Flying Cross.
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My Dad we on the USS Henley that had come in from patrol late on December 6, 1941 and was anchored in the east harbor when the attack started. A very interesting history of the ship online. They put to sea on December 7th with limited supplies and put on a guarding duty for the ships not in port. They were torpedoed in late 1943 where he was injured. After getting out of the hospital in Pearl, he was assigned to an ocean-going tugboat on the east coast.

His younger brother was killed in a kamikaze attack in the south pacific. His older siblings served in the Army infantry in Europe, as Army nurse and in the Army Air Corp.

This was truly, the "Greatest Generation".

May we honor all those that served as well as those that did not survive protecting our country.
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Dad was a welder in Shipyard building Navy Ships
His oldest brother was NAVY career ---Intelligence/retired then went to work in Pentagon
Mom's oldest brother was Navy enlisted.... served aboard Cruiser/Pacific

Never meet my Dads older brother.
Meet my Moms brother twice... hard randy full of life guy that liked to drink & fight (Scotsman LOL)
*we lived in WY they lived in Washington DC and Tennesse
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My Dad was a Marine in the Pacific Theater, my FIL was a teen aged B25 driver in Europe.

As an aside, on Dec 6, I was having a conversation with a young woman, 27, graduated from high school in 2012. I told her Dec 7 was Pearl Harbor Day and asked if she knew what it was. She kind of smiled and said something to the affect 'that was the bombing Vietnam,' and asked if I was there. She knew I'd been in VN. I told her what it was and that it got us into WW II, and very briefly explained WW II. Her response was, 'did we win WW II.' So much for the high school education she got and the upbringing from ignorant parents. And we wonder why the country is in such a mess.
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