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Any WWII vets here?
Posted by: Mini 9
Date: May 26, 2014 08:55AM
Curious if any of you are WWII veterans.
Regardless, thanks for anyone who served, your service is appreciated, WWII or otherwise.
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Re: Any WWII vets here?
Posted by: Acer
Date: May 26, 2014 09:02AM
I'm just the son of a WWII vet. Dad's passed on, as have all of his army buddies. I'm heading home to visit his grave today.

Salute!
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Re: Any WWII vets here?
Posted by: Ombligo
Date: May 26, 2014 09:03AM
WW2 vets are dwindling fast the youngest are now pushing 90. I live in a heavy retirement area, many vets but but even some DAV, and legion posts don't have a WW2 vet. The korean War vets are still numerous, but their ranks are be inning to thin as well.

For any Vets out there - a sincere thank you.



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Re: Any WWII vets here?
Posted by: yeoman
Date: May 26, 2014 10:12AM
Father-in-law turned 100 last month. Served in France. Still "with it" and strong. Minnesotan farmer all his life.



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Posted by: GuyGene
Date: May 26, 2014 10:18AM
My last WWII vet friend is 89, just misdiagnosed with pneumonia - IT WAS BLOOD CLOTS in his lungs! A miracle he survived that misdiagnosis. Me, I'm Vietnam vet.

I am very thankful for all those who gave their lives since even in the mid to late 1700s, especially the Revolutionary War boys - all the way up to today's fallen freedom fighters.



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Re: Any WWII vets here?
Posted by: sekker
Date: May 26, 2014 10:42AM
My late Uncle was a WW2 vet. Survived the war and having his ship sunk underneath him several times, and 50 years of alcoholism.

Died from a freak infection in his 80s, with a perfectly functional liver.

WW2 vets were practically indestructible.
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Re: Any WWII vets here?
Posted by: josntme
Date: May 26, 2014 11:39AM
I was in the occupation of Germany. Does that count? smiley_gun_sniper
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Re: Any WWII vets here?
Posted by: Mini 9
Date: May 26, 2014 11:45AM
Help me understand; compare and contrast that with how you think someone MIGHT think it's different.
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Re: Any WWII vets here?
Posted by: Ammo
Date: May 26, 2014 11:52AM
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sekker
My late Uncle was a WW2 vet. Survived the war and having his ship sunk underneath him several times, and 50 years of alcoholism.

Died from a freak infection in his 80s, with a perfectly functional liver.

WW2 vets were practically indestructible.

My dad served as a air traffic control officer near Casablanca during WWII (came ashore as part of Operation Torch). He was a tough, hard worker who never complained and was active into his 80's. Died 2 years ago at age 93. I miss him, and know I will never measure up to him in many ways.

Happy Memorial Day to all vets and other loved ones who have gone before us.



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Re: Any WWII vets here?
Posted by: DP
Date: May 26, 2014 12:18PM
Me, I'm Vietnam vet.

God bless you, especially, gaijin.... No way to justify that debacle. I served from '71-'73 but stayed at Ft. Knox for my two years-yes, one of the last to be drafted!

My Dad passed last December; ten days short of his 97th birthday. Served in the Philippines with the Army Corps of Engineers.

God bless all our hallowed Fallen.
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Re: Any WWII vets here?
Posted by: LyleH
Date: May 26, 2014 12:20PM
I'm a 4-year Korean Vet - in the Navy, and my Dad and 2 uncles served during WWII - my uncle was at Pearl Harbor, and had back problems for the rest of his life due to the Japanese attack.

I live in an independent living retirement facility - many of the men/women are WWII/Korean vets - one gent I eat with quite a bit is 92 years old and sharp as a tack. He talks about flying his P-51 as escort for the bombers over Germany during WWII. One time he had to make an emergency landing on the island of Vis. LyleH
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Re: Any WWII vets here?
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: May 26, 2014 12:30PM
Grandad passed 20 years ago - served in WWI and II. Hats off to all who served , and we bow our heads in memory of those who gave all.
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Re: Any WWII vets here?
Posted by: Rick-o
Date: May 26, 2014 12:33PM
My Dad was just a young boy during WW2, however, my late uncle was at Okinawa. His favorite story was that he had a big bunch of mosquito netting tucked under his helmet, and a Japanese sniper shot him in the head...well, it would have been in the head if he hadn't had the netting pushing the helmet up. A clean bullet hole entered and exited just above his head. His daughter still has that helmet.



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Posted by: Filliam H. Muffman
Date: May 26, 2014 12:38PM
There I still have one uncle alive in a V.A. facility near Healdsburg, CA who was in WWII. He is the last one of a group of about 18 cousins that played together as kids in the summers before going to college/war. Thanks to all the people that have served.



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Re: Any WWII vets here?
Posted by: steve...
Date: May 26, 2014 02:39PM
I went to the Memorial Service at our local cemetery this morning. I haven't gone before, but I think I will in the future. I saw a side of our community that I liked very much. There were no WWII vets in my immediate family but I was drafted and spent 11 months in Vietnam with an engineering battalion before getting an early out in 1971.





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Re: Any WWII vets here?
Posted by: Ombligo
Date: May 26, 2014 02:50PM
My uncle was USAAF, stationed in England prior to D-Day, then moved to France. My mother's first boyfriend was a ball-turret gunner on a B-24; he didn't make it back.

My dad was in the Army prior to the war. From 1928-32, stationed in the Canal Zone and later in China.



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Re: Any WWII vets here?
Posted by: Speedy
Date: May 26, 2014 03:06PM
Two uncles served in combat in WWII and my dad enlisted when he turned 18 in '46 for two years. My uncles are dead but dad is alive and kicking.



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Re: Any WWII vets here?
Posted by: A-Polly
Date: May 26, 2014 03:20PM
My 88-year old father is a WWII Navy veteran; he is still active and living on his own.
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Posted by: AllGold
Date: May 26, 2014 05:09PM
It doesn't count but I just thought I'd mention that I recently photographed a WWII vet who landed on Omaha Beach on D-Day. I don't think there were a lot of survivors of Omaha Beach to begin with. That he's still around today is pretty remarkable.

No relatives serving in WWII but my late grandfather served in WWI.
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Posted by: ztirffritz
Date: May 26, 2014 06:08PM
My dad was drafted during Vietnam but he never left the States. Instead he travelled all over the southwestern US driving an 18-wheeler pulling a mobile television unit. He recorded the early attempts at air dropping tanks and and artillery. Many pieces of expensive equipment met their fate in a crater about 10 ft deep according to him.



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Re: Any WWII vets here?
Posted by: Mini 9
Date: May 26, 2014 06:08PM
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My 88-year old father is a WWII Navy veteran; he is still active and living on his own.

That's great.
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Re: Any WWII vets here?
Posted by: Randalls
Date: May 27, 2014 01:26PM
My dad passed away 4 years ago yesterday. He was the radio man on a B-29 Superfortress when they crashed on Tinian. I was tipped off that some of the crash pictures were found on EBay and bought them. As a kid I was in awe of some of his stories but to actually see the strap that he cut to extracate one of the crewmen was amazing (middle left photo, the black thing hanging out the window). He will always be my number 1 hero.
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