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    WWII survivors - rejoice

    My grandfather served in WWII but would never talk about it. He was emotional any time it was mentioned, so I never heard his side.

    I was reminded of this while I sat at Reagan National for the entire day. Just now, a plane full of WWII veterans landed and there was a standing ovation. They are here to see the memorial. It was a nice uplifting experience after this week.

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    Seems like a wonderful moment.
    I work with veterans. I have a few WWII vets on both my units. This year is the anniversary of the Sicilian Campaign (July 10, 1943) – codenamed “Operation Husky” – during World War II. The Allies drove Axis air, land and naval forces from the island, and opened the way to the Allied invasion of Italy.
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    Just stick it in granny and start grinding.

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    My father in law is a WWII vet. Hell of a guy.

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    My Father and Uncle flew in the war. They never talked about it, unless pointedly asked. The very few stories, mere vignettes of their time enlisted are extraordinary. What was asked of them, their performance at such a young age (my Pa was the youngest Captain in the USAAF) was 'off the chart', yet occurred w regularity.

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    A client of mine built war planes during WWII. He's in his 90s now and still kicking.

    My Great Uncle Mickey was a tail gunner in a B-17. I remember him telling us that they got so shot up on one mission, that they were barely running on one engine and practically crash landed when they got back. The plane was all shot up and full of holes but it kept grinding on and got them home alive.

    No wonder they called it the "Flying Fortress".
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    That is cool, thanks for sharing.
    My grandfather passed away 2 1/2 weeks ago. He was a WWII vet and like your grandfather never talked about it much. Really all we knew until recently was that he landed at Normandy and drove a tank.

    In the last couple of weeks we found his military discharge papers. Turns out he served in the 3rd army under General Patton, Troop A, 87th Cavalry Recon Squad, Mechanized.
    We have written to claim his medals as he never claimed them himself, and we are slowly finding out more about what he did while over there.

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    My Grandfather fought throughout the entire First Great War in the trenches on the Western Front. He was British Royal Artillery, 1914 - 1919. He told me a few stories, one where he did not sleep for 6 days and nights in a big offensive, and when he did finally fall asleep, woke up to find a tank had rolled past about 6" from his head. That was near the end of the war. I always measured stuff in my life by his example since: nothing I could experience could be as bad as that...
    My Dad fought in Burma in WWII, right at the end, then was attached to the Indian Army afterwards during the Partition. He was involved in some very nasty stuff... You did what you had to do. When he was sent to Korea, he was less active on the front lines, managed to stay out of most of that... he was not very committed to the 'cause' on that one!
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    My gramps was in the big red one. I always wanted to know a little more about what he did over there, but he was always tight lipped when it came to his own experience. He would watch WWII flicks endlessly though, which I find a little bewildering. I have his graduation picture from boot camp, his jacket and a couple other knick knacks. I know after the war he escorted prisoners to the Nuremberg trials. He's been gone for over a decade now, but I can still get a little misty going through his stuff.
    On mom's side of the family, I had a great uncle who was flying bombers in the Pacific arena. When we went to the memorial at Pearl Harbor I found out from my grandma he was taken prisoner and beheaded by the Japanese. Everybody lost somebody.
    It's not hard to understand why many can't talk about their experiences, it's self preservation really.
    I'll raise my glass any day for that generation. Cheers to the ones that came back, those that didn't, and to those that remember.
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    WWII survivors - rejoice

    Quote Originally Posted by dbhammercycle View Post
    My gramps was in the big red one. I always wanted to know a little more about what he did over there, but he was always tight lipped when it came to his own experience. He would watch WWII flicks endlessly though, which I find a little bewildering. I have his graduation picture from boot camp, his jacket and a couple other knick knacks. I know after the war he escorted prisoners to the Nuremberg trials. He's been gone for over a decade now, but I can still get a little misty going through his stuff.
    On mom's side of the family, I had a great uncle who was flying bombers in the Pacific arena. When we went to the memorial at Pearl Harbor I found out from my grandma he was taken prisoner and beheaded by the Japanese. Everybody lost somebody.
    It's not hard to understand why many can't talk about their experiences, it's self preservation really.
    I'll raise my glass any day for that generation. Cheers to the ones that came back, those that didn't, and to those that remember.
    Nicely said.

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    One of the vets tied to probably the most iconic WWII photo passed away recently.

    WWII vet who provided flag on Iwo Jima has died

    Alan Wood, a World War II veteran credited with providing the flag in the famous flag-raising on Iwo Jima, has died. He was 90.

    Wood died April 18 of natural causes at his Sierra Madre home, his son Steven Wood said Saturday.

    Wood was a 22-year-old Navy officer in charge of communications on a landing ship on Iwo Jima's shores Feb. 23, 1945 when a Marine asked him for the biggest flag that he could find.

    After five days of fighting to capture the Japanese-held island, U.S. forces had managed to scale Mount Suribachi to hoist an American flag.

    Wood happened to have a 37-square-foot flag he had found months before in a Pearl Harbor Navy depot. .

    Five Marines and a Navy Corpsman later raised that flag in a stirring moment captured by Associated Press photographer Joe Rosenthal.
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