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Author Topic: Did your father/gramps/greatgramps do something in WW2 ? (or you Wes) ?  (Read 6110 times)
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« on: July 05, 2012, 11:27:04 AM »

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7xnNhzgcWTk" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7xnNhzgcWTk</a>

DON'T MENTION THE WAR !!
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« Reply #1 on: July 05, 2012, 11:33:02 AM »

I heard Wes was a highly decorated hero in the Civil War
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« Reply #2 on: July 05, 2012, 11:36:45 AM »

I heard Wes was a highly decorated hero in the Civil War
That's cool....guess he was too old to fight in WW2...



Anyway my grandfather blew up a building full of German weapons....that COOL.. Cool
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« Reply #3 on: July 05, 2012, 11:38:08 AM »

My Grandfather ( my mother's father ) served in the South Pacific and the ship he was on was torpedoed , he was fine not sure if anyone else was hurt

My Grandfather ( my father's father ) served stateside in WW1 at the time of his death in 1997 he was one of the oldest WW1 vets in the U.S. at 93

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« Reply #4 on: July 05, 2012, 11:39:54 AM »

That's cool....guess he was too old to fight in WW2...



Anyway my grandfather blew up a building full of German weapons....that COOL.. Cool

Tough and hard times those. Props to your Grandad.

Can't imagine what people went through
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« Reply #5 on: July 05, 2012, 11:46:03 AM »

My Grandfather ( my mother's father ) served in the South Pacific and the ship he was on was torpedoed , he was fine not sure if anyone else was hurt

My Grandfather ( my father's father ) served stateside in WW1 at the time of his death in 1997 he was one of the oldest WW1 vets in the U.S. at 93



Wow

ND, if your paternal Grandad was born in 1904,  he was very young during WW1, wasn't he? 1914-1918
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« Reply #6 on: July 05, 2012, 11:50:01 AM »

Wow

ND, if your paternal Grandad was born in 1904,  he was very young during WW1, wasn't he? 1914-1918
He was The Kid from hell..... Cool
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« Reply #7 on: July 05, 2012, 11:54:34 AM »

My maternal grandparents in Rotterdam hid jewish refugees below their store/shop (they had an art galerie). One day there was a razzia, and the refugees had to quickly hide. One German soldier saw a foot of a jewish child stick out of the hiding place, and whispered to gramps: "hide him, quickly..". 
My grandparents never held a grudge against the Germans after the war, a great part due to this soldier... Cool Cool
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« Reply #8 on: July 05, 2012, 11:57:29 AM »

Grandpa drove an M18 Tank Destroyer built by Buick.  Served in 8 European countries.  Saw Dachau, Obersalzberg, Nuremburg during the trials, La Havre, the Ardennes in the Battle of the Bulge.

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« Reply #9 on: July 05, 2012, 11:58:08 AM »

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« Reply #10 on: July 05, 2012, 11:59:07 AM »

Grandpa drove an M18 Tank Destroyer built by Buick.  Served in 8 European countries.  Saw Dachau, Obersalzberg, Nuremburg during the trials, La Havre, the Ardennes.

Cool  Is he still alive ?
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« Reply #11 on: July 05, 2012, 12:01:20 PM »

That's cool....guess he was too old to fight in WW2...



Anyway my grandfather blew up a building full of German weapons....that COOL.. Cool

It's funny you say that, I heard a story about my grandfather and another guy running a long fuse into some kind of underground mine full of German Ammunition and blowing it up.
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« Reply #12 on: July 05, 2012, 12:02:58 PM »

Yes, indeed. GrandDa, on my Da's side, served (underage) on a minesweeper. He lost an older brother, who pulled the same duty. Got a few of his medals, somewhere.  
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« Reply #13 on: July 05, 2012, 12:11:25 PM »

Wow

ND, if your paternal Grandad was born in 1904,  he was very young during WW1, wasn't he? 1914-1918

Enlisted illegally at 15 0r 16 if I recall correctly
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« Reply #14 on: July 05, 2012, 12:11:43 PM »

It's funny you say that, I heard a story about my grandfather and another guy running a long fuse into some kind of underground mine full of German Ammunition and blowing it up.
Well, this happened near Rotterdam, Holland..
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« Reply #15 on: July 05, 2012, 12:16:54 PM »

These guys never had the help that's available for todays vets.....
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« Reply #16 on: July 05, 2012, 12:17:44 PM »

Cool  Is he still alive ?

No, he died in 2008 at 82.  He was kind of like the old man on Gran Torino.
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« Reply #17 on: July 05, 2012, 12:22:54 PM »

No, he died in 2008 at 82.  He was kind of like the old man on Gran Torino.

That's cool. He was actually very young in the war....respect.
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« Reply #18 on: July 05, 2012, 12:25:56 PM »

NO BUT PANCHO VILLA IS MY GRANDPA
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« Reply #19 on: July 05, 2012, 12:29:01 PM »

NO BUT PEEWEE HERMAN IS MY GRANDPA
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« Reply #20 on: July 05, 2012, 12:31:12 PM »

My dad's dad fought in Okinawa. He recovered a trunk from a burned down village. In it was a bunch of track and field gear, trophies, and a photo album. There were pictures in there from America; the kid in the pics once competed at the LA Coliseum, plus some stuff from NYC, like the Statue of Liberty and whatnot.

Gramp held on to it for forty some years.

During the olympics in '88, he contacted the local paper here and told them his story. They found the dude in the pics! He was some kind of sports official/ambassador in Japan. They flew the guy in and met at the newspaper's office, where my grandpa returned his stuff. They did a big story on it.

The guy was really nice and grateful to get his things back.

True story.
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« Reply #21 on: July 05, 2012, 12:33:43 PM »

My dad's dad fought in Okinawa. He recovered a trunk from a burned down village. In it was a bunch of track and field gear, trophies, and a photo album. There were pictures in there from America; the kid in the pics once competed at the LA Coliseum, plus some stuff from NYC, like the Statue of Liberty and whatnot.

Gramp held on to it for forty some years.

During the olympics in '88, he contacted the local paper here and told them his story. They found the dude in the pics! He was some kind of sports official/ambassador in Japan. They flew the guy in and met at the newspaper's office, where my grandpa returned his stuff. They did a big story on it.

The guy was really nice and grateful to get back his things.

True story.
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« Reply #22 on: July 05, 2012, 12:37:56 PM »

Wow

ND, if your paternal Grandad was born in 1904,  he was very young during WW1, wasn't he? 1914-1918

I just checked his obituary he was 95 when he died in 1997, he was born in March of 1902. 
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« Reply #23 on: July 05, 2012, 01:13:08 PM »

I just checked his obituary he was 95 when he died in 1997, he was born in March of 1902. 

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« Reply #24 on: July 05, 2012, 01:17:40 PM »

All rode submarines and died in action except for one, who came back from a russian "work" camp which cost him his health.
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