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Author Topic: Did your father/gramps/greatgramps do something in WW2 ? (or you Wes) ?  (Read 3115 times)
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« Reply #25 on: July 05, 2012, 02:27:35 PM »

I had an old Jewish grandma a few generations ago. I guess she hid from some Germans in an attic or something, wrote in her diary about it.  Big deal, pics or it didn't happen is what I say. I bet she couldn't even bench her own body weight.
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« Reply #26 on: July 05, 2012, 02:29:16 PM »

I had an old Jewish grandma a few generations ago. I guess she hid from some Germans in an attic or something, wrote in her diary about it.  Big deal, pics or it didn't happen is what I say. I bet she couldn't even bench her own body weight.


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« Reply #27 on: July 05, 2012, 02:29:44 PM »

Yes, he murdered thousands of Jews.
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« Reply #28 on: July 05, 2012, 03:05:25 PM »

My gramps was a radio operator on a bomber in WWII. They were on a bombing mission over axis airspace, the plane got hit and was going down, the pilots ordered the crew to evacuate. My gramps was the first one out. The second guys equipment malfunctioned and blocked the evacuation for the other 8 crew members. The rest of the crew went down with the plane  Undecided

I was never old enough to ask him about it, I only know what my dad has told me.
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« Reply #29 on: July 05, 2012, 03:07:35 PM »

My gramps was a radio operator on a bomber in WWII. They were on a bombing mission over axis airspace, the plane got hit and was going down, the pilots ordered the crew to evacuate. My gramps was the first one out. The second guys equipment malfunctioned and blocked the evacuation for the other 8 crew members. The rest of the crew went down with the plane  Undecided

I was never old enough to ask him about it, I only know what my dad has told me.

Man, that's messed up. Good for him, though.
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« Reply #30 on: July 05, 2012, 03:12:33 PM »

Man, that's messed up. Good for him, though.
To add to the story. He was training for the 1940 summer Olympics as a wrestler - he had qualified for the Canadian team. The Olympics were canceled due to the war, he dropped the dream and joined the war effort. Strong guy, shaped like a keg and could press some serious weight.
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« Reply #31 on: July 05, 2012, 03:15:21 PM »

To add to the story. He was training for the 1940 summer Olympics as a wrestler - he had qualified for the Canadian team. The Olympics were canceled due to the war, he dropped the dream and joined the war effort. Strong guy, shaped like a keg and could press some serious weight.

War is a fucked up thing, too bad.
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« Reply #32 on: July 05, 2012, 03:36:06 PM »

I served at Treblinka during WW2.

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« Reply #33 on: July 05, 2012, 03:42:43 PM »

Mine was a combat engineer (Royal Corps of Engineers, otherwise known as sappers)

Fought in El-Alamein, Italy, Normandy then Korea.
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« Reply #34 on: July 05, 2012, 03:43:53 PM »

Our grandpas were bad ass.
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« Reply #35 on: July 05, 2012, 03:46:53 PM »

Our grandpas were bad ass.
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« Reply #36 on: July 05, 2012, 03:47:33 PM »

Both my grandfathers were in the air force in WWII.
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« Reply #37 on: July 05, 2012, 05:03:25 PM »

There was no air force during World War II. It was called the Army Air Corps. My father was a Sgt. during World War II in the Army Air Corps. Maybe he served with you grandfathers.
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« Reply #38 on: July 05, 2012, 05:10:01 PM »

My paternal grandfather was an army medic.  He served most of WWII in Bulgaria and France.
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« Reply #39 on: July 05, 2012, 05:51:44 PM »

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

Still very young

When men were men, and had to grow up quick. Thanks for sharing
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« Reply #40 on: July 05, 2012, 05:54:33 PM »

<<<< Gramps was there for the first test of the atomic bomb ,pretty awesome i think.
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« Reply #41 on: July 05, 2012, 06:06:25 PM »

My grandfather joined the navy at 17 after Pearl Harbor. He fought on the Natoma Bay at battle of Leyte Gulf. His ship was hit by a kamakaze. They had the peices of the plane melted down and formed into horseshoes. He had it in his metal case. He was a gunner on a plane and had some cool stories to share, but died before I could get them all. I was 15 so I didn't care as much about his stories.  Undecided
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« Reply #42 on: July 05, 2012, 06:13:14 PM »

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

DON'T MENTION THE WAR !!

Sorry to burst your bubble, but Wes was born before the war - Thanks
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« Reply #43 on: July 05, 2012, 06:35:16 PM »

It sucks that we were too young to really care about their stories back when. I'd give anything to hear a few more tales from Gramps.
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« Reply #44 on: July 05, 2012, 08:06:38 PM »



Something special died with that generation. Although, I hope I never have to be as brave as they were...to be there and face that adversity is to truly know the meaning of sacrifice. Most of us will never know that pain.

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« Reply #45 on: July 06, 2012, 03:41:07 AM »

Good thread,except for the thread title.  Wink
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« Reply #46 on: July 06, 2012, 03:44:01 AM »

wes his father was killed in a concentration camp, he felt out of the watchtower and broke his neck
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« Reply #47 on: July 06, 2012, 04:54:41 AM »

So would I. I miss my grandpa now more than ever. The older I get, the more I wish I had his teachings to help me, but all I have is so limited, and faded with time and memories. And my grandma too. I just wish I could have a week with them, to spend with them, and let them know how much they meant to me for the short time I knew them. And to ask the gazillion questions I have.

When I was young, I swore if I had a daughter, she'd bear my grandmother's name. She does. My grandmother was the greatest lady I ever knew, and my grandfather was the bravest man I ever knew.

Something special died with that generation. Although, I hope I never have to be as brave as they were...to be there and face that adversity is to truly know the meaning of sacrifice. Most of us will never know that pain.
So true. Coming out of the great depression and then heading overseas to fight in the wars... that generation was just different.

My grandfather joined the Navy @ 17 right after V-J day, was in Korea, and Vietnam (he fought alongside the Marines on more than one occaison)... Theyre just different.
Grandma raised 4 kids while he was overseas, never complains, nicest people you've ever met (well, Grandpa is most of the time. He was pretty rough when I was younger, 31 years in the Navy and 2 wars will do that to you.)
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« Reply #48 on: July 06, 2012, 05:07:53 AM »

Grand dad was a Hautpman in the Luftwaffe - Total officer type guy and not a committed national socialist.

Grand dad from wife side - Latvian Waffen SS - PaK (Panzerabwehr) - Got drafted at the end of the war when the russian beast were already on Latvians front door.
Before anybody asks or says something stupid the Latvia Waffen SS did not participate in the mass killings in Riga that happened before and the killing apart from progroms were done by German Einsatztruppen.
Latvian Waffen SS was highly regarded by the German high command, they were extremly motivated and highly trained ferocious warriors, the Germans however misunderstood their battle spirit for the love of Hitler etc. which wasn't the case - ask my grand dad and he will tell you they just wanted to give the Latvian families time to prepare for the russian onslaughter.

He got captured put in a gulag for 4 years - after that he was send home and send to a gulag a few years back again.

One hard mofo

He's still alive living in a village in the house that he build with his own hands, the village is dying away there are no jobs there his country is in ruins and he totally broken - It breaks my heart to see him that way.

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« Reply #49 on: July 06, 2012, 05:27:24 AM »

Grand dad was a Hautpman in the Luftwaffe - Total officer type guy and not a committed national socialist.

Grand dad from wife side - Latvian Waffen SS - PaK (Panzerabwehr) - Got drafted at the end of the war when the russian beast were already on Latvians front door.
Before anybody asks or says something stupid the Latvia Waffen SS did not participate in the mass killings in Riga that happened before and the killing apart from progroms were done by German Einsatztruppen.
Latvian Waffen SS was highly regarded by the German high command, they were extremly motivated and highly trained ferocious warriors, the Germans however misunderstood their battle spirit for the love of Hitler etc. which wasn't the case - ask my grand dad and he will tell you they just wanted to give the Latvian families time to prepare for the russian onslaughter.

He got captured put in a gulag for 4 years - after that he was send home and send to a gulag a few years back again.

One hard mofo

He's still alive living in a village in the house that he build with his own hands, the village is dying away there are no jobs there his country is in ruins and he totally broken - It breaks my heart to see him that way.



Ya, I'm sure they were angels who had the Jews' best interests in mind  Roll Eyes
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