05-27-13, 03:26 PM
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05-27-13, 03:36 PM
Pictures above are relatives killed in WW II. First one is my wife's father's brother, Walter. He was a flyer killed over Italy & buried in Nettuno National Cemetery in Italy.
Second one is my half brother, Tiny, killed at Battle of the Bulge. Ages 24 & 21 respectively. What were you doing at their ages?
05-27-13, 03:44 PM
As Churchill said, never has so much been owed by so many to so few.
05-27-13, 04:41 PM
At ages 21 and 24 (early 60's) I was serving in USS SKIPJACK (SSN585), then the fastest submarine in the world - "in excess of 40 knots" submerged. I was an assistant navigator and high latitude inertial navigation specialist. At about this time (Memorial Day), both years, we were doing "operations in the area of the Arctic Circle" in support of Cold War efforts to watch the Russians watch us while we were watching them. Read the book "Blind Man's Bluff". We were there.
A cousin was tortured to death by the Japanese on Bataan, an uncle was a B-24 pilot, another uncle was a Mustang pilot, another was a ground pounder in Italy. None came back. Dad came back from the Pacific (Navy) in 1943 with a leg full of bomb shrapnel. A couple more "uncles" - family friends - were B-17 and B-24 pilots over Germany. They brought back several German war artifacts which I still have.
05-27-13, 05:36 PM
at 21 - I was a proud member of the Marine Corps -
flying as a Flight Mechanic on a C119 - cargo plane -
05-27-13, 05:55 PM
Ages 24 & 21 respectively. What were you doing at their ages?
I was serving in the US Air Force Systems Command.
05-27-13, 06:31 PM
Between my mother's and my father's families there were 5 men serving in the armed forces in World War II. My father (who had been commissioned as Signal Corps officer) was asked to give up his commission and serve as civilian attached to the Navy working on radar development. Fortunately four of those who served in the Army, Navy and Merchant Marine returned home. The fifth, my Uncle Chuck, who was an animator with Disney, he had worked on "Fantasia," when the war broke out was awarded a Silver Star posthumously having been killed in the Battle of the Bulge.
In my own generation, out of 18 male cousins, only two served during the Vietnam Era. I served in both Cold War and in Vietnam, another cousin deserted to Canada and then Sweden only to return and be reinstated in the Army serving his tour in Vietnam in a post library in Cam Ranh Bay. All the other male cousins had educational deferments. I had one too until I just couldn't take anymore education!
As an intelligence analyst with the Army Security Agency I served clandestinely in "radio research" (no ASA in Vietnam don't you know!) first with the 1st Air Cav and then at our I Corps headquarters at Phu Bai, just south of the city of Hue, in 1968. My Cold War service saw me in Africa, Europe and Asia.
I lost friends in Vietnam and Cambodia and also in other activities around the world. I give thanks to all those who have served throughout our county's history and especially to those that paid the ultimate sacrifice.
05-27-13, 09:58 PM
At 21 & 24 I was chasing women. Already had a war behind me.
05-27-13, 10:24 PM
Yep. I was in the Marines and had just been in evacuation of Vietnam.
My dad, rest his soul, was in WWII and in Vietnam.
05-27-13, 11:08 PM
Wow I didn't know so many of you guys served. Good on you.
Thanks you guys. You make it possible for my spoiled butt to be here typing. Everybody owes you guys big time.
05-28-13, 02:37 AM
Vietnam ended before I was old enough. None of my family were involved.
All of my uncles and my dad were Army. Oldest two were in WWII. One a paymaster stationed in England and then later as the front moved in France. The other landed on the second wave of D Day. The third oldest served in between WWII and Korea. My dad during the Korean "conflict". He spent his whole enlistment at Ft Hood. Where as he tells it, not a single Korean soldier breached the border under his watch. He headed to basic with 7 other guys from Beaver Dam WI. Five of the others went straight to Korea after basic and none came back. No rhyme or reason as to who went and who didn't. He just got lucky I guess.
To my knowledge my family lost no one in any war after WWI. My mothers side lost several in WWI and is why that side of the family has all but disappeared.
05-28-13, 12:51 PM
My great uncle was drafted out of AZ, trained in Camp Adair Oregon, trained in Camp Shelby with the 69th Infantry Division, landed on France, and made it all the way to Berlin, he was honorably discharged for trench foot.
After the war he worked at the Sacramento army depot where he retired from in 1982, i still call him every weekend, this man helped raise me and has done alot for me. I got in touch with a member of the 69th division and told my uncle but he said he doesn't want anything to do with the war, and that the stories he's told us is just for us family, after the war he got rid of all his medals, uniform, etc, he only keeps his hat and gun nowadays. He told me he doesn't want any recognition for his duty, and that he was just doing what he was told. Oh, and he's a Ford guy lol
05-28-13, 11:35 PM
Since this is also about family, I would be remiss if I didn't mention my father. He fought with the 41st Infantry Division (Jungleers) in the Pacific. He made 2 amphibious landings in New Guinea (Hollandia and Biak) and then 3 more in the Philippines (Palawan, Mindanao and 1 more) as part of the Divisions 186th Infantry Regiment before being scheduled to take part in the invasion of Japan. Fortunately he ended going into Japan as part of the occupation forces.
If you are into WWII military history and would like some reading, check out the Battle of Biak. It was kept from the press for the most part and little was ever mentioned about it because it was one of MacArthur's blunders as he completely under estimated the Japanese strength on the island and even relieved the Division commander when he was unable to take the island in as short a time as MacArthur estimated. He thought there where 2000 troops (vs 10,000 actual) on the island.
I can recall my father telling me that he went in with 240 men in his company (Co. F) and only 40 walked out. The rest where dead, wounded or down with malaria, typhus or Dysentery.
05-29-13, 01:26 AM
Both of my grandfathers served in the Navy during "the war". Grandpa Bays served onboard a supply ship in the Pacific theatre, they were usually the guys in there supplying the ground troops after they took an island.
Grandpa Wells(who is still alive) served on CVE-1, USS Long Island. It was a merchant ship they converted into an aircraft carrier, first such ship they did this to. They picked up new planes in San Fransicso or San Diego and steamed out to the front line to resupply ships like the USS Enterprise, who actually fought in the battles.
05-29-13, 12:53 PM
At 21-24 I was in the Navy doing, final assembly, final acceptance testing and depot level maintenance on SAM missiles. At 24-25 I was on the USS Goldsborough DDG 20 chasing Russian submarines, air defense of a carrier group, and plane guard detail in the South China Sea off Viet Nam.