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Re: Your family's military history..pics welcomed [Re: FlyboyFlem] #15835844 02/25/21
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My grandfather was a radioman in C-47s during WWII, flying the hump bringing supplies into China. Sounded like some real sketchy terrain to fly through.

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My great-grandfather pictured here was on the search for Pancho Villa during the Mexican expedition around 1916. He always loved his dogs.

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Re: Your family's military history..pics welcomed [Re: Ptarmigan] #15835884 02/25/21
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Originally Posted by Ptarmigan
My grandfather was a radioman in C-47s during WWII, flying the hump bringing supplies into China. Sounded like some real sketchy terrain to fly through.

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No way! That's Elvis. Meant as a compliment.

Re: Your family's military history..pics welcomed [Re: FlyboyFlem] #15835950 02/25/21
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Great history & pics gents keep em coming !

My dad when he finished sea school in San Diego on his way to Adm Halsey's Task Force 58 assigned to the Marine detachment aboard CV-11 Intrepid ..He saw extensive action and was welcomed to the S. Pacific via the "Divine Wind"..His bunk mate and best friend was killed when a stray DE's five inch shell killed him and two other Marines manning a 20 mm.during a Kamikaze attack. It was always hard for him to relate this story without a shedding a tear..

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Some Meatballs always managed to get through the unbelievable fire storm of 20,40 mm & 5" batteries to inflict damage & causalities..

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Re: Your family's military history..pics welcomed [Re: MarineHawk] #15835960 02/25/21
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Originally Posted by MarineHawk
Grandpa in the Philippines, 1945:

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Pics he took of Manilla:

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A poem he wrote a few years earlier:

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That poem is greatness.

Re: Your family's military history..pics welcomed [Re: FlyboyFlem] #15836028 02/25/21
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Pictures are somewhere in a box.

Pop was a Alamo Scout in the Pacific theater.

3 Bronze Stars, one with Valor and a Purple Heart.

He said very little about his war experience to any of his sons. Old school man. Keep them hard memories locked down tight.

At his life’s end. He was sure he was going to hell for all the killing he’d done.

He passed peacefully.

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Re: Your family's military history..pics welcomed [Re: FlyboyFlem] #15836087 02/25/21
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My dad & 3 of his brothers were in air force. Oldest was in during Korea conflict. Dad was in 1966-1970. He spent lots of time in Philippines, a little in Da Nang, Thailand. While in Da Nang their base was mortared 15 days straight. He was in the 64th servicing f102 ( delta dagger). He just spent a week in the hospital earlier this month. They gave him 2 pins while he was there. A air force vet & a Vietnam vet pin. He said after 50 years that was the only thing he'd ever received. He was proud.


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Re: Your family's military history..pics welcomed [Re: FlyboyFlem] #15836094 02/25/21
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No pictures , great grand father , fought on the side of the south , never got any scoop , little fart , but remember him going off at Christmas dinners and thanksgiving dinners . Shouting and cussing and yelling , Kill the SOB!
His daughters would always rush to him avoiding his flailing arms , trying to calm him down .
Had a uncle I am close to serve in Japan in WWII . I have some swords he bought home . Another uncle in Viet Nam with Army Engineer corps , I think he did two , maybe three tours over there . Got shot in an ambush building a road first time , came home and regrouped , I was there when he broke the news to my aunt he was going back , holy shiit !
One pissed off woman , she always was the fireball on moms side . Her and mom used to get into it hot and heavy over me . I would stay with my aunt sometimes while my uncle was gone , rules were a bit more relaxed .
He went back , first time he got hit in the wrist and ribs , second time he took one in the throat , lived , but as you know all hits made a sizeable crater .
His family is solid as a rock , strong people . His oldest daughter , has my utmost respect , speacial lady .
My older uncle , now in his upper nineties , worked the shiit out of me as a kid and taught me to hunt with a handgun .
Taught me to reload , handgun was my first adventure into that field .
Got a video of him shooting a S&W 500 across the hood of my truck about five yrs ago , all smiles .
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This is the Seth Thomas clock I mentioned this morning.

Bought with money sent home from somewhere in the South in The Civil War.

Eli never got home, I have no idea where he is burred.

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Re: Your family's military history..pics welcomed [Re: FlyboyFlem] #15836103 02/25/21
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This is the Seth Thomas clock I mentioned this morning.

Bought with money sent home from somewhere in the South in The Civil War.

Eli never got home, I have no idea where he is burred.


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Re: Your family's military history..pics welcomed [Re: FlyboyFlem] #15836114 02/25/21
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i got tinnitus serving in the salvation army.


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Re: Your family's military history..pics welcomed [Re: wabigoon] #15836126 02/25/21
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Originally Posted by wabigoon
This is the Seth Thomas clock I mentioned this morning.

Bought with money sent home from somewhere in the South in The Civil War.



Nice.

Re: Your family's military history..pics welcomed [Re: Walker6] #15836132 02/25/21
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Originally Posted by Walker6

That poem is greatness.


Thanks. We found it along with the pics after he died in 2000.

Re: Your family's military history..pics welcomed [Re: FlyboyFlem] #15836171 02/25/21
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No pictures handy. Great Grandfather in the Marines in WWI.

Grandfather and his brother in the Marines during WWII. His two other brothers were navy. 1 brother shot down and KIA.

Uncle in the Marines in Vietnam. Came out with some grenade shrapnel and bad PTSD.

My son is currently a loadmaster in the USAF, hoping it is an uneventful enlistment.

Wife’s family is very similar, but I could not list the specifics.

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Re: Your family's military history..pics welcomed [Re: FlyboyFlem] #15836172 02/25/21
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My brother Les

died in 'Nam in '68

he was 21......

Think of him often...

what it would have been like to have him as a brother the last 50 years

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Re: Your family's military history..pics welcomed [Re: FlyboyFlem] #15836217 02/25/21
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Father was a surgeon and served in Patton's Third Army. He worked in an evac hospital about a mile behind the lines. Got to Europe in November 1944 and stayed until late 1946. The only stories he told me was how cold it was that first winter and then of working in POW camps for several months right after VE day getting everyone "cleaned up" - not just GI's but Poles and various nationalities from what I gather. My namesake uncle was a mechanic on P-51's, I think he stayed in England the whole time. Most of the six uncles on my mother's side served in the military during WWII in some capacity but I don't know what.

My grandmother's uncle served in a Confederate cavalry unit. His claim to fame was getting hit in the side of the head by a stray Minie ball, it knocked him off his horse but he got back on and kept going.

My mom took in a street kid when he was 16 who lived with us for several years, he was an M60 gunner in the Marines from mid-1968 to early 1969 in RVN and was in the thick of things the whole time. He had one or two "interesting" stories - getting jumped by a VC with a machete while he was squatting with his pants down taking a dump - but mostly talked about the rock apes. Hate to speak ill of the guy since he was probably one of the best people you could want to have next to you in a firefight, but outside of that spent most of his life doing his best to ruin the lives of everyone around him.

I was in the US Army Infantry but just spent 2 1/2 years in West Berlin watching the Russians and East Germans watch us across the wall.


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Re: Your family's military history..pics welcomed [Re: tikkanut] #15836247 02/25/21
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Originally Posted by tikkanut


My brother Les

died in 'Nam in '68

he was 21......

Think of him often...

what it would have been like to have him as a brother the last 50 years

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Sorry for your considerable loss. Semper fi.

Re: Your family's military history..pics welcomed [Re: FlyboyFlem] #15836270 02/25/21
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Somewhere there is a tintype of my great, great. I'll ask my wife to find it sometime. I had it on the old photbucket.


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I want to thank all the brave veterans for their service.


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Re: Your family's military history..pics welcomed [Re: FlyboyFlem] #15836358 02/25/21
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My son graduating boot camp in San Diego saluting my father in law that did 3 tours as a chopper pilot it Nam.
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My father in the Korean conflict
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No pictures, just memories. My father was in the Army 1960-62, discharged just as the Cuban Missile Crisis was happening, his brother was in the Navy four years around the same time in the Pacific fleet, I never learned the name of his ship or ships; their older half brother was in the Navy during WWII serving aboard the destroyer escort USS Booth, and their father was drafted into the Army in 1918. Grandad was shipped to Europe in 1918, but the war ended before he saw any combat. Two of my maternal grandmothers brothers were in the Navy during WWII, seeing combat duty around Guadalcanal in 1942; one brother's ship was sunk and the other brother's ships crew picked him up from the water. I was never around most of these guys except for Dad, and was younger when some died so that's all I know about them.

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