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D-Day #7280554
06/06/21 07:20 AM
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Today is D-day. If you still know any WWII vets alive, maybe give them a call or a visit it you have time. Above all, give them your thanks and prayers to the ones that fell or are no longer with us.


I BELIEVE IN MY GOD, MY COUNTRY AND IN MYSELF.
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06/06/21 08:06 AM
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I for one miss the WWII vets I knew they were quite the generation that's for sure !


Re: D-Day [Re: Allan Minear] #7280599
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My dad was in the 4th infantry division. He landed on Utah beach. He was a 6x6 truck driver. He was born in 1920. Hauling riflemen, water, food, bed roils, ammunition, etc. from the beach inland to support the advancing U.S. troops.. The 4th infantry hooked up with the 82d and 101st airborne and moved inland. He could tell some stories. My wife's grandfather was a tanker. Sherman tank with the 2nd armored division ((This word is unacceptable on Trapperman) on wheels). He was kind of a short man. He did not say much about the war. I remember he told me that he did not sleep for several days because he was so afraid. The only time I herd him talk about it in some sort of detail was with my dad. My dad past at 79 years old. He had alshimers disease. I remember him saying some of the G.I'S were picking up the white parachutes (white silk) and sending the chutes to their girlfriend back home in order for them to make a wedding dress out of the used parachute. I have a captured German dress bayonet and leather frog that my dad gave to his uncle, later he gave it to me.

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Re: D-Day [Re: Finster] #7280607
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Total respect for our Vets they went out to save the world and got it done real men doing a tough job.


Was born in a Big City Will die in the Country OK with that!

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Dad was 2nd man on Anzio. He made Sgt that day.
The last week of his life he told all. I listened.





Re: D-Day [Re: Finster] #7280610
06/06/21 09:11 AM
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GOD Bless them all ...

Re: D-Day [Re: Finster] #7280619
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Thank God for those men and what they did.


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Re: D-Day [Re: Finster] #7280623
06/06/21 09:30 AM
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Originally Posted by Finster
Today is D-day. If you still know any WWII vets alive, maybe give them a call or a visit it you have time. Above all, give them your thanks and prayers to the ones that fell or are no longer with us.



I"ll be seeing the one on the left today. He was a ball turret gunner on a B17. He flew on 23 missions and was discharged from service on his 20th. birthday.
He says he got that job because he was so little and skinny. Ha Ha, and he is still skinny.
The one on the right was in the infantry and is still alive.

The ball turret gunner was one of the most dangerous assignments in World War II. Ball Turret Gunners on B-17 bombers were protected only by a glass bubble jutting out from the bowels of the plane. Permanently fixed and unable to be retracted, there was no hiding from enemy attack.
A ball turret was a Plexiglas sphere set into the belly of a B-17 or B-24, and inhabited by two .50 caliber machine guns and one man, a short small man. When this gunner tracked with his machine guns a fighter attacking his bomber from below, he revolved with the turret; hunched upside-down in his little sphere, he looked like the fetus in the womb. The fighters which attacked him were armed with cannon firing explosive shells.

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Re: D-Day [Re: Finster] #7280624
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Dad was there this day as were a lot of the men from around here. These were the men that were the neighbors, coached the ball teams, delivered the mail, and helped the scouts when I was growing up. I sure miss them and am thankful for what they believed in.

Re: D-Day [Re: Finster] #7280632
06/06/21 09:42 AM
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Dad didn't talk much about the war. When he got back home, he'd dive under the bed at night when a thunderstorm would come through. I've got his discharge papers. His feet were damaged by the cold while in a foxhole.

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Re: D-Day [Re: Finster] #7280644
06/06/21 10:05 AM
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Two uncles Richard Graves "KT" Gibbs and his older brother Commie Gibbs jumped into Normandy. 101st and 82nd respectively. KT was shot and wounded on the way down.

Re: D-Day [Re: Finster] #7280678
06/06/21 11:02 AM
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There WILL NEVER be a generation of men as great as that generation. It honestly chills me at times.thinking about the bravery and sacrifices they made.

Think about it, a lot of these 18-20 year old boys had probably never ventured out of the state, much less the county they were born in. Then they go literally on the other side of the world to parts unknown, places they have never even heard of.

I think back to when I was that age, which wasn't too long ago, and I look at kids that age today and just think, how?

How? Because they were the greatest generation of men to walk the face of this earth.

Re: D-Day [Re: Finster] #7280719
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My father was in the Pacific , when I was a young kid he had to soak his feet, finally cleared up caught it in the island was all he said

Re: D-Day [Re: Finster] #7280720
06/06/21 11:45 AM
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I worked with a fellow decades ago who fought the Germans. I say he fought the Germans but that might not be accurate, he was a medic who wore a Red Cross armband. According to him and the Geneva Convention, those guys were considered noncombatants and weren't supposed to be targeted. According to Earl the Germans didn't honor that, they shot at him. Looking back on it, I believe Earl fought in the 1st World War. He was an old man when I worked with close to forty-five years ago.

Re: D-Day [Re: Finster] #7280724
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The last WWll vet I knew was a farmer I worked for. What a man he was, slight of build but big in heart and mind. Could not stand planes flying over him. I think of him all the time. He hated being indoors and spent most of his time on the farm and in the woods. Here's to you Nick, thanks for defending our freedom and way of life. I will never forget you

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06/06/21 12:47 PM
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My dad was one of the original Darby's Rangers. He was shot at Cisterna and again at Anzio. Met my mom on a hospital ship. He never talked about the war with us kids but did speak with others who were there. The Rangers were involved in D-Day but he was convalescing. He is still my hero.

Re: D-Day [Re: Finster] #7280749
06/06/21 01:01 PM
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Like Cedar, I have had the pleasure of having a great friend who was a tail gunner on the bombers in the Pacific. Lewis Bailey. He was also a smaller stature, wiry type. He had washed out of pilot school because his math skills weren't good enough. He had a ton of stories that he shared about his days in the Pacific. Sometimes they had him filming instead of manning the guns.

One quick story:

They were on a hunt and destroy mission looking for the Japanese fleet but it was cloudy and they couldn't find anything. But suddenly the cloud cover lifted and they discovered the Japanese fleet below so they all picked targets and dove down with torpedo bombs. Lew's crew missed their target and so when they got back up out of harms way the pilot asked what should they do? Most crews just dropped their extra torpedo and went back home since a second dive was far more dangerous than the first as the Japs would be ready.

So Lew said: "I say Uncle Sam gave us a job to do so let's go back down and drop the second one". They all concurred and the second torpedo hit its mark and eventually sunk a Japanese ship. After dropping it they stayed down low just over the waves to keep from getting shot as they ascended. On their way back to flat top it had moved on thinking that Lew's plain had been lost since everybody else had long since returned. They were desperately low on fuel by then and when they finally landed the plain engines sputtered dead just as they touched down.

Lew died a couple of years ago at the age of 95. When he was 89 he shot an elk at 400 yards with an open sight octagonal barrel 30-30 and dropped it on the spot.

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I had 4 uncles in WWII, but none that stormed the beaches on D-Day.

When they got together, their language wouldn't pass today's standards. Only 1 still with us.

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My uncle Pat was at D-Day on the beach.He got wounded there shot in the upper arm.He never talked about the war.

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At least 12 of my uncles were overhead flying on D Day.
Funny how if you were a duck hunter you were put in a airplane cause you could hit moving targets.
Not much was talked about those days after.

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