How did the war effect your family

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Chuck B.
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Re: How did the war effect your family

Post by Chuck B. » 24 Aug 2015 14:35

I had two uncles that fought in the Pacific, and one fought in the ETO.
I don't know any details of the two that fought in the Pacific. The uncle that fought in the ETO was a Rifleman in the 35th Inf. Div. which entered into Patton's Third in July 11, 1944 Normandy. He was wounded on Aug 12, but returned to his Division and wounded again on March 3, 1945.
He was awarded the Silver Star with 3 bronze, Purple Heart, Combat Inf. Badge, Sharpshooter. I've read most of the After Action Reports from both the 35th Inf. Div. and his 320th Inf Battalion. Very interesting stuff. I created a Google Earth timeline map of the 35th Inf. Division and chronicled their AAR along with it.
He died in 1996 at 73 years old.

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Re: How did the war effect your family

Post by LineDoggie » 25 Aug 2015 06:00

Dad Served North Africa, Sicily, NW Europe in 2AD(Died in 2005). Uncle Jack in 7th ID in the Aleutians and Okinawa, and onto Korea until 1948 then Japan Occupation duty. Uncle Frank (4F, and embarassed to the day he died in 1985 of that) worked with grandpa in the Brooklyn Navy Yard.
"There are two kinds of people who are staying on this beach: those who are dead and those who are going to die. Now let’s get the hell out of here".
Col. George Taylor, 16th Infantry Regiment, Omaha Beach

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Re: How did the war effect your family

Post by PF » 18 Dec 2016 22:59

My maternal grandfather was listed as a A1 possible draftee--however he didn't go into service.[ just as well ..he had a bad back problem yeaars
later} he was not young { young service personel was preferred since they handled stress and strain of war better than older persons}.... he was 32 when the war broke out in 1941; married with 2 children...by occupation he was a dairy farmer
Still he did his bit..as a Civil defense air raid warden in the "wilds" of Ohio :thumbsup:

On the other side of the famly my paternal grandparents came from the old country--my paternal grandfather was too old for service {44 when war broke out} however two of his children did their bit.. his son {My uncle} served in the U. S. Navy and another child {My aunt} worked in defense plant. The other sons/daugthers were too young to serve--although another aunt married a U.S. Navy veteran. {WW. II} I think about three other cousins served In the U.S. Army World War II {One was in Battle of the buldge I think}

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Re: How did the war effect your family

Post by Delwin » 14 Jan 2017 22:27

Maternal grandfather fought all 1939 campaign in Polish 25th ID - from 1st to 28th September. He fought in the Battle of Bzura and in defence of Warsaw as LMG operator. Rest of the war he spent as compulsory worker for German farmers. He met my grandma there so it was not that bad :-).

My paternal grandfather was a signalist (radio and phones) but he did not see any combat in 1939 - he was mobilised too late and never reached intended unit. Rest of the war he spent near Warsaw (after being expulsed from the home farm - similar fate as to other grandpa) as member of Home Army in radio unit. His unit was called to support the Warsaw Uprising but they were scattered when trying to reach Warsaw.

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Re: How did the war effect your family

Post by ROLAND1369 » 15 Jan 2017 17:13

My father became an Aircraft Commander at 21 flying 28 missions over germany in B 24s. Finished the war as the AC of a "lead Crew''. Retired as LT Col after flying in Korea and Viet Nam. My Uncle was a T-5 in the 11th Airborne Division in the Pacific. After the stories I joined up and fought in Viet Nam and Afghanistan. My family has had a member in all wars from the Civil War to Afghanistan, with the exception of the Spanish American War.

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Re: How did the war effect your family

Post by Neilhead70 » 18 Mar 2017 23:51

My maternal grandmothers​ first husband was killed on Leros in 1943 & it wasn't mentioned. Her second husband transported​ tanks in North Africa. My paternal grandfather was in one of the Highland regiments & survived the war although I've never met him or had chance to ask him about his service.

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Re: How did the war effect your family

Post by genstab » 04 Jun 2017 15:37

My father was lucky because he happened to have the right college education for which the US Navy was looking. He had a business degree and the Navy needed supply officers. So after officer candidate school in 1943 he was sent to Recife, Brazil where he worked at a seaplane base. The planes were PBY Catalinas and searched for U-boats. He went out in one once to see what it was like. He had taken Spanish in high school and was able to understand the Portugese of the Brazilians. After two years he finished up at a seaplane base at Tongue Point near Astoria, Oregon. My mother, who had worked in Florida to be nearer him during the war (home was suburban Cleveland) was able to join him in Oregon. He was discharged in December 1945. He said several times that he wished he'd stayed in but I was on the way. He did try to get back in a few years later but had no luck. My whole life would have been different if he'd stayed in the Navy- I'd have seen a lot of the world when he was transferred. Maybe I would have joined and made a career out of it too. As it was, I picked the Coast Guard because I didn't think I'd have much fun floating around on an aircraft carrier off Japan with 2000 other men.

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Re: How did the war effect your family

Post by Shane6969 » 30 Nov 2018 12:00

My paternal Grandfather was a Panzergrenadier in the German 7th Panzer Division, from early 1941. He was KIA in the Oposchnja, Ukraine on 14th September 1943. My maternal Grandfather was a Sergeant in the Howitzer Battalion of the Dutch East Indies army. He was captured when Java fell and died as a POW of the Japanese in Thailand on the Thai-Burma Railway in March 1943. My mum was a child civilian internee/POW of the Japanese on Java and survived the war, coming to Australia at the age of 12. My dad escaped from East Germany post war and came to Australia in 1955.
Dad had cousins that served on the Monsun U-Boats, the Fallschirmjaeger (KIA post D-Day), Panzerjaeger crew on Eastern Front (POW post war), Panther V tank driver. Mum had an uncle who was a Brewster Buffalo fighter pilot in the ML-KNIL against the Japanese (POW, survived) and also had an uncle who died as a POW when the Tamahoku Maru was torpedoed off Nagasaki.

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How did the war effect your family

Post by HenryCox » 21 Mar 2019 13:00

Pretty sure you are meant to leave your foot in the stirrup. I would think that if you are comfortable having your foot in the stirrup to get up you should be comfortable having it in there to get down though?

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Re: How did the war effect your family

Post by Larry D. » 21 Mar 2019 13:23

HenryCox wrote:
21 Mar 2019 13:00
Pretty sure you are meant to leave your foot in the stirrup. I would think that if you are comfortable having your foot in the stirrup to get up you should be comfortable having it in there to get down though?
Henry -

Delighted you are now getting up to speed after joining last month. Your contribution on Thread:

viewtopic.php?f=49&t=237080

was spectacular and fascinating! We are all on pins and needles waiting for the sequel, "VII 2".

L.

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