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This summer I am going to Europe. One of the things I plan on doing is visiting the graves of several relatives, including one who was lost in WWI. It has been very interesting researching some of my family member's military service. Very sad as well. Looking through the grave records from both WWI and WWII, there are countless young men of age 16-21 who were lost. Many more are still missing. It is very important to understand the sacrifices made by these men and women of all nationalities. In my family, every male served in WWI, and in other capacities WWII. So, if you are willing to share, who in your family served?
 

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My dad lost 2 uncles (my great-uncles) at Pearl Harbor, each on a different ship. They were brothers. A younger brother of theirs was sent home from boot camp immediately. WWII was far worse than anything our country has seen, other than our own Civil War. It took more young mens' lives than all other wars COMBINED! If you get to Omaha Beach, be prepared. Watch "Saving Private Ryan", I hear it is very accurate.
 

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My great grandfather did. Unfortuanantly for me he died before I was born. He never talked about it so no interesting stories.
I do however have a friend of mine I worked with who was in WWII. He is 85 now I think and still walking around on a stump from where he lost his leg in France. He and some friends got pinned down by artillery in a graveyard and spent the night hiding in a crypt until reinforcements came. He ended up catching shrapnel that tore off the lef from the knee down. He is working on some memoirs so hopefully his stories won't be forgotten. Helluva cool guy.

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This summer I am going to Europe. One of the things I plan on doing is visiting the graves of several relatives, including one who was lost in 'The Great War.' It has been very interesting researching some of my family member's military service. Very sad as well. Looking through the grave records from both WWI and WWII, there are countless young men of age 16-21 who were lost. Many more are still missing. It is very important to understand the sacrifices made by these men and women of all nationalities. In my family, every male served in some capacity. So, if you are willing to share, who in your family served?
 

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My grandfather on my fathers side was at pearl harbor. luckily he survived, i never new he was in the navy until he passed away last year. i am in the navy now, and i wish he was still around so i could hear some of those old stories. it was pretty cool cause i guess he knew that i was in the navy because in his will he left me his photo album of original before and after pics of pearl harbor. also all of his pics of japan and china, and everywhere else he has been too. i will pass those on to my children. they are priceless:D
 

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My Grandfather served in WWII. He was stationed in San Diego w/ the Navy, so my Grandmother moved out there with him. She learned to weld and actually spent most of her time welding in the shipyards! My Granny is tough and will still tell you she can run a bead with the best of 'em! I didn't hear any really good stories from my Grandfather. I know he got let out early because they were playing baseball on the deck one day to pass the time and he got hit the mouth w/ a flying bat (he was catcher w/ no mask) and it knocked his front teeth out. Free ticket home. :) Wish I would have gathered more stories before he died of Prostate cancer. :(
 
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my Dad's oldest brother served in the Army Air Force. He was an oxygen system tech on B-17 bombers over in England.

He has told me stories about bombs falling out of racks and rolling down the runway, guys hiding behind racks of bombs during German air raids and people smoking while leaning up against oxygen tanks. They were strafed quite often and he is fortunate to be alive.
 

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Both of my grandfathers were in WWII. One was in the Phillipine Islands and the other was stationed in Fiji and then to Quadacanal. I only got to hear stories from the one who was in Fiji and Quadacanal. I now have personal items and photo albums from both of them. I just got a huge silk Japanese flag from my grandma that my grandpa has packed away. My grandma has 5 brothers and 4 of them were sent over seas. One of them saw serious action. He was sent to Africa first, Italy were the street fighting was heavy, and finally to Normandy France. Once he arrived in Normandy the other American troops were already a fews miles inland. Two years ago he just got a certificate of appreciation from France for his duty at Normandy, he finally pushed through into Germany.


If anyone knows of some good sites to research more about WWII let me know. I am looking for some sites that may have info about units and batallions and more info on them. Thanks...
 

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My grandfather on my mother's side was in the army and was part of the force that occupied Japan after they surrendered. He died in about 1992 from ephysema.

My grandfather on my father's side fought on the islands of the South Pacific. He stepped on a mine and supposedly has some metal in his foot to this day. He told me when they were taking the islands that he had a necklace of japanese ears that he would wear, evidently that was the big thing. He has told me that on one island they met up with some Austalian troops and the Aussies had somehow figured out that the japs had a fondness for the wild turkeys on the island. So the aussie boys would use turkey calls every once in a while to get the Japanese to peak their heads up out of a foxhole looking for a turkey, all they got was a bullet to the skull though...

He broke his hip about two weeks ago and is in the hospital right now with pneumonia. I won't count him out until they are loading him in the hearse even though he is close to 85 years old. He has got to be one of the toughest men ever.
 

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It is very important to understand the sacrifices made by these men and women of all nationalities.
Yes I am the son of a Vietnam Vet who was awarded a purple heart and brother of a Desert Storm veteran. It upsets me when people don't appreciate what our ancestors shed their blood for. I have the upmost regards for our veterans. Anyone who comes to this country needs to recognize that we aren't just a money source... that there are things far beyond that!
 

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I didnt mean to exclude veterans from other 'actions' or wars from this post, but intentionally focused on WWII since so many of these courageous men and women are leaving us daily.

Great posts. With these posts, I hope some of you others out there who have never really had an interest may spark a curiosity to learn more. If you are lucky enough to have them around, think if its appropriate to ask about it! I sure wish I had that opportunity.
 

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my gramps on my dads side was a rear gunner in an SBD and was shot down over africa, luckily hes still here to tell about it :) my dad actually did some research and found a pic of him takin on the escort carrier he was on.

in front of the star on the plane with hat on

the escort
 

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My dad enlisted in the army air corps at the beginning of WW2, was active duty in the air force during the Korean war and Vietnam. One of my grandpa's was lost at sea on a Navy destroyer. General George S Patton is also a distant relative.
 

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My Grandad on my Dad's side was in WW1 (survived) and died in 1970. My dad (now 85 and doing great) was in WWII. He said he knew he was going to be drafted so he went ahead and enlisted. He spent 39 months in the Phillipines. He was a mortor platoon sargent in the Army. He spoke very little of his experiences there until about 10-15 years ago. Talk about a suck job. His platoon would would have to go ahead of everyone else and clear a path. He spoke of missions he went on that were designed by idiots that would litterally wipe out nearly his whole platoon! He had been shot twice and had a enemy mortor go off a short distance in front of him that temporarily blinded him and made him deaf. Back then, they just patched them up and sent him back up to the front. On one of his leaves, he managed to plant the seed for my older brother. My bro was nearly a year and half old when my dad saw him for the first time.
My second bro was in Desert Storm in '91. You don't hear much about Desert Storm, it just gets played down. What the medial told us was the tip of the iceberg. My bro is now confined to a wheelchair and is pretty %@*& up. Has his brain in tact but his body is wasting away.
I noticed on another thread that there are alot of people on this site that are pretty young. We ALL need to really appriciate what these people have given and given up for all of us! The price is VERY high. I don't think we really appriciate that if it was not for them, we could not sit here now and talk about our passion (Mustangs). They had/have passions too, and in many cases are unable to pursue them. I cannot imagine leaving my family and my life, to go to some place I have never heard of and living in constant fear of losing my life from someone I have never seen that wants me dead, day after day etc.. Next time you see a Veteran say "Thanks" that is the least they deserve.
 

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My grandfather was in one of the Ranger Battalions in D-Day. He also made the push through to Germany. He mainly talks about the people and the good times. Whenever I'm around he talks about Germany..I was stationed there for 6 years. He came to my Basic Training Graduation
 
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