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Posted: Jun 6, 2012 - 12:18pm

 Proclivities wrote:
My dad was in the Third Army during the war.  They were not at the initial Normandy landings but they were deeply engaged in The Battle of the Bulge several months later.  He wasn't eager to discuss it very often either, but he would talk about General Patton every now and then.
 
Wasn't this the Big Red One? Or am I thinking of another unit?


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Posted: Jun 6, 2012 - 12:11pm

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Having been shot down, my Dad was in a German POW camp on June 6, 1944. He also said he was scared shitless.

  Being a prisoner has got to be near the worst, if not THE worst. It's impossible to imagine, frankly: there's just no frame of reference in our (civilian) experience.


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Posted: Jun 6, 2012 - 12:01pm

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My Dad was on the first plane into Tokyo after Nagasaki. He said they were all scared shitless.

 
Having been shot down, my Dad was in a German POW camp on June 6, 1944. He also said he was scared shitless.
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Posted: Jun 6, 2012 - 11:59am

 Proclivities wrote:

My dad was in the Third Army during the war.  They were not at the initial Normandy landings but they were deeply engaged in The Battle of the Bulge several months later.  He wasn't eager to discuss it very often either, but he would talk about General Patton every now and then.
 

Had an uncle there...He went from Corporal to Second Lieutenant in one day via battlefield commissions. He always scared me to death.


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Posted: Jun 6, 2012 - 11:52am

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I'm sure my Dad had a few hairy moments on his Navy aircraft carrier in the Pacific...

 
My dad was in the Third Army during the war.  They were not at the initial Normandy landings but they were deeply engaged in The Battle of the Bulge several months later.  He wasn't eager to discuss it very often either, but he would talk about General Patton every now and then.


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Posted: Jun 6, 2012 - 11:48am

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My grandfather served on the USS Boise, which earned eleven battle stars during the War. He never really talked about it, which probably says more than words could.

 
My Dad was on the USS Altamaha, a repurposed merchant marine ship that as done up in a hurry as an Escort Carrier after Pearl Harbor. My Dad never talked about it either. but he kept some of the ships logs and one mentions them seeing torpedo trails heading towards the ship but they all missed.
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Posted: Jun 6, 2012 - 11:45am

 cc_rider wrote:
My grandfather served on the USS Boise, which earned eleven battle stars during the War. He never really talked about it, which probably says more than words could.

 
My Dad was on the first plane into Tokyo after Nagasaki. He said they were all scared shitless.
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Posted: Jun 6, 2012 - 11:43am

 cc_rider wrote:
I remember an interview with Eddie Arnold (Green Acres) regarding his service at Tarawa (Pacific island). I think it was before SPR came out, but when I saw the movie, my first thought was that interview with Eddie Arnold. Same situation, same horrors.

 

Don't know if you saw the Ken Burns WWII documentary, but one story this one veteran was telling about how one night, the cans went off and they were braced and fired to ward off another horrible night Banzai attack. When the sun came up they were horrified to see dead and wounded civilians, women and children strewn all over the place. They had to tend to the wounded and bury the dead by their own hands. I cannot even begin to imagine the horror.{#Cry}


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Posted: Jun 6, 2012 - 11:42am

 cc_rider wrote:
I remember an interview with Eddie Arnold (Green Acres) regarding his service at Tarawa (Pacific island). I think it was before SPR came out, but when I saw the movie, my first thought was that interview with Eddie Arnold. Same situation, same horrors.

 
They don't make them like him any more.
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Posted: Jun 6, 2012 - 11:41am

 DaveInVA wrote:

I'm sure my Dad had a few hairy moments on his Navy aircraft carrier in the Pacific...

  My grandfather served on the USS Boise, which earned eleven battle stars during the War. He never really talked about it, which probably says more than words could.


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Posted: Jun 6, 2012 - 11:39am

 mzpro5 wrote:
It has become a bit of a cliche but the first 15-20 minutes of Saving Private Ryan is about as close as anyone that was not there can get to knowing what it was like.
  I remember an interview with Eddie Arnold (Green Acres) regarding his service at Tarawa (Pacific island). I think it was before SPR came out, but when I saw the movie, my first thought was that interview with Eddie Arnold. Same situation, same horrors.


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Posted: Jun 6, 2012 - 11:36am

 DaveInVA wrote:
I'm sure my Dad had a few hairy moments on his Navy aircraft carrier in the Pacific...
 
Like the Battle of Midway? Wake Island? Fending off kamikaze attacks?

Yeah, not a barrel of monkeys, to be sure. 
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Posted: Jun 6, 2012 - 11:33am

 jagdriver wrote:

As are the experiences of the island-hoping Marines in the Pacific.

 
I'm sure my Dad had a few hairy moments on his Navy aircraft carrier in the Pacific...
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Posted: Jun 6, 2012 - 11:31am

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As are the experiences of the island-hoping Marines in the Pacific.

 

I was just thinking the same thing.{#Yes}
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Posted: Jun 6, 2012 - 11:28am

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I'd heard that. Still can't even compare to watching the door drop on the LST and you are suddenly walking across bodies as your life replays itself in your head. Beyond my comprehension.
 
As are the experiences of the island-hoping Marines in the Pacific.
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Posted: Jun 6, 2012 - 11:19am

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It has become a bit of a cliche but the first 15-20 minutes of Saving Private Ryan is about as close as anyone that was not there can get to knowing what it was like.

 
I'd heard that. Still can't even compare to watching the door drop on the LST and you are suddenly walking across bodies as your life replays itself in your head. Beyond my comprehension.


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Posted: Jun 6, 2012 - 11:16am

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The beginning of the film Saving Private Ryan is as close as anyone who wasn't there is likely to get, and I'm certain it's a damn poor illustration of the reality.
 
But imagine if we had real 3D with peripheral vision.... more of a virtual reality experience....


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Posted: Jun 6, 2012 - 11:15am

 jagdriver wrote:

I've made quite a study of this and still cannot fathom what it might have been like to be one of those bobbing about in an LST.

 
The beginning of the film Saving Private Ryan is as close as anyone who wasn't there is likely to get, and I'm certain it's a damn poor illustration of the reality.
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Posted: Jun 6, 2012 - 11:12am

 jagdriver wrote:

I've made quite a study of this and still cannot fathom what it might have been like to be one of those bobbing about in an LST.

 



It has become a bit of a cliche but the first 15-20 minutes of Saving Private Ryan is about as close as anyone that was not there can get to knowing what it was like.
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Posted: Jun 6, 2012 - 11:06am

 oldslabsides wrote:
1944: Operation Overlord lands allied forces in Normandy

 
I've made quite a study of this and still cannot fathom what it might have been like to be one of those bobbing about in an LST.
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