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Posted: Jun 6, 2012 - 5:10pm

 DaveInVA wrote:

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.

 
My dad peeled potatoes in Germany, never saw any action. He loved KP, he got lots of free food.
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Posted: Jun 6, 2012 - 5:02pm

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Just curious, did your Dad have any health related problems due to his imprisonment?

 

Well, yes. He got a small check every month.  He always told us he got it because he got shot in the knee.  He had a scar.  But it was really from marching for so long without any "support"— a man thing.  His testicles suffered somehow.  I don't really know what you call it, but you know what I mean?
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Posted: Jun 6, 2012 - 1:05pm

 2cats wrote:

I know, my dad rarely talked about it. After they bailed out of their plane, the Germans marched them.  Once my dad made a list of every town that he had marched through.  There were a lot of towns.

 



Just curious, did your Dad have any health related problems due to his imprisonment?
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Posted: Jun 6, 2012 - 12:41pm

 cc_rider wrote:
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.

 
I know, my dad rarely talked about it. After they bailed out of their plane, the Germans marched them.  Once my dad made a list of every town that he had marched through.  There were a lot of towns.
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Posted: Jun 6, 2012 - 12:33pm

 Coaxial wrote:
Being in Kansas is enough to piss anybody off.
 
Indeed. Even if they do have ruby slippers!
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Posted: Jun 6, 2012 - 12:29pm

 Coaxial wrote:

Being in Kansas is enough to piss anybody off.

 
Having driven end to end a dozen times, I'll have to agree...{#Lol}


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Posted: Jun 6, 2012 - 12:28pm

 oldviolin wrote:

Long history, that one...

 
Being in Kansas is enough to piss anybody off.
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Posted: Jun 6, 2012 - 12:27pm

 Coaxial wrote:

No wonder they were ready to fight.

 
Long history, that one...
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Posted: Jun 6, 2012 - 12:26pm

 oldviolin wrote:

that's the 1st Infantry Division, Ft. Riley, Kansas

 
No wonder they were ready to fight.
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Posted: Jun 6, 2012 - 12:25pm

 jagdriver wrote:

Wasn't this the Big Red One? Or am I thinking of another unit?

 
I think they were the First Infantry (or First Army), but they were in that battle as well as some others, I believe.

*edit: OV had already noted that while I was composing.


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Posted: Jun 6, 2012 - 12:23pm

 jagdriver wrote:

Wasn't this the Big Red One? Or am I thinking of another unit?

 
that's the 1st Infantry Division, Ft. Riley, Kansas
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Posted: Jun 6, 2012 - 12:21pm

 jagdriver wrote:
Wasn't this the Big Red One? Or am I thinking of another unit?
 
Good movie. Lee Marvin, Mark Hamell. Written by Samuel Fuller.
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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

 2cats wrote:

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

 Coaxial wrote:

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

 DaveInVA wrote:

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

 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 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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