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Posted: Jun 6, 2012 - 12:28pm

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Long history, that one...

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

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No wonder they were ready to fight.

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 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

 jagdriver wrote:

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

 

I was just thinking the same thing.{#Yes}
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