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Loup
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Had a chance to go through some of my Grandpa's WWII stuff
My great aunt recently passed and we found a lot of my grandpa's belongings in her stuff. I got a few good laughs from some of it.

I'm guessing this was the 1940s equivalent of "like and share". There were dozens of these.
Image: https://i.imgur.com/tyJOb47.jpg

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There are a few photos that say "Taken at Hitler's home". I'm guessing Berghof but it's hard to tell.
Image: https://i.imgur.com/MmHky0m.jpg

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ETA: my sister colorized one of the photographs from the negative. Looks like Berghoff.
Image: https://i.imgur.com/jDVdrvr.jpg



Not sure who this feller is.
Image: https://i.imgur.com/3Xbdvdz.jpg


It looks like the soldier/tranny thing is not a new phenomenon.
Image: https://i.imgur.com/FV2KsMj.jpg

ETA: Some posters said this might be a crossing of the equator ceremony. It might go along with this.
Image: https://i.imgur.com/Vzzkrse.jpg


Never met him but these patches tell me he was a tough dude.
Image: https://i.imgur.com/9X9JAd7.jpg


I'll try and get some more posted if y'all are interested. I get kind of an sad feeling looking through all this stuff. It's the closest I'll get to knowing him.


ETA: added a few more.

I know who to blame for my height.

Image: https://i.imgur.com/InONg3H.jpg


Image: https://i.imgur.com/KWFcU04.jpg


Selfies aren't new
Image: https://i.imgur.com/905NNVy.jpg


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Before my grandma passed she told us that she couldn't wake him up by touching him. She had to stand back from the bed and call to him because he would jump up swinging. He was at Bastogne and hated the cold until the day he died.

ETA: Bayerische Staatskanzlei in Munich


Image: https://i.imgur.com/tTvJehy.jpg

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Pettifogger
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re: Had a chance to go through some of my Grandpa's WWII stuff
Yes I'd like to see more, I love stuff like this


prplhze2000
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re: Had a chance to go through some of my Grandpa's WWII stuff
Yeah, until mid 2000s, funnies were passed around


wypipos
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re: Had a chance to go through some of my Grandpa's WWII stuff
Very cool - thanks for sharing. Do you know if he was army or navy?


Chad504boy
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re: Had a chance to go through some of my Grandpa's WWII stuff
does peter mean she liked dick?


Loup
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re: Had a chance to go through some of my Grandpa's WWII stuff
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Do you know if he was army or navy?


Army, we always assumed 101st because of his patches in pictures but we found discharge papers from the 82nd. We need to contact the VA and see what they can tell us. We have a letter saying he was MIA presumed dead but (not sure how much of this is true) when the eagles nest was raided a few weeks later he showed up with a few other missing guys.


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re: Had a chance to go through some of my Grandpa's WWII stuff
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Never met him but these patches tell me he was a tough dude.


101st Airborne.

I always had respect for the early paratroopers. When I first jumped out of a plane it wasn't a foreign concept. During training, most of those guys were probably jumping out of the first plane they had ever been in. Can you imagine in the 40's flying in a plane then jumping out hanging under a table cloth.


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pwejr88
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re: Had a chance to go through some of my Grandpa's WWII stuff
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I'll try and get some more posted if y'all are interested


Heck yeah!


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Ash Williams
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re: Had a chance to go through some of my Grandpa's WWII stuff
These are awesome. Please post more if you can.

quote:

I get kind of an sad feeling looking through all this stuff. It's the closest I'll get to knowing him.


At least you have this. I don't have much from my maternal grandfather other than stories. He was in the navy in WWII serving in the Pacific but as far i know, he had no memorabilia such as these


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Obtuse1
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re: Had a chance to go through some of my Grandpa's WWII stuff
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Army, we always assumed 101st because of his patches in pictures but we found discharge papers from the 82nd.


During WWII there was lots of movement between the 82nd, 101st and the 13th. I used to know the history but have forgotten. I think the 101st and 13th were formed using units from the 82nd.


1965tigerpaw
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re: Had a chance to go through some of my Grandpa's WWII stuff
Loooong time lurker. Had to post.

Patches say 101st...

There is a whole Band of Brothers episode (if he was at Berchestgaden) shows Easy company of the 506th PIR occupied the place.

Great find!


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re: Had a chance to go through some of my Grandpa's WWII stuff
awesome.. keep em coming. One of the things that I enjoy about collecting this stuff, is trying to piece it all together and figure it out.

I'll help with anything if I can.

quote:

My great aunt recently passed and we found a lot of my grandpa's belongings in her stuff.


I am going through a box that I was given that My great aunt saved as well.. I have barely even scratch the surface on it.

But... I have discovered LT. Grace E. Dunnam... story to follow one day.
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WestCoastAg
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re: Had a chance to go through some of my Grandpa's WWII stuff
my great uncle was one of the guards for the nuremburg trials. apparently he got super yuppy with goering and when goering took the cyanide, everyone just assumed he was the one who passed it to him. apparently was a big scandal. hes even on georings wikipedia page

back in like 2004 or 2005 he was vindicated by a guy who, on his deathbed, admitted to accidently passing him the cyanide and it was a big thing for that side of the family

somewhere along the fringes of the family we have a watch and some silver that goering gave my great uncle


Big Jim Slade
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re: Had a chance to go through some of my Grandpa's WWII stuff
Those are awesome. Please post as many as you can share. Always love seeing the Greatest Generation.


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jbgleason
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re: Had a chance to go through some of my Grandpa's WWII stuff
Great stuff. Keep it coming.

As for the cards, my buddies grandma said something to me and him one time that I will never forget. My buddy told some off color story, we didn't know she was in ear shot, and she remarked:

"We had just as much sex as you kids, we just didn't talk about it like y'all do."


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Righteous Dude
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re: Had a chance to go through some of my Grandpa's WWII stuff
Those are awesome. Please post more of them.


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AnAmericanGirl
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re: Had a chance to go through some of my Grandpa's WWII stuff
Very cool, thanks for sharing.


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eitek1
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re: Had a chance to go through some of my Grandpa's WWII stuff
If you're willing to post his name I can maybe help find out some stuff. You can pull after action reports and so on. You can track him across Europe. My email is Eitek1@hotmail.com

Your grandfather was an absolute badass. No doubt about it. You can get his DD-214 and find out more as well.


Loup
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re: Had a chance to go through some of my Grandpa's WWII stuff
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If you're willing to post his name I can maybe help find out some stuff. You can pull after action reports and so on. You can track him across Europe. My email is Eitek1@hotmail.com

Your grandfather was an absolute badass. No doubt about it. You can get his DD-214 and find out more as well.



Thanks,
Just shot you an email. It'll be from Boudin Messiah lol.


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CitizenK
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re: Had a chance to go through some of my Grandpa's WWII stuff
Dad left his souvenirs in Japan after given minutes notice to catch a ship coming home or wait a week.

An uncle by marriage had a meatball flag, and officers samurai sword and a 4 foot long string of gold teeth he knocked out of Japanese dead after the fell to his machine gun. Those were all allowed by the Army during WWII. Military has to appease pussies these days.

So Uncle Wilbert took those out to show us, and his 10 kids, about how we treat our enemies, domination. He fought in New Guinea and Philippines.
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