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Diseasefreeforall
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Relatives that served in World War 2

On this date that lives in infamy.

I had a great uncle whose B-17 went missing after a bombing mission from the RAF Knettishall airfield in Suffolk England to Hamburg. They bombed a German airfield but encountered enemy fighters over the North Sea and went down, killing them all.

Here's a photo of a crew with the plane. Not sure if my great uncle is pictured.



jbird7
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re: Relatives that served in World War 2
Greatest generation. My grandfather served in the pacific. He was the best man I’ve ever known and my hero in life. I miss him.


Sugarbaker
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My great uncle was killed in Belgium shortly after his unit came in at Normandy after D-Day. He was left to guard an occupied village and was shot by a sniper.

My husband’s grandfather was a radio operator on a bomber. 18 years old. Never spoke of it much, despite our asking.


Lonnie Utah
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My Grandfather (Navy) and Father-in-Law (Marines) both served in the South Pacific. My wife's uncle was killed in Feb 1945 on the banks of the Rhine river. My MIL was the youngest in the family and until her death, spoke of the "Army Men" coming to their little country church on a Sunday to deliver the news.

RIP to both of them.

ETA: I still have a framed copy of his Shellback certificate given to him in October of 1944. (My son and I share his name (I'm the 3rd and he's the 4th...)
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kook
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re: Relatives that served in World War 2
One Grandpa in South Pacific, the other in Battle of the Bulge. My FIL served too, but not sure where


Robin Masters
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My grandfather was captain of a destroyer escort in the Atlantic. Protected shipping convoys. 27 years old when he was given his appointment. Crazy to think about.


drjett
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re: Relatives that served in World War 2
My Dad was in South Pacific for WW II.

Thank you for the nukes, Harry.


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My GF was in the European theater and participated in many battles including the Battle of the Bulge. We have picture of him and his company pulling nazi flags off of buildings in France after they were liberated.



dgnx6
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re: Relatives that served in World War 2
I had a grandfather in Europe and one in Japan.

They never really talked much about it. My maternal grandfather would sing the Okinawa anthem. He said the little Japanese kids would sing it.

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In a banquet hall filled with more than 165 World War II veterans, guardians and staff, Buzz Krone of Browns Valley stood up, grasped the microphone and began to sing a song he learned more than 70 years ago while serving with the Navy Seabees on Okinawa. "Sa da ba Okinawa yo, mata kuro made wa, shi ba shi wakadeno, namade kuda sai. Shi ba shi wakadeno namade kudasai, shi ba shi wakadeno, namade kudasai," Krone crooned during a portion of the Friday night Heroes Banquet when veterans were asked to share stories and memories of war.


It’s funny I still remember it

Sa da ba Okinawa yo, but when I was little I didn’t know the rest so I would just say mocha capuccinooo





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Lonnie Utah
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Thank you for the nukes, Harry.




When our family visited the Truman library in Springfield, MO, that's exactly what she wrote in the guest log. Being a marine, Her father could and likely would have been on the front lines.


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Locoguan0
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Paternal grandfather and both of his brothers served in the Pacific. I can't remember the ship, but I believe it was in the Yorktown's task force. My maternal grandfather was in the Navy, but excused from combat. He was a farmer and plant worker with six kids.


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Dubosed
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My grandfather was in the pacific. He was a quiet and kind man. He would not be a fan of my Toyota Tacoma though


drjett
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re: Relatives that served in World War 2
My Dad was in South Pacific for WW II.

Thank you for the nukes, Harry.


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Northshoretiger87
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My great grandfather chased Rommel from N Africa to Italy. He was a man’s man, with some stories that could be said about him. RIP to him and the greatest generation. We are all indebted to them.


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2geaux
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Had a great uncle killed in Italy. Christmas Eve 1944


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Godfather1
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Great uncle was a Marine who fought on Iwo Jima.

His brother fought on Elsenborn Ridge during the Battle of the Bulge.

Another of their brothers served on jeep carriers in both the Atlantic and Pacific.

Grandfather was in Army Air Corps.



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tonydtigr
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re: Relatives that served in World War 2
My father served in the Pacific on the USS Enterprise CV6. He is still with us at 102.


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TRUERockyTop
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My great grand father, The Patriach of my family, was a Devil dog and fought in the Pacific theater. WIA x2 - Hated The Japenese until the day he died

My great grand mother was an Army Nurse in The European theater. They met after the war at a VA hospital and the rest is history.


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RogerTheShrubber
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re: Relatives that served in World War 2
Grandfather served in the Pacific, He died in an accident shortly after returning.


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geauxtigers87
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My grandfather was captain of a destroyer escort in the Atlantic. Protected shipping convoys. 27 years old when he was given his appointment. Crazy to think about.



The convoy war doesn't get enough credit. Without them there's no Normandy or Okinawa etc


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