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Old 01-06-2013, 03:59 PM  
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Pretty cool find when looking through my grandpas things...

I recently went to visit my grandmother in Louisiana. My grandpa passed away back in the mid-nineties and was a WW2 veteran. He had been a paratrooper and fought in Normandy and marched through Europe. During their first jump, he had a close encounter with anti-aircraft shelling and was deaf in his Left ear for the rest of his life. He went on to become a minister and I was only about 12 when he passed, and didn't know much about the war then...so I didn't really know what the specifics of his involvement were.

Anyway, My grandma brought out a box of some of his old things and we were going through them and I found some really cool (and creepy) relics from his 'travels' through Nazi Europe. Here's a pic of some cap insignia that he brought back with him:



Needless to say these are in mint condition for their age. I've done a little research and have found only a few pieces like this that are in this great of shape. I'm proud of his service and thought this was a cool find...thought I'd share.


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Old 01-06-2013, 05:38 PM   #16
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Very awesome!

I'm a WWII nut, so that kind of stuff really peaks my interest let alone it was your Grandad's. I hope the family can hold onto it and never has to sell it.
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Old 01-06-2013, 05:41 PM   #17
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This was indeed the greatest generation. My grandpa fought in WW1 and my dad in Korea and one brother in Nam. That generation did the most bad ass things ever and then spawned one of the worst generations. Its understandable, they were told at the time that this was the war to end all wars. When they came home they wanted to provide for their children a better life growing up and have them want for nothing.

What was lost is a kick ass work ethic and a long standing history of tough as nails self reliance.
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Old 01-06-2013, 05:45 PM   #18
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Very cool. Hang on to those.
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Old 01-06-2013, 05:48 PM   #19
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Old 01-06-2013, 06:17 PM   #20
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This was indeed the greatest generation. My grandpa fought in WW1 and my dad in Korea and one brother in Nam. That generation did the most bad ass things ever and then spawned one of the worst generations. Its understandable, they were told at the time that this was the war to end all wars. When they came home they wanted to provide for their children a better life growing up and have them want for nothing.

What was lost is a kick ass work ethic and a long standing history of tough as nails self reliance.
Yeah I think that about the "greatest generation" I think it has something to do with generational stuff. I thought my grandpa was tough making through the depression and dustbowl. Guess us boomers will be cool to the generation after yours.
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Old 01-06-2013, 06:18 PM   #21
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If I were you, I would try to find if there are any surviving members of your grandfather's platoon, who would have served right next to him. It would be worth contacting them and trying to get some stories about their particular experience. Perhaps one of them has/had written something - whether it be a journal at the time, or a memoir of some kind afterward. They would almost certainly remember your grandpa.

These platoons often met up for reunions, though most have stopped simply because there aren't many living or able bodied WWII veterans anymore.
Great idea. I will look into it.

Although he didn't talk about the war much, his oldest brother, my great uncle Dewey, lived until 2004 and I got a good bit of information from him. He was also an airborne infantryman and I believe he said he was in the 82nd Airborne division. He fought during D-day and then did a major drop during operation Market Garden. The second day of the operation, he was shot 7 times in the left leg, abdomen and chest. He remembers blacking out and waking up in a hospital. When I was a little kid, my cousins and I would ask to see his 'bellybuttons', since his wounds on his chest all looked like bellybuttons...that's what he told us they were.

He always talked about how nice the weather was the day he got shot. I remember his saying something along the lines of 'I was just admirin' how good the warm September sun felt and listening to the wind blow through the trees when all of a sudden it sounded like every gun in Europe was goin' up. Then I just woke up in the damn hospital."

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Old 01-06-2013, 06:53 PM   #22
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Oh man I love WWII stuff. My grandpa was young and got in late so he was a prison guard of captured German soldiers. His brother was one of the first to land on Omaha Beach and was immediately greeted with a bullet 1/8th of an inch from his spine and got a trip back home. But my uncle's (married to my moms sister) dad spent two years fighting in Europe and ended up a POW in a Nazi prison camp and survived...now that's where some real stories are!
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Old 01-06-2013, 07:18 PM   #23
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My father in law was a bombadeer that was with one of the planes that bombed either Hiroshima or Nagasawki , don't know which one , he died well before I met my wife. But we have before and after pictures of the devastation from the bomb that he took from his plane.
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Old 01-06-2013, 07:19 PM   #24
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My father in law was a bombadeer that was with one of the planes that bombed either Hiroshima or Nagasawki , don't know which one , he died well before I met my wife. But we have before and after pictures of the devastation from the bomb that he took from his plane.
Wow. I'm sure those are incredible.
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Old 01-06-2013, 07:49 PM   #25
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My great uncle was a tail gunner in a Liberator. The aircraft was shot down and he perished.
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My father in law was a bombadeer that was with one of the planes that bombed either Hiroshima or Nagasawki , don't know which one , he died well before I met my wife. But we have before and after pictures of the devastation from the bomb that he took from his plane.
Wow, that's really ****ing cool
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My great uncle was a tail gunner in a Liberator. The aircraft was shot down and he perished.
Sorry to hear
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Thanks. I was at my parents' house two days ago and found a photo of him in uniform.

This sounds strange, but he died fighting for something very important. We should all be as lucky.
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Thanks. I was at my parents' house two days ago and found a photo of him in uniform.

This sounds strange, but he died fighting for something very important. We should all be as lucky.
It's a very honorable way to go for sure. I agree.
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