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Old 01-06-2013, 02:59 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, 07:17 PM   #31
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Old 01-06-2013, 07:21 PM   #32
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Old 01-06-2013, 07:33 PM   #33
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I'm not at home to take a picture but my great uncle was the seargant that ordered the original raising of the flag on Iwo Jima. I have his missouri medal of honor certificate and write up hanging on the wall. He also played himself in the movie "sands of Iwo Jima" with John Wayne. I remember talking to him as a kid but he passed away when I was around 10.
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Old 01-06-2013, 07:50 PM   #34
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I'm not at home to take a picture but my great uncle was the seargant that ordered the original raising of the flag on Iwo Jima. I have his missouri medal of honor certificate and write up hanging on the wall. He also played himself in the movie "sands of Iwo Jima" with John Wayne. I remember talking to him as a kid but he passed away when I was around 10.
Wow. Total badass.
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Old 01-06-2013, 08:02 PM   #35
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Old 01-06-2013, 08:04 PM   #36
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Old 01-06-2013, 08:12 PM   #37
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I have some of my grandfathers things I want to take pictures of and throw up in this thread, but I'm immobile right now and can't.

Those are awesome pieces of history you have there man.
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Old 01-06-2013, 08:20 PM   #38
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Here is one thing I could reach (other stuff is up in my closet and I cant climb up right now).

This was earned in WWII in Okinawa.

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Old 01-06-2013, 08:23 PM   #39
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Here is one thing I could reach (other stuff is up in my closet and I cant climb up right now).

This was earned in WWII in Okinawa.

Awesome. It's a cool thing to hold things like this for sure. You see pictures of it all the time, but it's kind of surreal to actually hold a piece of history.
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Old 01-06-2013, 08:24 PM   #40
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Awesome. It's a cool thing to hold things like this for sure. You see pictures of it all the time, but it's kind of surreal to actually hold a piece of history.
Yep...and WWII history is so amazing. Even if it wasn't my grandfather's stuff, I would never sell it, no matter the value, because it's so amazing to touch and hold.
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Old 01-06-2013, 10:24 PM   #41
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But, to be fair, Eisenhower had hollywood film crews with many of the soldiers because he wanted things documented.
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Old 01-06-2013, 10:32 PM   #42
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Unfortunately no. There is a lot of other stuff, though. An 'SS' belt buckle, a couple of N.S.D.A.P. dishes and a jewish star patch. Grandma said he sent a lot of things back while he was over there, and that they have some other things in storage as well. I wish there was artwork, though. No one did propaganda better than Nazi Germany. Their artists/PR minds were a military force themselves.



This. Over and over again. I really don't know that my generation or the one below mine could do half of the things that these guys had to do...I admire the bravery of our soldiers today, but this was a fight against true, undeniable evil. Scary shit.
You're hypin with the evil shit. We slaughtered all the natives and nobody complained or called us evil. They were our enemy in that conflict but I'm not gunna say they were evil. Not like guys on the German side could speak up and refuse to carry out orders. We're in the middle east right now imposing our will and telling people how to live in their own damn country.
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Old 01-06-2013, 10:44 PM   #43
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These guys were no doubt, tough... but they were a product of the great depression... and having to work hard. When you realize that that first "Great Depression" was created by the Federal Reserve Bank's pulling in lots of US currency, it created a severe lack of dollars in circulation. The Roaring 20's were like the tech 90's in a since.

Today, the Fed prints about 80 billion currency notes monthly, and the US is still broke? LOL.

Very cool artifacts, indeed. He'd have to taken them directly from dead Nazi soldiers...
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Old 01-07-2013, 02:02 AM   #45
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I'm not at home to take a picture but my great uncle was the seargant that ordered the original raising of the flag on Iwo Jima. I have his missouri medal of honor certificate and write up hanging on the wall. He also played himself in the movie "sands of Iwo Jima" with John Wayne. I remember talking to him as a kid but he passed away when I was around 10.


Found this picture online. My grandpa has an original of this one in a photo album.
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