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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 01-07-2013, 10:22 AM   #61
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If I remember Buck's real name correctly, this may be his grandfather. I changed his name to Corporal Hero in the citation from that site.

Pretty ****ing awesome, if it is him. Hell, still awesome if it wasn't.
Holy shit.
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Old 01-07-2013, 10:22 AM   #62
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If I remember Buck's real name correctly, this may be his grandfather. I changed his name to Corporal Hero in the citation from that site.

Pretty ****ing awesome, if it is him. Hell, still awesome if it wasn't.


Well they don't get a hell of a lot more impressive than that set of ribbons right there. If that's Buck's grandpa, that's a stone-cold kicker of asses (retired as a Major General).
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Old 01-07-2013, 10:27 AM   #63
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Holy shit Buck! Do you realize what that is?
LOL of course I know what it is. If you want to read his citation, here ya go.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_L._Day
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Old 01-07-2013, 10:30 AM   #64
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Holy **** Buck. That's incredible. You should be very proud.
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Old 01-07-2013, 10:30 AM   #65
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LOL of course I know what it is. If you want to read his citation, here ya go.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_L._Day
That is amazing.
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Old 01-07-2013, 10:32 AM   #66
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Oops I should have kept reading. Yes, that's him.
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Old 01-07-2013, 10:38 AM   #67
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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.
Awesome find. I was also gonna say...at least the WWII vets knew what they were fighting and why. As compared to today lol
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Old 01-07-2013, 10:39 AM   #68
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Oops I should have kept reading. Yes, that's him.
Your gramps was a stud.
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Old 01-07-2013, 10:46 AM   #69
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LOL of course I know what it is. If you want to read his citation, here ya go.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_L._Day
That's pretty awesome. I'm sure your family is very proud.

It's funny to think (weird funny, not ha ha) that if he hadn't survived that, you wouldn't be here today.
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Old 01-07-2013, 10:47 AM   #70
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That's pretty awesome. I'm sure your family is very proud.

It's funny to think (weird funny, not ha ha) that if he hadn't survived that, you wouldn't be here today.
Butterfly effect.

You should read 11/22/63 by Stephen King.
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That's pretty awesome. I'm sure your family is very proud.

It's funny to think (weird funny, not ha ha) that if he hadn't survived that, you wouldn't be here today.
Yep, my Dad was born in 61, so I definitely wouldn't be the Chargers fan.
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Christ man.....your Grandpa has 6 purple hearts?

He's a ****ing hero.
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Christ man.....your Grandpa has 6 purple hearts?

He's a ****ing hero.
Or an elite bullet catcher.
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Yep, my Dad was born in 61, so I definitely wouldn't be the Chargers fan.
Well if you put it that way...

haha.
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Old 01-07-2013, 10:58 AM   #75
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One of the best threads this board has seen. Oorah!

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