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Old 04-22-2012, 03:33 AM   #71
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My grandfather was in the Army as a rifleman and took part in WWII and fought in the 'Battle Of The Bulge'. I believe he only served for three years, I don't recall his unit or anything off hand, my mom would be able to rattle it off. But he served his time and came back as a Sgt and was highly decorated. He never spoke of his service to anyone (family wise that we know of at least.) and he passed away in his sleep back in the early 90's. We only found out about his service when they engraved his awards on his headstone, and my mom went after the DoD and anyone else that would give her info, she ended up getting his original enlistment papers, his wallet sized discharge certificate and some other papers from his time in service. Had some uncles serve during Vietnam in the Army and in the Navy. I am the first Marine in my family (haven't heard different from anyone yet) and I went to Iraq in 03' as one of the initial invading forces.

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Thank you for proving my point. "You assume that everyone is telling a good story".

I just find it very funny when you "assume" people are talking about you when making a comment. You immediately get very defensive and start arguments with someone. Ive seen it happen in multiple threads with you.

I never once mentioned you and yet somehow I am "mocking" you and the gentleman who made the original post.
I simply made a comical comment with no intention of making fun of anyone.
Obviously you speak English very well but you do not understand what humor is.
Now excuse me, I have to answer the phone. My great grandfather Ben Franklin is calling me. (He invented electricity)
You're may be a dick, but at least you're a funny one. I think the jest DID seem to hint that you don't believe his story, and I can see why he gets so defensive.... There are a lot of guys who have questioned him and the authenticity of his story as of late. If he is telling the truth, and I'll assume he is until proven otherwise if for no other reason than it's a good one, then it's something that many people WOULD try to emulate out of jealousy. Come on, being related to Kalashnikov himself and a former Russian special forces soldier is badass on two accounts.

Sometime KB you'll have to do a little write-up on some of the specifics you can release that lend some credibility to your claim. It will help silence the nay-sayers as well as make for a good read.
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My great uncle was a gunner in a B17 over Italy in WWII and my grandfather( missed ww2 because he was only 15 served in Korea in the Navy and then served in the Air Force during peace time and died in 2000. My great uncle suffered mentally from the war, the thought of bombing his home country( he was born in the us but was 100% Italian) and seeing fellow members blown away rattled him and he overdosed on medication in 1946. Other than that, my great grandfather on my mothers side was in WW1 and then in the 20's and 30's he served as a volunteer police officer but was shot and killed when jumping onto a vehicle that had bootleggers

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My Grandpa and two of his brothers served in the Army during WWII. He was an MP and guarded German POW's in Nebraska. He is now at rest at "Little Arlington Cemetery" in Illinois. He was in the papers because he was one of the soldiers at the first funeral held on American soil for a German soldier. My cousin has a 20 year career thus far serving in the Army as well.

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Anyone here have any family members or relatives that served in the military during any historic WWII campaign?
My grandfather went through France with Patton and was wounded at Metz. I wish I had gotten to know him better, but he died when I was young. All that served have my utmost respect and heartfelt thanks, but these WWII are going so fast and are a true national treasure.
My Dad was a SeaBee, he served for 4 years during the war in the Pacific. My Uncle Bill Lempken was a frogman that went into Normandy days before the invasion. My Uncle Bill Patterson was on a crash boat in the English Channel and north sea.
Here is My Dad after a patrol. Middle, back. He was about 20 years old and This was on Bougainville. He said it was worse then Gaudelcanal. They were the fighting SeaBee's!!!


You may see this in a movie or 2.
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My grandfather went to Finland to fight during WWII. He helped pushing both the russians and the germans out of there. Today he's 90 years old and does not remember anything of the war, although my father fills me in with stories once told to him. I'm very proud of my grandfather, who had a lot of trouble in later life.

I have tons of relatives on my mothers side who left Sweden for America in the late 1800's/ early 1900's. A few of them joined the army to fight in both WWI and WWII, although I don't know where they were stationed. Furthermore, I obviously have a lot of relatives who fought against the danes and the russians several hundred years ago. I don't have much information on them except names and family status, really.

Edit: Here are som photos of him.

This is probably during basic training. As far as I know, this MG is the same as the one issued early on by the americans in the pacific.


My grandfather (right) and friend on leave sometime in 1944


This is the same person showed to the left of my grandfather in the picture above. Two days after the photo was taken in 1944, he got killed by a landmine somewhere in Finland.




My grandfather (far left) with his brother (second left) and two people I don't know who they are. My grandfathers brother was an officer in the army by the time, and by the way he dressed you could tell pretty quickly that he was a nazi. In the early years of Hitlers' rise to power, he managed to put my grandfather in a labor camp for socialists and communist up in northern Sweden. My grandfather was kept in that laborcamp for about a year before he could leave and finally become able to join the army.

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Both great grandfathers were ARMY WWII, grandpa on fathers side was Navy WWII (died from injuries and alcohol when my father was 2) had bad nightmares and never was the same. Grandfather on mothers side (my hero), was the man I clung to until I found girls and beer. Then I visited him on Sundays and when I had time thru the week. He went from PVT E-2 to SGT E-5 in one day... Battle of the bulge. Grandpa was tuff. The old kind of tuff. Him and grandma had 3 boys and 2 girls. Grandpa was hard on them. They didn't have a pot to piss in but, grandpa would go 3-4 days without eating much so the kids could eat (they say he lost 50 pounds in 2 -1/2 months one winter.
Anyway, then there was my dads brother AL, who was ARMY Vietnam 2 tours, dad other brother Johnny, Navy (retired) Mid Eastern Conflicts, all wars. And now me, E-6 ARMY 4 1/2 years active, 4 Army National Guard. I joined for one reason, when I was 12 years old, I was cutting wood with grandpa (the battle of the bulge grandpa) when I said to him, " grandpa, I gotta set down for a little bit and rest, my back hurts". Grandpa said, "son, you ain't gotta back until your 30 so that's gotta be your candy ass!" We laughed for a minute then my grandpa said to me, "boy, I want you to make me a promise. I have hauled you all over Gods earth hunting, fishing, trapping, and keepin you out in the country away from your druggie and perverted friends. I figure you owe me your first years wages for gas once you get a job. But, if you'll e me that when you turn 18, you'll join the Army or at least make it through basic training so you'll know how to be a man and know respect". So, knowing he didn't give a damn about how much gas he had bought over the years, I promised him. Even at 12 years old I knew I owed him that much. He was a real American hero. I did basic at Ft. Seal, OK. AIT at Ft. Seal and Ft. Lenardwood, MO. I was stationed at Ft. Bragg, NC. (503rd MP Battalion) served in operation Noble Eagle and Operation Enduring Freedom. I also served in the Military Police Investigations Unit. AIRBORNE/AIR ASSAULT...

I'm know there were uncles and cousins (hell, I served with one of my cousins), that I'm missing but, I named the major players. The only one left is my Navy uncle. I travel the U.S. year round for work as well as other countries. I'm in Canada right now. I'm a General Superintendent and a Project Manager for a very large construction company and after everything, my military time and experience is what I am most proud of. Without have been fortunate enough to serve, I would be a totally different person. My best friends are those I served with and still talk to daily.
For all of you that served, Thank you. I know your sacrifices and losses but, it makes us who we are!

Thank you Grandpa. I miss you and love you. It was all for you!

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Yup, due to world affairs at the prevailing time, myself, my dad, and my grandfather, also my cousins and my uncles, were all military/naval at one time. I would not call it a tradition though. It was just a sign of the times.

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On my mother's side, military participation has been traced as far back as the Revolution and virtually every major "live fire" exercise, at least through my maternal grandfather's participation as an infantryman in WWI. My paternal grandfather migrated to US from Ireland in 1915 or '16 and served as an able-bodied seaman on a destroyer through WWI. His three sons all participated in WWII (my father as an Army Air Corps P-47 pilot in the Pacific; the middle uncle as a Marine F4U Corsair pilot, also in the Pacific Theater; youngest uncle did basic and advanced as war was ending and did Occupation duty in Japan for 2 years. Dad demobbed in later '46 but was part of the Reservist recall in late '51 for Korea so he flew F-84Gs there and stayed in to make it a career, retiring as a colonel in the mid-70s. I was drafted in late fall '64, eventually went through Infantry OCS and made it to the Southeast Asia "live fire" exercise in March '67 for 14 months of "hands-on training in conflict resolution and nation building." A cousin (son of the middle uncle, above) was a Marine rotary and fixed wing pilot in Vietnam after I came home.

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