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Old 10-07-2012, 12:34 AM   #1
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Today while in Schenectady Ny at a Air Force museum I got to meet a WW II Vet who was a B-17 pilot that got shot down in Germany. Apparently he was flying a escorted bombing mission, when his escorts fell for decoys and he was shot down by German fighters. All but three crew members made it out alive. He landed in a field only to be met by civilian women with pitch forks and was reluctantly captured by German forces. This guy spent 6 months as a POW in nazi Germany before being freed and them discharged.
It was a real honor to get to meet this guy and to hear his story's. just look in this mans eyes as he was showing me pictures of his crew, and then pointed to the men he lost Is something ill never forget. it was just like something on the history channel but only in real life.
I take my hat of to these guys, they deserve the utmost respect for their service to our country.

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By the way. Despite successfully completing their bombing mission, of 12 B-17's that left that day, only 3 returned.

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Damn, now it makes me wish I had gone to work today. I could have met up with you two.

I recently met a WWII Army vet who was a spotter for the Tuskegee air wing. He's a wonderful fellow to talk with and has some incredible stories.

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They have incredible stories. My wife's father who passed a couple of years ago had some amazing stories. He was a navigator that was on the bombers that flew into Pearl Harbor on that fateful day.

He was a truly great man and I miss him and his stories.

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Yeah I came down from Plattsburgh with my father in law, and a friend of our to check out the non existent gun shops in Utica and we stopped by Schenectady on our way back to check out the bombers and the p-51 mustang that was flown in for display for the weekend. I'm really glad I got to stop because I love hearing the stories from these guys. Plus the museum was pretty sweet

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My lawyer was shot down over Germany also. He was also a POW. He has some stories to tell. Thats for sure. He also said when he was a kid, his dad would pay him with a 5 dollar gold piece.

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only to be met by civilian women with pitch forks and was reluctantly captured by German forces

Mark, it's really great to talk to these guys isint it? I had a friend who was a bomber pilot out of England during WW II. His kids ignored him unless they needed money and all the locals thought he was just a crazy old man.
Well, my dad was Air Force and so was I, so we struck up a friendship that lasted untill his death in2000.
This man was the son of an Army general (no love lost there), became a pilot during WW II, served in Korea, and ended up an instructor at the very beginning of Vietnam. This man had an amazing life and absolutly nobody was interested in it until I met him.
He told me stories that he claimed he had never told anyone else.
I took him out to Arlington Natl. Cemetary and found his fathers grave. He'd never been there. Thatwas a pretty emotional day (my folks are there too, gave me an excuse for getting him there).
Besides my father, I think the Colonel was one of the greatest men I have ever had the privelege of meeting.
A humerous bit that always cracked me up-when he was in, he had a service #. In my era, we used soc. sec. #'s. You never forgot your service number, you could recite it in your sleep.
But there was always somebody that would ask the Colonel "what was your service number?", without batting an eye or putting down his drink, he'd say "Three".
An old pilots claim that after Wilbur and Orville, he was next.
I tried and tried to get him to record some of his stories, but he refused.
I surely do miss him.
The Greatest Generation is almost gone, and it seems that almost nobody cares.

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only to be met by civilian women with pitch forks and was reluctantly captured by German forces

Mark, it's really great to talk to these guys isint it? I had a friend who was a bomber pilot out of England during WW II. His kids ignored him unless they needed money and all the locals thought he was just a crazy old man.
Well, my dad was Air Force and so was I, so we struck up a friendship that lasted untill his death in2000.
This man was the son of an Army general (no love lost there), became a pilot during WW II, served in Korea, and ended up an instructor at the very beginning of Vietnam. This man had an amazing life and absolutly nobody was interested in it until I met him.
He told me stories that he claimed he had never told anyone else.
I took him out to Arlington Natl. Cemetary and found his fathers grave. He'd never been there. Thatwas a pretty emotional day (my folks are there too, gave me an excuse for getting him there).
Besides my father, I think the Colonel was one of the greatest men I have ever had the privelege of meeting.
A humerous bit that always cracked me up-when he was in, he had a service #. In my era, we used soc. sec. #'s. You never forgot your service number, you could recite it in your sleep.
But there was always somebody that would ask the Colonel "what was your service number?", without batting an eye or putting down his drink, he'd say "Three".
An old pilots claim that after Wilbur and Orville, he was next.
I tried and tried to get him to record some of his stories, but he refused.
I surely do miss him.
The Greatest Generation is almost gone, and it seems that almost nobody cares.

It really was a once in a lifetime opportunity to get to talk to this guy. I met WW 2 vets before, but never anyone that seen actual combat. You could tell that he was a pretty reserved guy but was willing to telling his story if someone was interested in listening to it. He did mention that he did not speek of combat for a really long time, and had suffered From PTSD. Or maybe he might have had kids who just didn't care like the vet you mentioned.
Either way its not everyday you meet someone as wise and seasoned as these guys.
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My uncle was in Okinawa. He had it very rough. He did tell me some stories, but I know there was much he didn't tell. They sure endured a real hell.

He was also on the history channel. "Okinawa shootout" There are 5 parts to it. He is in part 5/5
His name is Jack Mullikin.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&v=C_vhKYQQU8Q&NR=1

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The stories remind us that sacrifice is timeless and so are the heroes we remember fondly. The Kids are the ones that really need to hear these but most are too busy tweeting their next bowel movement!

We lost an old friend a few years ago (Former Marine) that every once in a while would talk about his time on Iwo. 22 days nonstop defending a hole they chipped into the lava rock, by the time they got out, the NME's bodies were stacked like cord wood around them, he was 17 years old at the time! God bless and keep them all till we meet again!

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