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Old 10-10-2010, 07:47 PM   #11
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Nitrox, my Sincerest Condolences to you and your family.

We loose many each year who Saved the World from Nazi domination in the 40's. God help us should we ever forget their great sacrifice for our freedom!


God Bless and keep you John Crockett!!
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condolences to you and your wifes entire family. I have had the honor of knowing several WWII veterans and have thanked each one. May God heal the pain of your loss and welcome him into the kingdom of heaven with open arm.
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Old 10-10-2010, 10:53 PM   #13
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Thank all of you so much for your support. My wife is amazed at the support and kind words from a group of people on the interwebz that we have never met and she is thankful also. This is the best forum out there. I am proud and humbled to be a part of it.

I forgot to mention that he after a raid on Rabaul, while heading back to their Australian base, they developed trouble and landed their B-17 on a beach on New Guinea. They ended up over the next weeks having the Navy help install a steel mat on the beach and were able to get the Flying Fortress in the air and back to the fight. The folks at LIFE magazine heard about it and ran an article on it in the January 4, 1943 issue.

A couple of years ago he showed the article to us. Over the next 2 months following that, I was able to get on e-bay and get copies for my wife, her 3 kids, her brother and his 2 kids so they would have a special reminder of a great man.
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I hope this hero's family will be comforted by the realization that though his time on this Earth may be at an end, his legacy will be continued in not only their memories, but in the memories of the others he has helped, protected, and probably inspired by his brave service during his time here.

Congratulations to you for having known such a man; you are lucky!
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I am sorry for you and your wife's loss. I know that has to be extremely hard. I will keep you guys in my prayers again I am sorry for your loss.
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My prayers to you and your family. It's kind of selfish the way we feel when we lose someone close to us. but it's a testament to a good person, being able to generate those type feelings in those of us left behind to remember.

Those of the WWII generation are some of the best people this country has made. Living through the Great Depression just to go off to one or more wars. All that and still many come home to help build a country to greatness the likes many would love to see today.
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Sorry for your loss, we burried my father-in-law two weeks ago and his story was like many of the 'greatest' generation.
He was in the navy aboard a 'baby flattop' (USS SAVO ISLAND) as a radar technician. He was there from the liberation of the Philapines through the Marinias turkey shoot, and most of the island invasions. For history buffs,he was assigned to "Taffy Two"
My wife and I are history buffs and discovered that he and my dad were both at the invasion of Okinawa at the same time. My dad,also in the navy,was a naval 'medic' assigned to a marine unit. His job was to drive a truck to haul ammo,food and water to the line and bring back the dead and wounded. They were both training for the invasion of Japan when the war ended.
If you know any of these vets, try to record their storys as we lose over 1100 of them each day.
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Nitrox, my sincere condolences to you and yours. My thoughts and blessings are extended to you for the sad loss of a truly humble and selfless American hero, to us all.

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R.I.P. John “Davy” Crocket.
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I just wanted to bump this thread in honor of John Crockett and all of the others that serve or have served in our armed forces.
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Thanks for remembering amoroque. Damn allergies...
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