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BlueHeronDruid

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Posted: Jun 6, 2012 - 7:32pm

 oldslabsides wrote:

and for your da.

 
And cheers and thanks to Tony.
Red_Dragon

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Posted: Jun 6, 2012 - 7:26pm

 BlueHeronDruid wrote:


My dad was 4F. Deaf in one ear due to scarlet fever as a child. He's the tall one. This photo was taken on his high school graduation day in 1942.

The dark-haired fellow is Tony Bovenzi, my father's best buddy. He made the ultimate sacrifice on Omaha Beach.

It tore my dad to pieces to be left behind, when all of his friends went to fight. He was a big strapping guy and felt a lot of shame. But I'd be lying if I said I wasn't glad about that scarlet fever.

And I wish Dad had kept that 1930s Indian Scout.

 
and for your da.
BlueHeronDruid

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Posted: Jun 6, 2012 - 7:24pm



My dad was 4F. Deaf in one ear due to scarlet fever as a child. He's the tall one. This photo was taken on his high school graduation day in 1942.

The dark-haired fellow is Tony Bovenzi, my father's best buddy. He made the ultimate sacrifice on Omaha Beach.

It tore my dad to pieces to be left behind, when all of his friends went to fight. He was a big strapping guy and felt a lot of shame. But I'd be lying if I said I wasn't glad about that scarlet fever.

And I wish Dad had kept that 1930s Indian Scout.
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Posted: Jun 6, 2012 - 5:23pm

My dad was in artillery. I don't think he was proud of it.

edit. I asked him once when I was a kid if he had ever killed anyone His reply was a smirk and yes. he probably killed some of our own. suure he was not happy aboout it. soory thiss keyboarrd sucks.
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Posted: Jun 6, 2012 - 5:22pm

 DaveInVA wrote:

My Dad was the ships radar officer and had been a Navy pilot in the early 30's but they told him he was to old now to be a carrier pilot!

 
My dad worked on B-29's & B-36's and never left the country.
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Posted: Jun 6, 2012 - 5:19pm

 hippiechick wrote:

My dad peeled potatoes in Germany, never saw any action. He loved KP, he got lots of free food.

 
My Dad was the ships radar officer and had been a Navy pilot in the early 30's but they told him he was to old now to be a carrier pilot!
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Posted: Jun 6, 2012 - 5:16pm

 2cats wrote:


Well, yes. He got a small check every month.  He always told us he got it because he got shot in the knee.  He had a scar.  But it was really from marching for so long without any "support"— a man thing.  His testicles suffered somehow.  I don't really know what you call it, but you know what I mean?

 


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Posted: Jun 6, 2012 - 5:10pm

 DaveInVA wrote:

My Dad was on the USS Altamaha, a repurposed merchant marine ship that as done up in a hurry as an Escort Carrier after Pearl Harbor. My Dad never talked about it either. but he kept some of the ships logs and one mentions them seeing torpedo trails heading towards the ship but they all missed.

 
My dad peeled potatoes in Germany, never saw any action. He loved KP, he got lots of free food.
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Posted: Jun 6, 2012 - 5:02pm

 mzpro5 wrote:


Just curious, did your Dad have any health related problems due to his imprisonment?

 

Well, yes. He got a small check every month.  He always told us he got it because he got shot in the knee.  He had a scar.  But it was really from marching for so long without any "support"— a man thing.  His testicles suffered somehow.  I don't really know what you call it, but you know what I mean?
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Posted: Jun 6, 2012 - 1:05pm

 2cats wrote:

I know, my dad rarely talked about it. After they bailed out of their plane, the Germans marched them.  Once my dad made a list of every town that he had marched through.  There were a lot of towns.

 



Just curious, did your Dad have any health related problems due to his imprisonment?
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Posted: Jun 6, 2012 - 12:41pm

 cc_rider wrote:
Being a prisoner has got to be near the worst, if not THE worst. It's impossible to imagine, frankly: there's just no frame of reference in our (civilian) experience.

 
I know, my dad rarely talked about it. After they bailed out of their plane, the Germans marched them.  Once my dad made a list of every town that he had marched through.  There were a lot of towns.
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Posted: Jun 6, 2012 - 12:33pm

 Coaxial wrote:
Being in Kansas is enough to piss anybody off.
 
Indeed. Even if they do have ruby slippers!
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Posted: Jun 6, 2012 - 12:29pm

 Coaxial wrote:

Being in Kansas is enough to piss anybody off.

 
Having driven end to end a dozen times, I'll have to agree...{#Lol}


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Posted: Jun 6, 2012 - 12:28pm

 oldviolin wrote:

Long history, that one...

 
Being in Kansas is enough to piss anybody off.
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Posted: Jun 6, 2012 - 12:27pm

 Coaxial wrote:

No wonder they were ready to fight.

 
Long history, that one...
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Posted: Jun 6, 2012 - 12:26pm

 oldviolin wrote:

that's the 1st Infantry Division, Ft. Riley, Kansas

 
No wonder they were ready to fight.
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Posted: Jun 6, 2012 - 12:25pm

 jagdriver wrote:

Wasn't this the Big Red One? Or am I thinking of another unit?

 
I think they were the First Infantry (or First Army), but they were in that battle as well as some others, I believe.

*edit: OV had already noted that while I was composing.


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Posted: Jun 6, 2012 - 12:23pm

 jagdriver wrote:

Wasn't this the Big Red One? Or am I thinking of another unit?

 
that's the 1st Infantry Division, Ft. Riley, Kansas
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Posted: Jun 6, 2012 - 12:21pm

 jagdriver wrote:
Wasn't this the Big Red One? Or am I thinking of another unit?
 
Good movie. Lee Marvin, Mark Hamell. Written by Samuel Fuller.
jagdriver

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Posted: Jun 6, 2012 - 12:18pm

 Proclivities wrote:
My dad was in the Third Army during the war.  They were not at the initial Normandy landings but they were deeply engaged in The Battle of the Bulge several months later.  He wasn't eager to discuss it very often either, but he would talk about General Patton every now and then.
 
Wasn't this the Big Red One? Or am I thinking of another unit?


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