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    "Dear Mom..."

    The artistic ability he had is something I'm proud to say is a talent Dad passed on to me...at least as far as his cartooning is concerned. I spent several hours Sunday (his birthday) working on the WWII scrapbook I am creating in his honor. I really can't tell you guys how wonderful it is to read all these 65 year old letters home he wrote, but I'm sure M1 knows the feeling of "contact" with a departed loved one that is experienced each time we work on projects like this.(I would never ever begin to compare this scrapbook with Marion's huge tributes to her Dad, but she knows what I'm trying to say, I'm sure!) I didn't really understand until now just how many foreign places he got to see (among other things), but the list is long for 18 months overseas during WWII. There are letters & envelopes from Pearl Harbor( I know that isn't a foreign port! ) , Manilla, Guam, Peleliu, the Figi islands, Ceylon, India, Australia and a few others that I can't remember right now. Something else of interest: I have more than 100 letters he wrote between 1943 and 1946 and he only mentions Germany or Germans one time. To the men who were fighting the war in the Pacific, Europe was a million miles away and they were entirely focused on defeating the Japanese. Dad mentions that he re-enlisted for The Duration plus 6 months. In a letter dated August 3,1945 he writes: "The scuttlebutt here is a rumor that the Armed Guard is being transferred to the Marine Corps, so the next time you see me I may be wearing a different uniform. I guess that won't be so bad". Dad of course had no idea about what was about to be dropped on Japan, and the rumors he mentioned might well have been a reality had the Japanese not surrendered. By that time all the servicemen like my Father who were in it for the duration would have been expected to take part in the planned invasion of mainland Japan. All I can say about that is GOD BLESS HARRY TRUMAN!!
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    "Dear Mom..."

    Today have been sifting through my Dad's letters home during WWII and found one of his drawings. He was quite a good cartoonist even during his teen years and often sent home his drawings for his younger brothers. This one features the characters Mutt and Jeff from the "funny papers". There is a note on back that identifies the other character, but the name is too faded to read.
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    Documentary - No Bridge Too Far

    Hi M1, This project of yours is just amazing to me! Did you ever imagine yourself taking on a huge task like this when you were a kid? (If the answer is YES it won't surprise me ). Your Dad has to be about the proudest GI in Heaven right about now ...
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    Happy Birthday Lee and David Angell

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY FROM ELLENSBURG!
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    34th Infantry Division

    Hey Rocky, The Italian campaign had a HUGE effect on the (Victorious) outcome of WWII, in ways that most Americans don't even know about. What you GI's did in Italy worried Hitler enough that he diverted some of his best armoured & infantry divisions away from the planned Kursk Offensive in an effort to keep from losing Italy to the Allies. Most historians would agree that the battle for Kurst could have gone either way, given the fact that the Russians and Germans were fairly evenly matched in terms of tanks and Infantry when the actual battle began, (although the Russians held a slight edge in numbers). The German divisions that were siphoned off to the Italian campaign to deal with Rocky and his comrades no doubt played a part in the eventual German defeat at Kursk and the entire Eastern Front itself! The battles for France and Germany may have received most of the headlines in WWII, but the sacrifices made by American GI's in Italy during WWII were equal to all and second to none in the final Victory in Europe! regards, Jim
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    Hello.........

    Hello Moose! Glad to "see you" here again Buddy! Did you receive the photos I sent from the May 9th V-E day reenactment in Ukraine? They were courtesy of my friend Max Stolyarov, who's grandfather's (Nickolai Tarasovich) WWII story is viewable online at The Russian Battlefield website. Max told me that he opened his window on May 9th and had to rub his eyes in disbelief when a 7ft. German dressed in SS camo walked by his place! He lives close to Dnepropetrovsk, which was under nazi occupation during the war....as was the rest of Ukraine. Chjeers, Jim (DD)
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    Corporal Tank Destroyer

    This is an add-on for my previous post about the tanker helmet . I got the helmet in today's mail, and along with it the photo you see in that last post. With it came a hand written letter that I would like to share with all of you. Some of the writing I can't read, so I'll leave a blank.. My first introduction to battle was at a small town in France called_______. It was just a couple of buildings and a mill. I shot at and destroyed a Panzer Mark IV and a staff car. This was on June 11, 1944. We later pushed on to the hedgerow country where we deployed into battle with several MG positions and destroyed them all. Most of our fights was with small elements of the German army, but the big battle that I remember most was with a German Tiger Tank which was hid away behind some trees in a wooded area. We came around a ____curve in the road and it shot once at us ...just missing our left side. We back up past a long building and called in an air strike, but none was available and we were ordered to take out the Tiger, so we came around the back of a building and shot two rounds at it, hitting it once between the gun and body of the tank. The only thing that happened was the turret was stuck in a side 30 degree angle, so in effect he could not rotate his gun. We only understood that when at 800 yards we was trying to maneuver a shot at us by moving his whole vehicle. Our tank was faster, so we closed the range to 400 yards and moved around to the rear of the Tiger and shot directly into the engine area. The tank exploded from which everyone was killed. We fought in Bastogne with the 101rst Airborne where we destroyed 11 armoured vehicles. Later we pushed on into Germany. In total my crew destroyed 27 armoured vehicles including 9 tanks (1 Tiger), 11 armoured cars, 6 other vehicles of different sizes. This picture shows me standing on our tank (destroyer)right after it rained. We had just got her re-supplied with tank shells and I was loading them into the main gun area. Mark Daveson* (Name added on May 22, 2010) 705th Tank Destroyer Battalion Sergeant attached to the 101rst airborne 506 P____n April 2009 I don't know about you, but that letter made me feel like I was right there watching all this as it was happening. What tremendous courage these men displayed in battle.
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    Corporal Tank Destroyer

    Hey Erwin...I got something that would look real good with that great-lookin' TDB uniform! This helmet is from a veteran of the 705th Tank Destroyer Battalion.(I was thinking that was your unit but missed by one number :-) will have more info about him later. The picture was taken by a member of his crew. They destroyed 27 kraut armored vehicles and 9 tanks during WWII. Jim
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    great photos - many engineer related

    Mechanical breakdowns aside, the German Tiger 1 was an awesome looking tank and might have been the most intimidating machine of WWII despite it's flaws. Great photos!
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    Happy Birthday Dogdaddy !!

    A BIG THANK YOU TO ALL OF YOU FROM NIGEL'S 'DOGDADDY:-) SORRY TO BE A DAY OR TWO LATE MYSELF...I WAS VISITING FRIENDS IN SEATTLE SINCE LAST FRIDAY AND JUST GOT HOME TONIGHT. I VERY MUCH APPRECIATE THE FRIENDS I HAVE HERE AT M1'S PLATOON AND I ALWAYS ENJOY LEARNING MORE ABOUT WWII FROM EACH ONE OF YOU! THANKS! DD AND TH' NIGE
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    What are you listening to right now?

    I found this sheet music at an antique store recently. I have no idea what the melody sounds like as I've never heard of this song before now. There's certainly no misunderstanding the inspiration for this song. If anyone is familiar with it please comment. Cheers,
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    Help needed on identifying this shell

    I'm with Lee on this one. The newer 76mm guns were standard (I believe) on the M26 tanks.
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    Happy birthday ' Lovely Lady'.....

    AS USUAL i'M A DAY LATE AND A DOLLAR SHORT/KICKIN' MY OWN BUTT FOR HAVING TO WISH A TARDY BUT HEART FELT HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO A DEAR FRIEND LIKE YOU, MARION! YOU ARE REALLY ONE OF THE MOST SPECIAL PEOPLE ON THE PLANET TO ME, AND YOUR BOUNDLESS ENERGY AND MOTIVATION & DEDICATION TO HONORING YOUR DAD AND WWII VETS IS A SOURCE OF CONSTANT AMAZEMENT TO ME. HAPPY BIRTHDAY WITH LOVE, DD AND SUPER NIGEL
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    German town asks WWII vets to come back

    Thanks for posting that story M1. I'm always happy to see our WWII Veterans getting the credit they deserve for liberating most of Europe!
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    Memoribilia and Collectibles

    I found this great-looking scrapbook on ebay. It's unused and the front is embossed leather (or maybe just compressed paper?) and features representations of all branches of the service. It's titled "Uncle Sam at The Helm." I love these old WWII scrapbooks! I think I will use this one to make a tribute to family members who served in WWII. It came with a 12" x !6" certificate, also unused, that is too big for my scanner , but something I've wanted for a long time as I can fill it out with Dad's Navy info. I will be sharing pics soon of another WWII scrapbook I received today in the mail. It is for a USMC veteran and also great-looking if you are like me and enjoy things that have that "been there" appearance.
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    Memoribilia and Collectibles

    I found this great-looking scrapbook on ebay. It's unused and the front is embossed leather and features representations of all branches of the service. It's titled "Uncle Sam at The Helm." I love these old WWII scrapbooks! I think I will use this one to make a tribute to family members who served in WWII. It came with a 12" x !6" certificate, also unused, that is too big for my scanner , but something I've wanted for a long time as I can fill it out with Dad's Navy info. I will be sharing pics soon of another WWII scrapbook I received today in the mail. It is for a USMC veteran and also great-looking if you are like me and enjoy things that have that "been there" appearance.
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    Memoribilia and Collectibles

    I found this great-looking scrapbook on ebay. It's unused and the front is embossed leather and features representations of all branches of the service. It's titled "Uncle Sam at The Helm." I love these old WWII scrapbooks! I think I will use this one to make a tribute to family members who served in WWII. It came with a 12" x !6" certificate, also unused, that is too big for my scanner , but something I've wanted for a long time as I can fill it out with Dad's Navy info. I will be sharing pics soon of another WWII scrapbook I received today in the mail. It is for a USMC veteran and also great-looking if you are like me and enjoy things that have that "been there" appearance.
  18. I recently started renting the "Shootout" series of DVDs from netflix and watching each episode carefully, instead of watching only the episodes dealing with WWII as I have done in the past (only because WWII has been a lifelong interest). The first episode I watched was about the battle for Fallujah. It really reinforced to me the fact that only the uniforms and the enemy have changed, and that today's soldiers have become today's "Greatest Generation." It doesn't matter if it's Iwo Jima, Sicily, Belgium, Saigon or Fallujah. They are all cut from the same cloth.. I also feel confident that if today's enemies all wore uniforms that identify them as combatants instead of hiding behind civilian clothing the current "War on Terror" would have been won many years ago.
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    Anzio - A Memorial Day Tribute

    I enjoyed watching the videos too, Vee...thanks for sharing them. The theme music from Band of Brothers is great, and it fits all WWII Veteran's tributes now, regardless of unit or branch of service. Rocky...did you ever get trench foot from slogging around all that Italian mud and snow?
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    The Pacific

    I didn't read 100% of all the previous posts, so forgive me if this viewpoint has already been stated. I have read before that to some degree racism is used a tool to dehumanize an enemy, which makes it easier for a man to overcome a natural human tendency to view killing another human being as something vile and repugnant to his nature.... Makes sense to me. If there is anyone reading this post who is at least 50 years of age and has never uttered a racial slur of any kind in his lifetime...you are a better man than I am. I don't know about you, but on 9-11 I was not calling the enemy "Islamic Fundamentalists". It was more like "F'n Ragheads!!!!" or similar utterances, and I am probably more liberal than most of you here. I would like to believe that I overcame all that stuff back in the 1960's during the Civil Rights movement, but that's just not realistic. We are all human beings regardless of what ethnic group we belong to, and this never more apparent than when our country is at war with a culture unlike the one we grew up with. Does that justify racism?.....Hell No! Do we all have a ways to go before this truth finds it's way past our upbringing?....Hell Yes, It Does! Each succeeding generation seems to be closer to that ideal than the one before it as witnessed by our Society today, but let's not condemn the generations before us..especially the Army, Navy,Airforce and Marines who fought WWII . Sincerely,
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    National WWII Museum

    I think I'm going to have to watch my documentary "American Divisions in Italy" again. There is one scene of several GI's with their helmets off and one of them looks like the "Younger Rocky" photo above.
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    Are you moviegoer ?

    How about a hint? Is it the one about a Marine who escorts the remains of a fallen comrade back to his (the deceased comrade) back to his home town?
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    WWII Buff shares impressive collection

    Hi Rocky, Your post made me sad because it's true....I don't even like to think about the day when all our WWII Veterans are no longer with us. As long as I am alive I will attempt to remind and educate the younger generations about what you guys did for us so many years ago. I live in a small 1 bedroom house now, but I turned one of the rooms into a WWII tribute with posters, photos and other memorabilia. I have a 14 year old Great-Nephew who already has a pretty good understanding of that war which was kindled by his interest in my own small Collection of WWII items and huge Collection of WWII Documentaries on DVD, which will be his when I am gone. Sincerely, Jim ps- I'm including a scan of some hand written notes about Chemical Warfare that were made by a young Marine in 1943. I found them neatly folded inside his copy of the 1940 "Marine's Handbook." There are written on authentic USMC stationary. I also found the small cut out picture of a Vargas Girl which had been glued into a page :-)
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    Photos of our WWII Veteran Forum Members

    That really is nice!
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    Crossing The Rhine in 1945

    I got these 3 original photos today along with a nazi armband that was brought back by one of the GI's in the pictures. All three have writing on the back such as "Crossing the Rhine in middle March, 1945," and "Near Rhinebrahl Germany 1945." etc.
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