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    Marion's Radio Interview - WVOX.com

    M1, YOU ARE A GEM! DOG-1
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    This is a Neckerchief/Dickie which once belonged to Obergefreiter Erich Radtke, an NCO aboard the German Panzerschiff (Pocket battleship) Admiral Graf Spee, injured during the Battle of The River Platte in Dec. 1939. He and the remaining crew spent the rest of WWII as "guests" of the Argentine government before returning to Germany in 1946. He survived the war and died in Germany in 1970. I got this on ebay recently when the owner of a huge collection of Graf Spee items auctioned some of them off. I don't normally buy German items to keep anymore, but this piece of WWII history was too much to resist and it was relatively inexpensive. I have chatted by email a bit with the man who sold it to me and he told me that Radtke sent him many items from Germany because his grandmother was Radtke's girlfriend during the war. I am also posting a picture of the section of the crew list with Radke's name on it. Dogdaddy
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    Nazi-hunter says he's closing in on 'Dr. Death'

    I too have made the comparison between the way the Japs treated Allied POWS and the way the Wehrmacht treated the Russian POWS. I think it would be safe to say that in both cases these sadistic actions were committed with the full knowledge and support of their superior officers. It doesn't take a Rocket Scientist to understand why so many former Allied POWS have nothing good to say about their Japanese captors. Dogdaddy
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    Nazi-hunter says he's closing in on 'Dr. Death'

    I wanted to add something to this thread before it goes into hibernation. I recently bought a Documentary DVD called "The Unknown Soldier" which documents the controversial Wehrmacht Exhibition in Germany several years ago. The exhibit implied that there was evidence of widespread complicity by the Wehrmacht in war time atrocities and not just the SS, and this was referred to as Germany's Nasty little Family Secret. I don't know if that's all true, but the researchers sure made some compelling arguments to that effect. One of the points that stuck with me was about the often heard "I was only following orders". After citing several incidents in which a German officer disobeyed a superior officer who had given him a command to shoot unarmed civilians or prisoners it was revealed that there is no record anywhere of a situation like that ever resulting in the death of Anyone who refused to obey an order like that, and you know how meticulous the Germans were about keeping records. Does this mean that all Wehrmacht soldiers were guilty?...Hell no! but it makes the case that it might have been more common than people have been led to believe. When I see the kind of people that were protesting this exhibit (Very drunk & angry German skinheads) I tend to lean towards believing the info presented by the filmakers, not that my opinion matters Dogdaddy
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    Nazi-hunter says he's closing in on 'Dr. Death'

    I really admired Simon Wiesenthal for his tenacity in hunting down these guys and I'm glad there have always been people too follow in his footsteps. Dogdaddy
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    My Father's Ship in WWII

    I researched a couple of the Victory ships my father was on and found that most of these ships kept working long after WWII had ended as commercial vessels. One was scrapped in Taiwan in 1972. The other one survived 3 name changes and was finally scrapped in 1992, just 4 years before my Dad passed away.There are still a few of the smaller WWII aircraft carriers and other Navy ships at the Bremerton Naval Shipyard here in Washington state. They have all been decommissioned long ago, but it still makes me wonder about all the things they saw and did 63+ years ago. The "Mighty Mo" was moored here for many years. Being on the Pacific side of the USA Washington State has a long & proud Navy History that continues to this day. I have been out in a boat Salmon fishing in the strait of Juan de Fuca many times and let me tell you...it's quite a thrill to see a gigantic nuclear Submarine surface! The Naval Undersea Warfare station is here too, at Bangor. Dogdaddy PS- Chambers- my grandpa was one of those doughboys
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    My Father's Ship in WWII

    I recently found this picture of the SS Lavaca, one of the Victory ships my Dad served on as a Navy 'Armed Guard' during the war. Not a sleek Battleship or a "sexy" Aircraft carrier, but the real work horses of WWII, carrying Invasion Troops & equipment to the Pacific and Atlantic war fronts both. In my garage is a 4' long wooden replica of these ships in painstaking detail which he built years ago, while recovering from a surgery. I recently found a website where you can post messages and look for any living shipmates, but so far no luck. I should have started the search 15 or 20 years ago, as they are now leaving us at a rate of 1200 per day, a fact which depresses me greatly. Dogdaddy, aka Jim Nelson, Proud son of George M. Nelson, USN 1944-1946
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    Looking for help again! Francis J. Ryan

    Those are indeed really great photos! Makes you wonder how they ever were able to rebuild that country...wow! Dogdaddy
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    Memoribilia and Collectibles

    I'm going to post a picture of my Invasion Armband one more time., Why? Because I was lucky enough to get it ID'ed by a family member of the GI who wore it...along with a diary (copy) that was kept by the soldier's captain of their service In: Afrika-Sicily-Italy-Corsica- France-and the Isle of Capri. The GI that wore this armband was: Tech Sgt. Raymond E. Tanner 1059th Signal Corps, attached to 12th Army Air Force This is the only item in my collection with a verifiable history so I'm very happy to have it! Dogdaddy
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    Marion's Radio Interview - WVOX.com

    Congratulations to you, Marion. I hope your star continues to shine brightly! Dogdaddy
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    WWII Paraphernalia

    Very Nice German Hunter's Dagger too! Dogdaddy
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    New Member from The Netherlands

    Hello Ronald! Welcome to this very interesting & diverse forum. WWII spoken here Dogdaddy
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    D-Day Anniversary 2008 - June 6, 1944

    Dear Vee, LOVED YOUR PHOTOS! Thank you for sharing them with us. Some of them (of the elderly Vets) was almost too much. I Thank God for every day we still have them among us. I only wish it could be Forever...and I mean all of them, not just the men who took part in the invasion of Normandie. Again, Thank You for those wonderful photos! Dogdaddy
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    Fly your flag proudly - June 14, 2008

    Here's a more compact version of Old Glory that was worn with pride on June 6th, 1944 (as well as many days that followed). These items have come to be known as 'Invasion Armbands.' Dogdaddy
  15. Now that's the kind of story I can really sink my teeth into! I used to have a copy of an "official discharge" for Pal, a War Dog who served with the US Marines in the Pacific. Dogdaddy
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    D-Day Anniversary 2008 - June 6, 1944

    Right now on The History Channel "Ten Days to D-Day" for those (like me) who are interested. It will be repeated in the afternoon. June 6th has always been a day to remember, but that doesn't take away from all the other D-Days of WWII, such as the places mentioned in above posts. I think because of the anticipation of the liberation of Europe and all the cooperation it involved this day will always receive more recognition than the others. Dogdaddy ps- I am deeply envious of Moose & Co. who are in Normandy today!
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    Help with Spam-the edible (?) one

    We ate alot of fried Spam when I was a kid and I loved it! I never knew that anybody hated Spam until I was out of highschool! . Dogdaddy
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    My family members serving in WWII

    About a year ago somebody ask me for a picture of my Uncle, Sgt. Verian "Rusty"Wells who served with the 691rst Tank Destroyer Battalion. Here he is (center, wearing Tanker helmet) with the rest of his crew, somewhere in France. Uncle Rusty survived the war and came back here to Washington, where he farmed and also lived to enjoy many children and many, many grandchildren. He was a very humble man and loved by all.
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    New Member

    Hello Allen and welcome to VI Corps! I look forward to hearing your stories. This ( Firefighting) is an interesting aspect of the service that we don't often get a chance to learn about. Dogdaddy
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    My Dad was like that too... When he came back from the war he still wore his Navy jacket and that included while he worked on the house..or on cars..or painting! I think you get the picture! The blue wool pullover and bell bottoms stayed in a white duffel bag in his closet until the moths got them, but I still have that old coat! It has repairs that you normally don't expect to see on clothing, such as two rips that have been repaired with Hot Glue. That was my Dad to a "T" and I still smile every time I look at that coat, for those little quirks were a part of his personality that we all loved... Dogdaddy
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    Hello Brooke- It only seems that way. I can't afford to keep the really 'spiffy' pieces like that tunic. All my Axis stuff (like that tunic) gets consigned to a Militaria Dealer. The only uniforms I keep are my WWII Navy (in honor of my Dad) and one WWII Army dress uniform. The rest of my collection now consists of photos, posters, shoulder flashes and some 'Homefront' odds and ends. I live in a small 1-bedroom house now, which is crowded enough with a big dog and me already Dogdaddy
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    Hello Martin- I can imagine that it might be more difficult to forgive when you live in a country that was occupied by the Germans during WWII. I wasn't even born when WWII was being fought, but when you read about it and study the war every day (like most of us here do) these events become very real to you...or at least they seem like that to me. You wonder how anybody could do such things to children! Perhaps forgive is not the right word, but I know we never want to forget such things.. Dogdaddy
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    This is an NCO's Combat Tunic worn by the Special Landing Forces of the Imperial Japanese Navy during WWII. This one is in near mint condition. Dogdaddy
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    Here's a part of a GI's uniform you don't often see in public: ...and something not always available to the troops when needed! Dogdaddy
  25. Nice photos! As I was looking at them I thought about a great story for the old Twilight Zone TV series, about a bunch of reenactors marching down a foggy road, getting lost in the fog, and when they emerge they find that it's now March of 1945. regards, Dogdaddy