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    My brother-in-law's passing...

    Dear Marion, I'm so sorry for the loss of your Brother-in-law Mark. My thoughts are with you. God Bless, Jim
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    My brother-in-law's passing...

    I haven't been around much for the past few months either and I sympatize with you M1. My poor sister had barely finished her radiation treatments (Breast Cancer) this Fall before becoming ill with Shingles, a very painful condition she is still suffering with for going on 2 months now. Her husband Don has Parkinson's disease so she already had her hands full taking care of him before she became ill herself. Our 84 year old Mother has been in a nursing home for the past year since her condition requires 24-7 care. We learned a week before Christmas that she now has stage 4 Kidney Disease. That leaves me as the healthiest remaining family member and I use a TENS UNIT to manage the Chronic Pain I've had in my back for over 12 years now. Despite all this we had one of the best Christmases I can remember in years because we are now closer to each other in spirit than we have ever been . The past year's troubles have made us realize how much we really do love each other as our mortality becomes so apparent to each of us. Some day I hope to learn from God the reasons why my life has unfolded in the way it has, but I'm not in a hurry for that debriefing. Hugs, Dogdaddy
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    Thank you for your comments M-1. By January of 1945 the Red Army was the largest, most powerful and well armed fighting force in the world, bearing no resemblance to the confused and poorly lead force that was quickly defeated by the Nazi Blitzkrieg in June of 1941. They were battle hardened veterans who had been fighting for over four years and four tough Winters. Hitler tried to wage a war of attrition with Stalin and Germany lost 75% of it's troops in the process. Had we done what Patton suggested we and the Western Allies would have most likely shared Germany's fate. Thank God that the voice of reason prevailed!
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    I got an email the other day from my Buddy Max who lives in Ukraine. Along with wishes for a Happy New Year came a somber message about the return of the Iron Curtain to Eastern Europe. He told me that already in Belarus the citizens can no longer access international commerce sites like ebay and Paypal and soon it will happen in Ukraine too. You know something? I'm beginning to think that Churchill and Patton weren't so crazy after all. They both had the vision to know what would happen if Stalin was left in control of Eastern Europe and the Balkan states but President Roosevelt and Ike trusted Stalin and both felt that the American people would not stand for the betrayal of an Ally in 1945, so the people of Eastern Europe and the Balkan states were never to experience democracy...they were freed from one tyrant only to be under the boot of another who was arguably worse than Hitler! Then again..everybody had a belly full of war and killing by May of 1945, so maybe FDR and Ike made the right choice after all... :woof Hope you all had a good Christmas this year!
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    New Member

    Greetings Rommel 42 and welcome to the site. When I read that you collect WWII photos on ebay I wanted to tell you about the ones I saw just listed. There is a collection of original USN photos of USMC landings and battle on Iwo Jima and Okinawa just listed. They are all listed in the Buy It Now auctions. regards, Dogdaddy
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    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

    Wow...that picture really takes me back! I can remember it being on the cover of a 45rpm record (minus the Santa hats)when I was 12 years old!Meet The Beatles was the first rock n' roll album I ever purchased but not the first record of all...that was Johnny Horton's Sink The Bismarck.
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    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

    It's Christmas Eve 2011 now and Nigel ask me to post this Friendship card to all of you from us. PEACE ON EARTH..GOOD WILL TOWARDS MEN is our wish this year, as always. Have a Merry Christmas and a very Happy new Year! God Bless, Dogdaddy Jim & Super Nige ps- Marion - THANK YOU for the cheerful music!
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    I'm here

    Hello Chuck! Good to hear from you. Merry Christmas to You and your pup from Dogdaddy & Nigel!
  9. Hitler's remaining troops and armored divisions would have been better used had he placed them between Berlin and the Russians. Nothing would have kept them out, but it could have bought Germany some time to surrender to the Allies and perhaps saved 100,000.00 lives or more. Instead, he decided that the entire population deserved to die with him.
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    Cremated remains disposed of in dump!!!!

    My reaction was the same...I couldn't believe it at first. This is just terrible...
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    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

    That is a gorgeous Christmas card M1!
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    Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

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    “U.S. Marine Corps Birthday Party

    I have a (true)short story that I think might cause Major Todd to smile. I was at the supermarket yesterday shopping for groceries when I passed a woman with her toddler riding in her shopping cart. I didn't hear all that her child had said, but I heard him talking about his Daddy, whom he referred to as "a soldier." Mom quickly answered him, saying " Your Daddy is not a soldier...he's a Marine!" Happy Birthday USMC!
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    My short trip to Normandy last week.

    Frank- Thank You for sharing these excellent photos with us. Chances that I will ever get to visit these places are slim to none, and your always great pictures of WWII sites allows me to get closer to them through the eyes of a friend, rather than just a DVD or books. As often as I may lament the negative aspects of the "www.everything" world we live in today it has allowed all of us to "visit" anyplace we wish.
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    Happy Birthday Chambers!!!

  16. Walt's Daughter' Got turned down FLAT on my request. No Purple Heart! I am not a happy camper this morning. :( That SUCKS, M1...So many NCO's and enlisted men in WWII never received the medals they deserved while officers were often awarded medals in a system of croanyisem which favored the sons of politicians and other silver spoon celebs that didn't do anything at all.
  17. Great pictures! Looks like everyone was having a great time too.
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    Great War veteran Harry Patch died

    Harry Patch is among 30 or so British WWI Vets that were interviewed in a documentary film titled "The Last Voices of WWI", which is available in stores and bargain priced @ $5.00 or less in some stores. I just found it this week and wanted to mention it to any members with an interest in WWI history. The film consists of interviews that were done over the last 15 years to coincide with the 90th anniversary of the end of The Great War. One of the most interesting and touching documentaries I've ever seen, and I say that sincerely.
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    9/11 - 10th Anniversary Tribute

    Hi Erwin, Sorry to hear that you are having nightmares of any kind, not just confined to the events of 9/11. I really did have to cut myself off from watching programs about 9/11 after just a few hours of it. That whole week prior to the anniversary there were programs about it on almost every cable news channel and it left me wondering what was the point of this over saturation other than a ratings boost? One nice, respectfully done tribute on the actual anniversary would have been more meaningful to me than seeing those jets hitting the twin towers and D.C every half hour for nearly a week. I can't imagine how hard it must've been for family and friends of those who died on 9/11..
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    Happy Labor Day

    Here we are again..facing the last big holiday weekend of Summer. I don't know about you guys, but it seems the older we get, the shorter the Summer is each year. It's Rodeo weekend here in Ellensburg so the town is packed with visitors. The parade is happening right now, but I don't feel up to driving to town to watch it. What ever you are doing today, be it going to a barbeque, going to a County Fair, or just reading a good book, I wish you all a Happy Labor Day in the USA!
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    Happy Labor Day

    Hey....wasn't it only yesterday that we were saying Happy Labor Day??? Now it's October 1rst already. We was Robbed!....oh well, Happy October Everybody!
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    D-Day Oilcloth Armband

    I should probably ask Moose about this since he is on top of the WWII uniforms and gear, but Id be grateful to anyone who knows the answer . My question is about the Oilcloth American flag armbands worn by American GI's and Airborne during the invasion of France in 1944. Were they issued to ALL soldiers that took part in the invasion, and if so.. which units were issued the armband (shown below)and which were issued the sew-on flag patches? I'm sure one of you knows the answer and I thank you in advance!
  23. Recently I rented a documentary film from Netflix titled "It's What Keeps Us Going". It's about a group of Very Patriotic Seniors (and others) who have made a practice of going to the local airport to greet all American Servicemen who are arriving home or departing to Afghanistan or Iraq with a warm "welcome back!" or a "good luck and thank you for your service." I believe it was made in 2009 so one of our members may have already mentioned it, but this heart warming film is well worth seeing.
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    Gift from France

    Thank you very much Todd , We know what you did for us. France saved america from the British during the independance war of USA and The United States We helped in 1917-1918 and in 1941-1945 to win our liberty against the Nazis and the French owe much to the U.S. for that! I love my two countries. God Bless America and God bless our friendship Vee Hi Vee- I know that we also share a love of movies and I loved the character of the French officer who fought with the American colonial army in The Patriot, starring Mel Gibson. Even though Hollywood plays loosely with historical fact this was the first movie about The American Revolution that I can remember seeing that actually made a point of including the very important military contributions of of The French Navy in securing the final victory.
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    Pictures of WWII

    Hello Larry- It was nice of you to do that. Three of the names on the back of the photo are also on your muster sheet: Albert Lipp, Wallace McCollum, and Wayne Young. Now I must give you the bad news and it's my bad.. I had two sets of those 4 photos. I'm going to keep one set for the book I made to honor my father's WWII service. The second set I sold on ebay just last week. I gave up after being unable to find a contact. In all likelyhood each of those five men had a set of his own since they appeared to be taken by a professional photographer.