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  1. Dogdaddy

    Pictures of WWII

    Recently I was looking at a 1943 Ellensburg highschool yearbook that belonged to my Dad or one of his siblings. Inside it I found four loose photos of a WWII Minesweeper and it's crew. The men's names were hand written on the back but none that I would recognize. The vessel is the USS YMS-398...shown here at Subic Bay, Luzon..The Phillipines. One of these pictures is of 5 happy-faced young guys labeled: "The Jolly Five" Civilians, dated May 27, 1946. They have survived WWII in the Pacific and are finally going home...Look at those young faces!
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    Difficult to say when drunk

    Ain't it the Truth...Too Funny M1!
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    Pictures of WWII

    Here's another great photo from WWII. I'm sure this GI collected those MP40's and ammo during a surrender, but I couldn't help thinking about the old quip that " ....and American's Fight for Souvenirs." (of course we all know that's not really true, so please don't get angry about this!)
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    9/11 - 10th Anniversary Tribute

    May 02, 2011- I predict A Very Black Day for Osama Bin Laden... I couldn't take anymore sad remembrances this week...My tear ducts are empty, so I decided to focus on the day America kicked in this cowardly bastard's door and delivered justice for his crimes against humanity. It was a long time comin'. I won't tell you company what I wish they would have done to his corpse before it went over over the side, but it rhymes with 'Diss'...
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    Happy Birthday Colin !!

    Happy Birthday Colin, and best wishes for many more... from Dogdaddy and his dog with a British name! Cheers, DD and Nigel
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    Edged Weapons of WWII

    I have always had an interest in Edged Weapons, but they are generally too expensive for my meager budget. I recently sold a few of my collectables in order to buy this WWII Japanese Navy Officer's Samurai sword and I wanted to share a photograph of it with you. I had never owned one before now and I was suprised by how heavy they actually are. There is a reason why the handle is long enough for both hands!
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    Crossing of the Rhine by the US Third Army

    Hello M1, I don't know personally what the monetary value of the book is, but the way I usually start is by looking on ebay for similar items. That can give you a rough idea. Good luck! DD
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    Edged Weapons of WWII

    If you need somebody to slice the watermelon at your Labor Day Barbeque...I'm your man!
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    Hello everybody !!

    Dear Vee- As Carlos Santana's song says: "I Hope You're Feeling Better." We missed You!
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    Hello Jim ,

    Hello Vee- I knew right away that you wouldn't have sent that link to me, so don't worry about that. Things like this are one of the main reasons I don't belong to Facebook or similar 'Social Websites. BTW... It's good to hear from you again ! hugs, Jim (Dogdaddy)
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    German "Robot" Bombs

    It is scary to even think about what might have been. The Nazis were WAY ahead in their rocket weaponry and jet airplanes. I was watching a program about this on The Hitlery Channel recently that implied that if Germany had been able to hold the Allies back until 1946 they might have had a nuclear weapon and the technology to deliver it to New York City. Now that is a sobering thought!
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    Prayers for those on the east coast

    I wish add to that my own prayer that that there is no loss of life, including pets and livestock, and that Irene might decide she will just head out to sea. Glad to know that Capt. Fallon II has opted to evacuate early and we will all pray that his house is still standing on Monday.
  13. Is that Sgt. Snorkel I see in the front row, Moose?
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    Happy Birthday Rocky boy!

    Mr. Rocky From the home of the "World Famous" Ellensburg Rodeo & County Fair, and your Pals, Dogdaddy and (Nigel) Best Wishes for many, many more!
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    The Unknown War

    Actually I have thinned out my collection this Summer. Some that I had seen too many times I sold in our yard sales, and others I donated to a local Veteran's group along with some of my WWII magazines.
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    The Unknown War

    I thought for sure I had seen or heard about every TV series about the war. but wrong again. Yesterday while browsing Amazon.com with my $25.00 gift certificate already burning a hole in my pocket I stumbled on a soon to be released DVD set called "The Unknown War", featuring Burt Lancaster. This 29-episode series was produced jointly between the USA and The Soviet Union in 1970, apparently after the Commies complained that the fine BBC series The World At War had neglected to give the Eastern front battles a fair amount of coverage. Anyone who is a serious student of WWII history today would probably have to agree with them, but that's just the way East-West relations were during the Cold War. I have been inhaling every documentary about The Eastern front I could get my hands on for the last 5 or 6 years, because I want to learn everything I can about WWII, and because the battles between the Germans and the Soviets had a huge effect on the outcome of the war. I started this post thinking I would just ask "Anybody remember this series?" but her I go again, so I'll stop.
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    The Unknown War

    I received my set today. Have watched 2 episodes thus far and I am pleased overall. The combat footage is a little grainy by today's standards but makes up for it being mostly stuff I haven't seen before. It was all photographed by German and Russian Combat Cameramen and was produced by the USSR and the USA in 1978.
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    Happy B-DAY SonofaMP, Barbara P and John R

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    50,000 Bulgarian Jews were saved

    As I always say, you can learn something new about WWII each day..Great story M1!
  20. It's great to have you back Sarge!
  21. Today while reading a copy of the Ellensburg Daily Record dated June 12, 1944 I found a very interesting (AP)news article. It featured an invasion update by General Montgomery stating that there was 7,000 Beachhead Prisoners, including Japanese soldiers that were fighting alongside the Germans in France. He went on to say that they are "Regular Soldiers-Not Observers." I don't recall ever hearing that before now...have you? I'm glad that I decided to keep all of the newspapers I bought at the last estate sale. Back then the local newspapers included the names of every little town and village where our troops were fighting.
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    The Skadi Forum

    I didn't mention this in my initial post, but when I was just a kid my Dad had a friend from work at Greyhound who also believed this. He was, aside from that oddball position.. a very nice person who remained a close friend to my parents until his death 10 years ago. Neither of my parents were that way and they used to laugh about it. I guess it does "take all kinds".
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    The Skadi Forum

    This is another example of Mind numbing Stupidity: A few days ago I ran an ad in the local paper about a used refrigerator I had for sale. The woman who bought it was very nice and paid for it immediately. She told me she would send a man out Monday (today)to pick it up, which she did. The guy she sent out here was one of those complete idiots who will tell you that the Holocaust was a big lie that was perpetrated by "Hollywood Jews." As much as he pissed me off I knew that it was pointless arguing with him any longer so I told him he was entitled to his own opinion (several times!)and left it at that, even though I was contemplating smackin' him upside his head! People like that are so ignorant...That kind of 'Free Speech I can do without!
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    Pictures of WWII

    Excellent point Todd. You will probably never see a mega-buck Hollywood movie about Minesweepers or USN Armed Guards, who were assigned as gunners on merchant ships in WWII as my Father was, but they were both there, performing hazardous duties for our nation during he war and after. I did a search on the USS YMS-398 and found a name and email contact for her. I sent him a message over the weekend but haven't received a reply as yet. I don't know how current the contact info is, but if there are any of the crew still living I would like to send them the photos. I am posting one more photo here.The names are all on the flip side. regards, Dogdaddy
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    Happy Birthday Sgt Leo

    Sarge! from Dogdaddy