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    Staying Alive as long as I can!!<br /><br />Got 7 Grandchildren and I Great Grand-Daughter that's interesting enough(LOL)

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  1. Sgtleo

    A Thought for The Day

    :squirrel 4: :squirrel 2: If you are sailing in the Titanic, DO NOT worry about arranging the deck chairs
  2. Sgtleo

    Alan Forster - welcome!

    Alan F:- We were assigned the duty of mapping any and all approaches/through/around Basingstoke. The Americans had many men and/or equipment in England North of Basingstoke so we had to know any and all routes to facilitate their movement to the ports when D-Day was coming. Believe me we were not sitting on our butts as we had duty every day. The pubs and so forth were also something we had to know to get men back to their units when the alert was given. Also there were two cases:- one American General that, in his cups, spoke of things that earned him a trip back home after the loss of his command. That also happened to a ranking Brit officer. I have friends that live in the residential section of Basingstoke and they have a beautiful home surrounded by other beautiful homes. The area around the railroad station is full of shops and car parks now and many of the places I spoke of have been demolished. Do you know where the Hatch Warren section is??? It's also because I have an excellent memory(LOL)
  3. Sgtleo

    The Wereth 11

    Here's another version of the story. Many do not emphasize that the woman betrayer was a friend and visitor at the Langer's house the night she told the SS where the 11 were hiding Wereth 11 The 11, from the 333rd Field Artillery Battalion, were tortured and shot after surrendering to Nazi SS troopers in Wereth. Their bodies lay for two months at the edge of a pasture, covered by the snow of a hard winter. Details of their story were provided by Willi and Adda Rikken, Belgians who lived through the German occupation of their country and learned of the atrocity from villagers who witnessed it. Overrun in Battle of the Bulge The men were providing artillery support for American forces during early stages of the Battle of the Bulge. By the morning of Dec. 17, 1944, their position was overrun. Betrayed in Wereth The 11 sought refuge in Wereth, a small village in the Ardennes. The family of Mathius Langer befriended them. A German sympathizer woman friend of the Langer family who had been at the Langer house betrayed the men to the SS The GIs had only two rifles among them, so they had to surrender. They were forced to sit in the frigid road from 3 p.m. until dark. Then they were marched to the edge of a pasture. Villagers heard gunshots. The next day, they saw the bodies lying in a ditch. Fearful of the Germans, they didn’t touch the victims. In February 1945, villagers led a U.S. Army grave-registration unit to the site. The Rikkens Meet the Lichtenfelds Norman S. Lichtenfeld, M.D., of Mobile, Alabama, and his father went to Belgium in 1994 for the 50th anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge. The elder Lichtenfeld had been captured in the battle. The Rikkens often led Americans on tours of World War II sites. They showed the Lichtenfelds the site of the massacre, marked by a simple monument. Dr. Lichtenfeld returned to the United States to spearhead a drive to raise funds for a more elaborate monument. A Marble Monument Today, the site is marked by a marble gravestone with a panel that describes in four languages – English, French, Dutch and Flemish – what happened there. Each year around Memorial Day, a service is held in honor of the Wereth 11. Names of the Wereth 11 The Germans who executed the Wereth 11 were never identified. The hometowns of the 11 victims have not all been determined, but their names are engraved on the gravestone: Technical Sergeant William Edward Pritchett of Alabama . Technical Sergeant James A. Stewart of West Virginia. Staff Sergeant Thomas J. Forte . Corporal Mager Bradley of Mississippi. Private First Class George Davis of Alabama. Private First Class James Leatherwood . Private First Class George W. Morten. Private First Class Due W. Turner of Arkansas. Private Curtis Adams of South Carolina . Private Robert Green. Private Nathanial Moss. Belgian Gratitude Most Belgians resented the conquering Germans but welcomed the American liberators, said Adda Ricken during a visit to America. Every household wanted to have at least one American soldier as a guest, she said. But they couldn’t understand why white soldiers couldn't accept their hospitality in the presence of black soldiers. "White mama cries, black mama cries," said Adda. At Wereth, their tears mingle in remembrance. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- .
  4. Sgtleo

    Where is VEE??

    Verow J'espère que tout va bien avec vous et votre famille. Je serai pensant et priant pour vous que tous vos ennuis finiront très bientôt.
  5. Now you know why Tom Brokaw called them the "Greatest Generation"!!!!! SgtLeo
  6. Sgtleo

    Anniversary Present

    THE ANNIVERSARY PRESENT -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I found the perfect anniversary gift for my daughter who works nights . A pocket/purse sized 100,000 volt tazer, I thought this should make her fell safer. So back at home sitting in my recliner, I read the instructions. It only takes 2 AAA bateries, how can that make 100,000 volts. The instuctions say a one-second busrt would shock and disorient your assailant; a two-second burst was supposed to cause muscle spasms and a major loss of bodily control: a three-second burst would make your assailant flop on the ground like a fish. COOL So this thing is only 5"long and 3/4" around can it realy be that bad? I held it up pressed the button, nothing. Great, it dosen't work. Maybe if I try it on my thigh, a one-second burst can't be that bad. So I pushed the prongs to my thigh and pressed the button and...... HOLY MOTHER OF GOD.. WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION...WHAT THE HELL I'm pretty sure some one ran in picked up the recliner and body slamed us over, and over and over. I woke up on my side, tears in my eyes. soaking wet, both nipples on fire and testicles nowhere to be found. Note: If you ever feel compelled to try a tazer there is no such thing as a one-second burst. You will not let go of that thing until it is dislodged from your hand by flopping around on the floor. IT HURT LIKE HELL The reliner was upside down and 8' from where it started from. My tricepts, right thigh and both nipples were still twitching. My face felt like it was full of novacain and I couldn't stop drooling. There was a faint cloud above my head which I belive came from my hair, and the cat wouldn't come down from the fire place mantle all night.
  7. Sgtleo

    No Walk in the Park

    My Bad as my grandsons say!! I should have said that those Americans were from the 4th ID and the 101 AB Div. The other men were either Brits or Canadians and the units were not named. I hesitated to post this but it did happen - war does crazy things to people:- Here’s the sidebar to those stories that they don’t like to speak of:- Audouville La Hubert was the scene of a murder of disarmed German POWs by American paratroopers. Shortly after the capture of Sainte Marie d'Eglise 30 Wehrmacht soldiers were captured and shot by US paratroopers believed to be the work of 101st Airborne Division. This is something we should be ashamed of!!
  8. Sgtleo

    No Walk in the Park

    My Bad as my grandsons say!! I should have said that those Americans were from the 4th ID and the 101 AB Div. The other men were either Brits or Canadians and the units were not named. I hesitated to post this but it did happen - war does crazy things to people:- Here’s the sidebar to those stories that they don’t like to speak of:- Audouville La Hubert was the scene of a murder of disarmed German POWs by American paratroopers. Shortly after the capture of Sainte Marie d'Eglise 30 Wehrmacht soldiers were captured and shot by US paratroopers believed to be the work of 101st Airborne Division. This is something we should be ashamed of!!
  9. Wake Up People!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! JAMEL, Germany -- This is a town taken over by neo-Nazis. Wooden signposts by the main road point to Vienna, Paris, and Braunau am Inn - the birthplace of Adolf Hitler. A far-right leader runs his demolition company from home, its logo featuring a man smashing a Star of David with a sledgehammer. Every few months, townsfolk host outdoor parties where guests sing "Hitler is my Fuehrer" to chants of "Heil" around a massive bonfire. Jamel is the most extreme manifestation of a chilling phenomenon in the former communist East Germany: a creeping encroachment of neo-Nazism that makes Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania one of only two states where Germany's biggest far-right party, the National Democratic Party, or NPD, sits in parliament. The extreme-right is believed to be behind some 40 attacks in the state over the past year, including stones thrown through windows of political parties and fireworks blown up in a prosecutor's mailbox. Last year in Jamel, witnesses say, a neo-Nazi punched a visitor and shouted his allegiance to Hitler. The state has Germany's highest unemployment rate outside Berlin, at 12.7 percent in December, and few industries - fueling xenophobia the neo-Nazis have capitalized on. Only 2 percent of the population is foreign born, but officials say that lack of immigrant contact itself has reinforced suspicions. "Federally the Islamic extremists are the biggest problem; for us the extreme right is the biggest problem," said Reinhard Mueller, who heads the state branch of Germany's domestic intelligence agency. In Jamel, six of the 10 houses are in the hands of the far right, and authorities consider 10 of the village's 28 adults right-wing extremists. Town life is dominated by one man: Sven Krueger, a 36-year-old leading NPD official, who grew up here. Officials say Krueger has been known to authorities for small-time criminal activity, but had stayed off the radar in recent years after turning to politics. That changed this a week ago, however, when Krueger was arrested on charges of receiving stolen property and weapons violations after a five-month investigation. In a search of his home, authorities confiscated power tools they believe stolen and a submachine gun with 200 rounds of ammunition. A few days before the arrest, a pit bull and a German Shepherd roamed the fenced yard of Krueger's home in the middle of town, and an NPD poster with the pledge "we keep our word" hung from a blue industrial trash bin out front, filled with waste from his demolition work. A woman smoking a cigarette in the yard said she didn't know where Krueger could be found. At the end of the road, a man with closely cropped hair in a green tank top, arms covered with tattoos, ran out of another house and yelled "get out you dirty pest" at a photographer. Others did not answer their doors, and Krueger did not answer calls to his business or cell phone. His demolition company's main building is about six miles (10 kilometers) away, and doubles as the regional NPD headquarters. It is set behind a six-foot (two-meter) wooden fence topped with razor wire; a guard tower shines a floodlight at night, and dogs bark incessantly through the padlocked steel gate. The black-white-and-red German imperial flag used in the last years of the Kaiser flies overhead - a common neo-Nazi substitute for the outlawed swastika banner. Through the fence on an inside door the smashed Star of David logo can be seen. Legally, very little can be done to expel the neo-Nazis - they carefully skirt German laws against displaying Nazi symbols, like the swastika or the SS runes, and the banned songs people hear in the night cannot be pinned on any one individual. Still, residents say their sympathies are clear. Horst and Birgit Lohmeyer, who have lived in Jamel for the past seven years, say the local far-right scene attracts scores of neo-Nazis for parties a few times a year - including several hundred at Krueger's wedding last summer. "They sit around the bonfire and sing these songs - 'Adolf Hitler is mein Fuehrer' they sing - they call out 'heil' - there are sometimes as many as 300 right extremists at these parties," Birgit Lohmeyer said. In protest, the Lohmeyers organized a party of their own - an annual music festival on their nearly two-acre (0.8-hectare) property that started in 2007. "We hold this festival for democracy and tolerance to show that this town is not entirely in right-hands - that there are others here who don't believe in their ideology," Birgit Lohmeyer said. The regional mayor of the 2,700-person district said he hopes the attention will help expose the agenda of the NPD to people who may otherwise have voted for them again in September. The party won 7.3 percent of the vote when Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, where Chancellor Angela Merkel has her constituency, last held state elections in 2006, giving them 6 of 71 seats. "The NPD is nothing less than the successor to the Nazi party and their goals are the same," said Mayor Uwe Wandel in an interview at the Mercedes dealership he runs about 200 yards (meters) from Krueger's demolition company. "Maybe today they're not talking about Jews but about foreigners in general, but their ideals are exactly the same. Krueger was the only known far-right extremist in the village when the Lohmeyers moved there in 2004 from Hamburg. But his presence started attracting more extremists; as they moved in, others moved out - and Krueger encouraged his friends to buy up the property. Lohmeyer said she and her husband for the most part keep to themselves in their 150-year-old half-timbered restored farmhouse with their 13 cats. She said they haven't suffered any retaliation from the neo-Nazis for holding their music festival. The NPD is marginalized at the national level in Germany, and wherever the party holds rallies, the hundreds who show up are dwarfed in numbers by thousands of counter-demonstrators. And even though its popularity has slipped slightly in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, it appears poised to remain over the 5 percent of the vote needed to keep its seats in the upcoming Sept. 4 state election. Germany's domestic intelligence agency estimates that as of 2010 there were about 1,400 far-right extremists in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania - a small fraction of the state's 1.6 million population. Of them, 400 are NPD members. Still, officials acknowledge the far-right extremists in the state make up a disproportionate number of Germany's overall 26,000. Sponsored LinksMueller said the state government supports a ban of the NPD, which would cut it off from funding given to all parties that receive a certain proportion of the vote, based on a sliding scale. The NPD got some euro1.19 million in 2009, the last year for which a figure was available, while by contrast Merkel's conservative party got euro41.9 million. There is little support federally for a ban, however, after a previous attempt was thwarted in 2003 by Germany's highest court as it emerged that the argument for the ban was partially based on statements by NPD members who were also paid informers for state authorities. Still, Birgit Lohmeyer thinks it's worth putting pressure on politicians to try again - even though she acknowledged a ban might actually make her own situation worse, by further antagonizing her neighbors. "People need to mobilize against the NPD or for the ban of the NPD," Lohmeyer said. "This is something that has to come from the grass roots. We will not be terrorized."
  10. Maybe some of you would like to see actual photos from my days in WWII http://www.boilbeforedrinking.com/2009/09/...y-1944-now.html Click on - Pictures of Normandy 1944-Now Next Click on - Shocking Photos of Normandy from D-Day and Today | WebUrbanist Under 2nd Photo Click on - ‘Normandy 1944 – Then and Now’, Down in right hand corner click on Suivant to get more photos (Suivant is French for "Following") (Fin is French for Finish) I submit it was no walk in the park(LOL)
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  12. Sgtleo

    Satan's Visit

    A few minutes before the church services started, the congregation was sitting in their pews talking. Suddenly, Satan appeared at the front of the church. Everyone started screaming and running for the back entrance, trampling each other in a frantic effort to get away from evil incarnate. Soon the church was empty except for one elderly gentleman who sat calmly in his pew without moving, seemingly oblivious to the fact that God's ultimate enemy was in his presence. So Satan walked up to the man and said, "Do you know who I am?" The man replied, "Yep, sure do." "Aren't you afraid of me?" Satan asked. "Nope, sure ain't." said the man. "Don't you realize I can kill you with one word?" asked Satan. "Don't doubt it for a minute," returned the old man, in an even tone. "Did you know that I can cause you profound, horrifying agony?" persisted Satan. "Yep," was the calm reply. "And you're still not afraid? asked Satan. "Nope," said the old man. More than a little perturbed, Satan asked, "Why aren't you afraid of me?" The man calmly replied, "Been married to your sister for 48 years."
  13. Sgtleo

    The Rancher

    I hope that wasn't out of order - if it was forgive me
  14. Sgtleo

    The Rancher

    A successful rancher died and left everything to his devoted wife. She was a very good-looking woman and determined to keep the ranch, but knew very little about ranching, so she decided to place an ad in the newspaper for a ranch hand. Two cowboys applied for the job. One was gay and the other a drunk. She thought long and hard about it, and when no one else applied she decided to hire the gay guy, figuring it would be safer to have him around the house than the drunk. He proved to be a hard worker who put in long hours every day and knew a lot about ranching. For weeks, the two of them worked, and the ranch was doing very well. Then one day, the rancher's widow said to the hired hand, "You have done a really good job, and the ranch looks great. You should go into town and kick up your heels." The hired hand readily agreed and went into town one. Saturday night. One o'clock came, however, and he didn't return. Two o'clock and no hired hand. Finally he returned at round two-thirty, and upon entering the room, he found the rancher's widow standing by the fireplace with a glass of wine, waiting for him. She quietly called him over to her.. "Unbutton my blouse and take it off," she said. Trembling, he did as she directed. "Now take off my boots." He did as she asked, ever so slowly.. "Now take off my socks." He removed each gently and placed them neatly by her boots. "Now take off my skirt." He slowly unbuttoned it, constantly watching her eyes in the fire light. "Now take off my bra.." Again, with trembling hands, he did as he was told and dropped it to the floor. Then she looked at him and said, "If you ever wear my clothes into town again, you're fired." (P.S. - I didn't see it coming, either)
  15. WW II Oddity (very obscure to most) Hitler-Mocking Dog Enraged Nazis BERLIN - "Newly??" discovered documents have revealed a bizarre footnote to the history of the Second World War: a Finnish mutt whose imitation of the Hitler salute enraged the Nazis so deeply that they started an obsessive campaign against the dog's owner. Absurdly, a totalitarian state that dominated most of Europe was unable to do much about Jackie and his paw-raising parody of Germany's Fuehrer. In the middle of World War II - months before Hitler ordered some 4.5 million troops to invade the Soviet Union - the Foreign Office in Berlin commanded its diplomats in the Nazi-friendly Nordic country to gather evidence on the dog, and even came up with plans to destroy the pharmaceutical wholesale company of its owner. Historians had not been aware of the episode before some 30 files containing parts of the correspondence and diplomatic cables were recently found by a researcher at the political archives of the German Foreign Office. Klaus Hillenbrand, an expert who has written several books on the Nazi period, was contacted by the historian and examined all of the documents for an article to be published Saturday in daily newspaper Die Tageszeitung. In an interview with The Associated Press, Hillenbrand called the entire episode "completely bizarre." "Just months before the Nazis launched their attack on the Soviet Union, they had nothing better to do than to obsess about this dog," Hillenbrand said. Finland cooperated with Nazi Germany but the relationship between the two countries was strained. Finland allowed the Nazis to take over the northern part of the country after the Finns suffered heavy casualties and lost 10 percent of their territory to the Soviet Union in 1939-1940. After an intense Soviet attack and heavy bombing of its territory, including of the capital Helsinki, Finland made a pact with Germany in 1944 that lasted two months. Finland then annulled the pact and made a truce with Moscow that later led to a peace treaty with the Soviet Union. The dog, Jackie, was a mutt owned by Tor Borg, a businessman from the Finnish city of Tampere. Borg's wife Josefine, a German citizen known for her anti-Nazi sentiments, dubbed the dog Hitler because of the strange way it raised its paw high in the air like Germans greeting the Fuehrer with a cry of "Heil Hitler!" On January 29, 1941, German Vice Consul Willy Erkelenz in Helsinki wrote that "a witness, who does not want to be named, said ... he saw and heard how Borg's dog reacted to the command 'Hitler' by raising its paw." Borg was ordered to the German embassy in Helsinki and questioned about his dog's unusual greeting habits. He denied ever calling the dog by the German dictator's name, but admitted that his wife called the dog Hitler. He tried to play down the accusations, saying the paw-raising had only happened a few times in 1933 - shortly after Hitler came to power. The Finnish merchant ensured the Nazi diplomats that he never did anything "that could be seen as an insult against the German Reich." The zealous diplomats in Helsinki did not believe him and wrote back to Berlin that "Borg, even though he claims otherwise, is not telling the truth." The different ministries that were involved in the dog scandal - the Foreign Office, the Economy Ministry and even Hitler's Chancellory - meticulously reported all their findings about the canine. The economy ministry announced that the German chemical conglomerate IG Farben, which had supplied Borg's wholesale trade with pharmaceuticals, offered to eliminate his company by ending their cooperation with him. Based on all this support, the Foreign Office was already looking for ways to bring Borg to trial for insulting Hitler, but in the end, none of the potential witnesses were willing to repeat their accusations in front of a judge. On March 21, 1941, the Foreign Office asked the Chancellory whether to press charges against Borg and five days later they answered that "considering that the circumstances could not be solved completely, it is not necessary to press charges." There's no evidence that Adolf Hitler was ever told of the case, even if the case made it all the way to his chancellory, Hillenbrand said. Tor Borg died at 60 in 1959. A spokeswoman for Tamro Group, Margit Nieminen, said the dog died a natural death, and Josefine Borg passed away in 1971. Borg's company Tampereen Rohduskuppa Oy eventually became Tamro Group, the leading wholesale company for pharmaceuticals in the Nordic countries. Nieminen told the AP that the company had not been aware of the story surrounding Borg's dog until the recent archive discovery.