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    Day to Day Life Overseas!

    "Did you say that your brother and dad were both serving too? Wow, did everyone come home okay? That had to be very hard on your mom." Yes, quite true. Fact is my dad (not reg. army and couldnt enlist again finally "volunteered for the draft" and was excepted at age 46.) The same time he was comming home on a hospital ship after being badly wounded in France I was heading over to the ETO. Took me about 10 weeks to find out his condition. Made me kinda unhappy with the Krauts to say the least.. And yes, my brother was a gunner in the Air Force, while I was just a dogface. Kinda hard on Mom during this time, also shortened her life as she died about 2 years after the war. My dad survived after a stay in the hospital, and all three of us came home thank God. This was quite a reunion. Damn it, you got me thinking of things that happened and will continue as memory serves and time allows. You really have me thinking back a ways. And yes, my dad was a ww 1 wounded vet in France also. He was born Apr. '1898. Also had one cousin (Ray Kelly) who was a surviving member of the USS Arizona at Pearl Harbor. He was also transferred to the Yorktown which was bad news. But he survived the war also. All of this is actual facts and can be verified.
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    Day to Day Life Overseas!

    Now that you mention it Marion, did miss one Christmas meal. Some things just cant be helped I guess. As both myself, my only brother and my Dad were all serving it was a bit difficult for Mom to send over that many packages. However I did recieve at least one a month. Usually some cookies, saradines which I loved and some kind of a canned plumb pudding.. Now, my Aunt Helen knew the best thing. A fresh baked loaf of bread, cut lengthwise with most of the inside torn out and a pint of Old Grandad bourbon sealed inside. This was quickly devoured by the squad. Never found one broken. Of course the packages were occasionally lost in transit, but usually we recieved them in a few weeks sometimes. Just like mail arriving. Usually 10 days worth or so at a time. Always started reading the older ones first.. The "V mail" was good but not much space for a long letter. I often wonder where the letters to KIA's , MIA's, and WIA's went . Hopefully the WIA's followed them, but the others?????. Maybe this is not the correct place on this forum to add any more postings Possibly another topic should be used if you wish. You got me started though. Aint you sorry. Will reread your post on pics and later try posting one. Right now I have about 50 WW 2 pics in my photo storage on Comcast.net of my few pics and many from a friend of mine from the same 7th Inf Reg who although in a different part of the 7th Reg. was platoon ldr. (Lt.) of I&R platoon if you have any interest..
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    M-1 Rifle WW2

    James Pickering: Good write up on the M-1 Garand. Must agree with you about the myth of the ejected clip in battle. Anyone in front of you close enough to hear the "cling" of the ejected clip would be partially hearing distorted by the muzzle blast at that close range. Must admit though I never saw any (blue tip) incendary rounds in the ETO although later did get hold of some of them when back to civilian life but they were prior manufactured to ww 2. The A.P ammo was my favorite in the M-1 as it would do all that ball ammo did plus when the cupro nickle jacket stripped offf the tungstan carbide .27"? core kept going through a lot of wood and/or brick/ or light steel armour. The Springfield '03 was a good rifle but at least with the M-1 one looked through the sights, "not for the sights" when hurried. Once again. good article. I have also fired many Nat. Match Courses till about 8 years ago and enjoyed competing in them. Getting down for the prone and sitting wasnt too bad, but getting back was just plain bad news. Now I stick to offhand or bench resting for rifle.
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    Day to Day Life Overseas!

    Hey Marion: I really meant that first line as a "funny" and did not take offence . And believe me I know how many ww2 vets have passed on. Now to question about food. Mostly it was K and C rations with a occsasional" hot" meal brought up but always with good hot coffee. A dogface was fueled by 3 things, coffee, cigarettes and looted booze. When lucky to stop for a while in a shelled out village we "looked for" eggs, fat, and the Kraut black bread. Also any chickens around and potatoes. This sure aided our meals of K and C rations. Many times fires were not possible and our rations were cold. However setting a empty K ration inner waxed package on end it was possible to heat up a canteen cup of water when you liit the waxed box. This at least gave you fairly hot coffee from the breakfast ration coffee tin or package. (powdered). Sugar was also included. I think that food was always on our mind. Crumbling the C ration round bisquits, adding sugar, dinner cocoa powder, and a crumbled fruit bar into some water and heating over a waxed liner for heat made a nice supper dessert. The damn D ration bar was the last resort food. Good only for knawing on in a dire emergency. Some kind of a almost inedible choclate ? bar but packed with calories they say. The dinner K ration can of cheese with crackers was also a favorite. But not the lemonaide package with it. A can of spam would be a blessing but was only with some "hot meals" and not distributed to us. It would have made a nice meal though. The 10 in one meals were almost non extent to us and possibly part of "hot chow" when possible. Not complaing, just explaining. Any more qustions???
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    US Military occupation of Japan

    I find it a bit strange that the M-2 carbines were used in training that early as few were made during that period. Mainly they were used sparingly in Korea as few were made by then and in Nam still a lot of M-1 carbines were used. till production caught up. For what the M-1 carbine was designed for it did a excellent job. Mainly to replace the pistol in WW 2 .
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    pdhinkle: ' " Wearing a wool OD uniform in the summer Dirt on my collar deep enough to scrape off with a knife! " How damn true. Remember them well. Best memory was relaxing after we captured Bertesgaden and knowing the war in ETO was over unless we were sent for the Japanese invasion which didnt happen. Then it was just waite to be sent home as our point count came up. Had enough with France, Germany and Austria as a dogface rifleman.
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    Remembering Dresden bombing:60th Anniv

    Quote: "HAMISH ROBERTSON: Exactly 60-years ago one of the world's most exquisite cities, a jewel of art and architecture that had come to symbolise the cultural and intellectual achievements of European civilisation, was destroyed in just two successive days of bombing by British, Canadian and American aircraft." Sorry, I cant feel the same way. We did not start that war. Also, what has been left out is that on the outskirts of Dresden were many "war machine" factories, railways and the likes. London and Coventry were Kraut targets in bombings, remember? London was continually bombed and firebombed by the Krauts. It also had many art places destroyed. Just where is the difference?? It was war, and one we did not start. Someone always looses.
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    CIB's being awarded to com engs

    The CIB was originated in 1943 and was awarded only for Ifantryman that were actually in combat with the enemy. Even its name disignates Infantry. During ww 2 two thirds of all KIA were Infantrymen, yet they were only about 15 percent of the total soldiers.. Also, their living conditions (existing conditions) were the poorest. The CMB also was awarded for ACTUAL COMBAT MEDICS who were part of a Infantry company. Granted, some other support units did, at times fight as infantry, but not as a usual thing and not for extended periods. The "jobs" of these units were not of the Infantry type most of the time. This brings to mind, why didnt the paratroopers recieve the Air Force Air Medal ? Many of the pilots recieved it that dropped the paratroopers. And yes, we also recieved a extra $10.00 per month when awarded it.
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    M-1 Rifle WW2

    After ww 2 M-1 rifles were sent back to the Military in large quantities. Also used in Korea and possibly early Nam. DCM (Director of Civilian Markshmanship ) sold many, many rifles to qualified civilians. As is the CMP (Civilian Marksmanship Program) is still doing. Check on web site www.odcmp.com .. Also surplus M-1 ammo. Many M-1 rifles were lend leased to both Greece and the Dutch and have been returned. And yes. O.D. is olive drab, and in the states it was the winter class A uniform consisting of O.D. shirt, pants, blouse , hat and overcoat. Early field jackets were tan, as were tankers jackets, mackinaws ETC but were considered field equipt. Later field jackets were green. In ETO the O.D. pants and shirt were the combat uniform, along with O.D. overcoats, or field jackets, pile liners (under field jacket) . Socks , scarves, wool knit caps (jeep hats) wool knit gloves ETC were also O.D.. I am sure I missed some things but that was 60 years ago when I was a 3rd I.D. dogface in ETO. If pic comes out thats me on the left
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    Introduce yourself

    Enlisted and was sent to Ft. Belvoir in Combat Engs. Near end of training was transferred to Advanced Inf. training at Camp Howze for 6 weeks along with the rest of the group as Inf. casualty replacements. In France was put in the 3rd Bn 7th Inf Reg 3rd Inf Div and went on through Germany and into Austria as a dogface PFC. Went overseas onthe Queen Mary I believe, and returned in Apr. '46 on the La Crosse Victory ship,. when my rotation points came up for discharge. Was discharged on May 6 "46. Enlistment then (or being drafted) was for the duration of hostilities plus 6 months?) I still keep in contact with some aquaintences from the 7th Inf Reg. and others from ww 2 that post on www.military . com WW 2 forum. Right now there are 4 of us on there that served in combat in ww 2.
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    New poster

    Maybe I dont belong here but was a Combat Engineer in training in 1944 at Ft. Belvoir and at end of combat eng. training my whole group along with many other groups were suddenly transferred to Camp Howze TX for advanced infantry training for casualtiies replacements in the infantry for 6 weeks then immediately shipped overseas to Inf. units as casualty replacements. to France. Here I joined the 3rd Inf. Div. as a dogface infantryman casuallty replacement and fought from France, thru to Austria till wars end. However I believe the combat engineer training was at least as tough as infantry training and did teach me much which helped me survive. Joe