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    Move over Tom Hanks !!!

    Roque: You sure h it the nail on the head. All that good tree cover and walking down a open railroad track dont hack it for a long life span.
  2. POW's were the bane of the dogfaces life. Fianlly with the mass surrendering in Germany mostly we just disarmed them if weapons showed and motioned them back to "our lines?". God only knows who finally kept them. We just couldnt spare the manpower to keep or guard them. As it was, our "supposed Div figure" of 15,000 men was down to the 12,000 mark from lack of replacements. When you are down 20 percent you are starting to be a hurting puppy. I guess many Krauts were dissapointed in not being captured immediately on surrendering but hopefully they finally found some people to take them in. Actually just what does a company of maybe 180 people do with 100 surrendering Krauts at a time when one has a objective to take and must move on?
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    Help with Spam-the edible (?) one

    Actually spam was kinda a treat. Our usual diet was K and C rations with a occasional D bar. Even getting a can of spam was a treat. Cold or maybe hot. But it tasted like all meat. Not hash with some meat, beans with some meat, or stew with some meat. Even now I eat a can occasionally in a sandwitch with just mustard, or chunks on saltines.
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    Army vs. Marines

    Rocky: Right in the 10 ring. Seems like people forget who took the real brunt of the wars, the Army Infantry. More combat time, more casualties per division, longer bad living conditions and damn little recognition. Far as training, one thing we learned was to forget half of what we were taught, listen to those who knew from combat experience, and go on newly found instinct from actually being in combat. Training only takes one so far in learning the facts of life and death. Granted, the Marines did help a little in WW 2. Capt O. You sure picked a sore spot with this Infantry PFC.
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    My family members serving in WWII

    Out of a family of 4 my brother served as a Air Corps gunner in B-25's. I served as a Rifleman in the 3rd Inf Div. My Dad served in Intel. and was badly wounded in France. Not mentioning many unkles and cousins that served i n WW 2. One cousin was on the Arizona when sunk plus the Yorktown. Also some of our Canadian relatives served in the Canadian Army. Was a great reunion after the war.
  6. Yes, I already posted this in another forum but maybe its worthwhile repeating for some that missed it. Kinda long and maybe boring but quite factual. Seems liske we were always "scrounging" (or looting) such drinkables as wine, cognac, calvados, anasette, beer when lucky, along with other such things. How about it Sgt. Leo? Remember? Not to mention civilian food when possible, but thats another thing. Of course at ETO wars end our Military shipped over grain for German breweries to make beer for G.I. consumption which was great. If I remember correctly our company was issued a keg per night for after hour consumption by our company in a home made "beer garden". Rough made but adequate.Also wine was available on the local market along with some schnaps. Cigarettes were the usual trade commodity for this. Along with this our D.P. camps (Displaced Personel, like the Polish and Checs and others) made a variety of what we called "Garbage Schnaps" probably made from the left over G.I. mess hall garbage. Guaranteed not to be over 3 days old in aging. However roumer had it by adding 2 spoons of honey to it and aging it for 2 more days it was palatable. Who knows. It seemed drinkable though. Mixed with Cocoa Cola who could tell. Some German beer was also available at Gasthauses, (bars) when open. Again, cigarettes were the coin of the realm in preference to Allied Curency. (Marks). Perhaps Sgt. Leo can go into Allied Curency as I am a bit vague on its ins and outs and hows and whys. One Mark was about the equivilent of .10 cents. With cigarettes selling in the PX rations for .50 cents a carton and could be sold on the ecomomy for up to the equivelent of $200.00 a carton soon it was realized too much money was being sent home by some. Then shortly it came to pass one could only send home via money order just what one drew over the pay table. To counteract this, cigarettes became "rationed to troops" at 2 cartons per week. However, again, some "wise guys" traded for diamonds and the likes and returned home with them. Oh to know what could have been done but being young and foolish I didnt know. Stupidly I traded a carton of cigarettes for a motorcycle and spent my free time hunting and just enjoying life ETC till my return home. Well, I guess I have bored you enough for now. With the war in ETO over it was just wait till my return home and being young and single it didnt bother me too much. My turn to return came in a bit. Sgt. Leo, please add to or critique this post. Roque, dont know how it was in Italy during this period so bear with me friend and make comments
  7. Yes, believe it or not this old Infantry Dogface started off in Combat Engineer Basic training in WW 2. How well I remember my basic training with the "knot obsticle course", demolation training, booby trap and land mine training, and all the rest of the Combat Engineering training till damn near done with Basic. Then suddenly due to high infantry casualties in the ETO we were , without further adeau shipped to Camp Howze TX for 6 weeks of Advanced Infantry Training and over to France as Infantry Riflemen. Actually I found the Combat Engineer training more ardous than the Infantry training I recieved at Camp Howze. Some long marches and bayonet and unarmed combat training along with calestenics but a lot of weapons training of all Infantry weapons. All in all they tried to pack in a lot of training in the less than 12 weeks of Engineering training plus 6 weeks more of Infantry training. I know some had more training prior to going into Infantry combat, but also some had less training. The life as a Infantry rifleman replacement was not usually easy as one did not go into as a division or group but bits at a time to outfits who had casualties and needed replacements. Luckily I was buddied up with a "old timer" who had almost 2 months of combat time since joining the company. From him I did learn a lot in a hurry Anyway, my luck held for the duration and I lived and learned.
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    How to Keep House in a Foxhole

    Shellrep/Mortcard?????? What in hell are those? We had O.P.'s F.O.'s for that job. Us, we just dug deeper, kept a eye out and covered our asses. Luckily the wax K ration inner box made a nice smokeless fire for heating a canteen cup of powdered coffee in our private kitchen. Yea, we had a living room, dinning room, kitchen,bedroom and bathroom. ALL IN ONE HOLE. No lease, just move out when notice was given and go to a new address for a while. Trouble was the roof always leaked and the cellar was not usually dry. However the rent was cheap. It was usually a noisy neighborhood though with many troublemakers. Roque, I imagine you ran into the same type of accomodations and same type of bad neighborhoods to contend with.
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    How to Keep House in a Foxhole

    Roque: You got it correct. Seems to me a foxhole was a very temporary thing and not for long periods of use. Then dig a new one somewhere else. Lost count of the ones dug. Kinda wonder if someone ever filled them in later. Must have been millions dug. Granted, our housekeeping was shoddy.
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    Army Patches

    Right Roque. Rough leather with the 2 buckles on the flap for the boots. Sure did beat the old canvas lace up leggings though. Took forever to put on those damn canvas leggings on. And yes, the Good Lord does watch over us. I had a weeks stay in the hospitsl, getting out about 10 days ago and today was out in the ATV in the woods clearing the deadfall from the trails from the last storm. Will probably feel it by tomorro though.
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    Army Patches

    Roque: I imagine it was the same for you buddy on the shoulder patch bit but all we used was our divisioanal patches. Fact is our clean clothes sent up were without patches stripes or anything. For "dress up" after the war we did wear our regimental crests on our blouse. To most of us line dogfaces , Corp or Army patches reeked of behind the lines people in most cases. So, whats your take on this bit Roque.
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    Ration Stamps

    As long as we are going into wartime recipies I recall the one us Infantrymen used to make in our foxeholes. We called it Kraut Pudding. Crumble 3 C ration hard crackers in your canteen cup. Add a saved cocoa ration, a saved fruit, date and nut bar, 2 packs sugar. Crumble the fruit bar. Add hot water and mix. No ration points needed. Quite delicious on a cold day. All enredients available from C and K rations packs. Ever hear of it Roque?
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    Toast to the Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge

    Quote: " YES;; AND ALSO .KASSERINE PASS, ETC,ETC, NO.AFRICA-- SALERNO. CASSINO, ANZIO,ETC. ETC., ". How true Roque . Seems like only those battles made famous by films seem to be the most important ones that people remember..
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    Good hearing from you Kyle. Keep in touch and stay safe till you return which should be shortly. Joe
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    Late introduction

    Capt O : Welcome aboard from this old WW 2 3rd Inf Div. dogface Infantryman .
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    The Draft

    Once again: "The draft eventually targeted men as young as 18 and as old as 64." Now was this top age really used for drafting into the Military? I kinda doubt it. Lets hear from anyone with proven facts where people from 45+ to 64 were actually drafted into the military. "Registering" for the draft is one thing (reguardless of age) is one thing, but being drafted at this age into the military is another thing.
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    The Draft

    "The draft eventually targeted men as young as 18 and as old as 64.". Are you sure of that? Seems I recall it went to 18 to 45 and no older. Sorry I cant relate as I enlisted in the Army at age 17 in 1943 and didnt get a draft notice to my knowledge.
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    Betty Grable

    Cant help but wonder how long it took Europe to get back their chicken stock. God knows we must have eaten most of them during the war. And enjoyed them.
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    Spam Town, England 1944

    Hey Moose: Hate to tell you, but, spam was not our usual meal. It was C ration, K ration, and D bars. Spam was a treat to us as it came with a hot meal and hot, real, coffee, bread and a veg once in a while. Not too often but once in a while. To the combat soldier, spam was not on the menue much.. Same as hot, real coffee and bread and real food.
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    Federal government bans flag-folding recitations

    Seems like our lilly livered elected Congressmen have taken away OUR rights and gave OUR rights to the Illegal Aliens, the American ? Muslims,, the Gays, and the likes. Yes, at one time prayer was in our rights also. All this to satisfy the screaming of a few who dont like our laws or moral standards.
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    MARNE's Collection...

    Hey Marne: Just looking back and finally answereing as I probably missed this in a hospial stay an now answerin. Yes, hell yes, still in conact with Sherm Pratt our 3rd Bn L Company commander. Still hear from Sherm on a regular basis. Fact is just got one from him yesterday. Us old "Cotten Balers" s (those of left) still stick together.) Must admit some have been "joining the other ranks" though. "Volens Et Potens" guy. We are still in there kicking thogh.
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    I know what you mean Roque, thats why I quit before I got censored.
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    Sarge, you missed the main one. Namely "your f****ing A right. Usually used with a basterdized bit of French or Kraut words. I know spelling is wrong but like "partie" meaning get to hell out and leave and "mungie" meaning eat or food", plus other things not acceptable here.. Seems we had a language of our own and not fit for decent company.
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    Guess I will put a point on my crutch and join in. Sounds like fun.
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    WW 2 facts ???

    Cant help but wonder on these facts?. From http://wiki.answers.com/Q/How_many_America..._in_World_War_2 How many soldiers were in the American military before Pearl Harbor and how many were there at the end of the war? First answer by Last edit by Chris. Contributor trust: 1763 [recommend contributor]. Question popularity: 60 [recommend question] Answer Before the Pearl Harbor attack there were some 120,000 badly trained American soldiers. At the end of the war the USA had about 16 million under arms (most of them reservists); about 4 million Americans were in military action in Europe (against Germany and Italy) and half a million men were in action in the Pacific (against the Japanese). " Does this sound possible that ony about one quarter of our troops were sent overseas? Does this sound plausable?