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    Books written by veterans

    Stevin: Check up on a book published by Pratt Pusuits 1512 So. 23th St. Alrington, VA written by Sherman W. Pratt. Titled "Autobahn to Berchtesgaden". Sherm is a friend of mine from the 3rd Inf Div WW 2 in the same Bn. and sent me a autographigied copy with a nice message. It covers from a little pre war to the wars end. From Africa to Austria where he served..
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    Wouldnt it be great IF

    Yes, wouldnt it be great IF a lot of the younger folks got their dads or granddads to get their dads or grandads WW 2 stories on computer or taped. Too many neglect to find out the ww 2 history until it is too late. And then try to find out when it is too late. Then they finally go looking for the details instead of getting the facts prior. Why is it so important now instead of back then ? This just drives me up the wall. Why do they wait till it is too late ? Wasnt it important back then? Or just only after their death? Some wait till many years later and then want histories of them which could have been easily found by talking to them while alive. All they get this way of later checking is a small bit of history, but no actual stories in first hand.
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    Wouldnt it be great IF

    A lot of truth in these replies. Very rarely do I go into details of combat conditions to anyone but another of the same type. Even on here. However the day to day happenings should be brought forth as rarely do the people realize the usual conditions we lived, and the things we now believe interesting and should be brought up to give some idea of the usual day to day life we led and conditions for front line troops. We are not hiding our "bad times in combat". But usually try to forget them or go over them sparingly to others not in the same "job" we were in or not in service. But, get a few of "us" together and the stories do fly right and left. But only usually to this select few. Otherwise we talk genarilities about the war, rations, clothing, equiptment and the likes and houmorous things. Any WW 2 G.I.s should keep all papers and a written history for their offsprings so they have a good idea of what and where they served. All is a important part of history and should not be kept from them. Naturally, some things should be left untold.
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    I Want to Know

    Sgt Leo (Fred). Damn good post. Must have somehow missed it till now. I too am very worried. Seems like some VERY DUMB AMERICANS in a couple of states elected 2 Muslim belivers to Congress. I kinda wonder how our troops in Iraq view this bit? Them, shedding blood and here THEY are being elected to power in the U.S... And now, one wishes to run for president of the U.S. . Just how low can we go in thinking. Already we have a very small minority of Muslims getting all the attention and having laws enacted in their favor and favorite press releases. Lets face it, just what in the hell good are they doing FOR this country except making problems and tieing up our courts. I cant see any good this group has done in this country. This "so called religion" has no place in this country as it does not accept anything but its own TYPE of religion which does not mesh with any other religion here..
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    Memoribilia and Collectibles

    Al: You were lucky we were "requeated" to leave Berchtesgaden on May 6th '45. Otherwise all would have been gone with us.
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    American troops Scharding, Austria

    Marion: I do have seveal pics of a Austrian town, half way between Berchtesgaden and Salzburg but no recollation of the towns name. It was on a single railroad track is all I can tell her. Here we used civilian houses (at wars end) as our billets for a short time, like a couple of months prior to moving to Germany. It was one of the most pleasant times in Europe. I always wished to go back to Austria above all other European countries I was in.
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    The Range Incident

    Sgt. Leo.: Strange you should mention rifle practice. When arriving as a replacement rifleman in France and being shipped to a front line outfit (3rd Inf Div) I was issued a M-1 rifle naturally, along with other hardware. BUT, no chance to zero in a new/used rifle until my first combat. Luckily someone had it down fairly well but it sure worried me till then. No chance to zero it in prior. One damn poor way of getting confidence in ones rifle. Just one extra hour for sighting in would have been helpfull for confidence in ones weapon.
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    Narrative of Events

    Gerome: A good firsthand hisory of the 7th inf Reg/3rd Inf Div can be found in Sherm Pratts book "Autobahn to Berchtesgaden". He was battlefield commissioned and became C.O. L Co. 3rd Bn. . It is a extra large softback book of over 650 pages. He sent me one many years ago with a nice note on the inside cover . We both were in the same bn. but different companies. You can E mail him at swpratt@verison.net He may have some copies available yet. Well written and with maps and pics. I know he is alive and kicking as we corrospond regularly. As far as the 36 Div I cant help you but they were kind of a "brother Division" to us much of the time.
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    Memoribilia and Collectibles

    Custerman: Is it a 9mmK Kurz (.380) or a regular 9 mm Luger chamber?? Sgt. Leo: Looks like a 7.65 (.32 auto) made by Sauer and Sohn. Both are nice collectable peices . I sent home quite a few rifles and rifle actions as it was quite easy if one stuck to the Regs. No U.S. weapons and no full autos. Kicking my butt to this day for not sending home a bunch more.
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    Robert G. Breitbach - 540th

    Marion: Tell him to join in the forum. Both him and his dad preferably.
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    Battle of the Bulge

    Sgt. Leo. Yes, I do use the work Kraut also as you know instead of Gemans in most posts. Guess it is a old habit. I dont see anything wrong wrong with it, same as you use the work Kraut in reference to Germn soldiers. From what I heard "way back" on telephone or radio "Germans and Shermans" (tanks) sounded too much alike and could cause confusion. in directing fire. And Fred, your quote (bad as it seems) : "If I can manage to get the enough free time,and I'm sure Joe and Roque will bear me out,I'll tell you how hard it was to unbutton your coat or to unbuckle your cartridge belt with fingers of iron. In some instances,a normal body function became a major project to perform". How damn true to life. That '44-'45 winter was a real bad winter. But we had to endure with it. Talk about one cold azzed winter. But life had to go on.
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    85th/540th Bridge Photos

    Marion: Yes I checked it out and quite true and pertinent.
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    85th/540th Bridge Photos

    Roque: No idea as how they were anchored. We just plain left the small boats and paddles on the far shore. Not our job to return them. Where we crossed was about 300 yds of Rhine River with quite a current. Seemed like 3 miles wide not the 300 yds it was. Some boats did not make it over.
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    Mort Walker ??

    Sgt. Leo: After reading this I cant ever enjoy "Beetle Baily" again. "A teen age kid in 1945 that was drafted in 1941". No way!!! Not a typical WW 2 G.I. to say the least.. I hope that you posted it in the way I took it, as a non typical soldier... To say the least.
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    85th/540th Bridge Photos

    Marion: Yes, I recall the work of the 540th C.E.'s (who were attached to our 3td Inf Div) at this time for the Rhine River crossing.. The Engineers brought up the aluminum boats and paddles we used for our initial crossing and were repairing a bridge for getting the tanks and T.D.'s across the Rhine while under heavy fire. Seems like the Anphibious Shermans did not fare well in their crossing and we sure needed some tank support after the crossing. Their quick work gave us tank support shortly. Each of the small boats held a squad and were left at the bank where we crossed over.
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    A Tribute To You

    Roque: Must agree with you. Never thought this "Greatest Generation" bit was right. The only thing that has changed is the places, names, faces and dates of battles. Not the will to fight. And hopefully never will change the spirit of our followers into combat. God Bless them all that have followed .
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    WW 2 vets left

    Just got a copy of my monthly 3rd Inf Div magazine, "Watch n the Rhine" showing the number of people serving in WW 2 and how many left. Seems that they claim that of the 16,112,566 WW 2 vets living WW 2 vets are 3,242,000. That is less than 20 percent. Unbelieveable as my self and my brother are still alive although my Dad died in 1960. But going over the bunch from my small town and counting it seems correct but unbelieveable until one thinks back to who is left. Also a good article on the women that served in the Womens Flying Training Dept in WW 2 in the class of 1942. Damn it, it makes me feel like a extenct Doo Doo bird like the rest of us still living. It DID NOT make my day. But I guess facts are facts.
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    d o g f a c e s o l d i e r s

    I lost the bookmark for Bills site quite a while ago. Thanks for posting it. Went back on a trip down "memory lane" just now on it. Even picked out a few friends in the pics. Many thanks Marion.
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    Question regarding 52-20

    Quote: Only problerm with GI insurence, why did they not tell me that after so many years they would cut my GI insurene in half. I was cut from 10,000.00 to 5000.00 then to 2500.00. Happy we did not collect on it.". Seems damn strange to me as by paying my $6.40 a month as yet, and leaving my dividends in, my last statement on my G.I. Insurance showed I have over $30,000.00 of Paid Up life insurance and it increases each year. No complaints from me about it.
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    Question regarding 52-20

    Brooke: As the old saying goes, "I spent most on women and booze and the rest I spent foolishly " . Just joking.. Yes, $300.00 was a good bit of money back then and in my Army time I had a alloment sent home (for banking) for all but $25.00 a month of my pay. So along with regular pay, overseas pay and C.I.B. pay I came home to a good bit of money for those days. Bought a used car and some civies. While going to trade school we also recieved $65.00 per month in subsistance while in school. Believe it or not, while going to trade school in a nearby city they had a free lunch counter near the train station at a bar. Buy a beer and eat sandwitches and hard boiled eggs with no charge for food. Mug of beer was .10 cents but we usually had two. Three of us from nearby towns went to this trade schooll each weekday by train together from 10 A.M. to 4 P.M.. After living through the whole damn depression era I felt I was living "high off the hog".. Especially being young and single.
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    Easy Eddie, Al Capone and...

    Marion: This has been on the web before and I cant realize why the 2 stories shouod be shown instead of just his heroism story. Also here is one rebuttal from another site::: Quote: "Okay, no, the garbage about Butch O'Hare's father is not true. He was NOT Capone's lawyer. While it is true he was murdered, and probably by members of a Chicago gang, he never testified against Capone. And the description of the action in which O'Hare was credited with shooting down 5 G4M bombers, for which he was, indeed, awarded the Medal of Honor, does not come close to what actually happened. I could pick apart the stories piece by piece, but I just don't feel like it. Suggest you get your hands on a copy of John Lundstrom's and Steve Ewing's "Fateful Rendezvous" if you want the real story of Butch O'Hare, and, for that matter, his father. Rich"" Just maybe it is the true story. Kinda makes one wonder about the "Captain Kangaroo/ Lee Marvin and the Mr. Rodgers" bit of falacy again.
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    Question regarding 52-20

    Brooke: I was only 20 years old when discharged. Not much of a trade learned prior to my elistment. First job after the war was a gas pump jockey, then a machine operator, then back to running my trapline during trapping season. I qickly got wise and beleived the comming thing was refrigeration and air conditioning and was correct. This trade, is and continues to be growing even yet. This was a lucky guess for me as I stuck to it for over 40 years and made a good living and retirement..
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    Question regarding 52-20

    Marion: Something is lacking in this explanation. The 52-20 was unemployment from the Govt. for Vets. Yes I collected it a couple of months with no problems till I found work. (the first month I sure didnt look too hard, just enjoyed as I was single and living home then, had my second installment of the $300.00 "Mustering out pay" and what I had sent home was quite a bit also. Also kept my G.I. insurance payments and did not take the dividends so I have many times the original amount of paid up insurance as of yet. Most, if not all of my payment of $6.40 per month goes into more paid up life insurance with the dividends staying in and not collected. Where else does a critter over 80 get this kind of life insurance for $6.40 a month. My paid up life insurance goes up each month even yet. I feel in most cases we were treated damn fairly by the Govt. on returning home. On enlisting we were promised nothing but serving for the whole duration of the war plus 6 months and in late 1944 they came out with the G.I. Bill which was not expected or promised. I feel I was treated more than fairly by a gratefull country. Maybe I was just lucky, but the harder I worked the luckier I became. The 9 months of trade school in refrigeration and Air conditioning I took in 1946 gave me a trade to comfortably retire from thanks to the G.I. Bill and a good life while working. No complaints from me. Prior to trade school I realized I had no trade education and went from job to job..
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    another find from WW 2

    Had a new carpet layed in the den. In moving a chest my wife was cleaning out a drawer and found a old faded envelope I had brought back about 60 years ago from the ETO. In it was a bunch of old European currency I brought back and my "assignement card and Meal Ticket from my returning ship "the La Cross Victory ship" whith the tickets punched for meals and berthing assignment. Also Allied curency from the U.S. sector in marks, English Allied currency in Schillings, and French Allied curency in Franks plus a lot of European currency including several German old time bills up to and including one 50,000,000 mark bill. (evidentally from the 1923 inflation curency). Also, two U.S. one dollar Silver certificates, one of the regular size and one of the real large ones. Both say "in silver payable to the bearer on demand". If I remember correctly we were paid our back pay in silver certificates on board ship on our way home in cash. Made for many card and crap games while on the ship using American currency . Got to start looking around as maybe more goodies will turn up I have just filed away. Just looked again and there is a 10,000,000 mark note also. Wonder what they would have been worth today if they were good? Can post photos if anyone interested. I wonder if I can get 2 silver dollars from the Govt for the 2 silver certificates??? More and more things are appearing as of late in "cleaning out".
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    another find from WW 2

    You will have to click on the pic names to get the pics up. The silver certificates we were paid off with on returning ship plus the assignment card and meal ticket which set where you were bunked. The big one is 1923 and the other one is 1935. currency.TIF