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    then and now - 3rd Infantry man

    Marion: the "then and now" picture reminds me of one I put together a few years ago of the 3rd Div.. However I believe one was taken on May 5'45 not May 4 '45 as shown. I am quite sure the guy in the very back is Stan Manross from Chester PA... Also not sure whose "mansion it was" but was one of the big wheels in Obersaltz. I named the set, "Once Again". Only the names faces, time, and places change..
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    then and now - 3rd Infantry man

    Anyone else notice Sgt. Hill ( in the first picture ) resembles Steve McQueen ??
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    Target Stores

    While I can see allowing the Salvation Army and Vets groups asking for funds like the "buddy poppies" etc. I dont like to see every home grown group outside a store almost every weekend looking for a handout. What I do like to see is a active useful group setting up a hand car wash in a nearby towns strip mall. At least they learn that money should be worked for and not just be begged for.. O.K., so just put me down as a old mean critter..
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    I Need a Photo

    For you guys requesting bandoleers it will take me a while to get them out to you but you will get them out soon. Suddenly I find myself on crutches and not getting around too well now. Will get them packaged and when my son gets over will have him go to the post office and mail them for me.. If you wish, just send me a check or whatever for only the postage. My return address will be on the package and will send them via priority mail as boxing is easier. I believe I have more of them comming from a friend shortly also.. Sorry for the delay. Getting on my ATV with crutches is really something. Luckily it is all hand controls though. At least I can still ride it in the back trails and feed the deer. So things could be worse. I guess the old saying, "time wounds all heels" is true.
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    I Need a Photo

    Milsurp: Hopefully posting what uniforms looked like in Mar. '45 in Germany. Quite dirty etc though.. This photo was taken a few days (I think) after the Rhine River crossing. We just finished taking a small village and waiting to go on but taking a break so no combat packs or extra gear. Just weapons.. I am on the left, Johnny our radio man for the walky talky with his Carbine and Sgt. Ed Garrow. In this time of year, usually a field jacket was worn depending on weather. Cartridge belt with spare ammo also, two frag grenades, canteen with cup, first aid package on belt, bayonet either on belt or on combat pack which contained a shelter half, rain coat, entrenching tool, at least a days rations (either C or K plus a D bar ) some dry socks, personal hygiene gear and personal things and cigarettes. Combat pack usually was less than 25 lbs. Also ones alminum mess gear. In colder weather a "pile liner) was worn beneath the field jacket and possibly a sweater. Also the "jeep hat" under the helmet plus G.I. gloves. The gas mask carrier (without gas mask usually) made another nice carrying place for many things. By this time the "rubber bottom shoe packs" were turned in as they were good, but not for long walkings use. No extra clothes were carried as clean clothes and showers came up at "intervals" when possible and yours were tossed in a heap and ones that had been laundred were given.. At this time hot meals and real coffee and bread were provided for a change.
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    Goerings capture

    Had a E mail from Giles Guigard concerning the capture of Goering in May '45. Most interesting as I never realized this was going on even though being in t he nearby area of Salzbutg Austria. It sure was a first hand bit of info I never heard about and very interesting. Truely worthwhile reading and undoubedly true. Check out the web site at http://www.historynet.com/magazines/world_..._2/3037081.html for his interview. Giles put me in contact with Les with a introduction so I wrote both Les and Giles. A very interesting view of wars end and Goerings capture. I doubt that something like this has came out in true form before.
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    I Need a Photo

    Prnell-H : Send me the address you want them sent to. Looks like I will have to call in some debts and get more of them shortly, but right now I can supply those so far.. But I am pretty sure I can get them with no problem. Joe
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    I Need a Photo

    Milsurp: How many do you want? How is your enblock clip supply for the M-1? Need some clips? Just send your address. No charge. Joe (j3rdinf)
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    All Vets Star Medal

    Kinda looks like a complete agreement here. Take these new ones and "shove them". Very few are really worthwhile but these few are quite worthwhile to me. The ohers are meaningless and just pieces of "tin"..
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    I Need a Photo

    For you Reenactors: If interested I have quite a few of the 6 pocket cloth M-1 bandoleers. About 5 lbs of them. Just pay the actual cost of shipping. Time was when CMP and DCM sold M-1 ammo in clipped and bandoleered case lots.. We appreciate the job these Reenactors are doing to bring up history. If these run out I believe I can scout up many more bandoleers.
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    I Need a Photo

    Milsurp: Do you mean the usual combat clothing and gear or Class A uniforms?
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    Famous Americans and the GI Bill

    Jigger: I did not know the G.I. Bill went downhill. In what way did this go. Seems to me more bennies are available from what I read. Educational beifits eeem to be more so. Dont know about "substistance payments" (mine was $65.00 per mo.) Far as starting a bussiness, my self and a buddy ww2 vet tried for a bussiness loan and was no- go. No re up bonus. No college credits in service. (too busy) . We were damn happy for what we recieved as it was never promised on elisting. Far as a G.I . morgage, it was only 1/4 of a percent less than standard and too many rules and regs and time so I didnt bother. So where is it lacking now. I am not up on it.
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    Memoribilia and Collectibles

    Brooke: Quote: " "Joe, you and your dad were in WWII at the same time? " Yes, my Dad was on his way home after being badly wounded in France via a Hospital ship at the same time I was going over to France. Possibly crossing each other. My brother was also in the ETO as a Air Corps gunner on a B-25. Only my mother was left home. My Dad also served in France in WW 1. He was not a career soldier. He served from 1914 to 1920 and then in WW 2 from 1942 until his C.D.D discharge in 1945. (Certificate of Disability Discharge from the hospital). Having multiple family members serving (including fathers and sons) during WW 2 was not unusual.
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    Back on line

    Paul: Welcome back and hope all goes well. Joe
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    Famous Americans and the GI Bill

    Yes Marion: The G.I. Bill. This G.I. Bill was not promised or even thought about when we enlisted or were drafted. It came out in I believe 1945 and was a Godsend to many of us. I used only 9 monhs of it to go a trade school although I had much more education time available. (for some uknown reason I chose refrigeration and air conditioning trade school) . I was lucky and had no problem getting a job that made me a nice comfortable living and a good retirement . Our tuition and books were supplied plus a substistance of $ 65.00 a month while in school.. On enistment I was promised only $ 52.00 per month and would be in until wars end plus probably 6 months more. Instead, we were given education chances, subsistance, and a $ 300.00 "mustering out pay" from a gratefull country. Oh yes, we even paid for our life insurance (6.40 per mounth for $ 10,000 life insurance in the Army. Again, lucily I kept mine even as of now and with the accumulated dividends gives me a very nice insurance, many more times the original $ 10,000 in paid up life insurance. No complaints from me on the old G.I. Bill either. I kinda wonder just how many would today enlist with these type of promises on enlisting that we had.
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    All Vets Star Medal

    Kind of reminds me of back a bit when NJ issued the Distinguised Service medal for combat. My wife sent in to get it for me. Was notified to be at a nearby place for presentation. I politely told them to send it if they wished to. Was not going there. They sent it. This medal and a nickle (or now $1.00) will get you a cup of coffee. They sent a ribbon, medal and a certiicate. At least it was free.
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    All Vets Star Medal

    Just what we need. Another damn medal issued for just what purpose?? And at THAT amount of money? No thanks. Would rather buy a jug of Jack Daniels.
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    Memoribilia and Collectibles

    Must agree on how little was said in these telegrams. My mother recieved a WIA telegram infoming her my dad was being sent to the States from France on a Hospital Ship (with no details) the week prior to my going over to France. It took me over 2 months to get any further word on his condition. This news made me one nasty S.O.B. as a infantry rifleman.
  19. Roque: My deepest sympathy goes out to you for your great loss. But my prayers will continue for both you and her. I was afraid something happened when I recieved no reply to my E mail for 3 days. From our E mails and talking to both of you on the phone I felt like she was a good friend of mine also. She is now in Gods hands and will e in peace. Now I know she wants you to carry on as before as difficult as it is. Joe Get back to me when you feel able.........
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    US Army Divisions Print - History Shots

    Not to get into a pizzing match but from checking actual facts I feel the 4th Inf. Div. had about the roughest time of all Inf. Divisions in all theatres. In their time of combat, from June '44 till wars end (less than a year) they had 22,660 battle casualties. Yes, fewer "days of combat", but among the 3 highest battle casualties in all theatres. My hat goes off to these guys and little is said about them.. True, such as the outfit I served with (3rd Inf) had the most batle casualties. But in a longer period of time. But did anyone see a movie or T.V. series about them ? Seems damn strange.
  21. Wrote to St. Louis about 20 years ago for a reissue of my ww 2 medals. which I lost in moving. They shorted two of them as they did not show on my discharge. Wrote to them and was sent them and a addition to my discharge to be attached. A few months ago I requested to know what medals I was awarded to check to see if they were added to my discharge. Instead, they sent the list and another complete set of medals from my CIB down to the "ruptured duck". No complaints. I recently sent in copies of my dads WW 2 discharge and his WW 1 discharge. Also the form. Got a phone call from NARA today claiming things were not in order and could not be sent. Here is a C&P from this question on another forum. "Sent in to St. Louis Mo. for my dads medals from WW 1 and WW 2. Granted, his name on his WW 1 discharge was Ernest G. Fournier and his Ser. # was 151305. He served from 1914 to 1920 then. During WW 2 he was not able to pass the physical for enlisment but did volunteer for the draft and was accepted for duty in 1942 . His new serial # was 32391608. His ww2 discharge shows his name as George E. Fournier and shows most of all of his previous service with the excetion of about one year of his ealier service. I was called by St. Louis and told that even though his place of birth was the same (Quincy Mass.) he should have kept his old serial number when drafted and they will not verify and send his medals. His birth date does not appear on his WW 1 discharge and shows his age in 1914 as 22 1/2 (which is incorect). Is this serial number bit they told me correct, that he should have still kept his old WW 1 serial # showing a enlistment number even though being drafed in WW 2 which I believe should start with a 3 as it did. Talk about utter confusion. Need some help.". His WW 1 discharge shows "Service honest and faithfull. No absence under 107". His WW 2 discharge is a Certificate of Disability Discharge having been badly wounded in France in WW 2, on battles and campaigns "no record available" , and wounds recieved, "no records available". And yet he was recieving V.A. compensation.. What a bunch of B.S.. and blaming the "great fire" at NARA and a change of his first name and middle initial even though I sent a copy of both his discharges which were recorded at our County Clerks Office. Makes one wonder.
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    Is NARA in St. Louis brain dead

    Just a follow up. Yes, I won with another phone call to NARA after talking ot her supervisor. I had to many damn facts . His TOTAL service time on his WW 2 discharged (for both wars) showed 8 months 9 months and 18 days which is exactly what his total time on both times of service. His place of birth was the same on both. His enlistment place for both periods of service was the same. His height was almost identical (short). His WW 1 discharge does not show birth daye (so he lied about his age I guess). Yes, his WW 1 shows his name as Ernest G. Fournier and his name shows on his WW 2 discharge as George E. Fournier. (dont know why). On the initial phone call from NARE I was told that he should have kept his OLD ser. # 151305 even though being drafted in WW 2, however in checking up on Serial Nos. on the web I found this incorrect according to AR 616-30 dated 12 Feb 1942 which shows the new serial number he was given was proper. ( 32 391 608 ) . Damn, do they just hate to be wrong but when you give them the AR showing them wrong it worries them badly. It appears I won as a Mr. Burns, a supervisor who I talked to today at NARA, all was proper and he would O.K. the sending of medals for both wars.. I hope this is the end of it as I am too damn old for this B.S.. So believe me, NARA can be fought and beaten with a lot of work. Seems like they just hate facts and figures. Luckily, my Dad had his discharges from both wars recorded at the County Recorders office here localy. (same as mine and my borther did at Dads recomendation). I guess my next problem will be in getting my older brothers medals from WW 2 as he is also a George E. Fournier. So, maybe here we go again. Thank God for ser. numbers. So guys, dont just take a "no" for a answer from NARA, " lock and load" with facts and fight back.
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    Is NARA in St. Louis brain dead

    Marion: Did a bit of web checking on Army ser. #'s and found this. AR 615-30 dated 12 Feb. 1942. "For Men inducted into the Army - Army serial numbers from the following blocks will be used for trainees inducted under the Selective Training and Service Act of 1940, regardless of whether the man formerly had an Army, Navy, or Other service number, and will be retained thereafter upon enlistment or reenlistment for the Regular Army. The second digit indicates the corps area of induction.." And the "3" number on the start of the serial # shows being a draftee". Seems like they are "Brain Dead" and dont know the regs.. Meaning his old ser. # from over 20 years ago was invalid and he recieved a new one. Not as I was told that his old ser. # should still have been used. God help us from these people.
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    1940 SLANG

    And how about of some of the old WW 2 slang. Hubba Hubba. Take 10. Smoke if you got them, and if you got them give me one. The Old S.O.S. for beef creamed toast. Sinkers for doughnuts. The "slop chute" (beer garden on post). G.I. party for a evening of cleaning the barracks for saturday inspection, long arm inspection, M-1 thumb, just to name a few. Also "Maggies drawers" for when you missed the rifle target and the red flag waved for you..
  25. I know that Roque is well into his 34th Div Association, I know Sgt. Leo has a enouth to do in caring for his wife and God bless both of them. And than God for them both. Although I am a little lucky so far, even with some short hospital stays, legs that dont function too well, pacemaker implant, and just damn old age, I got interested in deer a few years ago and am making a study of them. Outside of shooting (targets) which is also a hobby, rifle, pistol, and shotgun (skeet and trap) it keeps me quite busy. Again, luckily my backyard is on the edge of a woods where deer abound and I started feeding them. Bought a electric ATV (all terrain Vehicle) which now gives me access to the woodlands so I can now access the back woods. My life has now opened up again and am free to roam for the past year on it. Thanks to the digital cameras I can take wildlife pictures, and closeup pics in my back yard at my leisure. Many hundreds of pics which give much info and enjoyment in different seasions. Sure, I go through about 250 lbs of deer food plus salt licks and cracked corn each month, but a small price to pay for the enjoyment myself and my wife get from it. Really, just how much T.V. can one watch.
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