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CaptO last won the day on December 31 2018

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About CaptO

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    Resident Marine
  • Birthday 06/26/1972

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    Quantico, VA
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    -Shooting and hunting
    -1/35 scale plastic modeling - mainly German WWII. You can't deny they had the coolest gear! Although they weren't as cool when used against you.
    -World War II (since I was in grade school)

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  1. Can you point me to your father's log book?  My Grandfather returned home from Italy August 13, 1945 and I would be interested to get a feel for what he went through.

  2. I remember seeing articles about him in the past. Remarkable man. Rest in Peace, sir!
  3. I agree, Marion, the color photos are awesome!
  4. Wow! This is awesome, Marion! I'm glad you've gotten to talk to him. Hope he continues to do well!!!
  5. Yes, I knew this news would be coming, but it still hurts to hear. I'm glad I got to meet him - he was a great man (as all of them I met were).
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    Info on the 1277th - John Priest

    Very cool! Will be looking forward to the pics. Also, homemade honey is the best! I got hooked on having local honey when I was at 2d Battalion, 10th Marines. I was talking to our SgtMaj one day and he started mainlining honey (i.e. he upended a squeeze bottle of honey into his mouth). I commented that it must be good and he said he kept bees and let me try some. It was darn good. From that point on there was no more Honey Bear in my future. I was very glad to find a local honey store in Okinawa that I frequented for the four years I was there. SO GOOD! https://okinawahai.com/kohama-hachimitsu-小浜のハチミツ/
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    That's a pretty comprehensive list of insignia. I found the 540th and its battalions on 80, 103, and 123.
  8. Yes, these are great photos. Seems like with WWII you see a lot of the same photos over and over despite the volume of photos shot in the war. It's always good to see private photos because a) by their nature, haven't been seen by many and b) usually they are taken of things that may have seen "mundane" by the people who put together "Photos of World War II!!" books. It adds a visual dimension to the war you would otherwise not have.
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    What the major is up to now

    I also forgot to mention I played with the Marine Band in Quantico, too!! This was August of last year. In Fredericksburg town square: And at the Marine Corps Museum
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    What the major is up to now

    Wow, it's been a while since I've posted this! Since then, I've now been made the S-3 (operations officer) for the Battalion and will soon be running (in the operational sense, of course) the Marine Corps Marathon in DC. During that event, October 28th this year, the Marines from Quantico go up to Washington D.C. to provide most of the manpower to facilitate the race. We man water/Gatorade points, food stations, and the start and finish activities (such as giving medals to all finishers). This year, I get to be the operations officer for all of the Marines involved - yay. It's a lot of work and a SUPER early morning, but it's a good time and mostly a lot of fun - at least when you are at a water point of food station. the ops section will be locked in some building somewhere so I'm not sure how fun that will be. Lastly, other than running the marathon (once again, not in the jogging sense!) I'm running other events here in Quantico for the Battalion. We always want to get Marines out of the office to "Marine things" and this was one of those efforts. My portion starts at 1:30: https://www.dvidshub.net/video/623944/saved-rounds-episode-11
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    V-Mail Newsletters - WWII Museum

    Interesting - I hadn't heard of Ernest Childers, but it is quite a story. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ernest_Childers
  12. There are a lot of feelings I had when I first read "Farewell Tony Stefanelli". I would love to be able to tell you all of them at one time, but since that isn't possible, I'll try to break them down. I had that heart lowering, sad feeling when I first read the words but I don't want really want to say that this is necessarily sad for a couple of reasons. First off is my belief in God and that this life isn't the point, if you follow me. Secondly, he was 102 and you certainly couldn't say he didn't live a long, fruitful life. What I do feel is that sense of loss that we all get when someone we knew (regardless of how long) that we really liked. I only met him the once, but I really enjoyed my time with him. I only regret I didn't get to hang out more since he was such a great guy with awesome stories to tell. I would have really enjoyed spending more time with him, but it was not to be. I know he would have been surrounded by his children and grandkids at the end and that is the most important. I'll just have to wait until that great everything reunion in the sky. Farewell Tony. You were certainly one of the good ones and you can't do much better than that.
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    That was the only place that both of my grandfathers were in the same place during the war. My paternal grandfather's history is known to many here, but for those who don't know, he was with the 540th, Marion's father's unit. My maternal grandfather was from Oklahoma so he was in the 45th Infantry Division as an Infantry officer (a captain, I believe). He was injured pretty seriously three days from the conclusion of the battle and was sent home for the duration. He came back to Europe following the war in the occupation troops. Here are some pictures I found looking up Operation HUSKY. Thank goodness for the internet! You can always find new WWII pictures! (Well, new to me!)
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    Thieves steal money from a WWII engineer

    I'm always pleased to see how many people there are to help after sad things like this happen.