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Jiggersfromsphilly

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  1. I would just like to ask everyone to take a moment to remember the men who landed 62 years ago today to take Iwo Jima.

     

    May all who gave their lives there, rest in eternal peace. May the ones who returned have our thanks and prayers for their sacrifices and service.

     

    God Bless them all!


  2. Battleground may be one of the finest movies of all on WW2. The used a lot of the Bulge vets for extras and there is a scene in the beggining where they are in camp and the building that is headquarters (Some where on the back lot at the studio) Actualy looks a lot like the real one in Mourmelon where the 101st was stationed after Holland!

     

    Looks like someone in set design was a vet of the BOB


  3. I can only speak from my fathers view. He came home with two duffle bags of stuff, for lack of a better word. He still had his class As and after 5 years 1940 to 1945 in the Army , he had collected a variety of gear. He still had his winterover coat . many khaki and od wollen shirts; his Ike jacket. He had his Combat jacket from the Bulge. The one he wore stuffed with newspapers to keep him warm in that long ago forgotten winter of 44-45. He brought home souvineres, pair of white leather Boots with red inserts and the eagle and swastika in them. He captured (Liberated) them from a town in Germany. Several bayonets, a Burgermeisters sword that and a large red flag with the swastika on it, that he and a buddie got when they had a town surrender to them in the midst of a hooch run. He also had a Luger with the paperwork from his commander.The luger was gotten rid of in the 50's when he got married. He didn't like the thought of a gun in the house with children.

     

    Over the years he wore the khaki shirts to work at the Atlantic refining company in South Philadelphia. The woolen ods were worn while working on the house or car in the winter. The slowly but surely, they wore out and were used for rags until he died. The moths got ahold of his overcoat and that was thrown out and I wore his OD and Khaki ties in High school as a sign of rebellion . He passed away in 1968 and all that remains I have are 5 OD woolen shirts, his Ike jacket and his Combat jacket that has paint on it from every single thing he painted for 23 years.

     

    He also rejoined the service in 1950 and served in the Air Force with the 36 th fighter squadon. I don't think the AF was as liberal with the uniforms after the Korean war as the Army was after WW2all that is left is his aluminum footlocker that still looks good after 55 years.


  4. I am ambivalent about the BIG stores. A corporation has no soul ! On the other hand you guys do and thats a shame that you were used and then abused.

     

    I feel that the Wal Mart story is an example of bad business.They call it freedom of competeiton when it is economic elimination of competition for the little guy. They wipe out competition and then they withdraw hours and benefits , while recording massive profits. The dicotomy of quarterly profit statement and business expenses on that level is rediculous. If the small businessman was alowed a the same tax credits and deductions, it might be different, but I have no mercy for the Wal Marts.

     

    Just a rant from a cranky independent business man!


  5. Al;l I can say is...DON"T LEAVE UNTIL THE CREDITS ARE OVER!!!

     

    It is a moving and powerful movie that should be seen by all who love our veterans!

     

     

    It is a stark story as to what happens at home and what happens in combat and how the worlds differ.

     

    Hats off to Clint for this great movie.

     

    And THANK YOU ALL WHO SERVED!


  6. Its a shame that theywatered down the bill a few years ago. So many prospered with waht those benefits brought. So many business's were founded by the men who came home from war and created something with the educations they recieved. How many who are so well off, are the beneficiaries of that legislation. It would be too liberal to recreate it today. So many would protest it as "TOO COSTLY" Damn Shame!

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