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  1. Graciously provided to me by the wonderful Mr. Chester "Chet" Poole, who was a member of Company B, 337th Engineer Combat Battalion.
  2. Howdy gang: While doing on-line research I happened upon a page from a filed newsletter published by the 1108th. All I can find thus far is this one page. Wonder if anyone has the complete newsletter. Hmmmmmmm. Anywho, here's the link: http://chronicle.augusta.com/images/headli...astle_Page1.pdf -Janis
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    We Were One

    I'm reading this now. Tells about the USMC in Fallujah. Intense !
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    We Were One

    Having now completed the reading of We Were One, there's a line that stands out in my mind. The line was spoken by a senior officer at a post-trauma stress disorder [PTSD] class in Iraq in January 2005 and this is what the man said to his Marines, " If you were back in the States and normal Americans endured what you went through in Fallujah, they would be holding group therapy and all-night candle vigils." Yep. The author, Patrick K. O'Donnell calls the men and women fighting in Iraq and Afghanastan "America's next Greatest Generation." After reading what the men of the 3/1 went through in combat in Fallujah, I believe that I tend to agree with Mt. O'Donnell. I've learned a thing or five about the Marine Corps and a great deal more on what it's like to fight in Iraq. This is one of the most enlightening books that I've ever read and I would highly recommend it to all who visit this site. To the men who fight in Fallujah, and eslewhere "over there" the only thing that comes to mind to say to them is, Ooo-Rah !
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    We Were One

    Ooo-Rah !
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    We Were One

    As I continue to read We Were One I find myself irritated that the politicians impose restrictions on our fighting forces when they are engaged in combat. In the book the author tells the story of the Marines engaged in heavy combat in Fallujah, taking fire from everywhere. Yet they are restricted from taking out certain buildings. Call me bitch, but it's total war or no war. Because the muj were holed up in certain structures the Marines couldn't liquidate the enemy by taking out the structure. If someone's trying to kill you there shouldn't be restrictions preventing the troops from defending themselves to the best of their abilities.The politicians [not the one's getting shot at] should let the soldiers [who are getting shot at] do what they have to do to protect their own lives as much as possible and win the wars. They stopped Stormin Norman short in the first Gulf War, The Johnson Administration did this in The Nam and it happened in Korea and on and on. I wonder what the total in lives lost is because politicians want to play generals.
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    The Great Dictator

    I don't yet own this film but I've watched several clips from it on You Tube. Chaplan is absolutely brilliant in his mockery.
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    History of the 337th Engineer Combat Battalion

    Indeed it is Marion. Indeed it is
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    The Great Dictator

    I like the part where the microphones are bending away from him as he rants and raves into them.
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    History of the 337th Engineer Combat Battalion

    From the files of Mr. Chet Poole, Company B, 337th Eng C Bn: page 1A page 1B page 2A page 2B page 3 My dad's name appears in File 2A, right underneath Mr. Poole's. I can not possibly thank Mr. Poole enough for what he has given me.
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    Hitler's Private Train

    Link to photos: http://images.google.com/images?q=hitler%2...q=source%3Alife
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    Humor From The Gothic Line

    From the book "The War North Of Rome : June 1944 - May 1945" by Thomas R. Brooks, pages 157 - 158 Author Farley Mowat wrote in his history of the Hastings & Prince Edwards Regiment, an account of an incident in the battle for the Gothic Line. Mr. Mowat felt that the incident might have qualified for one of the most peculiar encounters of the war. It was the night of 25 Aug 1944 and Lt. Col. Cameron had set up his Battalion CP in an Italian farm building. He and his officers had sat down to eat a beef stew that had been prepared when they heard a cough behind them. The officers turned around to see who had entered the building and found a six foot tall German paratrooper corporal. Lt Col Cameron snapped at the man, "You are in the wrong camp. Go away." The German replied that he was lost. Lt Col Cameron replied, "That's easily rectified" and he gave the German detailed directions so that he could return to the German lines which were located 400 yards away. The Lt Col then remembered his sense of hospitality and asked the German if he had eaten. The paratrooper related that he had not eaten in the past 24 hours and so the Lt Col invited him to partake of the beef stew with the group. After eating, the paratrooper corporal offered himself as an official prisoner of war. The Lt Col dismissed the notion by exclaiming, "Nonsense." and telling the German that he had freely admitted to wandering into the CP by mistake. Lt Col Cameron continued, "And since we've already taken quite enough prisoners today, one more would simply be an administrative nuisance." Mr. Mowat's account relates the German as banging on the table and saying, "I am your prisoner." The Lt Col banged on the table himself saying, "You are a soldier absent without leave....You may even be charged with desertion. You go along, and when you get back, tell your C.O. that we're going to beat the hell out of him come dawn." Mr. Mowat relates that the argument might have continued all night had the Lt Col not been called back to duty and finally agreed to accept the German's surrender
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    Capt Todd in Iraq

    This is my favorite photo. I'd love to fire one of those, though I reluctantly admit that I'm a tad bit old for the USMC, but I definitely have the spirit and tenacity for it. Gnarley vindictive biddie that I am.
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    You Nazty Spy

    My absolute favorite WWII humor, and my absolute favorite Three Stooges short is "You Nazty Spy". Moe Howard is brilliant as dictator Moe Hailstone, a paper hanger turned dictator. Hail. Hail. Hailstone ! Good thing for the Stooges that we won the war. I can only imagine what 'ole sour puss Schiklegruber would have done to the boys for their mockery. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I9adsn2d25I
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    Aside from the more memorable quotes from this great film I'm growing partial to the line Rick speaks when he's talking to Ilsa of their time in Paris, "I remember every detail. The Germans wore gray and you wore blue." Yep. That would cover all the significant details. Ahhhhhh, to have lived in those times But as ole Georgie Patton would have said, "I did."
  16. Just got back from seeing Valkyrie. I give it two thumbs up I prefer that German characters at least roll their Rs, but the fact that Cruise's character began the film speaking German and then faded into English was quite acceptable. The glass eye kind of creeped me out Even though I knew the ending, it didn't take away from the film. I'll definitely add it to my DVD collection when it's released. I thought that the guy playing Himmler looked very much like him. We didn't have a bad looking Hitler either, though he could have used a bit more of the "crazed" look in his eyes. I was surprised to learn that Von Stauffenberg orgiinally attempted to execute the plot on my birthday, 15 July. Interesting In any event there were a lot of nazis running around in the film, and they're my favorite villians.
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    Are you moviegoer ?

    Outstanding ! You are correct sir. Well done. I believe that it is now your turn.
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    Are you moviegoer ?

    Kelly's Heroes
  19. My dad's generation has come to be known as "The Greatest Generation." There is no doubt of that in my mind. My dad wasn't fond of the German's, after all, they tried to kill him. And my mom hated them, they killed her brother at Normandy. Though my mom really liked "Panzerlied" from Battle Of The Bulge. I've known many vets who loathed the Japanese. So many with feelings absolute. As for me, there are only two 'absolutes, the first being 'absolute zero' temperature and the second being an 'absolute signal' on the railroad. Everything else is subject to my scrutiny. I have a favorite quote spoken character on the TV series Babylon 5, "Understanding is a three edged sword. Your side. My side. And the truth that lies in between." That, I suppose, is part of what makes me tick. That being understood [ or perhaps not ] I submit the following: I've read volumes written by the American side regarding the history of WWII. I knew of the war and I knew about the war, but I never had an understanding of the very many why's of the war The first book that I'd ever read that was written by a member of "the other side" was loaned to me by my fried Mark. The reading of this book helped me take my first step into a much larger universe.: No Surrender: My 30 Year War by Hiroo Onoda A fascinating account of a man's devotion to duty. I couldn't put this book down. My first ever glimps of WWII from the eyes of the 'enemy'. Next: Samaurai by Saboru Sakai Tales of the war by Japan's leading surviving fighter ace. By the time I'd finished this book I was ready to join the Saboru Sakai Fan Club. Not a cold hearted enemy but a very human man bound by honor and duty and devotion to his country. A man who came to realize his humanity during a dogfight with a famous American pilot. Mr. Sakai actually visited many of his opponents after the war and paid them honor and tribute. And then: Japanese Destroyer Captain by Tameichi Hara A riviting account of a boy who grew up to become a destroyer captain in the Imperial Japanese Navy.
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    No Better Place To Die

    This looks like it's going to be really good
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    Tales from Oz; Life on the "Dark Side"

    First of all Rocky, let me say "Thank you", for what you did over there. Before starting research on my dad's unit I always thought of Normandy and the drive through France as the nastiest thing. But the more I learn of the war in Italy, the more realize how nasty and ugly things were in the Italian Campaign. From reading the book I'm getting the impression that Italy was "Tiger country" and that Italy was definitely no "soft underbelly of Europe"
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    Letters from Iwo Jima

    The Sands Of Iwo Jima. The only movie where John Wayne gets killed it. A fine movie. "Letters", I believe, lets us see what it was like on the "other side". It is, in the very least, enlightening.
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    Yep. Yep. Uh-huh. For me it was Vic Morrow.