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Old 12-07-2018, 12:29 PM
 
Location: Western Colorado
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December 7, 1941 a day which will live in infamy. My dad fought in the pacific in WWII, in the Battle of Luzon. Won the Bronze Star, caught malaria and had nightmares until he died in 2000. Never spoke of the war, at all, ever.


To those who serve, and have served, thank you.

 
Old 12-07-2018, 01:57 PM
 
Location: Central NY
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^^^^^^^^^ Have to admit, I forgot about the importance of this date. What a sad day that was.

So grateful to all of our service people, past, present, future.

I hope we never ever experience another Pearl Harbor type of attack.


Jim, belated thank you to your father.
 
Old 12-07-2018, 03:49 PM
JRR
 
Location: Middle Tennessee
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One of my uncles was a tailgunner on a bomber in the Pacific. He never would say much about his experiences.

My father-in-law was a Marine on Iwo Jima. In all the years I knew him, he only spoke abut it once. Just him and me sitting on the back porch, having a couple of beers. I then understood why he didn't want to talk about it and he never did again.

He did tell us a bit about his training for the landing at the Parker Ranch on the Big Island of Hawaii. It was an interesting feeling when my wife and I visited that area where all those men prepared for what lay ahead of them.
 
Old 12-07-2018, 06:36 PM
 
Location: SoCal
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My dad was stationed at Hickam Field (next to Pearl) on that December 7th. He told us as he was running from mess, the two men on either side of him were mowed down. And it stayed horrible -- he was assigned to go diving to recover body parts in the days after. That's all he ever wanted to tell us about that.
 
Old 12-07-2018, 09:38 PM
 
Location: Cochise county, AZ
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It's got to be tough for any young man to go through that horror. There was an article in the paper today about a vet who had gone through it. I'm amazed they were able to commence living after seeing that. I can't even imagine the nightmares they must have had.

God bless all our soldiers who vow to keep us safe.
 
Old 12-08-2018, 08:27 AM
 
Location: Western Colorado
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Sound asleep I mean sound then at 6am KABAM! Some moron shooting next to my place. I jumped my dog jumped. So much for sleeping in.
 
Old 12-08-2018, 10:14 PM
 
Location: Nebraska
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My cousin is doing better. He was moved to a regular room this afternoon. He will spend a few more weeks in the hospital and then he will have a few weeks of rehab.
 
Old 12-08-2018, 10:29 PM
JRR
 
Location: Middle Tennessee
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My cousin is doing better. He was moved to a regular room this afternoon. He will spend a few more weeks in the hospital and then he will have a few weeks of rehab.
I'm sorry that it happened but glad that he is on the path to recovery.
 
Old 12-09-2018, 05:57 PM
 
Location: Nebraska
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I'm sorry that it happened but glad that he is on the path to recovery.
Me too. I wonder what he did to get shot. He's done some foolish things and runs with a rough crowd
 
Old 12-10-2018, 03:34 PM
JRR
 
Location: Middle Tennessee
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Just got back from my afternoon walk. Not too bad out; cloudy and 41 degrees. All that bad weather pretty much missed us. Got a couple of days of drizzly rain and that was it. Where we used to live near Charlotte North Carolina got about three inches of snow. No chance of snow for us for at least the next week. Maybe it is waiting to give us a White Christmas.

From the time that I got up this morning, there have been wave after wave of geese over us heading south. Probably have been a few thousand through the course of the day. It is almost dark as I am typing this and I can hear yet another bunch going by.
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