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Dec. 7, 1941 is a day that will live in infamy. Did someone in your family fight in WWII?

Jimbo 2011/12/06 20:17:05
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"Now [war] has
come and we must meet it as united Americans regardless of our attitude
in the past toward the policy our Government has followed. ... Our
country has been attacked by force of arms, and by force of arms we must
retaliate. We must now turn every effort to building the greatest and
most efficient Army, Navy and Air Force in the world." - Franklin Delano Roosevelt in his day of infamy speech.





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  • JGF 2011/12/07 00:55:14
    Yes
    JGF
    +8
    My father fought in the Battle of France and the Battle of Germany; was captured in Bastogne during the Battle of the Bulge and escaped by diving into the Meuse River and holding onto a block of ice to stay afloat. Far downstream a French family pulled him from the river, frozen from the waist down, and hid him in their home from German patrols til he was able to walk enough to return to his unit.

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  • I <3 Nezumi 2011/12/07 02:37:37
    Yes
    I <3 Nezumi
    +5
    my grandpa on my dad's side. he is still alive
  • garyt212 I <3 Ne... 2011/12/07 04:57:02
  • brendan 2011/12/07 02:35:38
    Yes
    brendan
    +4
    a few all of which survived
  • tommyg - POTL- PWCM-JLA 2011/12/07 02:30:59
    Yes
    tommyg - POTL- PWCM-JLA
    +5
    My grandfather and 3 of his brothers, bless their souls.
  • Queen B 2011/12/07 02:29:30
    Yes
    Queen B
    +4
    A lot of my family fought in WWII. Three of my mom's older brothers, and my dad's two older brothers, my grandpa's youngest brother was at Pearl Harbor.
  • CuresCancer 2011/12/07 02:29:07
    Yes
    CuresCancer
    +5
    My uncle was wounded by shrapnel at Pearl Harbor. He had metal in his head for the rest of his life.

    My father drove a truck on the Burma Road.
  • bman~AVA~BTTB 2011/12/07 02:28:35
    Yes
    bman~AVA~BTTB
    +7
    My father, and most all of my uncles on my father's side.
  • Philo® ... bman~AV... 2011/12/07 10:57:35
    Philo® ~PWCM~JLA ✩
    +2
    My thanks to you and your family.
    cavalry salute
  • bman~AV... Philo® ... 2011/12/07 14:28:17
    bman~AVA~BTTB
    +2
    Appreciate that Philo. I don't know if my grand father ever served or not but my father and uncles did, my brother and sister and I also served(I'm now retired since 98)and now my son is currently in. I've got several cousins that have also served. We're a patriotic family for sure. If you or your family served I also thank you and them too. This day should never be forgotten.
  • Philo® ... bman~AV... 2011/12/07 21:31:09
    Philo® ~PWCM~JLA ✩
    +1
    Ubetcha. I did, my dad, both uncles, my grandad.
  • Philo® ... Philo® ... 2011/12/07 21:32:04
    Philo® ~PWCM~JLA ✩
    Only my grandad in WWII, though!
  • bman~AV... Philo® ... 2011/12/07 21:32:06
    bman~AVA~BTTB
    +1
    Good deal!
  • Thank you but no... 2011/12/07 02:28:26
    Yes
    Thank you but no...
    +7
    Both grandfathers in WWII, one in France, the other in the Libyan Desert. One fought in WWI as well, on the Somme.
  • Barbara Thank y... 2011/12/07 06:00:31
    Barbara
    +2
    The Somme was a very difficult and brutal battle that seems like it lasted forever. I know you are proud of both your grandfathers.
  • Thank y... Barbara 2011/12/07 13:25:11
    Thank you but no...
    +2
    Thanks for your reply. I never really knew my paternal grandfather, as he died when I was six months old. I have pictures of him in uniform (and a good-looking man he was too), and we have home movies showing him and me together, but he was on a permanent oxygen tank by then.

    My maternal grandfather (the one who fought on the Somme) never spoke about the first war. He was happy to talk about the second, for some reason. He was a simple kind of man and was inordinately pleased that he was issued with a Thompson sub-machine gun. He "appropriated" it and kept it in his wardrobe for years.
  • RobHom 2011/12/07 02:27:56
    Yes
    RobHom
    +6
    My father did....went ashore at Normandy and was there for the entire campaign.

    The gentleman who might have ended up being my father died when the USS Arizona was sunk at Pearl Harbor.

    Yes, they were both competing for her attentions....
  • Helmholtz RobHom 2011/12/07 03:19:34
    Helmholtz
    +2
    Sounds like a sub-story in a Tolstoy novel.
  • Helmholtz Helmholtz 2011/12/07 03:20:13
    Helmholtz
    +2
    *Don't mean that in an offensive way -- I have the upmost respect for both Tolstoy and Allied veterens of WWII.
  • RobHom Helmholtz 2011/12/07 03:39:19
    RobHom
    +2
    I didn't think you did!! I kind of thought the same sort of thing when I learned about it.
    :->
  • RobHom Helmholtz 2011/12/07 03:38:04
    RobHom
    +2
    Doesn't it though!! LOL!!
  • Thank y... RobHom 2011/12/07 13:26:23
    Thank you but no...
    +2
    That's a cool story: classic and personal at the same time.
  • RobHom Thank y... 2011/12/07 13:32:07
    RobHom
    +1
    Thanks!
  • heirsoftheking 2011/12/07 02:26:05
    Yes
    heirsoftheking
    +6
    My Uncle Eddie fought in the Pacific against the Japanese. He got wounded in his right arm, and had to learn how to write with his left hand.
  • The Impossible Girl ✿ 2011/12/07 02:25:59
    No
    The Impossible Girl ✿
    +4
    Sad to say that only person who would have been able to fight was my great-grandfather and he was captured and killed by the nazis for rebelling, in 1941.
    My grandfather was only 7 at the time.
  • Red Branch The Imp... 2011/12/07 16:25:39
    Red Branch
    +1
    That counts, WWII began in 1939, Sept 7, I believe for those in Europe. He definitely served and you don't always need a uniform.

    I might be a day or two of as to when the war began.
  • jimbo999 2011/12/07 02:23:20
    No
    jimbo999
    +2
    But I feel for anyone that lost someone that way.
  • Gimmedap 2011/12/07 02:23:06
    Yes
    Gimmedap
    +4
    Several. Six or more. One was a POW.
  • Bob S 2011/12/07 02:22:09 (edited)
    Yes
    Bob S
    +6
    The great generation is dwindling in numbers. A close cousin survived the terrible war. My father in law that I never met fouught in France in WW1.
  • GoDucks5 2011/12/07 02:19:14
    Yes
    GoDucks5
    +7
    My grandfather did.
  • Philo® ... GoDucks5 2011/12/07 10:58:32
    Philo® ~PWCM~JLA ✩
    +2
    My thanks to you and your family.
    cavalry salute
  • Thank y... GoDucks5 2011/12/07 13:27:20
    Thank you but no...
    +2
    Heartfelt thanks.
  • hasher GoDucks5 2011/12/08 01:03:11
    hasher
    +1
    i thank you for your grandfathers service. my son anddaughter were in iraq and afghanistan.
  • GoDucks5 hasher 2011/12/08 01:07:10
    GoDucks5
    I thank you for your son and daughter's service.
  • hasher GoDucks5 2011/12/08 01:06:49
    hasher
    thank you for posting this question.
  • JGF 2011/12/07 00:55:14
    Yes
    JGF
    +8
    My father fought in the Battle of France and the Battle of Germany; was captured in Bastogne during the Battle of the Bulge and escaped by diving into the Meuse River and holding onto a block of ice to stay afloat. Far downstream a French family pulled him from the river, frozen from the waist down, and hid him in their home from German patrols til he was able to walk enough to return to his unit.
  • Jimbo JGF 2011/12/07 02:14:25
    Jimbo
    +1
    Great story.
  • Barbara JGF 2011/12/07 05:58:09
    Barbara
    +1
    Wonderful story! I don't think people realize how many French were in the resistance and how many British and American lives they were able to save!.
  • Beat Ma... Barbara 2011/12/07 08:35:01
    Beat Magnum True Hero
    +2
    From what I also remember, many French officers escaped to allied countries and joined their forces. The Soviet Army Air Force had at least one all French Fighter Squadron that fought with distinction. I believe the RAF had a few squadrons as well.
  • hasher JGF 2011/12/08 01:05:22
    hasher
    i love hearing war stories of heroiesm and such. i watch the military channel and the history channel sometimes. i love history.
  • jacob crim 2011/12/06 23:45:11
    Yes
    jacob crim
    +6
    My Grandfather did, hate he died while I was so young would love to talk to him about the last great war.

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