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#4484388 - 07/28/19 06:06 PM Re: Are You a Descendant of a WWII Veteran? [Re: F4UDash4]  
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Interesting thread.

Previous generations, not so much as I am aware. Mother's grandfather was in WW1, but I believe badly affected by gas in the trenches.

Mothers father did not serve, because he worked for Rolls Royce making engines. I believe he attempted to join what was the Royal Air Observer Corp, but had problems with his ears due to being a competitive swimmer.

Dad's father was a boilermaker / rigger, I believe did a lot of work at home for the war effort, I guess rebuilding because we originated in East Ham / Newham area. Dad's older brother got into the RAF as an air gunner (OMG!) but they pulled him out when they found out he was 16......

Interesting, and still the complete story is unknown; mom's uncle after the war was a spook. Not entirely sure, but was kicked out of Russia in about 1967 and told "Never return". Also worked with electronics and computer systems same as I do now.

Me and my 2 brothers; all Para reserves once.


Nephew: Started off in REME, then became a sergeant, and I *think* went into Para-Rescue. 2 Tours of Iraq, and 5 tours of Afghanistan. Lost his team and got injured on the last tour. Like a lot of you other guys, our family does not openly talk about these things. All I will say is that I was in when we had the "troubles' in NI.


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#4484395 - 07/28/19 09:09 PM Re: Are You a Descendant of a WWII Veteran? [Re: F4UDash4]  
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My father , born in Algeria in 1919, voluntered after operation Torch and the collapse of the German forces in North Africa. As a corporal, light infantry (tirailleur) he was sent in Italy in April 1944 and saw action there till mid July (Rome, Siena) The French then were put out of operation in preparation of Anvil Dragoon and he landed on 8/16/44 at Saint-Tropez, from the British troop transport Worcestershire. The French being tasked to seize the two important harbors of Toulon and Marseilles, he was wounded on 8/22/44 in the suburbs of Marseilles, losing his right eye and his hearing on the right side by hand grenade schrapnel. In his divisional citation one can read "Young corporal who showed great gallantry at the assault of an enemy position(...)inflicting casualties to the enemy". His older brother was in an antiaircraft unit during the battle of France in 1940 and then again in Italy, France and Germany from 1944 till VE.

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#4484421 - 07/29/19 02:08 AM Re: Are You a Descendant of a WWII Veteran? [Re: F4UDash4]  
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My family has a lot of veterans in it, as it seems the only four occupations were priest, baker, farmer, or soldier...and in wartime, most of them went.

They all fought on the German side, of course.

My grandfather used to say "I was at Normandy, but I never got my feet wet or strained my neck looking up."

smile

Fortunately, he didn't mind talking about his time in uniform (1934-1945), especially since I seem to have been the only one that took to military service. The rest of the family would listen slackjawed as he told me about Czechoslovakia (okay, a lot like Germany), Poland (better looking women, but tougher fighting), France (shame about it, but what was one to do?), Russia (nothing good about it; "Russians are animals."). He liked fighting Americans, as they had the best field rations and cigarettes, and always gasoline....but crafty and deadly.

The hilarious part is this was when it was all the rage for WWII vets in West Germany to deny ever fighting on the Western Front at all.


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#4484427 - 07/29/19 03:44 AM Re: Are You a Descendant of a WWII Veteran? [Re: F4UDash4]  
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My two grandfathers served one in the pacific theater the other over Europe in bombers. Neither really talked much about it but both were proud of their service. My dad went on to join the Coast Guard in the mid sixties, went to Vietnam and retired after about 32yrs. Growing around veterans and active duty military folks has left me with profound respect for the sacrifices our uniformed men and women make everyday while they serve.


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#4484437 - 07/29/19 10:03 AM Re: Are You a Descendant of a WWII Veteran? [Re: HitchHikingFlatlander]  
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Originally Posted by HitchHikingFlatlander
Growing around veterans and active duty military folks has left me with profound respect for the sacrifices our uniformed men and women make everyday while they serve.



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#4484438 - 07/29/19 10:28 AM Re: Are You a Descendant of a WWII Veteran? [Re: Dart]  
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Originally Posted by Dart

My grandfather used to say "I was at Normandy, but I never got my feet wet or strained my neck looking up."

smile

Fortunately, he didn't mind talking about his time in uniform (1934-1945), especially since I seem to have been the only one that took to military service. The rest of the family would listen slackjawed as he told me about Czechoslovakia (okay, a lot like Germany), Poland (better looking women, but tougher fighting), France (shame about it, but what was one to do?), Russia (nothing good about it; "Russians are animals."). He liked fighting Americans, as they had the best field rations and cigarettes, and always gasoline....but crafty and deadly.

The hilarious part is this was when it was all the rage for WWII vets in West Germany to deny ever fighting on the Western Front at all.


Do you know which division(s) your grandfather served in? Was he an infantryman? I would love to know more details if that's ok with you. smile


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#4484453 - 07/29/19 01:22 PM Re: Are You a Descendant of a WWII Veteran? [Re: F4UDash4]  
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My grandfather was doing his national service as a Gebirgsjäger in Austraia when Anschloss happened.

He served in 15. Company, 138. Gebirgs-jäger-Regiment, 3. Gebrigs-Division until the end of 1940. Was in the Poland campaign, the phony war and then in Weserübung. He arrived in Trondheim on april 9th aboard the Admiral Hipper.

He was then later transfered to a supply unit (cook and butcher) until 1944.

He was then transfered to 2. Company, 648. Festnungs-Bataillon, 210 (Coastal) Infanterie-Division in Petsamo (then Finland) for the Continuation War between Finland and the USSR in 1944.
After that he went to the 116. Panzer-Grenadier-Regiment, 116 Panzer-Division (I think this might be slight wrong, as I have never found a mention of the 116. Panzer-Grenadier-Regiment, but might be the 116. Panzer-Aufklärungs-Abteilung)
HE was killed in Vossenack on november 6th 1944 (in the Battle of the Hürtgen Forest).
The only fighting I've found mentioned in books about battle on that date is between the panzer recon elements of the 116th PzDiv and 20th Engineers Combat battalion or Task Force Ripple, so it's probably he fought with the recon elements.

#4484471 - 07/29/19 04:35 PM Re: Are You a Descendant of a WWII Veteran? [Re: F4UDash4]  
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Sorry about your grandfather MadDog.


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#4484508 - 07/30/19 12:13 AM Re: Are You a Descendant of a WWII Veteran? [Re: F4UDash4]  
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I had an interesting experience in Italy a few years ago. My wife and I took a coach ride from Rome to Naples, passing Monte Cassino on the left. I was sat next to an elderly man and we were chatting. I mentioned that my maternal uncle serving with the Royal Artillery fought at Monte Cassino in the war. This gentleman said he was there too in the Fallschirmjager. An interesting man.


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#4484598 - 07/31/19 12:03 AM Re: Are You a Descendant of a WWII Veteran? [Re: F4UDash4]  
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my father served in the army air corps, as a VMI cadet he was allowed to enlist, although too old for combat. He ended up in Eagles Pass Texas with the weather wing. The alkali dust ruined his lungs and he had chronic bronchitis. He was a veterans service officer in Asheville from shortly after the war until he retired in 1972. We have a big veteran's hospital here and I went with him several times to help sick veterans.
My mother worked on combat aircraft in California during the war, and while not a veteran, she made lots of sacrifices, as did many others.


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#4485234 - 08/06/19 02:12 AM Re: Are You a Descendant of a WWII Veteran? [Re: cichlidfan]  
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My maternal grandfather was wounded in 1916 and invalided out to a hospital in Kent where he met my grandmother, a nurse there. So here I am today, courtesy of a German machine gunner. smile


Serendipity is funny that way. My father was in Japan, post WWII, when he met my mother (she worked for the War Department, before they started calling it the Department of Defense). Were it not for the war and it's aftermath, they never would have met.


Is your father's family name Czech, Slovak, or Polish?


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#4485282 - 08/06/19 02:49 PM Re: Are You a Descendant of a WWII Veteran? [Re: Vertigo1]  
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Originally Posted by Vertigo1


Is your father's family name Czech, Slovak, or Polish?


Polish


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#4485469 - 08/08/19 09:14 AM Re: Are You a Descendant of a WWII Veteran? [Re: F4UDash4]  
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My father's uncle flew against the Japanese in WWII. He was shot down and became a POW and was later forced to march the Bataan Death March, which he survived. He died in the 80s test flying an ultralight.

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