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    Re: Our PPO Service Mens Family....And those we are proud of...

    "VikingNed" wrote:
    "DarrinNelsonguy" wrote:
    My grandfather was an explosives guy of some sort I've been told and he got hit in the leg/knee area with shrapnel of some sort. He didn't like to talk about his duty in WWII too much and I wish he would have because now that I am older I have a lot of questions I would have liked to ask him.

    he more than likely did see alot of death and from what I've learned, those are the guys that DON"T do alot of talking about their war experiences.

    My dad only sat me down 2 or 3 time in the past and told me of his duty's during the korean War. Many a friends lost and some life long memories of some terrible situations he had to battle thru.

    I truly believe, it's the guys that brag about this and that and what they did that are the ones that suger coat their experiences. More likely than not, they where in the rear, pealing potatos and lugging supplies around to be shipped up to the front.

    Guys like your granddad and my pops, who where in the thick of things have only sad and heartbreaking memories, and who really wants to talk about or even remember that kind of stuff.....


    But I'm proud of my dads service and I know he gave his best at all times for our Country and his fellow soldiers.....
    I agree with the guys who brag all the time because war is not pretty.

    I know my grandfathers unit suffered massive casualties and I imagine that is why he was hesitant to talk about it.

    If you get HBO I really suggest watching the show about the hospitals on the front in Baghadad it is very good.

    I have become a huge WWII history buff and I want to make the trek to Normandy and Bastogne to see the Memorials and to pay tribute to those who helped to keep freedom free!
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    My Uncle served in Korea. For years he never spoke about it. It wasn't until last year - after meeting up with some of his old squad mates - that I ever heard him mention it. I've always wanted to hear about it...but out of respect I have never asked.

    I was in the Marine Corps Reserve, then went active into the Navy. The closest I came to combat was the Iran-Iraq war in '87-88 while stationed on a minesweeper in the Gulf (You may remember that at that time Iran was mining the gulf, and Iraq was on our side).

    Funny Story: Before heading into the Gulf, the Navy rearmed the MSO's - which hadn't really seen duty since Korea. I was an Electrician, and was TAD'ed (Temporarily Assigned Duty - I volunteered to go) to the MSO fleet because they had been undermanned for years. As we headed across the pond, our XO assigned me as the .50 cal gunner (our heaviest weapon) during critical ops. I said, "Sir, I have no objections, but I'm an Electrician. Why me?"

    His reply?

    "You're the only psychopath we have".

    Loved the article on the Patriot Guard, Ned. Once I get my bike, I may just look them up.

    Oh, and I completely agree. Those who talk about it or make a big deal about it are usually those who've never seen it. Every SEAL I ever met never mentioned he was a SEAL. They didn't have to. I had an opportunity to hang out with a SEAL team back in '89 - just shooting the baloney, not a mission or anything - and they were a really laid back bunch with ZERO attitude. THAT is a mark of confidence. They didn't need to advertise it, they WERE it.

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    Re: Our PPO Service Mens Family....And those we are proud o

    "DarrinNelsonguy" wrote:
    I agree with the guys who brag all the time because war is not pretty.

    I know my grandfathers unit suffered massive casualties and I imagine that is why he was hesitant to talk about it.

    If you get HBO I really suggest watching the show about the hospitals on the front in Baghadad it is very good.

    I have become a huge WWII history buff and I want to make the trek to Normandy and Bastogne to see the Memorials and to pay tribute to those who helped to keep freedom free!
    I would like to go on record saying something about the military here.

    I have never served in the armed forces myself. In Denmark it is a lot different from the US where you have a lot more volountering for service. Here we have an compulsory draft for every male turning 18. So it's kind of like a lottery.

    Anyway now our two countries are fighting side to side many places in the world. We are taking part - as much as we can - in southern Iraq. And soon we will help the English forces take over from the US everywhere in Afgahnistan.

    I have tremendous respect for those who risks there own lives for our safety by going to war. As stated here earlier war is not a pretty thing, and I really respect that someone still has the nerve to go fighting for their countries.

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    My dad was in the Louisiana National Guard in the late 50's - early 60s, but was married and had me and my sister before Vietnam started to heat up. He never had to go to war but was trained if he was ever needed. Since I never had the interest to join the military, I doubly respect those who have enlisted...without their service, I wouldn't be able to enjoy the freedoms that I do now. I have the utmost respect for those who have made the ultimate sacrifice and for those who survived war as well.

    I have had the distinct pleasure of meeting my wife's uncle, who served in WWII and was at Anzio and Casino...he now lives in California and has never talked about the war until just recently. His wife passed away a few years ago and he wouldn't talk about the war while she was still alive. He has recently opened up and told us some stories about that time...and his tales of what happened out there were emotionally draining for him to share. He lost half of a foot during one of the battles and was also injured in another battle but came out relatively healthy and was finally sent home. I wish that I could get him out here to Washington DC to see the memorial that was created for him and his fellow WWII vets...it is truly inspiring and a testament to both the sacrifices and the glory that those brave men gave to our country. I salute them all.
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    No doubt, I respect the people that serve in the military. I have many relatives that have served and am aware of the folks from my family that were in the Spanish-American War, WWI, WWII, Vietnam, Korean, and Gulf wars. I come from a large family. Personally, I have never served in the military, but did do two stints in the Peace Corps (a different type of service to the country). Thanks to all that have served.

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    Re: Our PPO Service Mens Family....And those we are proud of...

    military service in my family runs deep. my great-grandfather was a merchant marine during wwii. both of my grandfathers served in the army, one during wwii and the other during the korean war. two of my uncles, one of them was in the air force, served in desert storm, his base in ryhiad was the target of a scud attack (i can still remember being on the phone with him when i was a kid and hearing the air raid sirens going off). my other uncle was in the army for 4 years. my dad retired from the air force after 20 years of service, he was a crew chief on air force one's backup aircraft. my lil brother (rookie444) is active duty af stationed at tinker afb, ok. i was active duty air force for a lil over six years. i was working (IT support) in a command center when we launched the first strikes on afghanistan. i was stationed in united arab emirates for a lil while. i'm currently in the air force reserve, but i've been activated, so i'm doing the active duty thing again.

    many thanks to all of you who have served and those who are serving now. i pray that our brothers-in-arms come home safely as soon as possible. many more thanks to all of those who paid the ultimate sacrifice. freedom isn't free....

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