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  • Village IdiotVillage Idiot Posts: 6,958
    edited June 2013
    My wife's father, a WWII Seabee in the Pacific, died this Memorial Day.  I thought that was cool of him.   :)>-

    Dripping Springs, Texas.
    Just west of Austintatious

  • demodemo Posts: 149
    Thank him for me !!
  • shtgunal3shtgunal3 Posts: 4,002
    Have a great time with your grandfather. Salute him once for me.



     LBGE,SBGE, and a Mini makes three......Sweet home Alabama........ Stay thirsty my friends .

  • billyraybillyray Posts: 1,172
    This was truly a great generation. My late FIL was a Marine, he was captured on Corregidor and spent 3 years in a Japanese prison camp. It was there that he got to hold his younger brother in his arms as he died. Give your Grandpa a big hug for me.
    Felton, Ca. 2-LBGE, 1-Small and waiting on a mini
  • travisstricktravisstrick Posts: 5,001
    billyray said:

    This was truly a great generation. My late FIL was a Marine, he was captured on Corregidor and spent 3 years in a Japanese prison camp. It was there that he got to hold his younger brother in his arms as he died. Give your Grandpa a big hug for me.

    I fought in Baghdad with my little brother. I couldn't sleep if he was out doing work. (I could hear the sounds of work being done)

    The thought of losing a brother in a pow camp is just too much to process.

    I'll never forget your short story of your FIL.
    Be careful, man! I've got a beverage here.
  • MrCookingNurseMrCookingNurse Posts: 4,628
    Big thanks to pops!! My grandpa is a Vietnam vet. He won't talk about the medals on the wall of their hall. Thank you and pops for your service. There aren't too many tail gunners that made it back.


  • FurallFurall Posts: 124
    Both of my grandfathers were in WWII and both passed away before I really understood what they gave. Honor that man and thanks for sharing with us.
  • cortguitarmancortguitarman Posts: 2,061
    You are so lucky to still have him here. It is so sad that so many WW II vets have passed. My grandpa was a paratrooper at Normandy. His service to our country and the world make me so proud. Sadly he lost his battle with cancer 12 years ago. Enjoy your time with your grandpa and thank you and him for your service.
    Mark Annville, PA
  • r270bar270ba Posts: 763
    Cold chills...
    Anderson, SC
    XL BGE, Father's Day Gift 2012 (Thanks Fam!!!)
    Webber Kettle and Webber Summit Gasser
    Want List: Thermapen, Small BGE, Wok, Adjustable Rig, Food Saver, More $

  • pwg56pwg56 Posts: 93
    GK59 said:

    Thanks to all that served .

    The stories my FIL tells give me goose bumps. He was in the first wave in at Omaha Beach.

    God Bless

    If any of you are on twitter, @BesschlossDC is a great follow for historical pictures.  Today he is doing lots of DD posts.  Here he has a picture of soldiers heading to Omaha Beach:

  • CantonDawgCantonDawg Posts: 36
    We should never forget.  I think every High School kid should have to watch Band of Brothers to gain just a small amount of the appreciation these men deserve.

    God Bless your Grandfather - thanks isn't nearly enough.
  • hapsterhapster Posts: 7,445
    Thank him for me Travis...

    My father was a B-17 pilot with 35 missions.

    The balls on these guys and all who serve... smh
  • ParallelParallel Posts: 433
    The GREATEST generation!

    Every time my elbow bends my mouth flies open.
  • hondabbqhondabbq Posts: 1,945

    All of my uncles served in the Canadian military. I am proud of all of them and all others of this generation that stood up for us today. Nothing and no one can replace these men and women of honor.

    I command all my staff to stop work at 11 am on Remeberance Day and think of what we have because of these men and women.

    I patronize services every year that I am able to. I shed a tear every year, and even moments like this where I let my thoughts on our military known.

    Saving Private Ryan, the opening scenes are a constant reliving of what these men had to go through that day. I knew this event happened but when I saw this, I put my uncles there and I almost puked thinking about it and almost walked out of the theater.

    Our thanks and gratitude will never be enough for these men and women.

  • Little StevenLittle Steven Posts: 28,817
    My Dad fought in Korea. He never talked about it until he was dying. The stuff that these guys held inside when they came back to normal life was incredible


    Caledon, ON


  • Hokie_SmokerHokie_Smoker Posts: 658

    Along the same lines from the local newspaper, truly remarkable men.



    Johnson, Navin R... Sounds like a typical bastard.


    Belmont, NC

  • VettemanVetteman Posts: 19
    Got to be Proud. God Bless.
  • jaydub58jaydub58 Posts: 2,128

    All my thanks to your grand-dad!

    The younger of my two older half-brothers landed at Normandy several weeks after the invasion.  Went on to do his duty in Belgium and Holland.  Would never talk about it.

    John in the Willamette Valley of Oregon
  • GK59GK59 Posts: 501

     As I sit here reading these posts my eyes are welling and tears a flowing for those who fought for our freedom and mostly for those who lost their live for us.

    God bless you all. I will never be able to repay you for you sacrifices.

    Smitty's Kid's BBQ

    Bay City,MI

  • WolfpackWolfpack Posts: 2,633
    The greatest generation is to thank for giving us the freedoms we enjoy and often take for granted. They don't make them like that anymore- please tell your grandfather thanks from us all and cook him something good
    Greensboro, NC
  • What a great thread.  A huge thank you from me and my entire family too.  You should read the book "Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption" by Laura Hillenbrand if you want to get a picture of what those that fought in the Pacific went through.  The book gives me chills and I can't put into words the respect I have for those that fought there.  We should all remember this day and many more.

  • FlyingTivoFlyingTivo Posts: 352

    He was also the welterweight boxing champion of the PACIFIC FLEET. THE WHOLE DAMN FLEET. it wasn't fun when he got mad. Even into his late 70's
    No kidding, Boxing was a big deal in the Forces, just watching the military channel, a lot of the ships shows a boxing ring on their decks while sailing!

    So he must have been good!!!

    Cant say much about the war(mexican), but people that risk their lives so others can live, is Golden in my book! I hope you can represent the BGE Family with an awesome cook that he deserves!

    Please post pictures!

    Men, easier fed than understood!!
  • thetrimthetrim Posts: 5,261
    Great man Travis. Do your best to get him to sit down in front of a video camera and record his stories. We've truly never had a greater generations and its sad as hell that were losing hundreds a day and have so few of them left.
    Please pass along a thank you for his service from me and add it to the long list
    XL 6/06, Mini 6/12, L 10/12, Mini #2 12/14 MiniMax 3/16
    Tampa Bay, FL
    EIB 6 Oct 95
  • calracefancalracefan Posts: 602
    Thank You both for your service !
    Ova B.
    Fulton MO
  • Little StevenLittle Steven Posts: 28,817

    He was a bad ass then and still looks like a bad ass now. Judging from the picture, I think he could take you.

    Make sure you cook him whatever he wants.

    Thank you both for what you have done for our great country!

    He was also the welterweight boxing champion of the PACIFIC FLEET. THE WHOLE DAMN FLEET. it wasn't fun when he got mad. Even into his late 70's
    My Dad's brother was in the Cdn navy and served in WWII. He was a great boxer as well but he was heavyweight.


    Caledon, ON


  • SaturdayFatterdaySaturdayFatterday Posts: 468
    edited June 2013
    Both of my grandfathers served in the Army Air Corps as bomber pilots in the European Theatre.  One was shot down and spent eight months as a POW.  The other was more fortunate.  My wife's grandparents both served, too - one at the Battle of the Bulge.  Your post made me think of all of them.

    Both my wife and I are from military families, so I know that sometimes a vet feels strange when you say thank you.  Instead, we're simply raising our glasses and toasting your grandfather.

    [Northern] Virginia is for [meat] lovers.
  • brycosbrycos Posts: 137
    I sell hearing aids, and as you'd expect many of my clients are veterans.  When I thank them for their service and for providing me with the great life that I now enjoy - the most common response is along the lines of,  "it was my pleasure". - and every time I just marvel and think - Wow!
  • kolbdriverkolbdriver Posts: 403
    That is wonderful, tell him thanks, and give him a hug....ask him to take a look a the pic...!!!
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