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Fri Aug 5, 2016, 08:51 PM

I got out my Grampa's Colt .45 1911 today

Each summer I get it out and run a clip through it. Then I clean it, oil it, wrap it in cloth and put it up until it needs attention again. But this time was different. As I held the hunk of steel that went ashore at Utah beach and reeled in the Ardennes until the weather cleared, I really got to thinking about my grandpa and the hell he endured

I think of the time he told me of the time they were advancing and came under fire....a German artillery shell exploded behind of him in the road. A piece of shrapnel scalped him and as he swept the skin and hair back to clear his vision, he saw a soldier in front of him on his hands and knees. When the GI looked back at him my grampa saw that half of his face was gone. Gone to the bloody bone. He said the the randomness of who would die was the worst part.

Gramps went home after that and got a scar the would screw up his haircut for the rest of his life. We buried him with his ribbons and his Purple Heart.

So to see this Trump punk somehow suggesting that he should somehow have a PH really pisses me off to no end.

Fuck you Trump. Fuck you in the arse with a giant rubber cock. And then break it off and beat you to death with the stump.

If hate was people, I would be China.


But I am keeping Gramp's gat.

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Reply I got out my Grampa's Colt .45 1911 today (Original post)
grubbs Aug 2016 OP
liberalmuse Aug 2016 #1
grubbs Aug 2016 #3
Yallow Aug 2016 #11
malthaussen Aug 2016 #2
grubbs Aug 2016 #4
Name removed Aug 2016 #7
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Name removed Aug 2016 #28
Warpy Aug 2016 #5
babylonsister Aug 2016 #6
upaloopa Aug 2016 #9
malthaussen Aug 2016 #30
Post removed Aug 2016 #31
uppityperson Aug 2016 #32
Fla Dem Aug 2016 #33
uppityperson Aug 2016 #34
Name removed Aug 2016 #35
Name removed Aug 2016 #39
63splitwindow Aug 2016 #10
Yallow Aug 2016 #12
63splitwindow Aug 2016 #13
TipTok Aug 2016 #14
grubbs Aug 2016 #23
Lithos Aug 2016 #15
GulfCoast66 Aug 2016 #40
Still In Wisconsin Aug 2016 #16
47of74 Aug 2016 #17
saidsimplesimon Aug 2016 #18
grubbs Aug 2016 #24
Quayblue Aug 2016 #19
Johnyawl Aug 2016 #22
grubbs Aug 2016 #26
Johnyawl Aug 2016 #29
grubbs Aug 2016 #25
N_E_1 for Tennis Aug 2016 #27
discntnt_irny_srcsm Aug 2016 #37
jimmyhatman Aug 2016 #36
Initech Aug 2016 #38

Response to grubbs (Original post)

Fri Aug 5, 2016, 08:56 PM

1. Thank you for sharing your Grandpa's story.

I loved reading it. Those of us who have never fought a war can't quite understand that war really is hell. , I'm glad that people who have, have shared their stories. It's really important. When someone who has evaded service is so glib about something like earning a Purple Heart, it is enraging. Especially in light of his wanting to wipe out all the sacrifices made by people like your Gramps.

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Response to liberalmuse (Reply #1)

Fri Aug 5, 2016, 09:08 PM

3. thank you liberalmuse

Grampa always shared his story so that we all would know how it was.

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Response to liberalmuse (Reply #1)

Fri Aug 5, 2016, 10:22 PM

11. I Will Never Forgive Republicans For Mocking John Kerry's Courage With Purple Band Aids

 

At their convention of scum.

To Republicans the troops are simply props.

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Response to grubbs (Original post)

Fri Aug 5, 2016, 09:08 PM

2. People who see combat know all about randomness...

... it tends not to be appreciated so much by those who have not diced with Death.

George MacDonald Fraser tells of an advance his squad made against the Japanese in the waning days of the war. A 75mm artillery shell exploded right in the face of one of his squad mates, but freakishly left the man completely unharmed, while killing those to his right and left. It's almost enough to give a man religion.

-- Mal

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Response to malthaussen (Reply #2)

Fri Aug 5, 2016, 09:11 PM

4. More of these please..

The random nature of war needs to be advertised

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Response to grubbs (Original post)

Fri Aug 5, 2016, 09:13 PM

5. Everybody I know who has survived a war

and talked about it at all has mentioned the sheer randomness and wondered why they lived and someone next to them died. That's soldiers and civilians, alike, and it's one of the main things that haunts them all.

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Response to grubbs (Original post)

Fri Aug 5, 2016, 09:20 PM

6. Nice,

and of course you're keeping his gat!

It's strange I just stumbled on your thread: Saving Private Ryan is on here. Very damned brutal; I'm glad Gramps came home, and I agree about that teeny little man trump.

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Response to grubbs (Original post)

Fri Aug 5, 2016, 09:40 PM

9. I carried on of those 1911 Colts in Vietnam. I was riding shotgun on some truck convoys.

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Response to upaloopa (Reply #9)

Sat Aug 6, 2016, 02:11 PM

30. So presumably you also carried a shotgun. :) n/t

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Sat Aug 6, 2016, 06:07 PM

32. Why do you keep doing this when the post will be disappeared? Why did you come back and

where were you for so long. We didn't miss you, by the way.

Bye, again. Oh, 1 last question, why do you never answer me? For years? tiny tear

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Response to uppityperson (Reply #32)

Sat Aug 6, 2016, 06:29 PM

33. LOL, luv you!

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Response to Fla Dem (Reply #33)

Sat Aug 6, 2016, 06:46 PM

34. It's had a bit of a tantrum it seems. Thank you MIRTers for taking care of it.

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Response to grubbs (Original post)

Fri Aug 5, 2016, 09:58 PM

10. In The Con's position, a man of honor would say, "Sorry, I cannot accept the medal you earned." EOS

 

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Response to 63splitwindow (Reply #10)

Fri Aug 5, 2016, 10:23 PM

12. Honor..... Trump.....?

 

Dude, I am eating.

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Response to Yallow (Reply #12)

Fri Aug 5, 2016, 10:36 PM

13. Agreed- don't belong in same sentence. Note I NEVER type The Con's name.

 

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Response to grubbs (Original post)

Fri Aug 5, 2016, 11:06 PM

14. Stealing that and using it on my team this morning...

 

If hate was people, I'd be China.

Bravo...

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Response to TipTok (Reply #14)

Sat Aug 6, 2016, 06:45 AM

23. Ok.. But I appropriated from the movie "City Slickers"

I was posting in a righteous rage so I glossed over the reference. But spread it around, it is a good one!

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Response to grubbs (Original post)

Fri Aug 5, 2016, 11:33 PM

15. My father in law had a similar story

Was a medic in the second wave at Omaha. Got a silver star in the following days. Made it to Hurtgen. Had a mental breakdown when a medic friend of his went in the opposite direction he did during a bombardment and disappeared. My understanding after multiple explanations came to the conclusion his friend disintegrated during the tree level airbursts during that engagement. My F-in-Law spent 6 months immediately following this event in a hospital in England.

L-

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Response to Lithos (Reply #15)

Sun Aug 7, 2016, 12:25 AM

40. Hurtgen

Was hell on earth from what I have read. Even worse than the hedgerows.

God, I am thankful I did not have to go thru that. And am respectful of those who did.

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Response to grubbs (Original post)

Fri Aug 5, 2016, 11:46 PM

16. My Dad (USMC, Korea) carried the same sidearm when he became an officer.

 

His assessment of Trump is much the same as yours. Refers to him as a "pampered candy ass." He's a very old man now but I'll wager he could still operate that 1911 with competence.

Fuck Trump indeed.

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Fri Aug 5, 2016, 11:52 PM

17. Fuck Trump

 

Fuck him. And each and every one of his enabling supporters as well.

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Sat Aug 6, 2016, 12:01 AM

18. grupps, no violence is my creed.

I do not support any form of violence as a solution. It does not matter the source. This is not the solution.

More violence does not promote peaceful outcomes, imo.

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Response to saidsimplesimon (Reply #18)

Sat Aug 6, 2016, 06:54 AM

24. Grandpa was drafted

The world was facing a great evil. Sometimes you have to fight. I agree that things should never descend to violence in a perfect world. This is not a perfect world. And until it is, all good men are obliged to push back against the darkness.

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Sat Aug 6, 2016, 01:40 AM

22. Great story, love your granddad!


I was USMC tank crew in Vietnam, and carried a Colt 1911.

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Response to Johnyawl (Reply #22)

Sat Aug 6, 2016, 07:14 AM

26. Tanking in Vietnam had to have been rough

see? See what they do? I want to thank you for your sacrifice but I can't do it without sounding like some glad handing right wing two faced scum sucker. (Pant...,pant)
But that is neither here nor there. Thank you. You guys did a hell of a job.

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Response to grubbs (Reply #26)

Sat Aug 6, 2016, 12:15 PM

29. It was rough at times...


...but not as rough as the grunts had it. We had some perks, we could carry extra rations (C-rats in those days), plenty of clean water, dry clean clothes and occasionally a beer or two.

I know what you mean about those thank you's. I hear that out of some peoples mouths and I just want to punch them in the teeth. It seems so insincere much like saying "god bless you" after someone sneezes. In the right context though, like this thread, it is appreciated.

We all owe a great debt of thanks to the greatest generation. My Dad, one of his brothers and a cousin and my Mom's brother and two of her cousins and her brother-in-law all saw action in WWII.

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Response to grubbs (Original post)

Sat Aug 6, 2016, 07:03 AM

25. Thank you all for you wonderful response

I wish I could give more details about my papaw. I was 13 when he died so it is getting a little dim. Dad and grandma are gone also so all I have are decades old memories of a man that told a kid a horrific story, perhaps in the hope that our generation would do better. Sorry papaw.

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Response to grubbs (Original post)

Sat Aug 6, 2016, 08:23 AM

27. Vet raises money to help Trump get his own Purple Heart...

Article at Huffington Post.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/donald-trump-purple-heart_us_57a4cc5ae4b03ba6801239b8?section=&


He knows that trump would never go so he'll donate the money to help Syrian refugees.

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Response to N_E_1 for Tennis (Reply #27)

Sat Aug 6, 2016, 09:37 PM

37. I'm sure if that trump fellow asks around...

...he'd find a few folks that'd be happy to do whatever it took to get his heart a bright shade of purple.

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Response to grubbs (Original post)

Sat Aug 6, 2016, 09:34 PM

36. the beer?

thought you were talking about the malt liquor

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Response to grubbs (Original post)

Sat Aug 6, 2016, 09:47 PM

38. My grandpa also got a Purple Heart.

What Trumpenfuror did is quite literally giving the finger to our armed forces. He is not for to be commander in chief.

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