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Sun Aug 13, 2017, 03:04 AM

Can't sleep tonight...

Because it seems Orrin Hatch and I actually have something in common: relatives who fought in the war.

Both my grandfathers.

Against Hitler. And nazism.

Huh. Imagine that.

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Reply Can't sleep tonight... (Original post)
inanna Sunday OP
SunSeeker Sunday #1
inanna Sunday #2
Demtexan Sunday #3
inanna Sunday #4
Demtexan Sunday #7
inanna Sunday #8
Demtexan Sunday #9
SunSeeker Sunday #5
inanna Sunday #6
anniebelle Sunday #10
Scarsdale Sunday #11
inanna Sunday #13
spiderpig Sunday #12

Response to inanna (Original post)

Sun Aug 13, 2017, 03:16 AM

1. I salute your grandfathers.

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Response to SunSeeker (Reply #1)

Sun Aug 13, 2017, 03:18 AM

2. Thank you.

One fought Royal Canadian Navy (Battle of the Atlantic).

Other was Canadian Army stationed in UK.

I'm sure many/most DUers have similar stories.

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Response to inanna (Reply #2)

Sun Aug 13, 2017, 03:28 AM

3. My Dad was in the Navy.

He helped to sink Nazi subs.

He was on a PBY flying boat.

I did not know this until after he died.

I sent for his service records.

I pretty proud of my Father for this.


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Response to Demtexan (Reply #3)

Sun Aug 13, 2017, 03:29 AM

4. Of course, and you should be.

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Response to inanna (Reply #4)

Sun Aug 13, 2017, 03:35 AM

7. One sub was in the Gulf of Mexico.

The other in the Alantic.

He was door gunner and radio man.

Wish he would have told me about the subs.

I have uniforms and dog tags still.

Before that he build liberty ships.

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Response to Demtexan (Reply #7)

Sun Aug 13, 2017, 03:42 AM

8. Gulf of Mexico?

Think I read about that once, a long time ago.

Nazi subs also came very close to the Newfoundland coast here in Canada.

Terrifying to consider, isn't it?

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Response to inanna (Reply #8)

Sun Aug 13, 2017, 03:49 AM

9. He did talked about that.

Lots of Nazi subs sinking ships coming out of the ports.

It was not well know but kept secret I guess.

There were patrols on the beaches at night looking for Nazis coming off the subs to blow up ports.

I guess that is why he did not say much.

They could not make liberty ships fast enough.

Scary times.

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Response to inanna (Reply #2)

Sun Aug 13, 2017, 03:30 AM

5. Yes, I have a grandfather who fought the Nazis in Eastern Europe.

I never met him because he died long before I was born.

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Response to SunSeeker (Reply #5)

Sun Aug 13, 2017, 03:34 AM

6. I never met my maternal grandfather.

He didn't die in the war, but not long after.

I know, it leaves a big empty space and so many questions.

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Response to inanna (Original post)

Sun Aug 13, 2017, 06:00 AM

10. My father's turning in his grave.

I lost my father when I was 4 months old, he was 28. He died in some god-forsaken mud hold in Bad Sudan, Germany fighting the Nazi's. Like you, I'm just sick . I watched in horror yesterday some of the events happening in my country and just wept.

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Response to inanna (Original post)

Sun Aug 13, 2017, 06:03 AM

11. I spent years of my childhood

terrified in an air raid shelter in our back yard. Listening to bombs whistling down, my mother whispering "That was close" My father had served in WWI, so was too old for WWII, He was a fire warden in the neighborhood. I grew up frightened of my own shadow, a lot of kids did in Liverpool. I thought THAT was supposed to be the war that ended all wars? Then along comes W, now Donnie. Too bad their childhoods were not as miserable as mine, wars would be avoided like the plague if they had ever lived through one.

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Response to Scarsdale (Reply #11)

Sun Aug 13, 2017, 12:54 PM

13. My maternal grandmother and my aunt both grew up in Epsom Surrey.

They both recalled the Anderson shelter in the back yard.

They would all be stunned by what's happening today.

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Response to inanna (Original post)

Sun Aug 13, 2017, 06:11 AM

12. Every male in my family who was of age was in the military in WWII.

Father in England & France - Army sergeant.

His brother in France - Army. 2 Bronze Stars.

Maternal uncles - one in the Pacific (Army) despite being blind in one eye. The other was rejected by the USAF due to a heart murmur and went to Canada, where he joined the RCAF and was shot down over the Channel. His body was never recovered.

My 4'11" grandmother was in the Civil Air Patrol.

Third uncle was still a minor in the 40s, but served in Korea during that (ongoing) war.

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These neo-Nazis in any guise, shape or form are an obscenity and traitors to their country - just like their poster-boy 45.

When is enough enough?

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