The stories from WW 2 vets

Tue May 06, 2014 7:27 pm

I was having breakfast at a local Resturant this morning and at the next table were three Marine Ww2 vets who had served in the Pacific. I listened to their fond memories of making " joy juice" etc for quite a while. As I was leaving I stopped at their table and thanked all of them for their service and shook hands with all of them. Then I picked up all three checks. Of corse they protested but I wasn't hearing any of that and I paid any way. I told them That I served in the Naval Air Force and they were happy to meet a fellow vet. I hope to meet them there again ,asI find their experiences very interesting. It made my day to honor those guys in my own small way.

Berlin

Re: The stories from WW 2 vets

Tue May 06, 2014 7:29 pm

That is fantastic!!! Thanks Berlin--bet you made their day!! HOOAH!!

Re: The stories from WW 2 vets

Wed May 07, 2014 5:09 am

Well done Berlin. Guys like them gave up their lives so that our world could be a better place to live in. My uncle Anthony fought in the US forces during WW1
Wonderful & kind gesture,
Bernard,
Donegal Cub.

Re: The stories from WW 2 vets

Wed May 07, 2014 7:51 am

:thanx: to all who helped keep this country free, then and now.

Re: The stories from WW 2 vets

Wed May 07, 2014 11:29 am

Thank you for honoring them, Berlin.

Re: The stories from WW 2 vets

Wed May 07, 2014 7:57 pm

Bezirk wrote: I told them That I served in the Naval Air Force and they were happy to meet a fellow vet. I hope to meet them there again ,asI find their experiences very interesting. It made my day to honor those guys in my own small way.

Berlin


Great story. Since I was a young boy I have always looked up to the WWII generation as a source of inspiration and guidance.

Can I ask what the Naval Air Force is? I've heard of the US Army Air Force of WWII, but I've never heard of Naval Air Force? Were you a naval aviator?

Re: The stories from WW 2 vets

Thu May 08, 2014 2:10 pm

The naval Air Force is that group that flies from carriers and many Naval air stations. I was a aviation ordnanceman , the folks that load,fuze ,arm and dearm aircraft weapons. We also did trouble shooting and repair of the aircraft weapons systems. We were called " BB stackers" short for breech block loaders. The Blue Angels are also a part of Naval aviation or the Naval Air Force.

Berlin

Re: The stories from WW 2 vets

Thu May 08, 2014 8:28 pm

I was a reject, so no stories from me, but Dad was in WW2, part of the 3rd armored. he didn't like to talk about it much, but when he did, it was something I liked to listen too. In addition to other things he went through, he was in the Battle of the Bulge.

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Fri May 09, 2014 5:58 am

Have heard a few WWII stories most interesting to me was in 1992 I met a guy while doing a fuel oil delivery to his house he had a German name and accent and looked young for a WWII experience but he told me of the time he was a infantry soldier in great detail during WWII at the end of his story I said amazing you look too young to be a WWII vet he chucked and gave even more detail he told me that he was a German youth and drafted at 14 years old and sent to the Eastern front where he as a machine gunner "mowed down the Russian troops like sheep" he said the Russians just walk right in to them that was 1945 and then he was captured and sent to Siberian where the Russian kept him until 1954 :shock: , amazing drafted at 14 and did a bout a year on the Eastern front and then 8 years as a POW , came to the US and was a machinist at a local fastener company and retired.

Re: The stories from WW 2 vets

Fri May 09, 2014 6:38 am

Bezirk wrote:The naval Air Force is that group that flies from carriers and many Naval air stations. I was a aviation ordnanceman , the folks that load,fuze ,arm and dearm aircraft weapons. We also did trouble shooting and repair of the aircraft weapons systems. We were called " BB stackers" short for breech block loaders. The Blue Angels are also a part of Naval aviation or the Naval Air Force.

Berlin


Thanks Berlin. I was in the Air Force myself…'88 to '92 to include a tour in the sandbox during Desert Storm. Both of my grandparents on my father's side are WWII vets. My gramp was a truck driver on the famous Burma and ledo Roads in the China-Burma-India theater. My gram was in the WAVES. I grew up listening to their stories. My dad is a Vietnam vet. I've always said that I really had no choice but to carry on the tradition and serve.

Here's a pic of the 4 of us taken about 4 years ago. My gramp has since passed away.

Blair

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Re: The stories from WW 2 vets

Thu Jun 26, 2014 12:56 pm

Jackman wrote:Have heard a few WWII stories most interesting to me was in 1992 I met a guy while doing a fuel oil delivery to his house he had a German name and accent and looked young for a WWII experience but he told me of the time he was a infantry soldier in great detail during WWII at the end of his story I said amazing you look too young to be a WWII vet he chucked and gave even more detail he told me that he was a German youth and drafted at 14 years old and sent to the Eastern front where he as a machine gunner "mowed down the Russian troops like sheep" he said the Russians just walk right in to them that was 1945 and then he was captured and sent to Siberian where the Russian kept him until 1954 :shock: , amazing drafted at 14 and did a bout a year on the Eastern front and then 8 years as a POW , came to the US and was a machinist at a local fastener company and retired.
…..I would have liked my father to have met him…He lived in Germany for awhile…I forgot the name of the POW camp….He was also at Normandy and a few other lovely places….At the time the Russians , your story telling acquaintance was speaking of, were part of an group protecting the world from the likes of this babbling fool…Perhaps instead of sending him to Siberia they should have sent him to clean up the death camps he took part in creating…And one more thing, any person who has ever taken a life or lives in wartime is haunted by the memory and don't brag about it …Comparing that swine with our WW2 veterans is a slap in the face….Past Sgt David Shattuck. Viet Nam Vet, INFANTRY……...

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Fri Jun 27, 2014 8:43 pm

Jackman wrote: amazing drafted at 14 and did a bout a year on the Eastern front and then 8 years as a POW , came to the US and was a machinist at a local fastener company and retired.


"Drafted" was probably putting it mildly by that point in the war.

I never knew until I got older that I had grown up around so many former servicemen that literally lived history. It was very seldom they ever talked about it.

Al

Re: The stories from WW 2 vets

Wed Jul 02, 2014 2:46 pm

pickerandsinger wrote:
Jackman wrote:Have heard a few WWII stories most interesting to me was in 1992 I met a guy while doing a fuel oil delivery to his house he had a German name and accent and looked young for a WWII experience but he told me of the time he was a infantry soldier in great detail during WWII at the end of his story I said amazing you look too young to be a WWII vet he chucked and gave even more detail he told me that he was a German youth and drafted at 14 years old and sent to the Eastern front where he as a machine gunner "mowed down the Russian troops like sheep" he said the Russians just walk right in to them that was 1945 and then he was captured and sent to Siberian where the Russian kept him until 1954 :shock: , amazing drafted at 14 and did a bout a year on the Eastern front and then 8 years as a POW , came to the US and was a machinist at a local fastener company and retired.
…..I would have liked my father to have met him…He lived in Germany for awhile…I forgot the name of the POW camp….He was also at Normandy and a few other lovely places….At the time the Russians , your story telling acquaintance was speaking of, were part of an group protecting the world from the likes of this babbling fool…Perhaps instead of sending him to Siberia they should have sent him to clean up the death camps he took part in creating…And one more thing, any person who has ever taken a life or lives in wartime is haunted by the memory and don't brag about it …Comparing that swine with our WW2 veterans is a slap in the face….Past Sgt David Shattuck. Viet Nam Vet, INFANTRY……...


Guess you have to meet the guy to know what kinda fella he was, I will tell you a few facts, he was not" bragging" ,he is not a "swine" and at 14 years old he was forced to go and do what he did there were no options, life sucks sometimes and there is your proof.

Re: The stories from WW 2 vets

Thu Jul 03, 2014 11:44 pm

Jackman wrote:"mowed down the Russian troops like sheep" he said the Russians just walk right in to them that was 1945 a
…..All the proof needed…By the way, what is your experience…..WW2, Korea, Nam….???? Just curious…...

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Fri Jul 04, 2014 6:12 am

pickerandsinger wrote:
Jackman wrote:Have heard a few WWII stories most interesting to me was in 1992 I met a guy while doing a fuel oil delivery to his house he had a German name and accent and looked young for a WWII experience but he told me of the time he was a infantry soldier in great detail during WWII at the end of his story I said amazing you look too young to be a WWII vet he chucked and gave even more detail he told me that he was a German youth and drafted at 14 years old and sent to the Eastern front where he as a machine gunner "mowed down the Russian troops like sheep" he said the Russians just walk right in to them that was 1945 and then he was captured and sent to Siberian where the Russian kept him until 1954 :shock: , amazing drafted at 14 and did a bout a year on the Eastern front and then 8 years as a POW , came to the US and was a machinist at a local fastener company and retired.
…..I would have liked my father to have met him…He lived in Germany for awhile…I forgot the name of the POW camp….He was also at Normandy and a few other lovely places….At the time the Russians , your story telling acquaintance was speaking of, were part of an group protecting the world from the likes of this babbling fool…Perhaps instead of sending him to Siberia they should have sent him to clean up the death camps he took part in creating…And one more thing, any person who has ever taken a life or lives in wartime is haunted by the memory and don't brag about it …Comparing that swine with our WW2 veterans is a slap in the face….Past Sgt David Shattuck. Viet Nam Vet, INFANTRY……...


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