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Old 11-28-2019, 02:08 AM
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My paternal grandfather was born in 1898. He was drafted into the US Army in 1918, and shipped to France. The war ended in November before his unit saw combat, and he returned home sometime in 1919. Dad was drafted in the early 1960's, and discharged during the Cuban Missile Crisis occurrence. Mom said they expected him to get recalled for Vietnam, but he wasn't, and I arrived in 1965. If "The Great War" hadn't stopped when it did, l might not exist. Millions of young men never returned home, the story of all wars.
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My maternal grandfather served in France and died in 1939 of lung cancer. He was 47.Theres a story of his horse being shot out from under him,no idea if it’s true. My cousin tells me that since he was a farmer,he should have been in the home guard.
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Old 11-28-2019, 05:01 AM
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Not to make light of the subject, but I love stuff like this...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8rfGSBekOdE&t=63s

Somewhere I have slides of pics I took of the Santa Monica (CA) pier before/after it was torn up by a storm back in the 80's. Made for a nice overlay.
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The Grandfather I never really met, he spent my early years in various VA Hospitals with Lung illnesses, no real stories of the how and why, just another Private in the War to end all Wars (until the next one). He passed when I was 5 years old in the VA Hospital in Salisbury NC.



His grave marker doesn't tell much either.



And a rare photo of he and my Grandmother (Mom's)



He had been a fairly prosperous farmer but with his illnesses they eventually lost the farm. An all too typical tale for the times.
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Old 11-28-2019, 03:32 PM
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Old 11-28-2019, 05:48 PM
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My grandfather was a a soldier in a Preussischen Musketierbatallion. He fought at Verdun, was a soldier for the Wehrmacht again in WWII and lived to be 78. I grew up on his knee and remember his icy blue eyes become alive when he talked about attack and counterattack. I grew up with the stories and was raised as all my ancestors were. I have my grandpa's Verwundetenabzeichen and Iron Cross, my father's medals were all stolen.

For four hundred years my family had been Prussia's iron fist.

Standing to the right is Karl, my grandfather, in the Lazarett in Dresden, were he recovered from a gunshot wound.


Fastforward to 1941 and this is a photo taken by my father in the Führerhauptquartier, were he was a guard shortly to get a break after his batallion was wiped out in Russia. The fat guy is Hermann Göring.



Viel Feind, viel Ehr.

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Old 11-29-2019, 01:25 PM
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Guess I shouldn't tell this, but it's funny now, knowing about grandpas hot temper. He had made it to the rank of corporal, but got busted back to buck private, for punching an officer. 90 days in the stockade.

Dad's half brother Gerald was in the US Navy during WW2. Served on a destroyer escort in the Atlantic. His older full brother Oliver served in the USN sometime during the late 1950's to early 1960's, in the Pacific fleet. He just died this year, old age organ failure and complications from Parkinson's disease.

I've got some German heritage too, maternal grandmother's mother's family was from Weisbaden, so there were likely some distant relatives participated in the World Wars. No information about that known though. Probably some from Scotland too. The 20th Century wars sure ate up a lot of lives.
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