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Memorial Day 2020
#1361603 Sat May 23 2020 12:59 PM
Joined: Nov 1995
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Instead of real Memorial Day activities honoring Service members who have died (Veterans' Day is the one that honors servicemembers still living), I notice a lot of "virtual" observances going on. So why not here?

I'll start.

I'd like to lay a virtual wreath for:

My Dad: Aviation Photographer's Mate 3rd Class, USN (Korea)
My Grandfather: Pvt, USMC (WW1)
My Grandfather: TSgt, USA (WW2, Infantry, ETA)
My Uncle: Sgt. USAAC (WW2 B-24 Crew, Pacific Theater)
My Father-In-Law: Boatswain's Mate 3rd Class/AOC, USN (WW2)


FWIW, in my generation -- all three male cousins are living, two are SEA veterans (Army CWO-5 Ret. and an Air Force LtCol, Ret), and I'm the Marine smile

Last edited by John Milliman; Sat May 23 2020 01:01 PM. Reason: Removed PII :)


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Re: Memorial Day 2020
John Milliman #1361613 Sat May 23 2020 03:38 PM
Joined: Sep 2001
Posts: 31,339
My father, Donald : WWII B17 bomber pilot (18 years old)
My uncle, Hal : WWII B17 bombardier (early 20s)
Uncle Fred Antil - Marine Expeditionary Force Northern Africa (maybe in the 60s)

Trivia: why/when were bombardiers automatically promoted to being officers?

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Re: Memorial Day 2020
John Milliman #1361614 Sat May 23 2020 03:41 PM
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My Father: Staff Sgt USA 1942-1945 Mess Sgt
My Great Grandfather: surgeon Union Army, war between the States
My Uncle Glenn: WW2 Merchant Marine (ship sank by German U-Boat) spent 14 hours in the water awaiting rescue.

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Re: Memorial Day 2020
John Milliman #1361723 Sun May 24 2020 02:32 PM
Joined: Aug 2019
Posts: 244
Grandad on Mom's side was a B-24 co-pilot over Germany.

Grandpa on my Dad's side was a radio operator in Korean War.

Last edited by Ott3r; Sun May 24 2020 03:23 PM.

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Re: Memorial Day 2020
John Milliman #1361744 Sun May 24 2020 04:42 PM
Joined: Dec 2008
Posts: 1,055
My dad was a RCAF top gunner on a Lancaster bomber in WWII.

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Re: Memorial Day 2020
John Milliman #1361748 Sun May 24 2020 05:28 PM
Joined: Aug 2001
Posts: 4,852
My Dad joined the army straight out of High school 1945'
Germany fell when he was in boot training. Then sent to france and Germany as replacement troops.
Was shot thru both legs by friendly fire with a 45, at close range.
4 weeks in the infirmary and then given a free pass to go find his unit.
Got to sit in an watch the Nuremberg Trials one day also. No record of his injury were ever recorded.

Older brother enlisted the Marine Corp straight out of high school, 1968.
Did his two year tour at Guantanamo Bay standing guard duty. Came home messed up on drugs.

Myself, Graduated high school 1974. Registered for draft and it ended 1972.
I was never offered or asked to talk to a recruiter. Had a good job in a machine shop during high school.
Military was down sizing and there were no good reasons to join. Plus my brother said he would kick my butt if I even thought about joining.

I deeply thank those who have served and those that are serving, so we can live in freedom.


Last edited by 2-Ton; Sun May 24 2020 05:29 PM.

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Re: Memorial Day 2020
John Milliman #1362027 Tue May 26 2020 03:20 PM
Joined: Dec 2017
Posts: 1,004
My father, 2 separate enlistments

Staff Sgt. U.S. Army (Korea Era)
Seaman (don’t know exactly what rank) U.S. Navy (Korea Era)

Re: Memorial Day 2020
John Milliman #1362032 Tue May 26 2020 03:41 PM
Joined: Dec 2002
Posts: 4,258
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My Grandfather - WW1
Two Uncles - Korea
Two of the four of my favorite Aunts son's - Vietnam.
One cousin - Desert Storm

I just "happened" to stop by a local veteran's memorial park in Fort Collins and ran into several members of my Marine Corps League Detachment 1250.
There was some flag waving, moment of silence, saluting, a trumpet player (Korea vet) and a few hand shakes.

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Re: Memorial Day 2020
John Milliman #1362154 Wed May 27 2020 01:37 AM
Joined: Dec 2001
Posts: 15,605
my 3 brothers............all 4 of us were military. I am the only one left.

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Re: Memorial Day 2020
John Milliman #1362170 Wed May 27 2020 03:06 AM
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My Dad, George, joined the Nebraska Army National Guard before WW2. Was activated and patrolled the beach in Southern California, then went ashore in Normandy a month after D-Day and fought across France, awarded a Silver Star [] for action near Nancy France. Was with Patton's 3rd Army relieving Bastogne in the Battle of the Bulge. Was discharged after the War. He died in 1996.
His younger brother, Elwin, served in the Army Air Corps in the Pacific during WW2 as an aircraft mechanic. He died in 2004.
His youngest brother, Gene, served in the Air Force as a pilot. He was killed in a crash caused by extreme turbulence while piloting a C-47 near Elko, Nevada in 1952.

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