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Geshausen
05-21-2004, 09:14 PM
A few weeks back I talked to my father. I heard one of the most amazing stories that day. My (great-grandfather) Pappa Barnes served during the war, but that was about all I knew. He never talked about it and he died when I was around eight or nine. My Papa Barnes served in the United States Marine Corps as an Alligator commander. One day he was taking troops ashore and a Zero started strafing the beach. Men were heading for cover, but my great-grandfather slung up his M-1 Garand and started shooting at the jap. The jap stopped strafing, a few days later they found the pilot dead, shot by my Pappa-Barnes.

I may never had known that if my Great-grandfather didn't go to a veterans reunion with my father. All of his old war buddies came up and thanked him for saving there lives that day. He had never told anyone in the family that story! All I can say is thanks to anyone who served and if you are lucky enough to know one who is alive, tell them you appreciate the sacrifices they made.

There is a new World War II memorial in Washington now. It's hard to believe it has taken this long for the soldiers of the "Greatest Generation" to recieve this memorial. God Bless 'em.

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Geshausen
05-21-2004, 09:14 PM
A few weeks back I talked to my father. I heard one of the most amazing stories that day. My (great-grandfather) Pappa Barnes served during the war, but that was about all I knew. He never talked about it and he died when I was around eight or nine. My Papa Barnes served in the United States Marine Corps as an Alligator commander. One day he was taking troops ashore and a Zero started strafing the beach. Men were heading for cover, but my great-grandfather slung up his M-1 Garand and started shooting at the jap. The jap stopped strafing, a few days later they found the pilot dead, shot by my Pappa-Barnes.

I may never had known that if my Great-grandfather didn't go to a veterans reunion with my father. All of his old war buddies came up and thanked him for saving there lives that day. He had never told anyone in the family that story! All I can say is thanks to anyone who served and if you are lucky enough to know one who is alive, tell them you appreciate the sacrifices they made.

There is a new World War II memorial in Washington now. It's hard to believe it has taken this long for the soldiers of the "Greatest Generation" to recieve this memorial. God Bless 'em.

Imperial Studmuffin

All your yak are belong to us!

www.wtfiml33t.com (http://www.wtfiml33t.com)

GODSOCKv2
05-21-2004, 11:20 PM
Wow...amazing.

Actually, since he had a 1337 M1 Garand, I'm not surprised :P

Both my grandads were in the war. One was in the reserves, and almost got into action, and the other was in Alaska makin' sure the little buggers wouldn't take over the Aleutian Is.

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Penguin_PFF
05-21-2004, 11:26 PM
To your great-grandfather, I'd say: Good shot! That sounds like something out of a movie... Amazing.

It just goes to show you... Don't f*ck with a guy carrying a .30-06...

Latico
05-22-2004, 06:06 PM
My Dad was in the 80th Chem Mtr Bat, 40th Infantry. He serveed in New Ginnae, Leyte, Negros, and Panay. He's never spoken of the cambat but occasionally will tell of something humorous.

While in transit between Islands, the skipper of the LSD he ws on wanted to mount one of their 4.2 mortars on the bow of the ship to use as they approached the beech. Dad said they set up one of the 4deuces and fired a test round. The tube and base plate went through the deck. After scrounging below for some armor plate and patching the deck, they tried again. The second test shot didn't drive itself though the deck but still indented the deck so bad that it was clear that they weren't going to be able to use the 4deuce in this manner.

Dad Said the 4.2 had such a strong recoil kick that when they set them up on land they had to stack heavy timbers under the base plate to keep it from driving itself into the ground. And those timbers had to be replaced every so often.

[This message was edited by Latico on Sat May 22 2004 at 08:14 PM.]

[This message was edited by Latico on Sun May 23 2004 at 11:33 AM.]

Art-J
05-23-2004, 04:22 AM
"Motors"? Ha! You mean MORTARS. http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif Oh my, as a non-native english speaker I had a problem with initial understanding what the hell did that skipper mount on the ship. (what kind of motor has a "tube and base plate" and shoots? http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif)

P.S. - not trying to upset You, Latico, that was just a bit funny.

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Latico
05-23-2004, 12:32 PM
Yes , Art, I meant mortars. Dang it, I need a proof reader. http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/51.gif

Latico
05-23-2004, 12:36 PM
OK, I fixed it.

It's embarrassing to say the least to have non-native English speakers to correct my typos. http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/16x16_smiley-sad.gif

Oh well. http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/52.gif