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Remembering Family Heros

Post by ViperGTS » Sat Apr 27, 2019 7:16 pm

I figured i would start a thread for people to post pics and info about your family members who served. Here is my Grandpa, WW2 B-17 gunner and mechanic. 15th Army Airforce, 301st bomber group 419th squadron. Original class A with rank and Engineer Specialist patch on right sleeve. 15th Air Force 1943, Master Sgt. 2.5 years oversees (5 bars) Bronze star, Good conduct, Euopean, African, Middle East Campaign. American defense medal. I have more of his medals that, for whatever reason, are not on this jacket. Some of his medals, my uncle has the 2nd bronze star and a few others Army aviation Honorable discharge badge "Ruptured Duck"

Please share your history, wherever you are from!
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Post by jfko6 » Sun Apr 28, 2019 5:46 pm

Very Cool.

Here's a link to Jimmy's photo and memorial page on The Navy Log. Jimmy was shot down during the war. Anyone who served in or, are relatives of, can register their family member with The Navy Log.
http://navylog.navymemorial.org/curley-james-3
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Post by ViperGTS » Sun Apr 28, 2019 9:35 pm

Was Jimmy your pops or grandpa? I had the 301st group update the website with some pics too:
https://www.301bg.com/Wagner_Joseph_W7893_301BG.cfm
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Post by jfko6 » Sun Apr 28, 2019 10:03 pm

Uncle. He was stationed in the UK. It’s still a mystery to this day. Others have researched possible photos of him in the Navy with his Squadron.
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Post by ViperGTS » Sun Apr 28, 2019 11:08 pm

Try requesting his service record from the National Archives...it takes forever for them to get back to you, but you may find out what ship he was on. But i heard that they had a fire, many years ago, that destroyed a lot of records. I'm sorry to hear that he didnt return home.
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Post by rareauldmealtimes » Mon Apr 29, 2019 2:40 pm

Super cool idea Viper! Thanks for sharing. I need to go dig up my families uniforms.

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Post by Smitty » Mon Apr 29, 2019 9:13 pm

My great uncle, John Lahm, served in Italy where he was wounded and sent home. I use to chat with him at the mall before he passed in 2011. Near as I can remember, because I can't find my notes I took. He served in the Cape Breton Highlanders as a Bren gunner, and was wounded near Rimini, Italy, when a Panzerfaust/Schreck detonated below the stone window he was set up in. Filled his legs with schrapnel, and he was carried through a canal, and nearly killed when an armoured vehicle rolled up near the edge but couldn't depress it's weapons down.

Other than that, most of my family was too old or young to serve.
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Post by ViperGTS » Mon Apr 29, 2019 9:52 pm

The Bren is a crazy weapon with that top load mag, thanks for sharing Smitty.
My other Grandpa was in the Navy, but luckily never had to leave the US. The war ended before his unit got called up. He said his greatest military accomplishment was being the base ping-pong champion...Forest Gump style :wink:

Added another pic of some of his medals, above. I crap my pants just thinking about what that generation went through.
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Post by prado67 » Thu May 02, 2019 12:32 pm

In Russia, every family has its heroes. Grandparents who fought, fathers and brothers. In every generation. For example, my grandfather Ivan was a tankman of the T-34 tank, twice he burned in this tank when he was hit, he ended the war in Berlin.Grandfather did not like to tell about the war, said it was very scary. Grandmother Antonina two years was in a German concentration camp, where she was taken. Only then it was released by Soviet troops. I often looked at her hand with a burned brand with her personal number, which was assigned to her in the concentration camp. And one day I happened to see scars on her back. I asked where they were from. She didn't answer for a long time, and then she answered. Those seven-tailed lash scars, there was a lead ball on the end of each tail. For every mistake or fault they were beaten in the concentration camp with whips. From these lashes with lead and left deep scars. My father was in the war, too, but on the other. There he spent 2 years. My great-grandfathers fought in the first world war, then during the Russian revolution of 1917-1922. They're all heroes to me. And so almost every Russian family.
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Post by prado67 » Thu May 02, 2019 12:41 pm

In Russia every year there is a procession or action "Immortal regiment". People come there with portraits of their dead relatives who fought, then all go to the laying of flowers at the monuments.These processions are held in almost every city.
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