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    My dad just turned 89 last month, he served in the Pacific during WWII. To this day he won't talk about the war. When I was growing up had a neighbor who spent WWII in Japanese POW camps, he was one of the survivors of the Bataan Death March. I was too young and dumb to know what he had gone through at the time. This man lived through a hell that no one should ever have to endure. I can still remember him raising the flag at sunrise and lowering it at sunset everyday. I remember the day a kid rode by on a bike and threw a paint balloon at him while he was lowering the flag. Missed him and hit the flag. He pulled a gun and shot the kid, hit him in the leg, no serious damage done to the kid. When he went to trial I remember most of the adults in the neighborhood testified as character witnesses for him. Judge gave him 30 days suspended sentence and pay hospital bills. Of course that was back in the mid 60's. Today he would not be as lucky. Like many vet's he did not talk about the war. If asked all he would say was he was a POW.


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    Do you ever talk about your combat experience?
    Why? My uncles never did. One was in the Navy and the other the Air Force, the latter of which was a turret gunner on a B17. I learned what I knew from my aunt and mother. Folks in general recount the good times in life. One's duty to country, or job in the armed services is usually discussed between those who already know the biggest part as they have similar experiences--it's kind of a members only thing. I don't know of anyone who has defended this country, or fired a shot, or bled for the cause to be looking for recognition, or bragging about those times. You see--there's no real good time, or no real good reason to discuss things like that.

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    I was born not long after WW II so I knew many veterans of that war, unfortunately most have passed on. Some would talk about it but most would not. My Father-in-law was a supply truck driver which we realized years later was one of the most dangerous jobs over there as that was what the enemy was going after.

    The one thing that I found was the ones that wanted to about their time over there were usually the one that were least involved. I also found that it seemed that those in the Navy were much more talkative than those in the Army. I think the saying "War is Hell" pretty much describes it. I was sent notice that I was being drafted one month before they started the troup withdrawal from Viet Nam so I never did get drafted but many of my friends did.

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    I've had several combat vets open up and share their stories now that I am in the military. Also a lot of my "seniors" will tell us about their last deployment, because they need to train us for the next one and first hand experience works pretty well. Even in the world of the infantry there are still certain actions that are not mentioned, or only talked about by those who were actually there though. Those actions seem to be the ones that leave the biggest emotional scars.
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    not to much to say.was in the army, 83-86.
    unit was to be dispatched to beirut but
    we didn't end up going.
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    Quote Originally Posted by glock27mark View Post
    not to much to say.was in the army, 83-86.
    unit was to be dispatched to beirut but
    we didn't end up going.
    Yes--Beirut, and the Marine barracks bombing, that was my time. You must have been on ACB alert at the time.

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    No I do not talk about combat, even at the American Legion post. Most of us do not, though we talk about funny things that happened. Also about some of our buds. But that is about it. I have found that most if not all that brag were never in combat.
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    Never used to talk about things, but over the last couple of years as the children have grown and gone there ways,and a couple have served we have talked, and with the INTERNET its almost to easy to set behind the screen and discuss things that happened.

    I was one of the lucky ones had a great support group, and my elders whom served from WW-1 forward all ways stressed never be ashamed of your duty and job, and don't let it eat at your soul until you die a drunk.

    The horrendous is left unsaid for the most part. And depending on weather I want to ,or not face the nightmares that come with memories

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tubby45 View Post
    Don't know. His name was Ken Huebbe (hyOO-bee). Never mentioned names. All anyone ever knew was he was in the Pacific as a corpsman and island hopped around there. He was at Iwo, Midway, Marshall, and a few others. I'll try to find out what ship he served off of.

    ETA: During WWII, I believe he lived in Grand Rapids, MI. He also lived in Naples, FL but I think that was during the 70's (my stepdad got his degree from college down there). He retired in Fond du Lac, WI in the mid 80s.

    John Bradley was the corpsman that participated in the flag raising at Iwo. His son Jack wrote "Flags of our Fathers". He grew up in Appleton WI, not far from Fond du Lac...... My grandparents were good friends of the family, but I never had the privilege to meet the man.

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    I don't, because I don't have any to talk about.

    My sojourn in VietNam was "pre-war", 1962-1963. The closest I came to combat was when the VC dropped a couple of mortar rounds on the Nha Trang airfield one night.

    My dad served in the 96th Infantry Division in WW2 and was WIA on Okinawa. He never talked about it. He even refused to join the VFW or American Legion.


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    No never I talk with other combat veterans in multi-branch of service but we know not to ask the Bad stuff just talk about the funny differances ! and I have made peace with my ghost the first few years back my wife suffered the most.
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    Dad flew B-17s against Germany in daylight prior to long range fighter escorts ... he won't talk either and neither will my uncles.

    History indicates there was 10 and up to 18 percent casualty rate on some raids.
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