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Veteran Of WWII And Korea Is Hero To Shelter Dog
Military.com ^ | Jul 8, 2013

Posted on 07/11/2013 3:33:00 PM PDT by nickcarraway

Drafted at age 17 to serve in World War II and conscripted again years later to fight in the Korean Conflict, A.T. has always considered himself very fortunate. Now 88 years old, the Army veteran is hero to Gator, a rescued shelter dog, with whom he shares life’s many blessings.

WWII veteran pressed into service once more in Korea

Prior to his first tour of service in 1942, A.T. married. He and his wife, Wanda, have since enjoyed “71 wonderful years together.” The newlyweds' time together was cut short by WWII when A.T., an Arkansas native, was assigned to the 8th Army and shipped out to Japan.

During 28 months of brutal combat during WWII, A.T. considered himself fortunate that his unit succeeded “bringing back people alive.” He followed his tour with a stint in the Reserves where he was told he would remain stateside to train new troops. That all changed when his country needed him once more, and A.T. found himself back on the front lines during the Korean Conflict. During those years he served in the 7th Division Company B 32nd Regiment and saw action on multiple fronts. Reflecting on this period of his service, the Army veteran notes that they “fought more Chinese troops than Korean.”

Finally in 1953, the Army let A.T. separate from service – for good. The decorated veteran was honorably discharged and ready to resume life with his wartime bride.

Empty nest emptier after death of beloved dog

During their many years together, A.T. and Wanda traveled extensively while working for companies such as Wonder Bread and Hostess Cupcakes before launching their own office equipment and supply business. The couple settled in Knoxville, a community they have called home for 21 years, to be close to close to their beloved granddaughter

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TOPICS: History; Military/Veterans; Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: dogs; korea; worldwarii

1 posted on 07/11/2013 3:33:00 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: Joe 6-pack

Ping.


2 posted on 07/11/2013 3:35:16 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

One of my aunts is buried in Georgia and two or three stones from her stone is a guy who was a vet of WW II,Korea *and* Vietnam.Amazing...just like this guy.The “Greatest Generation” for sure.


3 posted on 07/11/2013 3:37:30 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (The Civil Servants Are No Longer Servants...Or Civil.)
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To: Gay State Conservative

My dad was also WWII Korea and Vietnam.


4 posted on 07/11/2013 3:45:51 PM PDT by null and void (Republicans create the tools of oppression, and the democrats gleefully use them!)
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To: null and void
My dad was also WWII Korea and Vietnam.

Like I said....*amazing*.

5 posted on 07/11/2013 3:48:11 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (The Civil Servants Are No Longer Servants...Or Civil.)
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To: nickcarraway

Thanks, what a nice article.


6 posted on 07/11/2013 3:49:30 PM PDT by Mrs. P (Figures can lie, and liars can figure.)
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To: AnAmericanMother; Titan Magroyne; Badeye; SandRat; arbooz; potlatch; afraidfortherepublic; ...
WOOOF!

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7 posted on 07/11/2013 3:50:36 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: null and void

How old was he when he started in WWII, which theater was he in, and what was he serving in Vietnam? Always interesting to hear about.


8 posted on 07/11/2013 3:51:36 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

He joined the Marines just in time to visit Okinawa and be introduced to the Japanese by having one Kamikaze onto the top of the #3 turret of the USS Maryland. He was manning an anti-aircraft gun at the base of said turret at the time.

He never really talked about Korea.

Spent one tour of duty at Da Nang supervising aircraft maintenance. Someone wasn’t very fond of his, uh, roommate, so his tent got fragged once. Not totally peeved, they used a smoke grenade, instead of the more traditional fragmentation model. He had pink underwear for over a month...


9 posted on 07/11/2013 4:11:00 PM PDT by null and void (Republicans create the tools of oppression, and the democrats gleefully use them!)
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To: Gay State Conservative

Yeah, I used to tease him about being a slow learner...


10 posted on 07/11/2013 4:14:10 PM PDT by null and void (Republicans create the tools of oppression, and the democrats gleefully use them!)
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To: nickcarraway

I am this man’s age, 88, and I was a 17 year-old senior in high school when Pearl Harbor was bombed. It was a Sunday. When I returned to school the next day, about 10 of the senior boys had enlisted. One of them was only 16 and he joined the Navy until they caught him and discharged him. As soon as he turned 18 he joined the Army.

My brother-in-law was in the Army, in the China-Burma-India theater, and then went back in for the Korean war. He’s 92 now and in good health. Another friend completed 25 missions over Germany with the 8th Air Force. The Air Force assured them that they would not have to fly any more missions. When the Korean war started they called him up, but the ones who had 25 missions refused to go, and the Army backed down.


11 posted on 07/11/2013 4:22:53 PM PDT by MondoQueen (ii)
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To: Joe 6-pack; nickcarraway

Fangs! This makes me think there is a dog out there for me, as well. S/he just has to find me. ;o]


12 posted on 07/11/2013 4:33:37 PM PDT by Monkey Face (Don't be afraid to disagree with a liberal. They may mock you but they are unarmed.)
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To: MondoQueen

My uncle joined the Navy at 17 and had to have his mother sign for him. He got out of boot camp just in time to be stationed at Pearl Harbor to be present for the bombing. He grew from a 17 year old kid to a man overnight.


13 posted on 07/11/2013 4:35:02 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: null and void

My dad was WWII and flew the burma hump.


14 posted on 07/11/2013 5:59:44 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: MondoQueen

Mondo, my dad flew the burma hump.


15 posted on 07/11/2013 6:01:21 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: freekitty

C-47/DC-3?


16 posted on 07/11/2013 6:03:30 PM PDT by null and void (Republicans create the tools of oppression, and the democrats gleefully use them!)
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To: null and void

“Lab-Golden-Australian mix”

LOL!

Who ‘guesses’ the dogs?

Boxer/Bully/*maybe* Golden.


17 posted on 07/11/2013 7:48:02 PM PDT by Salamander (.......Uber Alice!.......)
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To: Salamander

The different colored eyes are a common Aussie trait, but otherwise I do not see any Aussie-ness.


18 posted on 07/12/2013 5:59:42 AM PDT by TexasRepublic (Socialism is the gospel of envy and the religion of thieves)
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To: null and void

I wish I could tell you; but I really don’t know. All I know is he flew several times. These men just didn’t talk about the war.


19 posted on 07/12/2013 8:28:20 AM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: freekitty

No, that they didn’t.


20 posted on 07/12/2013 8:45:37 AM PDT by null and void (Republicans create the tools of oppression, and the democrats gleefully use them!)
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To: nickcarraway

Killing pet dogs is part of Jihad, and pet owners better beware.

http://www.westernjournalism.com/dead-dog-jihad/


21 posted on 07/14/2013 2:29:39 PM PDT by KeyLargo
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