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No Regrets: Frank Kravetzís Story
Townhall.com ^ | November 6, 2011 | Paul Kengor

Posted on 11/06/2011 12:10:46 PM PST by Kaslin

Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

“Just existing became what was important,” says 87-year-old Frank Kravetz of Pittsburgh, captive of the “hell-hole” that was Nuremberg Prison Camp. “Yet even as I struggled with the day-to-day sadness and despair, I never once had any regrets that I signed up to serve.”

An extended tour of Nazi camps as a wounded POW scratching for survival wasn’t what Frank had in mind when he signed up to serve his country in World War II. He refused his parents’ wishes to stay home; they already had two sons overseas. Frank was eager to fight for the freedom his Slovakian parents had secured in America. It was the least he could do.

Francis Albert Kravetz was born October 25, 1923, in East Pittsburgh, near the Westinghouse plant that provided income and aspiration for an entire community. Every morning he shoveled soot that drifted onto the porch from the steel mill. He lived a happy life. But then war came. Frank enlisted in the Army Air Corps. If he was going to help Uncle Sam beat the Nazis, he would do it from an airplane—and he did it very well, as a tail-gunner.

Frank’s life as a soldier took a dramatic turn on November 2, 1944 in a bomb-run over Germany. He crammed into the tail of a B-17, wedged inside a flak jacket. The target was Merseberg, a major industrial area. He flew amid an air armada of 500 heavy bombers—each carrying eighteen 250-pound “general purpose” bombs—escorted by 900 fighter planes.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: history; nazigermany; veteransday; worldwarii

1 posted on 11/06/2011 12:10:48 PM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

And then we have Jimmy Carter jr in the white hut, who absolutely wouldn’t do any thing to defend himself or the country except for money.


2 posted on 11/06/2011 12:26:50 PM PST by mongo141
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To: Kaslin

He was a POW for about 6 months. Some of the Brits had almost 6 years. And compared to the allies captured by the Japs, he had it fairly easy.


3 posted on 11/06/2011 12:41:43 PM PST by PAR35
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To: PAR35

As gawd-awful as it was, the Germans were a civilized people. The muslims are not.


4 posted on 11/06/2011 12:49:48 PM PST by ryderann
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To: PAR35

Are you trying to minimize his service for our country?


5 posted on 11/06/2011 1:20:04 PM PST by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: Kaslin

Trying to add some perspective. The story does him a disservice.


6 posted on 11/06/2011 2:17:25 PM PST by PAR35
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To: Kaslin
An old family friend who I saw often while growing up had a similar story. He was still a teenager when shot down over Germany where he was interned for the duration. After liberation he was able to write his family, tell them what he had been through, etc. However, he and his comrades were not immediately repatriated, but instead spent time in hospitals in England being treated for various injuries, illness and, more than anything else, malnutrition.

When he finally made it back to Massachusetts there was some grumbling among his friends and relatives.

Expecting an emaciated POW to step off the gang plank they instead saw a slightly chubby Bob, someone much heavier than when he went to war and obviously very well fed. A professional dancer, he quickly lost the weight. Still, people needled him about it for the next forty years.

7 posted on 11/06/2011 2:19:11 PM PST by billorites (freepo ergo sum)
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To: PAR35
Frank Kravetz Biography
8 posted on 11/06/2011 2:30:26 PM PST by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: Kaslin

Yes, much better done. He comes across a lot better there.


9 posted on 11/06/2011 2:42:06 PM PST by PAR35
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To: PAR35
"And compared to the allies captured by the Japs, he had it fairly easy."

You are one tough dude, and I admire that.

I bet you could have done six months in Bataan standing on your head, with a smile on your face all while juggling live hand grenades.

10 posted on 11/06/2011 2:46:29 PM PST by trumandogz (In Rick Perry's Nanny State, the state will drive your kids to the dentist at tax payer expense)
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To: trumandogz

Take a remedial reading course and get back to me when you can understand my post.


11 posted on 11/06/2011 6:00:05 PM PST by PAR35
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To: Kaslin

my dad was in a Japanese concentration camp in China when he was a kid, 3 years, liberated by the US


12 posted on 11/06/2011 6:18:00 PM PST by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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