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My Father Died Tuesday Morning. An old soldier passes on...
4.16.03 | mlmr

Posted on 04/16/2003 5:03:33 PM PDT by mlmr

My father died yesterday and I had the privilige of standing next to him and saying goodbye as he took his last breaths. He is having a military funeral for the most important event in his life was the 18 months he spent with the 101. He joined them at age 16 as they crossed the Mediterranian to Italy. He was young and ski patroled the Alps for a while then was spun off to the new MPs to help keep the peace in occupied Italy. He had many funny stories including the time he was involved with arresting the general who headed the Italian forces and engineered the surrender to the Allies. He even married an Italian woman. God rest his soul.


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KEYWORDS: 101division; africaanditaly; father; worldwarii
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1 posted on 04/16/2003 5:03:34 PM PDT by mlmr
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thanks for the post. May God Bless your dad. Advance and be recognized.
2 posted on 04/16/2003 5:06:56 PM PDT by ex-snook (American jobs needs balanced trade - WE BUY FROM YOU, YOU BUY FROM US)
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May he rest in peace. My prayers for you and your family.
3 posted on 04/16/2003 5:07:42 PM PDT by ContraryMary
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My sympathies and prayers for you and your family.
4 posted on 04/16/2003 5:08:31 PM PDT by Miss Marple
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To: mlmr
I'm sorry for the loss I know you are/will experience. Just before I refreshed the lastest post page I was thinking about my dad and how much I still miss him and he died several years ago.

Take care and God bless.
5 posted on 04/16/2003 5:08:32 PM PDT by muggs
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To: ex-snook
Thank you

I would love to hear about others and their WWII Dads. Any 101 people?
6 posted on 04/16/2003 5:08:51 PM PDT by mlmr
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To: mlmr
I can only wish your dad Godspeed. He was a great man and you should be proud of his military service and his service to his country. Take care.
7 posted on 04/16/2003 5:09:00 PM PDT by jonsie
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To: mlmr
God bless and keep you and your family. May I express my gratitude for his service and my condolences on your loss.

Regards.
8 posted on 04/16/2003 5:09:09 PM PDT by rpierce
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To: muggs
Bump for a good man having a good life!

God Bless you and your family.

GRRRRR
9 posted on 04/16/2003 5:09:37 PM PDT by GRRRRR (If the GOP could just send in the Marines against the Demokrats now....)
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To: mlmr
prayers...he's in great hands now
10 posted on 04/16/2003 5:09:58 PM PDT by Vinomori
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I am sorry for your loss. Prayer bump.
11 posted on 04/16/2003 5:10:14 PM PDT by Unknown Freeper (Remember: when the chips are down, the buffalo is empty.)
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condolences-- sounds like he was a great guy and he's lucky to have children and grandchildren (?) to carry on his legacy.
12 posted on 04/16/2003 5:10:42 PM PDT by Betteboop
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God Bless you and your family. I know you are mighty proud of the old man. Stand strong!
13 posted on 04/16/2003 5:10:57 PM PDT by stainlessbanner
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Thank you. We bury him Tuesday. It is the end of an era. My generation, born in the fifties was sooo influenced by WWII. I am just begining to see the ramifications now.
14 posted on 04/16/2003 5:11:19 PM PDT by mlmr
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God rest your father and bless and comfort you and your loved ones.
15 posted on 04/16/2003 5:11:19 PM PDT by Bilbo
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THANKS.. God bless You and for the Wonderful Man Your Father was. My father in law..fought from Northern Africa, thru Italy and all the way thru the Battle of the Bulge, and to the Czech line. He was a colonel with Patton, and I have talked with many men who fought with him in the war. They are some of Americans finest. Your Father, sounds just like one of those men, America's Bravest, and Finest.
16 posted on 04/16/2003 5:12:29 PM PDT by AmericanMade1776
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It still hurts. I hope your road is smooth.
17 posted on 04/16/2003 5:14:03 PM PDT by Thebaddog (Fetch this)
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To: mlmr
I offer my heartfelt condolences on your loss, and my thanks for the service rendered by your father to our country.
I lost my own dad when I was about 13. He, too was a veteran of WW2, having been through Italy and most of Europe.
We are both fortunate, to have known such men.
18 posted on 04/16/2003 5:14:16 PM PDT by glocker
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My dad was soo young, but he was a big boy and got himself into all sorts of scrapes. He considered Italy the most beautiful country in the world.
19 posted on 04/16/2003 5:14:45 PM PDT by mlmr
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I deeply miss my dad since his passing in '77 but know I'll see him again. They're in good hands.


20 posted on 04/16/2003 5:14:57 PM PDT by Dick Bachert
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Your dad was one of the good ones, and we all owe him. God's blessings to you and your family. May the name of this honorable soldier be remembered.
21 posted on 04/16/2003 5:15:19 PM PDT by Scothia (If you pray for rain, prepare to deal with some mud.)
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As we sat with my father Monday night my brother and I were looking through his war picture albums. What a time and the young men were so young and carefree and brave.
22 posted on 04/16/2003 5:17:27 PM PDT by mlmr
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Thank you for sharing your loss as well as sharing the short story of an American hero. God bless you at this time.
23 posted on 04/16/2003 5:18:44 PM PDT by Toespi
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To: mlmr
My heartfelt sympathies to you and your family at the passing of such a fine man. I, too, was privileged to be with my father at his passing, so I understand how special an event that is. God bless and comfort you.
24 posted on 04/16/2003 5:19:37 PM PDT by ru4liberty (I don't know what tomorrow holds, but I know Who holds tomorrow. May His Name ever be praised!)
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I am sending you my sincerest condolences on the passing of your father. I can tell you are so proud of him. I laid to rest my Grandfather last Thursday who was also a WWII Navy vet. I too was at his side when he took his last breath. God bless you & your family and help you through this time.
25 posted on 04/16/2003 5:20:03 PM PDT by AZamericonnie
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Sympathy and prayers ...
26 posted on 04/16/2003 5:22:00 PM PDT by manna
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I am so sorry for your loss. Unfortunately, I understand how much it hurts. We just received our Presidential Memorial Certificate and hung it up last night. I am so glad it is from Dubya. Don't forget to order yours.

Click the Tribute on my homepage to see the Gaffer. Perhaps they are trading stories.
27 posted on 04/16/2003 5:25:53 PM PDT by Samwise (All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.)
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To: mlmr
Thank you letting us hear about your wonderful Father.
My thoughts are with you and your family.
28 posted on 04/16/2003 5:26:37 PM PDT by alameda
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To: AmericanMade1776
My Dad's first job in Italy was to be a driver for a brave, field promoted colonel who had been with the division since the begining.
They were traveling in a jeep and a big black sedan passed them and nearly drove them off the road. The colonel insisted that my father pull the car over. So my father sped up and there was a chase. At one point, the colonel, a true cowboy had his revolver out and was aiming at the car. My father convinced him to holster his gun.

He cut the car off and pulled it over. It was filled with men in suits. They arrested the men and took them to the nearest polizia station. As they entered with the unhappy prisoners, everybody in the station came to attention. With broken Italian my father and the colonel discovered that they had just arresed the high command of the Italian military. The Italians took their names to report them to the American commander. Fortunately, the colonel had lots of friends and the commander's assistant was a friend who stonewalled the calls....
29 posted on 04/16/2003 5:27:13 PM PDT by mlmr
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The clouds are now his moguls!!
30 posted on 04/16/2003 5:28:09 PM PDT by Coroner
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How do I get an memorial certificate, Samwise?
31 posted on 04/16/2003 5:28:10 PM PDT by mlmr
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I know that feeling. My favorite picture of my Dad shows him sitting in a fancy chair on the front porch of some house in Italy with his Thompson handy, tired but game, grinning at the camera.
32 posted on 04/16/2003 5:28:11 PM PDT by glocker
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He was young. My Father in law is still living at 87 years of age. He talks with soliders who are in their 90s. My Dad was in the Air Force,toward the end of the war headed for Japan, but the big bomb dropped, he is only 76 now.

I have heard that Italy is a beautiful Country.
33 posted on 04/16/2003 5:28:20 PM PDT by AmericanMade1776
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Great Story! :-)
34 posted on 04/16/2003 5:31:09 PM PDT by AmericanMade1776
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It's a blessing to be able to mourn the loss of a parent. I'm thankful to have had two good ones, too.

My prayers to you and yours.

35 posted on 04/16/2003 5:31:20 PM PDT by lonestar (Don't mess with Texans)
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May all that was in him, live on through you and yours. Condolences and Godspeed.
36 posted on 04/16/2003 5:31:23 PM PDT by Focault's Pendulum (I just bought the Hanging Gardens of Babylon on E Bay.)
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Dad was 75. They were so young and full of promise...and so many did not come home...
37 posted on 04/16/2003 5:31:51 PM PDT by mlmr
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Salute!
38 posted on 04/16/2003 5:32:17 PM PDT by Diver Dave
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Hand Salute.
39 posted on 04/16/2003 5:32:44 PM PDT by TomServo
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Your dad lived a lot more and a lot better than most. This old world is just a little bit poorer with the passing of such a man.
40 posted on 04/16/2003 5:33:47 PM PDT by The Duke
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You can find all the details here. You'll need the death certificate and his service records. Other links will take you to other benefits. The cerificate takes almost three months. I finally called and they said they had to radiate all the mail. I have heard it takes years to get the markers. We will see. Good luck and God bless.

http://www.cem.va.gov/pmc.htm
41 posted on 04/16/2003 5:34:36 PM PDT by Samwise (All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.)
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"I would love to hear about others and their WWII Dads. Any 101 people?"

I'm one of those WWII 'dads' and my unit met the 101 in Alsace where they went after Bastogne. Also again later around Berchegarden (sp?) where the Nazis were to make their last stand.

42 posted on 04/16/2003 5:34:51 PM PDT by ex-snook (American jobs needs balanced trade - WE BUY FROM YOU, YOU BUY FROM US)
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Prayers from your FReeper family...
43 posted on 04/16/2003 5:38:40 PM PDT by MrJingles (Clones are people, two.)
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I am so sorry. May your Dad Rest In Peace. My Thoughts and Prayers are with your Dad and his loved ones.

My Dad was in the US Navy, WWII. Lost my Dad when I was a young one, I have all his medals and Military History records. I have been in touch with some of the Sailors who served with my Dad. They have shared many stories and photos with me. They have yearly reunions.

Take Care mlmr

Colleen

44 posted on 04/16/2003 5:38:44 PM PDT by deadhead (God Bless Our Troops and Veterans)
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God Speed to your dad ~ my condolences to you & your family. I pray the sorrow you feel today will soon melt away into a wealth of warm memories.
45 posted on 04/16/2003 5:41:24 PM PDT by Zacs Mom (Frankly, my dear, I DO give a damn ~ http://www.goodolddogs.com/oldragged.html)
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God bless him. My Dad, a WW2 vet died many years ago at a very young age. I still miss him but I go through life with the belief that our separation is only temporary.
46 posted on 04/16/2003 5:42:16 PM PDT by jwalsh07
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Please accept my sincere sympathy and condolences on your loss. The loss of a parent is the most inevitable, and yet most difficult loss for many people to accept and come to terms with.

I am sure you will continue to honor his memory by living the kind of life that he fought for us all to enjoy.

47 posted on 04/16/2003 5:43:11 PM PDT by PackerBoy
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Bless his heart and bless your heart. I'm so thankful for every day I still have my WWII vet dad. I hope I'll be able to have your faith and courage when the days run out.
48 posted on 04/16/2003 5:45:16 PM PDT by zook
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We are slowly losing THAT generation one by one. My father, who signed up fight in the Pacific as soon as he was of age after losing HIS brother to the Japanese, died 4 years ago.

Prayers to ALL of those who fought the Axis Powers and that delivered the world a victory. How can we ever repay them?

49 posted on 04/16/2003 5:45:28 PM PDT by DoctorMichael (FReepers.....An army to be reckoned with.)
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Our condolences for the loss of your father with our gratitude for his service to our Country. We would have loved to hear his stories. Old soldiers never die.......
50 posted on 04/16/2003 5:46:28 PM PDT by wingnuts'nbolts (I see the world and my surroundings in a new light and I still hate all things Clinton)
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