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Vet: Honor WWII survivors now, while they're alive
AP ^ | Sept. 2, 2011 | AUDREY McAVOY

Posted on 09/02/2011 7:14:37 PM PDT by PROCON

PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (AP) - A Marine who fought in the Battle of Okinawa urged Americans on Friday to honor those who served in World War II now, while veterans from that conflict are still alive. E. Bruce Heilman, speaking at a ceremony marking the 66th year since the end of the war, noted fewer than 2 million of the 16 million men and women who served in the war are alive. They are dying at a rate of 30,000 per month, he said.

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TOPICS: VetsCoR
KEYWORDS: vets; wwii
They are dying at a rate of 30,000 per month, he said.

Too sad, my dad, gone since 1988 was among them, I miss him dearly.

I served in Vietnam and proud of it!...just saying...Thank you Vets!

1 posted on 09/02/2011 7:14:42 PM PDT by PROCON
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To: PROCON

Thank you vets! And thanks Procon! :-)


2 posted on 09/02/2011 7:17:59 PM PDT by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis (Want to make $$$? It's easy! Use FR as a platform to pimp your blog for hits!!!)
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To: PROCON
Too sad, my dad, gone since 1988 was among them, I miss him dearly.

Ditto. My Dad died in 1988 too. Army Air Corps - Pacific Theater.

3 posted on 09/02/2011 7:18:06 PM PDT by Inyo-Mono (My greatest fear is that when I'm gone my wife will sell my guns for what I told her I paid for them)
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To: PROCON

Thank You Vets!




4 posted on 09/02/2011 7:24:24 PM PDT by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis (Want to make $$$? It's easy! Use FR as a platform to pimp your blog for hits!!!)
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To: Inyo-Mono
Ditto. My Dad died in 1988 too. Army Air Corps - Pacific Theater.

THE GREATEST GENERATION...

5 posted on 09/02/2011 7:27:33 PM PDT by PROCON (My Passion for FREEDOM is Stronger Than That of Democrats Whose Obsession is to Enslave Me.)
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To: PROCON

Yes, they are. I thank I every vet I meet: WWII, Korea, Viet Nam and beyond. And I thank you for your service too PROCON!


6 posted on 09/02/2011 7:33:09 PM PDT by Inyo-Mono (My greatest fear is that when I'm gone my wife will sell my guns for what I told her I paid for them)
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To: PROCON

Veterans of WW2 and others, if they’re around need to be honored.
My dad served aboard USS Heermann at the Battle of Leyte Gulf. He died 36 years ago. Both grandfathers were veterans also, one was WW1 and the other was Spanish American War. Back in the 1950s, I even remember speaking with a great uncle who was over 100 years old at the time. He’d served under General Lee in the Army of Northern Virginia. I remember listening to a first hand account of the Battle of Cold Harbor from him.


7 posted on 09/02/2011 7:37:57 PM PDT by BuffaloJack (2012 is the opportunity to get rid of Obama and his Empire of Lies.)
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To: snippy_about_it

Ping!


8 posted on 09/02/2011 7:38:29 PM PDT by PROCON (My Passion for FREEDOM is Stronger Than That of Democrats Whose Obsession is to Enslave Me.)
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To: BuffaloJack

Wow...cool.


9 posted on 09/02/2011 7:43:28 PM PDT by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis (Want to make $$$? It's easy! Use FR as a platform to pimp your blog for hits!!!)
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To: BuffaloJack
Veterans of WW2 and others, if they’re around need to be honored.

Wow,sounds like you had your fair share of greatness in your family!

Too cool, thanks for sharing!

10 posted on 09/02/2011 7:45:42 PM PDT by PROCON (My Passion for FREEDOM is Stronger Than That of Democrats Whose Obsession is to Enslave Me.)
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To: PROCON

I know a WWII vet who helped liberate some of the concentration camps in Europe... You can tell that what he saw there still affects him, especially regarding the children...


11 posted on 09/02/2011 7:46:17 PM PDT by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis (Want to make $$$? It's easy! Use FR as a platform to pimp your blog for hits!!!)
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To: PROCON

My Dad, now gone, was Army in China-Burma-India. Aboard the USS Missouri for the Japanese surrender.

God bless tham all.


12 posted on 09/02/2011 7:46:40 PM PDT by unkus (Silence Is Consent)
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To: BuffaloJack

That’s amazing. Too bad you didn’t have a recorder for your civil war great uncle.


13 posted on 09/02/2011 7:50:40 PM PDT by unkus (Silence Is Consent)
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To: unkus
My Dad, now gone, was Army in China-Burma-India. Aboard the USS Missouri for the Japanese surrender.

God bless tham all.

Our Dad's rocked, what a generation they were!

I hope America can once again rise to our Father's greatness!

14 posted on 09/02/2011 7:52:32 PM PDT by PROCON (My Passion for FREEDOM is Stronger Than That of Democrats Whose Obsession is to Enslave Me.)
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To: PROCON
Too sad, my dad, gone since 1988 was among them, I miss him dearly.

My dad too. He fought in the Pacific. He died 94 days ago. Thank you for your service.

15 posted on 09/02/2011 7:52:38 PM PDT by Eeyore4651
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To: Eeyore4651
My dad too. He fought in the Pacific. He died 94 days ago.

God Bless you, I know it's tough!

Just remember, you're Dad was a Hero!

16 posted on 09/02/2011 7:56:43 PM PDT by PROCON (My Passion for FREEDOM is Stronger Than That of Democrats Whose Obsession is to Enslave Me.)
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To: PROCON

It is tough. We were so close my entire life. There is no way that I could have had a better dad. And I had him for 57 years. Like you, I miss him dearly. Thanks for the kind words.


17 posted on 09/02/2011 8:05:33 PM PDT by Eeyore4651
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To: ConorMacNessa; BIGLOOK

Ping!


18 posted on 09/02/2011 8:14:51 PM PDT by PROCON (My Passion for FREEDOM is Stronger Than That of Democrats Whose Obsession is to Enslave Me.)
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To: PROCON; ConorMacNessa

My Dad was career Navy, enlisted in 1939 and split his time between the Atlantic escorts and later the Pacific in WWII. He’s been gone ten years now but during his last years he did what old Navy Goats do so well, sipping black coffee and swapping sea tales with a locker full of old salts as a volunteer aboard the USS Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in NYC when it opened.


19 posted on 09/02/2011 8:55:10 PM PDT by BIGLOOK (Keelhaul Congress!)
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To: Leaning Right

WWII ping


20 posted on 09/03/2011 2:23:05 AM PDT by beaversmom
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To: BIGLOOK; PROCON
My dad was also career Navy - enlisted in 1945 on his eighteenth birthday and qualified as a Radioman. Served American Theater in WWII and was discharged in 1946. Called up in 1950, he served on board the USS Borie, DD704. The Borie participated in the the Hungnam Evacuation following the withdrawal of the 1st Marine Division from Frozen Chosin. He had graduated from College in 1950 and was given a chance to apply for a commission in the Medical Service Corps, which he took advantage of. During the Vietnam War he was assigned as a clinical investigator to Naval Medical Research Unit #2 in Taipei, Taiwan. While in that post he had boots on the ground in 'Nam on several occasions. His last act as an officer was to present me with my Purple Heart on 25Aug1969, the day of his retirement as a Commander.

Proud to part of a Navy Family!

Lamh Foistenach Abu!
21 posted on 09/03/2011 7:28:00 AM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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To: unkus

> That’s amazing. Too bad you didn’t have a recorder for your civil war great uncle.
Unfortunately I was only 8 or 9 years old at the time and didn’t appreciate the event. Also, what kid back in the 50s would have had a tape recorder?


22 posted on 09/03/2011 11:32:57 AM PDT by BuffaloJack (2012 is the opportunity to get rid of Obama and his Empire of Lies.)
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To: BuffaloJack

You’ll always have the memories. Thanks for sharing. There are videos of Civil War veteran reunions that were filmed in the early 1900’s. Maybe on YouTube.


23 posted on 09/03/2011 11:45:37 AM PDT by unkus (Silence Is Consent)
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To: PROCON

My Pop died in 2001. Hit Utah Beach on D-Day, fought on the Huertgen Forest.

And thanks for your service, PROCON.

CPT ARMOR
MACV 1971


24 posted on 09/03/2011 9:22:10 PM PDT by PzLdr ("The Emperor is not as forgiving as I am" - Darth Vader)
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To: PROCON

Folks if you’d really like to get to know WW2 vets before they leave us forever you can do no better than to find a local chapter of the largest official association of WW2 vets called “Veterans of The battle of The Bugle’’ (”VBoB’’ for short.). I did. It’s very rewarding. I met two vets who served with the 29th. Infantry Division who both landed on Omaha Beach on June 6th. One of them was slightly wounded that morning. “Stuck my head up for a second’’ he told me,’’..and a bullet knocked my helmet off and creased my scalp’’.’’ “Ernie’’ said, “I didn’t try that again’’. My God, the things they told me.


25 posted on 12/31/2011 5:52:18 PM PST by jmacusa
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