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September 15th 1944 the USMC landed on Peleliu. It was a horrible three month battle with over 1500 Americans KIA.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Peleliu

It was my Fathers last battle of WWII . The 5th Marine, his regiment, lost 50% KIA and WIA during those three months and his weapons company was down almost 80%.

He spent the rest of the war training for the planed main island invasion.
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My dad did the Pacific in the Navy....fighting off Kamikazee waves from his Destroyer Escort.

My father-in-law did it the tough way in the USMC. He fought his way from Okinawa to Guadalcanal to Iwo Jima (not sure what order and too lazy to look it up right now).

Those guys truly earned the title "The Greatest Generation".

I hope we never need another generation like that. But I fear we will have the need soon.
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On a very related note, did you ever get those rifles displayed?!
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Grandfather was a Sherman tank commander in the Battle of the Bulge.

Great-aunt's husband was a ball turret gunner on a B-24 Liberator.

Both have passed on. Both heroes.

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My gramps was over on the eastern front (North Africa/Italy). I wish I had the opportunity to meet all of your family as they are truly the best of the best.

If you guys ever get a chance, find out if there is an honor flight in your area. I know locally, we fly vets into Reagan (DCA) to bring them to the capital. I try to make it a point to get to the airport every time to welcome/shake the hands of every one of these extraordinary men.
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Originally Posted by X-ZZ4 View Post


My dad did the Pacific in the Navy....fighting off Kamikazee waves from his Destroyer Escort.

My father-in-law did it the tough way in the USMC. He fought his way from Okinawa to Guadalcanal to Iwo Jima (not sure what order and too lazy to look it up right now).

Those guys truly earned the title "The Greatest Generation".

I hope we never need another generation like that. But I fear we will have the need soon.
My dad also served on a destroyer escort during WWII. I don't know how many destroyer escorts there were during WWII but wouldn't it be a wild coincidence if they served on the same one? I will need to look thru some old photos and paperwork to see if I can find the name of the one he served on.
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My dad did the Pacific in the Navy....fighting off Kamikazee waves from his Destroyer Escort.

My father-in-law did it the tough way in the USMC. He fought his way from Okinawa to Guadalcanal to Iwo Jima (not sure what order and too lazy to look it up right now).

Those guys truly earned the title "The Greatest Generation".

I hope we never need another generation like that. But I fear we will have the need soon.
Mine was in the 4th Marine Div. Two Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star.

Iwo and Tinian were two of the campaigns we spoke about. Absolutely tough slugging.

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September 15th 1944 the USMC landed on Peleliu. It was a horrible three month battle with over 1500 Americans KIA.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Peleliu

It was my Fathers last battle of WWII . The 5th Marine, his regiment, lost 50% KIA and WIA during those three months and his weapons company was down almost 80%.

He spent the rest of the war training for the planed main island invasion.

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My father lied about his age so he could join the navy. He was 17 and the year was 1940. He wanted to be with his brother who was a merchant marine. He didn't talk too much about his time in the navy, all I know is that he was on the convoys going from the USA to England. He passed away when I was 24 and I never got a chance to talk to him and find out more about his time in the navy.
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Here's my father-in-law.....being awarded Purple Heart number 1 of 2.

The photo was restored, repaired and colored, by talented photo choppers right here on the Corvette Forum (the original was torn and black and white).


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On a very related note, did you ever get those rifles displayed?!
No. We moved from NH to Florida and just did not have the room.

I also got laid off three times over the past 4 years and could not afford the 03 Springfield .
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My Uncle, Arvid Nelson was a Navy SeaBee Bulldozer Operator in the Pacific.

He landed with the U.S. Army 81st. Infantry Division in the invasion of Anguar, another of the Peliliu Island chain. The objective was to get the airfield on Anguar up as quickly as possible for use by Army Air Force and Navy Aircraft flown in from jeep carriers in the Battle of Peliliu.

Due to the "fog of war" some SeaBee Units Landing Craft actually landed before the Navy LCVP's. They used the bulldozers like tanks, as protected cover for the Army moving off the beach head and for sealing the Japanese machine gun nests in their caves.

My family was fortunate. All who fought in Africa, Europe and the Pacific came home.
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Originally Posted by X-ZZ4 View Post


My dad did the Pacific in the Navy....fighting off Kamikazee waves from his Destroyer Escort.

My father-in-law did it the tough way in the USMC. He fought his way from Okinawa to Guadalcanal to Iwo Jima (not sure what order and too lazy to look it up right now).

Those guys truly earned the title "The Greatest Generation".

I hope we never need another generation like that. But I fear we will have the need soon.


Amen, brother.........................
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No. We moved from NH to Florida and just did not have the room.

I also got laid off three times over the past 4 years and could not afford the 03 Springfield .
Oh man. I'm sorry to hear that.
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The greatest generation!

The videos below are two of the most powerful scenes of what they went through and what they had to live with after the war (the volume is not great in the videos, so you will have to crank your volume up above normal).



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My grandfather served in the 1st Mar Div.
I can only wonder if all these guys maybe knew or maybe met each other at some point, had to of chewed some of the same dirt...Semper Fi
He lost his brother, killed on Tarawa
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My Uncle, Arvid Nelson was a Navy SeaBee Bulldozer Operator in the Pacific.

He landed with the U.S. Army 81st. Infantry Division in the invasion of Anguar, another of the Peliliu Island chain. The objective was to get the airfield on Anguar up as quickly as possible for use by Army Air Force and Navy Aircraft flown in from jeep carriers in the Battle of Peliliu.

Due to the "fog of war" some SeaBee Units Landing Craft actually landed before the Navy LCVP's. They used the bulldozers like tanks, as protected cover for the Army moving off the beach head and for sealing the Japanese machine gun nests in their caves.

My family was fortunate. All who fought in Africa, Europe and the Pacific came home.
One my Great Uncles was a SeaBee driving bulldozers as well.

He was originally assigned duty in WWII out of Long Beach California to take the PT Boats from the rail cars to the ocean. They prepared them for service and had to run them out of fuel before their freighter trip overseas. My Great Uncle had run away from home and a good mining job (considered a strategic industry) after Pearl Harbor to get into the war. He spent his first eight months out of basic, "running the **** out of "those damn PT boats" between Long Beach and Catalina." His mechanical aptitude gained by racing on the dry lakes of the desert had him assigned to maintenance of those beasts. He hated the stateside service so much, that when he read a poster that said joining the SeaBees would guarantee getting closer to the war he immediately signed up.

He spent the next few years making runways and roads out of coral and rock, and dodging bullets. He seldomed talked about his time in the war but did mention that the movies with the landing craft leading the assault was much more organized than he remembered. At times he would say Marines would use his dozer for cover because there was no other cover, before leaving the room with a few choice words.

The training became good preparation for a lifetime career of work as a heavy equipment operator building roads and freeways with his friends made during the war.

To this day he has no desire to return to "none of those damned Pacific islands".
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