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altstiff
05-11-2005, 12:14 AM
Something I threw together after all the coverage this week. I have always wanted to post this stuff and over the past couple weeks I have been visiting my uncle, trying to collect some info from him, he is a former soldier in the Canadian Army during WWII.

http://www.virtual-speed.com/stiff/aylmer/aylmer.htm

altstiff
05-11-2005, 12:14 AM
Something I threw together after all the coverage this week. I have always wanted to post this stuff and over the past couple weeks I have been visiting my uncle, trying to collect some info from him, he is a former soldier in the Canadian Army during WWII.

http://www.virtual-speed.com/stiff/aylmer/aylmer.htm

flakwagen
05-11-2005, 01:23 AM
Nicely done. I am going to do an audio interview of my grandfather in August. I have plenty of photos to post. Hopefully he'll be able to give me a precise description of each, so I don't post them out of order or miscaption them. I think I might post a few of them anyway, as they are relevant to the subject matter of this forum.

Flak

madsarmy
05-11-2005, 01:23 AM
Thanks altstiff

A good read & very nice tribute to your Unlce.

Just keep him away from minefields.
Geez! How Lucky?

cajun16
05-11-2005, 07:00 AM
What an interesting story about a member of your family. Really enjoyed reading it...I have several Uncles who with the US forces (Navy, Marines, Air Corps) who to this day will not speak of their experiences during the conflict. I was almost five years old when the war ended and still can remember the church bells and sirens going off and adults shouting, laughing and crying that day...One of my Uncles was a Marine and did tell me in later years he was in the first wave that hit the beach at the Canal...No specifics, just "Son, let's hope and pray you never have to go through something like that." He was wounded early on and shipped back home for R&R. Told me he still has a piece of his buddies Christian medal in his right calf when his buddy was blown up right beside him........

womenfly
05-11-2005, 11:25 AM
Very well done! Tell your uncle "thank you" from all of us.

My dad was a medic in the Army and his brother was in the engineering corp. They both landed with the invasion in Normandy. My dad made it through the war, his brother, my uncle Stanley was killed at Normandy. He was only 23. ..... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/heart.gif

woofiedog
05-14-2005, 10:24 PM
http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif Great story... Thank's for sharing!

wayno7777
05-14-2005, 10:36 PM
Very interesting, thanks!

jarink
05-14-2005, 11:05 PM
Nice little story!

I wish that both my grandfathers were still alive so I could do the same. One was a glider infantryman in the 82nd Abn (he was bayoneted in Italy and spent most of the rest of the war in the hospital). He almost never talked about his war experiences.
My paternal grandfather was a bombardier in a B-17 (I'm working on a IL2 movie about him and his crew) who was shot down in Oct 43. Spent the rest of the war in Stalag Luft 1. He talked a lot about it, especially when my sister and I wanted to watch "Hogan's Heroes" (forbidden in his house). My stepfather's dad (also deceased) was in the USMC and fought on Tulagi and Saipan.

If you know a WWII vet, even if it's not a relative, I suggest you try and write down or record their stories. It may not seem a big deal, but once their memories and stories are gone, they are lost forever. In doing the research for my aforementioned movie, I have discovered things about my grandpa's service I never knew about. Now it's too late to ask him the many, many, quesions I have that only he could answer.