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kearsarge007
02-21-2006, 12:29 PM
Any veterans here!

battle of manila is the largest urban warfare that the american army have fought,I read about it and it's horrible! women of all races are being raped,priest being killed,churches ruined....at the same time the americans are fighting on iwo jima & the US marines suffered tremendous casualties at iwo just to create a life raft for crippled B-29s trying to limp it back to their home bases.

I WILL BE GLAD IF THERES A VETERAN,SOLDIER OR PILOT OR EVEN A SAILOR WHO CAN SHARE THEIR 1ST HAND ACCOUNT REGARDING THIS POST.

kearsarge007
02-21-2006, 12:29 PM
Any veterans here!

battle of manila is the largest urban warfare that the american army have fought,I read about it and it's horrible! women of all races are being raped,priest being killed,churches ruined....at the same time the americans are fighting on iwo jima & the US marines suffered tremendous casualties at iwo just to create a life raft for crippled B-29s trying to limp it back to their home bases.

I WILL BE GLAD IF THERES A VETERAN,SOLDIER OR PILOT OR EVEN A SAILOR WHO CAN SHARE THEIR 1ST HAND ACCOUNT REGARDING THIS POST.

codeseven7
02-21-2006, 01:00 PM
I had an impromto yard sale last weekend. An older couple stopped by and introduced themselves as our neighbors from down the street. We talked for awhile before I noticed a faded Marine Corps tattoo on 'Bobs' arm. I asked if he had been in the service, he was indeed. He was a Marine in the Pacific during WW2 and fought on both Iwo Jima and Okinawa! And as if that wasn't enough, he also fought in Korea surving the battle of the Choson Reservoir (The Choson Few)! I had an extraordinary part of living history standing right in front of me and to think I would have never known had I not noticed that old faded tatoo. 'Bob' told me to stop by some time. Can you imagine the stories and memorabilia he may have? You can bet I'm not going to pass up on the kind offer.


codeseven

kearsarge007
02-21-2006, 01:04 PM
I think he got a bunch medals after the battles that he fought! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

He participated in some of the bloodiest battle in US military history.

MercilessFatBoy
02-21-2006, 05:32 PM
advise him to write and print his memiors (did i spell right?) so we can all know his story

CRSutton
02-22-2006, 04:01 PM
You have to remember that an 18 year old marine in 1944 would be brushing up against his 80th birthday today. I doubt you will find many people that age playing IL2

I went to four funerals this past year. All WWII combat vets. One fought in the Bulge, one a Navy liberator pilot in the Pacific, my wife's uncle Chan-a mortar man wounded on Okinawa, and her best friend father who fought in Europe. In addition, I went to the funeral of Lily Okura, who's husband Pat died last year. Prominent Japanese Americans, he a leader in the Japanese community in LA and she a major Japanese American actress-both interred in concerntration camps.

Sad, to see them all go.

Scrapper_511
02-23-2006, 04:24 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by MercilessFatBoy:
...print his memiors (did i spell right?)... </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Nope.

VF-29_Sandman
02-24-2006, 01:30 PM
every day i see more names of vets that were in ww2 in the obits from army, navy, marines, air corps (ww2 designation of the air force). it sucks that man by man, these historical men are going to eternal rest. soon there wont be any more vets from this war. the stuff they went through was horrific be sure.

IronKestrel
02-24-2006, 02:31 PM
One of the most horrific books I've ever read:
With the Old Breed : At Peleliu and Okinawa
by E. B. Sledge
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0195067142/104-2150443...61?v=glance&n=283155 (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0195067142/104-2150443-7572761?v=glance&n=283155)

Highly recommended, but not for the squeemish...

Rhino_66
02-24-2006, 05:25 PM
Grandfather was in Manilla and had a Great Uncle on Iwo.

My grandfather always talked about the biggest fight in Manilla being over the city brewery.

When my great uncle passed away several years ago, he still had shrapnel in his back from a Japanese hand grenade.

Ishmael932
02-24-2006, 06:19 PM
My father was there, sort of. He was a merchant seaman at the time and sat for 103 days at anchor between the USS North Carolina and Mt. Surabachi on a cargo ship with a load of rubber bathmats, woman marine uniforms and cocktail glasses. The ship's captain, a former Coast Guard officer, wangled his way into a late convoy consisting of the Liberty ship he was on, A Victory ship that actually had important cargo for the invasion and a Fletcher class can as escort.
I am writing a collection of his stories that I have posted on the general topics board at subsim.com entitled,"Tales of the Inadvertent Pacifist". I'll try to finish the piece on this adventure this weekend and post it there.

The working title will be,"The Inadvertent Pacifist and the One-Ship Convoy." I have 2 other stories finished and posted. If any would care to read them, I can post them here as well.

kearsarge007
02-25-2006, 08:21 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Ishmael932:
If any would care to read them, I can post them here as well. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

You can post some of it here,when you have a time!
Thanks!

Saunders1953
02-25-2006, 09:51 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">One of the most horrific books I've ever read:
With the Old Breed : At Peleliu and Okinawa
by E. B. Sledge
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0195067142/104-2150443...61?v=glance&n=283155

Highly recommended, but not for the squeemish... </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Yes, it's an excellent account of war in the Pacific. I've had my copy for about 30 years, and reread several times. His son is an IL2 enthusiast and is on these forums once in a while. Last year he mentioned that his Dad
was going to be either featured in the upcoming HBO Pacific counterpart to Band Of Brothers (not sure what it's called or when it's coming out)or a character was going to be based on him.

Ishmael932
02-25-2006, 07:24 PM
OK. First 2 parts of my father's story posted on general discussion board under title,

"Tales of the Inadvertent Pacifist" parts 1 & 2.

I hope you enjoy them.

Tator_Totts
02-25-2006, 09:00 PM
My neighbor across the street was at Saipan Tipian and OKI. He told me about those suicide jumps off of cliffs. He had to go around the bodies looking for survivors to take back to ship for medical attention.

tedinaz
02-26-2006, 10:03 AM
I fought at Manila...'98 it were...Admiral Dewey told us to eat breakfast after a couple hours of firing on the Spanish...I remember the Reina Christina was burning...and the old cutter McCulloch just couldn't keep up as we ran past El Fraile island at the high speed of 12 knots.....

I got me a medal from the congress in dickety-six I think...