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frag_bravo
05-11-2004, 12:26 PM
I work at a hospital,Went outside to take in some summertime air.Upon standing outside.I fell upon a conversation bewteen a nurse and a patient.He was telling his story.I did'nt pay much attention until "I was in WWII!" And my world went into his.HE said he was a pilot and flew the TBF.MAn for a couple of minutes I was at agh with what he said.Flew against Japans finest battle ships and took out some ground targets.Then his wife pulled up to the lobby doors where we were standing.I looked at him and imagined that this old man had done much in his young life more than some of us here at the forms.I gave him a quick salute as he exited my life.He returned the gusture.

I had provided a link for those like myself that really didnt know what a TBF was

http://www.microworks.net/pacific/aviation/tbf_avenger.htm

frag_bravo
05-11-2004, 12:26 PM
I work at a hospital,Went outside to take in some summertime air.Upon standing outside.I fell upon a conversation bewteen a nurse and a patient.He was telling his story.I did'nt pay much attention until "I was in WWII!" And my world went into his.HE said he was a pilot and flew the TBF.MAn for a couple of minutes I was at agh with what he said.Flew against Japans finest battle ships and took out some ground targets.Then his wife pulled up to the lobby doors where we were standing.I looked at him and imagined that this old man had done much in his young life more than some of us here at the forms.I gave him a quick salute as he exited my life.He returned the gusture.

I had provided a link for those like myself that really didnt know what a TBF was

http://www.microworks.net/pacific/aviation/tbf_avenger.htm

VaporBlast
05-11-2004, 12:59 PM
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TgD Thunderbolt56
05-11-2004, 01:09 PM
There are people like that all over the place and rarely do they get more than berated for driving too slowly or not paying attention.

I have a few "retirees" in my area and have spoken to some of them extensively. One was at Pearl Harbor on Dec 7th and another was a Jewish POW in Auschwitz...he survived, obviously. Now he bags my groceries at Publix.

Yet another was an SBD pilot in the Pacific whom I met while perusing the WWII aviation section at Barnes & Noble last year. We've become good acquaintences and have exchanged many hours of conversation about many things...including WWII aviation.

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LEXX_Luthor
05-11-2004, 01:29 PM
Working at an old job a RV (recreational vehicle) came up to propane pump and I had to fill the tank. RV had a small bumper sticker that said P~47 and I asked him about it. Didn't talk much about it but he said he flew during German Ardennes offensive. He was really positive about it but I totally forgot the few things he said.


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EPP-Gibbs
05-11-2004, 01:55 PM
I met an man of 86 about a month ago. He lives alone in a house opposite where my Mother now lives in France. During WW2 he was a Royal Navy gunner aboard the cruiser Nigeria. He took part in the Arctic convoys to Russia, freezing on 4 hour watches, then trying to shiver himself to sleep in an alleyway on deck where it might be a little less cold for the next four hours because they were afraid that if they went below they might not get up in time if they were torpedoed.

After the arctic convoys they were give a nice posting in the Mediterranean. Joy of Joys! Warmth! Sunshine! They were to form part of the escort for a convoy to Malta, code named Pedestal. Those of you who know about naval actions in WW2 will appreciate the significance of that.

After a couple of days of intense action against air-attack the Nigeria was torpedoed, with the impact directly below Don's station. He looked over the side and saw the hole it tore in the ship, with what looked like octopus tentacles caught on the torn metal and trailing in the water. He then realised they were the entrails of his shipmates. He's seen a few things, that's for sure!

After the Navy he became a professional drummer, and played music right up until a few years ago. He is a fascinating man.

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LeadSpitter_
05-11-2004, 01:57 PM
military dont like civilians saluting, they havent been thru the same hell of training.

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Waldo.Pepper
05-11-2004, 02:14 PM
When I was a little kid their waw a guy who owned a deli in my neighborhood. He had a number tattooed on his right forearm. Creepy how this awful war seems to keep living on and remaining relavant today.

T_O_A_D
05-11-2004, 03:19 PM
I went to a grteat Uncles Funeral last week he was 93 But while I was there I met another great uncle My Grandads little brother. Grandad is gone for some time now. But Uncle Carl 83 told me while he was driveing his 2003 Lincholn like a 20 year old man. Man He is sharp! He was stationed in 44 out in California at a base (dam didn't have pen and paper) But he was on the flight crew for F4u's (Holy****) I had no clue. He said they raced a couple of them once. They had them waxed up so nice a fly would fall smack on his A** if he landed on it. They ran 600 so he claims.
Now I just need to get things rolling and try and drag some more out of him. Before he escapes from us too.

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