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Forum topic by ChuckV posted 11-11-2015 08:08 PM 841 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-11-2015 08:08 PM

Thank you to all the men and woman on this site who have served our country.

This day has my mind spinning. Less than a week ago, on Nov 5, my Dad passed away. He was just 13 days shy of his 98th birthday. His mind was all there right up to the end. Given that we are all going to die, I cannot imagine it going any better than it did for him. My two sisters who were in the area were with him at the end.

My Dad served in WWII. He was a right waist gunner and assistant engineer in a B-24. He flew 30 missions over Europe out of Shipdham, England.

This is his crew by the plane. My Dad is kneeling on the left.

This is the crew in front of another plane on December, 1943. I am not sure why it is a different plane. It might be that they just liked the artwork. Or, it could be the replacement after their first plane was shot down while being used by a different crew. Here, my Dad is kneeling second from the right.

My Dad’s final mission was May 28, 1944 to Zeitz, Germany. Here he is about four months after that.

It was only in the last 10 years or so that my Dad talked much about his service. I just received a large amount of photos, records, and memorabilia from my Dad’s service. I am amazed to see the number of medals that he received. I will be going through these boxes in detail once I feel ready.

-- “Big man, pig man, ha ha, charade you are.” ― R. Waters

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#1 posted 11-11-2015 08:53 PM

Chuck, your story is very VERY touching…

I am very sorry for your loss… I am sorry for OUR loss…

Your dad did an exceptional real Service in winning WWII… I am very grateful to him for that!

Thank you for allowing us to Honor him as a true Veteran that helped us immensely in winning WWII.

I Thank ALL veterans today, Veterans Day, for their Services!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#2 posted 11-11-2015 09:02 PM

Our thoughts are with all those that help maintain freedom for the rest of us. Past, present and future.

That was a great story, and so many more stories are to be found by you as time flows. May he rest in peace.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#3 posted 11-11-2015 09:33 PM

I thank your father and know he did something great for all of us!! I was 19 in ‘65’ and all my friends were being drafted, dont know why i wasnt. So i joined the navy to see the world and i did see a lot of it. The navy sent me to school to be an electrician, and it has led me to many different areas that has made life good. I am very lucky. So thank you to the US Navy!! With all our problems in this crazy world, WE ARE THE GREATEST NATION ON EARTH, THANKS YOU TO THOSE WHO HAVE AND ARE SERVING!!!!!

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#4 posted 11-15-2015 01:38 PM

Sorry to hear of the loss of your Dad. A very touching story Chuck. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. Some very nice pics of the past. I am thankful to all of our Veterans out there for their service and sacrifice. God bless them all.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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