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03-12-2010 10:25 PM

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This is not a woodworking topic with the exception that my dad was a carpenter, woodworker and a Marine. He served in WWII with the 1st Marine Division. He was assigned to H/2/5 81mm Mortars. This mini series The Pacific is all about the 1st Marine Div. during that time. Dad came to live with my family last spring and pasted away Nov 21, 2009 that happened to be my birthday. That’s why I haven’t been active for a while. Last month my son and I had the great experience of going to Camp Pendleton for the 1st Division 69th anniversary. We did this in honor of my dad. During that time we were able to watch the first episode of the mini series as well as meet some actors. The mini series was done very realistic as per some of the vets that were there. One of them was in my dad’s company and we and his family bonded instantly. HBO and Playtone has done a great job with this mini series so please don’t miss it.

-- Bob K. East Northport, NY


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#1 posted 03-12-2010 10:33 PM

has this already started in the US Bob?

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#2 posted 03-12-2010 10:48 PM

Hi Bob, My dad also was a retired Marine and he passed away on Pearl Harbor Day, 2007. I had the distinct pleasure of serving 13 1/2 of my 22 year naval career with the Corps and am looking forward to this mini series.

-- Larry "Work like a Captain but Play like a Pirate!"

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#3 posted 03-13-2010 03:15 AM

pommy, It starts this Sunday at 9pm. We got a private viewing at the Marine base. They were honoring the vets from the Pacific.

Toolz, Thanks for your service and your dads. As I stated it looks to be a great series.
Semper Fi

-- Bob K. East Northport, NY

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#4 posted 03-13-2010 03:22 AM

Heard about this series on CBC radio today driving home. Sounds good I will try to watch it.

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#5 posted 03-13-2010 05:46 AM

Semper Fi

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#6 posted 03-13-2010 07:09 AM

I’m planning on watching it for sure. My Dad and an uncle served in the Navy during WWII, but didn’t see any combat.

When I saw Saving Pvt Ryan in the theatre, there was a 70-ish guy sitting in front of me and to one side. During the Omaha beach landing scene, his body language and the look on his face convinced me that he had been there.

-- Adversity doesn't build character...................it reveals it.

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#7 posted 03-13-2010 10:54 PM

Bob it doesnt start here till easter and im looking forward to it so if you do a review please do not be upset if i dont look and its nice that it has relifence to you and your family

Andy

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#8 posted 03-14-2010 04:03 PM

pommy, I wouldn’t be upset and I’ll try to keep in mind that all have not seen it and keep my views general. I hope that will help.

-- Bob K. East Northport, NY

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#9 posted 03-21-2010 02:49 PM

Don’t forget it’s on tonight and will get more intense. It’s more about Sgt. John Basilone Metal of Honor recipient.

-- Bob K. East Northport, NY

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#10 posted 03-21-2010 05:33 PM

I saw this last night on HBO.

I expect it to be on an equal with Band of Brothers. My Dad, now passed, was at the Battle of the Bulge and was one of the first across the Remagan Bridge. He said the Band of Brothers movie was quite accurate.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#11 posted 03-21-2010 08:10 PM

I’m bummed out!!! I don’t subscribe to HBO so I guess I’ll have to wait for it to hit one of the regular cable channels.

John Basilone was quite a guy. IIRC, he won the Medal on Guadalcanal, and had to fight his way back to a combat unit since the military didn’t want to send Medal winners back into battle. I think that he was killed on Iwo Jima.

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#12 posted 03-22-2010 07:35 PM

Sawkerf: I always tell people he received the medal. You don’t win it. It took me a long time to get it straight until a medal recipient told me that.
Check with your provider they might be running a 3 month special. It doesn’t cost anything.

I like the show but I think so far it’s very much about the people and not giving enough impact on the war itself. It might help if they showed some of the commanders with a map showing the positions of both forces. If you don’t know much about these battle I feel you might not get it. If you know what I mean. Basilone did much more than what they showed last night. One of my dad’s friends was a war corespondent and knew Basilone. He said he was a great guy. What do you think?

-- Bob K. East Northport, NY

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#13 posted 03-22-2010 07:46 PM

This series so far is awesome! I am a big fan of the Hanks/HBO/Spielberg produced series’. Band of Brothers is tremendously done, and they also did a series about the Apollo program( I can’t remember the title) that was also tremendous. My uncle was a Ceebee in WW2 and he used to tell us stories when we were little about trying to build runways while being shot at and shelled. I have a DVD of Saving Private Ryan and the Omaha beach landing scene is unbelievable. If this represents even vaguely what it was like to land on that beach that day..I don’t know how anybody could go through that and still be right…

God bless all our veterans from any war

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#14 posted 03-22-2010 08:35 PM

I’ve been a bit disappointed with it so far. It’s tough to top Band of Brothers but I enjoyed the combat scene last night (episode II) the rest of it was pretty slow. I think Tom Hanks spouting off saying that a lot of the reason we went to war with the Japanese was because of racism and trying to weave that statement into today’s conflicts as the reason is stealing some of the enjoyment from me for The Pacific series.

My father wasn’t a raciest when he left for the South Pacific but he sure hated the Japs when he returned. I grew up with that, his disabilities that the VA refused to treat and his nightmares. I have a photo my father took (along with many others) hanging in my shop of a headhunter from New Guinea that lived in a village across the river from one of the posts my father was stationed at. He is holding a freshly cut off head by the hair in one hand as he posed for the photo. My Dad’s unit used to pay the headhunters 2 bits ($0.25) for every Jap head they would bring them.

When my father had a severe stroke before he died I was at the hospital and he was unable to move or speak coherently. A Japanese nurse came to his bedside to check on him and he raised his head up about 4” and said clear as a bell “Get that F’in gook away from me!” She left the room (and never returned) my Dad then fell back into almost a comatose state. That’s how much fear, hate and disgust he lived with after spending 4 years in the South Pacific theater. Many nights he awoke flailing and screaming for his friends to take cover. He also had one big toe that was swollen and green, yellow and dark blue until the day he died. He called it Trench Foot and the doctor said it never healed because he had been infected with a strain of malaria they were never able to identify.

He is buried at the National Cemetery in Riverside California across the road from March Air Force base. He received an Honor Guard burial and every one of the guys from the Honor Guard lined up and shook my hand as I stood unable to speak when he was buried. He said “he did not believe in God because of the terrible things that he experienced in the war”. My father was a good man and I honor his memory. He would laugh
at Tom Hanks and call him “a pussy”.

-- Ohh mann...pancakes and boobies...I'll bet that's what Heaven is like! ♣ ♣ ♣ ♣

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#15 posted 03-23-2010 01:49 AM

Abbott,
Are you sure we are not brothers. You have described my father exactly. When he went to Pearl Harbor with my mother years ago a Japanese man asked him where is the bathroom so dad told him, but he couldn’t find it. When he came back to my dad and asked again, dad told him you found Pearl Harbor to bomb it don’t tell me you can’t find the bathroom. Well my mother wanted to crawl in a hole but other vets said amen to that. He just could not move on after seeing what they did to our guys in the Canal, Pelilue and the other islands. I don’t get Hank’s remarks but then puts out this kind of movie. I have been in contact with one of the producers of the movie and he claims Hanks respects our vets very much. What co was your dad in?

-- Bob K. East Northport, NY

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