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(WTKR)   A small number of surviving veterans marked the 68th anniversary of the Anzio beach landing in Italy aboard the USS Mahan. Let's take a minute to salute what they've done before these 90-somethings are all gone   (wtkr.com) divider line 76
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2012-04-29 07:53:28 PM

Igor Jakovsky: My grandad will be 91 next month. He was a tank commander and fought Nazis in North Africa and up the Italian boot. As I understand it his most notable combat was at the Battle of Monte Cassino. What a mess that was.

He is the last WWII vet alive in my family. When he passes my final living link to that era will be gone. A while back my Dad and uncle set up a camera and tried to kind of do an oral history of his experiences of the war with him. Originally Granddad thought he would be up for it but he only got into it for about5 minutes before he had to stop. The only stories I know from his war time are things he told my Dad and uncle when he was younger.

Fortunately his mind is good and though he's frail he still lives at home. I'm going to go up and see him in NC in July. I don't know how many more of those trips I'll get to make as he certainly isn't getting any younger.

At any rate every time I see one of these stories on Fark I think of him.

/war must have been hell, thank you for your service sarge.
//CSB


My great uncle may have filled up you granddads tank with gas. He drove a tanker truck in North Africa. After that refueled Pattons tank in France. I have his road map of southern France hanging behind my moniter.

/salute
 
2012-04-29 07:59:36 PM
My dad,88 fought in north Africa and then went into Europe at Anzio. He was a combat engineer, building roads and bridges. At Anzio, he lost his rifle during the landing, but managed to survive that. He met up with the supply Sargent and asked if he could get another rifle. He told my dad that they didn't have any spares but if he wanted to he could walk back to the beach and find one with one of the casualties. So he did. As he was walking he came upon a dead German. He looks ahead and sees campfires back in the woods. The Americans had a fire ban so he figured that they must be German. So he swaps boots with the dead German and walks down the road past the camp. The german boots made a different sound than American boots. He make it to the beach and picks up the first American rifle he sees and makes his way back past the Germans again. Picks up his boots and goes back to his camp. He tells his commander what he saw and they send a couple of BAR teams down the road to clear out the woods.

He told me a lot of stories once I was old enough. I still don't know how he lived through the war.
 
2012-04-29 08:39:16 PM

Gleeman: But, FARK taught me that veterans are a drain on society and not deserving of more respect than occupations such as teaching, fire fighting or bus driving.



/veteran
//internet fist bump for the Anzio vets


That's because the Army doesn't have a union, silly.
 
2012-04-29 08:46:40 PM

Pusimikurac: That's because the Army doesn't have a union, silly.


Oh yeah?
 
2012-04-29 08:48:55 PM

skink: CSB time:

My grandfather served in the Naval Armed Guard, as a gunners mate on a supply ship. They were sunk at Nettuno, in very shallow water. They ended up as part of a working party, lugging artillery shells to a nearby 3rd Infantry Army unit. While walking back down the beach, my grandfather ran into his brother, serving in the army...They had not seen each other since late 1941.

Somewhere at my aunt's house, there is a clipping from Stars and Stripes with a picture of them, with the headline: Navy Joins Army to Whip Fritzes in Italy.

R.I.P Claude Alton and William Theodore Smithwick.


My grandfather was also Naval Armed Guard. He went to Murmansk and Port Said. I never knew him but I carried his rank insignia and my Uncle's (also Navy but Pacific) with me at the Naval Academy as a reminder.

My Uncle gave me my first salute as an officer. It was a proud day for both of us.
 
2012-04-29 09:24:09 PM

BiffSpiffy: Another milestone is coming up on June 6 (1942) The battle of Midway Island.

There is a man in my hometown who was in the Army and at Midway, and also was in Holland and The Bulge.

I don't think there were many at Midway and The Belgium.

That will be the 70th Anniversary, but this will be his second as he was at Pearl Harbor as well.

He's just a kid though, 92 6 days after June 6. He missed Normandy as he broke his leg in May in the 101st Abn Div.


My Dad went the other way. He was supposed to go in at Anzio, but he transferred out to a British unit in Burma. He ended up in Tokyo a couple of weeks after VJ day.
 
2012-04-29 09:46:43 PM
That was the lamest 3 cheers I've seen since Kirk Cameron's birthday party.
 
2012-04-29 10:05:00 PM

Boris S. Wort: That was the lamest 3 cheers I've seen since Kirk Cameron's birthday party.


Hip, hip, replacement!
 
2012-04-29 10:05:25 PM
arte1953, et al:

At the official Bill Mauldin website, a selection of 17 of his 1940s WWII/Europe cartoons:

Link

He indeed saw plenty of the Italian campaign first-hand; for those who don't know his work, this is a nice introduction/sampling.

/hats off to all WWII vets--but especially the subset who were actually at the front lines, facing stuff I can only wonder about...
 
2012-04-29 10:07:29 PM
CSB time:

My grandfather was one of 3 brothers who fought in WWII. He was in the USAAF as a paratrooper during the D-Day operations.

Even though it would be impossible to forget him, he died last year 6 hours after my youngest boy was born.
 
2012-04-29 10:27:22 PM

Opeth1429: My grandfather was also Naval Armed Guard. He went to Murmansk and Port Said. I never knew him but I carried his rank insignia and my Uncle's (also Navy but Pacific) with me at the Naval Academy as a reminder.


Interesting! Gramp's ship, the Santa Maria, was torpedoed on a run to Murmansk. Possible they were shipmates. He was on three different ships that were badly damaged or sunk, and was proud of saying, since he had only been assigned to 4 ships, he was a ship ahead at the end.
 
2012-04-29 11:06:04 PM

Surly U. Jest: My dad,88 fought in north Africa and then went into Europe at Anzio. He was a combat engineer, building roads and bridges. At Anzio, he lost his rifle during the landing, but managed to survive that. He met up with the supply Sargent and asked if he could get another rifle. He told my dad that they didn't have any spares but if he wanted to he could walk back to the beach and find one with one of the casualties. So he did. As he was walking he came upon a dead German. He looks ahead and sees campfires back in the woods. The Americans had a fire ban so he figured that they must be German. So he swaps boots with the dead German and walks down the road past the camp. The german boots made a different sound than American boots. He make it to the beach and picks up the first American rifle he sees and makes his way back past the Germans again. Picks up his boots and goes back to his camp. He tells his commander what he saw and they send a couple of BAR teams down the road to clear out the woods.

He told me a lot of stories once I was old enough. I still don't know how he lived through the war.


Awesome story! You can't just share one; the Fark community DEMANDS more.
 
2012-04-29 11:40:34 PM
I have nothing but respect for the WWII vets. Both my grandfathers fought in the Pacific. One of them was an anti-aircraft gunner in New Caledonia, New Britain and New Guinea.

The other one island hopped with the Americal Division from Guadalcanal to Okinawa. He took a couple of months off in Hawaii to recover from being shot AND having malaria.

/csb. When Saving Private Ryan came out in theaters, my dad and I took him to see it. He got up and left in tears no more than five minutes into the beach landing. When we followed him out he told me something that I'll never forget. "I lived that kiddo. I don't need to see it again." That was the first time he talked to me about his war experiences.
 
2012-04-29 11:47:51 PM
www.morethings.com
SAAAAAAAAAALUTE!
 
2012-04-30 12:08:08 AM
Oh fellas...you came home from Hell, and built such a good world....and here I am watching it being torn up and fed to the foul god Mammon, and I can't do anything to defend what you turned over to me.

Now the boys come home to ruin. Houses foreclosed out from under their families....

It's unbearable.

You fought so well and so bravely...
 
2012-04-30 12:48:54 AM
Thanks for your service, heroes!
 
2012-04-30 01:07:56 AM
Seems appropriate:

When the Tigers Broke Free
 
2012-04-30 08:34:52 AM
If my father were still alive, he would have gone to that reunion. He was my hero. Part of why I had joined the army in the first place was because I respected him so much and wanted to be more like him. I don't think I am half the man he was.

God bless these men.
 
2012-04-30 08:45:07 AM
My paternal grandfather missed out on Anzio, he was 'next door' over at Monte Cassino "Keeping the foot in the door for them." His active time started at Salerno in 1943. He then spent more than 380 consecutive days in active combat until the end of the war. He was part of the sundown assault January 20th when he was part of the initial spearhead attempting to cross the Rapido River. He fought in Operation Dragoon and helped bust the Siegfried Line.
He never spoke of his time in the service.
I'm a civilian, so I won't salute. But I'll be damned if I won't give my respect to what those men went through.
 
2012-04-30 10:20:18 AM

Kyoowashugi: And they sent USS Mahan? If only we had a more appropriately-named ship...
[upload.wikimedia.org image 640x319]

Oh. Right.


Hubby's a plankowner. I met several of the Anzio vets at commissioning. True heroes.
 
2012-04-30 10:25:51 AM
I control all of the Individual Deceased Personnel Files (IDPF's) for all services. My crew recieves over 3,000 FOIA requests for WWII IDPF's a year. So far I have about 17,000 files digitzed.
Amazing stuff. Hard to explain.

/CSB?
 
2012-04-30 10:56:43 AM
Thank you to all of them.
 
2012-04-30 11:16:00 AM
There seems to be a lack of WW2 stories, so...

My granddad is a WW2 submarine veteran. His tours were in the Pacific theater of the war on the USS Pompon, a Gato class Submarine. He told many stories of his tours, not seeming to have a problem with going on for hours about the adventures and incidents he experienced. I used to listen to him with my brothers and taking notes when possible. He told us about the time they had a hatch fail and swamp them so bad they had to limp back to Hawaii half flooded with the pumps running. It seems that someone had left a rain slicker or something in the way and the hatch did not close properly.
When they tried to submerge, the hatch failed and they were forced to surface. They were escorted home, where repairs were made before they went to sea again.
Another time when they were on patrol near midway, they made a stop at a small Island for supplies. The island was suspected to be home to a small Japanese force, so the men were given a permission to go ashore, but with the reservation that they stay in an area outlined by a rope that had been staked out. This area came close to the jungle at one point, and my grandad spotted a bunch of bananas hanging just outside of the line. You should know that the crew had been warned that if they ventured outside of the line they would be severely reprimanded. My grandad and a buddy of his wanted those bananas pretty bad, so they found a piece of driftwood and bound my Grandads knife to it. Using this they cut loose the bunch and retrieved them, hiding the ENTIRE bunch in my grandads sea bag. when they left my grandad and his buddy smuggled the bananas into his locker. Now, these bananas were still green when they were picked so they had to have time to ripen. My grandad said that the captain would walk by the locker and say "does anyone else smell bananas?" to which everyone would reply "no sir!" this went on for a week while the bananas ripened. By this time they had been at open sea for a while,and so when my grandad hauled his sea bag into the officer's mess and pulled out all of those bananas, no one asked where they came from. My grandad said the captain was grinning for days about that.

Another time, they had been depth charged pretty badly and were on the surface making repairs after they had evaded the enemy. My grandad said they were unable to dive due to all the damage . While they were on the surface, they picked up a airborne contact approaching them. Unable to dive, they manned the 40mm guns and prepared for the worst. When they made visual contact, they identified the plane as a "kate" bomber loaded with a torpedo. They thought the worst, but the plane passed overhead, without making an attack run on the disabled sub.
They thought that maybe they were not spotted by the aircraft but as the plane passed by it waggled it's wings, then disappeared into the horizon.
They never saw it again.

Anyway, sorry for the wall of text.
I salute all of you ww2 vets.
/CSB done.
 
2012-04-30 11:47:54 AM

Bill_Wick's_Friend: The Anzio bridgehead was held for the price of a few hundred ordinary lives.

/written in the form of a scroll, all gold leaf and all


Came for this. Leaving happy.
 
2012-04-30 12:15:17 PM
My father's oldest brother fought in Italy, but he never spoke about where he served other than that. He did manage to mail home an Italian Carcano rifle, piece by piece, that my dad still has somewhere.
 
2012-04-30 01:48:46 PM
*hugs all of them*

please forgive my whining....
 
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