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(WTKR)   Antique shop is sold shadowbox of soldier's keepsakes, after 35 years owner asks reporter if he can track down soldier's family. After six weeks reporter finds soldier's daughter and a lot of dust   (wtkr.com) divider line 39
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2012-09-26 01:27:57 PM  
Hero? Why the fark not. Nice going.
 
2012-09-26 01:32:44 PM  
Bronze Star with "V" device. Not too shabby.
 
2012-09-26 01:34:52 PM  

Gimli_Gloin: Bronze Star with "V" device. Not too shabby.


Hell I've got dozens of those. Metal of Honor too and a Flying Cross, and Titanium and Platinum Stars. None of that cheap Bronze, Silver and Gold stuff. Oh and a diamond encrusted Kevlar tiara.
 
2012-09-26 01:35:52 PM  

ChipNASA: Gimli_Gloin: Bronze Star with "V" device. Not too shabby.

Hell I've got dozens of those. Metal of Honor too and a Flying Cross, and Titanium and Platinum Stars. None of that cheap Bronze, Silver and Gold stuff. Oh and a diamond encrusted Kevlar tiara.


But *obviously* can't tell you about *how* I got em', that's all "hush hush", of course.
 
2012-09-26 01:35:56 PM  
Stupid dusty fall weather
 
2012-09-26 01:36:25 PM  
The father of my college roommate was shot down over Laos months before she was born. In the late 80s, she left his flight jacket in a taxi in Miami and never saw it again. She died several years later, an innocent victim of a police chase. I hope somebody is enjoying the jacket they stole.
 
2012-09-26 01:37:46 PM  

ChipNASA: Gimli_Gloin: Bronze Star with "V" device. Not too shabby.

Hell I've got dozens of those. Metal of Honor too and a Flying Cross, and Titanium and Platinum Stars. None of that cheap Bronze, Silver and Gold stuff. Oh and a diamond encrusted Kevlar tiara.


Did you get them in the Core?
 
2012-09-26 01:38:29 PM  
Awesome that the daughter got her father's shadowbox back. Those things are precious. Can't say the same thing about mom abandoning her daughters and losing all her husband's stuff though.
 
2012-09-26 01:38:45 PM  
FTFA: All she had from her father were two photographs. Long ago, her mother, maybe still struggling with grief, took all of Sergeant Stanley`s war medals, pins and photographs. She cut ties with her daughters and left Arkansas for a fresh start in Virginia. Not long after, everything was lost.

What an absolute farking coont.
 
2012-09-26 01:39:16 PM  

Sneakytoes: The father of my college roommate was shot down over Laos months before she was born. In the late 80s, she left his flight jacket in a taxi in Miami and never saw it again. She died several years later, an innocent victim of a police chase. I hope somebody is enjoying the jacket they stole.


If she forgot it in a cab how is that stealing? Chances are that the cabby threw it in a trash can when he got done with the shift (my dad did that with all the clothes he found left in his cab in the 4 years or so he drove a cab).
 
2012-09-26 01:39:33 PM  

Farktastic: Awesome that the daughter got her father's shadowbox back. Those things are precious. Can't say the same thing about mom abandoning her daughters and losing all her husband's stuff though.


Yeah, I involuntarily sneered and muttered "biatch" under my breath when I read that part.
 
2012-09-26 01:44:21 PM  
Great story, glad to see she got all that back.

My dad passed away about 9 years ago and my step mother is currently holding all his Vietnam items hostage because they were sentimental to her. Never mind they were only married 10 years and she wasn't even alive when he did his two tours... All I have is some pictures of him, someday I'll get the rest of his personal belongings from her...
 
2012-09-26 01:45:01 PM  
CSBTime

Many years ago a paratrooper from Centreville, AL landed somewhere near Normandy, France in the D-Day invasion. He dumped his chute, etc. and went off to be shot at.

Many years later, a guy is looking at Army surplus in (or near) Centreville and finds a bible in a pack.

The former paratrooper and his bible are reunited.

The End

/I think it was on that 80s (70s?) show Real People.
//Paratrooper was friend of my uncle & aunt
 
2012-09-26 01:45:31 PM  

Sneakytoes: The father of my college roommate was shot down over Laos months before she was born. In the late 80s, she left his flight jacket in a taxi in Miami and never saw it again. She died several years later, an innocent victim of a police chase. I hope somebody is enjoying the jacket they stole.


A couple years ago I was at a gun show and a militaria dealer was offering for sale the flight jacket of one of the guys in my Dad's squadron. I could remember the guy clearly from sitting around the table in the den, having drinks with Dad and a few other guys after work. I asked my Dad about his story and was told that when he died of cancer, his kids couldn't be bothered with coming back to NC for the funeral or to clear out his house so they sold all the contents - sight unseen - to a junk dealer.

And, just to make today even more depressing, FTFA:

Long ago, her mother, maybe still struggling with grief, took all of Sergeant Stanley`s war medals, pins and photographs. She cut ties with her daughters and left Arkansas for a fresh start in Virginia.

When I was a kid living on base, I saw this happen once. The family across the street lost their father when he was shot down over some godforsaken spot in Vietnam. One day his son (a classmate of mine) came home and his mother had vanished. She didn't want to deal with it I suppose. Frank came and stayed with us a couple days until a relative came to pick him up. Never saw or heard from him again.

My family can be farked up at times, but nothing like this. Jeeze.
 
2012-09-26 01:46:37 PM  
At least this guy died in Viet Nam:


i1180.photobucket.com
 
2012-09-26 01:46:59 PM  

Carousel Beast: FTFA: All she had from her father were two photographs. Long ago, her mother, maybe still struggling with grief, took all of Sergeant Stanley`s war medals, pins and photographs. She cut ties with her daughters and left Arkansas for a fresh start in Virginia. Not long after, everything was lost.

What an absolute farking coont.


Came here to say this. What a horrible biatch.
 
2012-09-26 01:54:22 PM  
With a name as common as Jimmie Stanley, he hit a dead end.

That's a common name? I could see if it was Smith or Jones...
 
2012-09-26 01:55:17 PM  
As the eldest son, I was given my English grandfather's medals from WWI. He served in the Scots Guards from the Battle of France, Dunkirk, North Africa, Sicily, Italy, Normandy and the liberation of concentration camps in Germany. I plan on giving them to my eldest nephew when I get a lot older. I really hopes he appreciates the sacrifice that went into earning them.
 
2012-09-26 01:55:33 PM  

Sneakytoes: The father of my college roommate was shot down over Laos months before she was born. In the late 80s, she left his flight jacket in a taxi in Miami and never saw it again. She died several years later, an innocent victim of a police chase. I hope somebody is enjoying the jacket they stole.


My dad got a special coin with his name on it when he became a CMSgt and he gave it to me when I joined the Air Force. I carried it with me all the time, one day I was returning home to visit my family for Xmas and forgot my wallet on the plane. I was very tired so I didn't notice it until I got home, 80 miles away from the airport. The part that sucks is they didn't find it at KCI and communication was a farking biatch to find out where the plane went. A couple days later staff at KCI said that it had been found although they didn't know where it was at. They told me that it would be sitting there for me to claim for 90 days. Well that does me a lot of farking good.... No one ever got back to me on tracing it and I had no farking clue where my wallet was, or still is, in the world.
 
2012-09-26 01:56:00 PM  

amindtat: With a name as common as Jimmie Stanley, he hit a dead end.

That's a common name? I could see if it was Smith or Jones...


sharetv.org
 
2012-09-26 02:01:08 PM  
Isn't this a Tom Waits song?
 
2012-09-26 02:02:24 PM  

Ecobuckeye: Isn't this a Tom Waits song?


Christmas Card from a Hooker in Minneapolis?
 
2012-09-26 02:17:54 PM  

rudemix: ChipNASA: Gimli_Gloin: Bronze Star with "V" device. Not too shabby.

Hell I've got dozens of those. Metal of Honor too and a Flying Cross, and Titanium and Platinum Stars. None of that cheap Bronze, Silver and Gold stuff. Oh and a diamond encrusted Kevlar tiara.

Did you get them in the Core?


Hells Yeah. I was with the Green Berets, Special Unit Battalions.Commando Airborne Tactics... Specialist Tactics Unit Battalion.
 
2012-09-26 02:53:21 PM  

ChipNASA: rudemix: ChipNASA: Gimli_Gloin: Bronze Star with "V" device. Not too shabby.

Hell I've got dozens of those. Metal of Honor too and a Flying Cross, and Titanium and Platinum Stars. None of that cheap Bronze, Silver and Gold stuff. Oh and a diamond encrusted Kevlar tiara.

Did you get them in the Core?

Hells Yeah. I was with the Green Berets, Special Unit Battalions.Commando Airborne Tactics... Specialist Tactics Unit Battalion.


Came here for the Core, because it always helps relieve the allergies I suffer after reading stories like this.

Femper Si.
 
2012-09-26 02:59:55 PM  

Farktastic: Can't say the same thing about mom abandoning her daughters and losing all her husband's stuff though.


PTSD effects people in different ways. Back then there was zero awareness that it existed and no support system. Yes, soldiers suffered "shell shock" or "battle fatigue", but not civilians.
Now we know better.
 
2012-09-26 03:02:08 PM  
My dad told me that he wants me to take care of the family war memorabilia. There are like 4 foot lockers full. Some of the stuff in them goes back to the civil war. I wish I had space to display it all. My folks display some of it in the house. But they did refurbish an old lamp my grandfather made for my great grandfather out of a WW1 shell.
 
2012-09-26 03:12:54 PM  
The decorations are as follows:

Army Commendation, Purple Heart, looks like sharpshooter and company insignia, Bronze Star with V, Viet Nam Service, marksman with three bars......

This guy was a badass
 
2012-09-26 03:40:05 PM  
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2012-09-26 03:46:51 PM  
He was cremated?
 
2012-09-26 03:47:12 PM  

ChipNASA: rudemix: ChipNASA: Gimli_Gloin: Bronze Star with "V" device. Not too shabby.

Hell I've got dozens of those. Metal of Honor too and a Flying Cross, and Titanium and Platinum Stars. None of that cheap Bronze, Silver and Gold stuff. Oh and a diamond encrusted Kevlar tiara.

Did you get them in the Core?

Hells Yeah. I was with the Green Berets, Special Unit Battalions.Commando Airborne Tactics... Specialist Tactics Unit Battalion.


You were a STUB? Man, they did some serious shiat. I treated one of the guys from STUB Team 3 for gingivitis he got while on a SLURP mission in Ong Fuk. Bad stuff, and painful too, but with his STUB training, he just sat cool and still while I trebbed out his gums with a #3 stem-probe. Never saw a guy do that awake, let alone without anaestesia.
 
2012-09-26 03:59:34 PM  
My BIL gave me an ammo pouch he used in Iraq. Going to get it framed.

/He made it back with only 1 IED hit on his truck and once being shot.
//Lucky farker to get shot. It knocked him over a second before a mortar went off 30 or so feet away, all the shrapnel went overhead instead of into head.
///Thank you to all that have been in.
 
2012-09-26 04:19:40 PM  
I was talking with my Father-in-law a couple of weeks ago. I knew he was in the army in Korea but never asked him what he did. We got to talking and he told me he lugged a flame thrower all over for a year and finally pawned it off on someone else then carried a BAR.

He was at Porkchop Hill and a few other places - I need to go to the records center here in town and see if his records survived or if they burned - be interesting to see exactly what he did since he never talks about it. Knowing him, there could be a CMH stuffed in an old BandAid box.
 
2012-09-26 04:41:57 PM  
My husband has a shadowbox from his years in the Navy. Because most of his service was as a submariner, most of his stuff was classified. The box was going to be a birthday surprise, so we got his brother, a retired enlisted sailor, to help with getting it set up right. After all the years of being a jerk to my husband for not making it to retirement, the BIL had to eat a lot of crow. Apparently, my husband got a bunch of awards that his brother never got in his career, and my husband never said much about any of it.

Shadowboxes are wonderful, but military ones are precious.
 
2012-09-26 05:18:45 PM  
I have an old green coat, warm as can be, that my grandfather wore in Korea. He got his M.D., went in as a medic, and then went back for a second specialty on the GI Bill. I don't wear it in public because it wouldn't be right to be mistaken for someone who served and it has the same last name on it (I never changed mine when I got married,) but whenever I feel homesick, I put it on and smell the same cologne-and-disinfectant smell that reminds me of when Papa came home from the hospital Christmas Eve and told us children about the babies he delivered that day before we went to sleep. He's still with us, but Alzheimer's has set in, and unless you're discussing medicine or American military history, he really can't keep us grandkids's names straight anymore. He can tell you precisely what General Patton was doing on any given day in 1945, but whether I'm me or my cousin, he couldn't say. (To be fair, there are rather a lot of us and we look alike.)

My other grandfather was an artist who made posters for the WPA as a very young man, and when he was classified 4F due to a crippling illness he'd had since he was a child, he designed propaganda for the Second World War effort, even prior to Pearl Harbor. After the war, he opened an advertising agency, but he died the year before I was born, so I had nothing but stories and a few scraps of commercial artwork. Since the Internet, though, I've been able to track down some of his stuff, and I've been ordering prints and buying up antique copies of his work that still survives. (Some of the wartime work was uncomfortably racist by today's standards, but my grandparents attended church with a Japanese-American family after the war and that changed his mind.)

It's strange how an old coat and some posters from eBay will probably be the only physical thing I have to show my own children about their great-grandfathers. Unless I get to reproducing stat, Papa won't likely be around long enough for a kid of mine to remember him.
 
2012-09-26 06:39:42 PM  
I have my grandparents wedding rings. The met at the liberation of a concentration camp in southern Poland. Married soon there after. I have gigs and gigs of video of talking to them about wartime Poland.
 
2012-09-26 07:11:39 PM  

wildlifer: I have my grandparents wedding rings. The met at the liberation of a concentration camp in southern Poland. Married soon there after. I have gigs and gigs of video of talking to them about wartime Poland.


Do you have any you would care to share? I am in a world war 2 class and my prof is a huge polish history buff. I'm sure he would absolutely love to see those.
 
2012-09-26 07:37:34 PM  

DaintySavage: wildlifer: I have my grandparents wedding rings. The met at the liberation of a concentration camp in southern Poland. Married soon there after. I have gigs and gigs of video of talking to them about wartime Poland.

Do you have any you would care to share? I am in a world war 2 class and my prof is a huge polish history buff. I'm sure he would absolutely love to see those.


Sure. EIP.. I think...
If not screen name at hotmail
 
2012-09-26 08:10:39 PM  

wildlifer: DaintySavage: wildlifer: I have my grandparents wedding rings. The met at the liberation of a concentration camp in southern Poland. Married soon there after. I have gigs and gigs of video of talking to them about wartime Poland.

Do you have any you would care to share? I am in a world war 2 class and my prof is a huge polish history buff. I'm sure he would absolutely love to see those.

Sure. EIP.. I think...
If not screen name at hotmail


FYI,

Check the user profile and verify that the EIP is public.
 
2012-09-26 09:58:15 PM  

ChipNASA: ChipNASA: Gimli_Gloin: Bronze Star with "V" device. Not too shabby.

Hell I've got dozens of those. Metal of Honor too and a Flying Cross, and Titanium and Platinum Stars. None of that cheap Bronze, Silver and Gold stuff. Oh and a diamond encrusted Kevlar tiara.

But *obviously* can't tell you about *how* I got em', that's all "hush hush", of course.


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