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(WTKR)   WWII vet reunited with duffle bag he lost after being captured by the Germans 70 years ago when French teen finds it in his grandparents' attic   (wtkr.com) divider line 6
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2013-01-10 09:49:38 AM  
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kendelrio: serious;y. I wanna see pics!


DeathCipris: That was a cool story.


freewill: nifty online memorial


lack of warmth: That would really be cool for her to loan them to a museum.


We're trying to figure out what to do with it all. We were at the Smithsonian this past October (my wife ran the Marine Corps Marathon in honor of him) and saw a display with a few papers like the ones we have in his collection. We probably have 50x the amount they did so we realized how potentially valuable it was.

The shipboard memos have announcements for on-board boxing matches, dinner socials planned and the menus (which included cigarettes for dessert!) and day-to-day orders and assignments he received. We don't want to part with any of it or try to make money, but we're figuring out the best way to share them with others and also make sure they're preserved. Any advice on that is welcomed.

I have one picture with me. It's of her grandfather. You'll notice he has a mohawk. They were sitting around base in Hawaii and three of his men were running their mouths about going to get mohawks... sometime. Having heard enough of their talk and not seeing any action, he asked each one of them for their wallets "for inspection." They handed them over. He then walked, with the men in tow, to the base barber. He sat in a chair and told the barber to give him a mohawk. After he was done he got up and said to the men, "You get your wallet back when you get your mohawk."
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2013-01-10 09:00:08 AM  
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WinoRhino: Similar cool discovery:
My wife's grandfather passed away last year at 93. He was a Marine in WWII. He didn't talk much about his experiences in the war. He used to just tell my wife that he "took a lot of pictures." When we were cleaning out his house after his death we found several scrapbooks filled with pictures from WWII. The guy had scrapbooked everything from shipboard memos on the USS Brooklyn, to pictures from Iwo Jima. He has it all arranged in a perfect timeline with a map of where the USS Brooklyn was on each day, etc.There are ads for Chesterfield cigs in mint condition, Japanese propaganda leaflets, everything you can think of. We even found a yearbook from his time before the war in the Civilian Conservation Corps when he was stationed with Stan Musial.


You know, you could create a pretty nifty online memorial out of all that stuff that would be really interesting for a lot of people.
2013-01-10 11:10:58 AM  
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Mrs. WinoRhino to the rescue. She's sent along some links to pics that she's already scanned / photo'd:

Handy Japanese phrases for the advancing Marines to yell:

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Handy Japanese phrase so Marines don't get hurt:

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2013-01-10 10:34:29 AM  
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WinoRhino: Similar cool discovery:
My wife's grandfather passed away last year at 93. He was a Marine in WWII. He didn't talk much about his experiences in the war. He used to just tell my wife that he "took a lot of pictures." When we were cleaning out his house after his death we found several scrapbooks filled with pictures from WWII. The guy had scrapbooked everything from shipboard memos on the USS Brooklyn, to pictures from Iwo Jima. He has it all arranged in a perfect timeline with a map of where the USS Brooklyn was on each day, etc.There are ads for Chesterfield cigs in mint condition, Japanese propaganda leaflets, everything you can think of. We even found a yearbook from his time before the war in the Civilian Conservation Corps when he was stationed with Stan Musial.


I would call the National World War II Museum in New Orleans. What you have his not only valuable, but a national treasure!
2013-01-10 08:05:26 AM  
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Similar cool discovery:
My wife's grandfather passed away last year at 93. He was a Marine in WWII. He didn't talk much about his experiences in the war. He used to just tell my wife that he "took a lot of pictures." When we were cleaning out his house after his death we found several scrapbooks filled with pictures from WWII. The guy had scrapbooked everything from shipboard memos on the USS Brooklyn, to pictures from Iwo Jima. He has it all arranged in a perfect timeline with a map of where the USS Brooklyn was on each day, etc.There are ads for Chesterfield cigs in mint condition, Japanese propaganda leaflets, everything you can think of. We even found a yearbook from his time before the war in the Civilian Conservation Corps when he was stationed with Stan Musial.
2013-01-10 07:46:00 AM  
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AverageAmericanGuy: They have attics in the South Pacific?


So what the hell was in the bag?
 
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