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(SFGate)   Daughter receives long lost medals for father who lost his life in WW2. Bonus: He turns out to be a bona fide war hero   (sfgate.com) divider line 27
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2013-02-18 07:49:34 AM
Was he the "Pater Familius"
 
2013-02-18 07:52:36 AM
Boner fidelis.
 
2013-02-18 07:58:34 AM
He fought to make Eastern Europe safe for Communism.
 
2013-02-18 08:02:03 AM
What a waste. If he was a brilliant mathematician, who knows what kind of good he could have done for humanity instead of being killed on the battlefield.
 
2013-02-18 08:02:26 AM
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2013-02-18 08:02:53 AM
Her mother briefly remarried when Merin was 10 but her stepfather died three years later, Merin said.

Her mother had some shiatty luck in her life. Especially considering husband #1 died in that small window of time between Hitler killing himself and Germany surrendering.
 
2013-02-18 08:05:19 AM

It's Me Bender: He fought to make Eastern Europe safe for Communism.


Italy wasn't much of a communist state.  If anything, he fought and died to avoid the soviet union turning Italy into a communist puppet state.  And god knows how much Italy has suffered in the hands of their own communists.
 
2013-02-18 08:05:56 AM
I don't think one "wins" a Purple Heart, TFA.
 
2013-02-18 08:06:32 AM

AverageAmericanGuy: What a waste. If he was a brilliant mathematician, who knows what kind of good he could have done for humanity instead of being killed on the battlefield.


Maths?

As opposed to the less valuable people that don't do maths.  Why couldn't some of them be killed instead, like someone poor.
 
2013-02-18 08:06:35 AM
So in November 1944, he was home, presumably on leave, making whoopy pie with momma.
OCS? Was he in college and had just graduated? How old was he when he died?
His service record is readily available and someone must have gotten it in order to present these decorations. Why is that not part of the story.
Wtf?

/AP story editing failure.
 
2013-02-18 08:07:34 AM
So she is u related to John Kerry then
 
2013-02-18 08:15:03 AM
He charged at machine gunners. Isn't that what hand granades or an air strike are for? Book smart.
 
2013-02-18 08:17:04 AM

HotIgneous Intruder: So in November 1944, he was home, presumably on leave, making whoopy pie with momma.
OCS? Was he in college and had just graduated? How old was he when he died?
His service record is readily available and someone must have gotten it in order to present these decorations. Why is that not part of the story.
Wtf?

/AP story editing failure.


The men of the Greatest Generation were just that virile.
 
2013-02-18 08:21:07 AM
Earning a Silver Star for bravery in battle is a great honor.  There is no sufficient way to say thanks to a soldier when killed in battle. However bestowing the Silver Star is a honorable way to start.

/don't get the snarky here
//armchair battle geniuses are everywhere
///the few, give the many freedom to remain snarky
////slashy slashy
 
2013-02-18 08:37:55 AM

AverageAmericanGuy: What a waste. If he was a brilliant mathematician, who knows what kind of good he could have done for humanity instead of being killed on the battlefield.


For all we know, the men whose lives he saved that day went on to do great things.

According to records at ancestry dot com, Hyman Markel of 96 Walnut St., Buffalo, NY., was born in Poland on Feb. 6, 1913, had four years of college, and enlisted in Battery C, 209th Coast Artillery, for three years on Dec. 2, 1940. He accepted a commission to 2nd Lt. on May 26, 1943.

His National Jewish Welfare Board Bureau of War Records alphabetical card gives his next of kin as Celia Markel, who was living in Rochester, NY. He died aged 32.
This is all public record.

Wish the story had a little more depth.
 
2013-02-18 08:53:41 AM

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Came for Walken, leaving satisfied.
 
2013-02-18 08:55:00 AM
Did someone say "bona fide"?
www.monstersandcritics.de
 
2013-02-18 08:57:25 AM
His unit, the 88th Infantry Division (351st Infantry Regiment) WWII history is here:
http://www.88infdiv.org/wwii.html
 
2013-02-18 09:25:57 AM
I farkin' hate war.
 
2013-02-18 09:52:47 AM

ThatGuyFromTheInternet: I don't think one "wins" a Purple Heart, TFA.


That is where I stopped reading.
 
2013-02-18 10:49:25 AM
Purple Heart = Enemy Marksmanship Badge
 
2013-02-18 12:23:41 PM

ThatGuyFromTheInternet: I don't think one "wins" a Purple Heart, TFA.


Came here to say this. People have gotten so used to those who "win" medals at the Olympics that they use the term anywhere that medals are involved.

Soldiers are awarded medals, athletes win them.


BANG! "Oww! Oh god... I just WON a huge, gaping chest wound and a purple heart!"
 
2013-02-18 02:01:52 PM

Deep Contact: He charged at machine gunners. Isn't that what hand granades or an air strike are for? Book smart.


They got ambushed retard
 
2013-02-18 05:31:48 PM

ImRonBurgundy: Purple Heart = Enemy Marksmanship Badge


My father has a purple heart from his time in Vietnam.  Once we were in Vegas and I rented and fired an AK-47 at the range.  I turned him and said "Damn, how'd that son of a biatch get you.  It kicks like a donkey."

To which he replied "Either he was the best shot in the VC or the luckiest.  But I never saw him and I didn't think to yell out and ask."
 
2013-02-18 05:51:52 PM

Skraeling: Deep Contact: He charged at machine gunners. Isn't that what hand granades or an air strike are for? Book smart.

They got ambushed retard


They got ambushed by a retard?
 
2013-02-18 08:15:07 PM

ImRonBurgundy: Purple Heart = Enemy Marksmanship Badge


Really? My great-grandfather received a Purple Heart in WWI for being gassed by the Germans. I don't think it takes much marksmanship to lob a gas shell.
 
2013-02-18 09:09:10 PM
Part of the i716.photobucket.com tag should go out to the manager of the apartment and the Purple Hearts Reunited organization.
 
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