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(Wikipedia)   94 years ago today, Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia and the Great War began. Meet the last surviving American soldier in the conflict and, presumably, the inheritor of the Flying Hellfish treasure   ( en.wikipedia.org) divider line
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2008-07-28 04:54:34 PM  
He's a hero, no doubt, but how many times to we have to meet Franik Buckles?
 
2008-07-28 04:58:14 PM  
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2008-07-28 05:01:03 PM  

hardercase: He's a hero, no doubt, but how many times to we have to meet Franik Buckles?


we can switch it up to the last surviving Canadian veteran, John Babcock
 
2008-07-28 05:15:53 PM  

hardercase: He's a hero, no doubt, but how many times to we have to meet Franik Buckles?


There are these things called "kids" that keep "growing up" and "learning."
 
2008-07-28 05:24:10 PM  
submitter: the inheritor of the Flying Hellfish treasure

Wrong War, subby, but A for effort.
 
2008-07-28 05:35:19 PM  

Lionel Mandrake: submitter: the inheritor of the Flying Hellfish treasure

Wrong War, subby, but A for effort.


Yeah, everyone knows that was in the Second World War Two.
 
2008-07-28 05:35:47 PM  
I guess it's time for him to get that last bottle of cognac from the lawyer and drink to his war buddies.
 
2008-07-28 05:41:37 PM  
Obligatory: Green Fields of France (Pops, not a Rickroll)

\If you watch that without crying or getting angry, you're a robot
 
2008-07-28 05:59:22 PM  
If we'd only stayed the hell out of it, the Germans would have won, Hitler never would have come to power, World War Two never would have happened, there would be no Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and we wouldn't be stuck in a quagmire in Iraq.
 
2008-07-28 06:03:51 PM  
Well, G'day mate, throw another shrimp on the barbie.
 
2008-07-28 06:15:58 PM  
I broke into Davey Jones's locker, and all I found was 2 bottles of hair mousse, and a copy of the lyrics to "Daydream Believer."

All this talk of trasure is crap!
 
2008-07-28 06:17:01 PM  

The Icelander: Obligatory: Green Fields of France (Pops, not a Rickroll)

\If you watch that without crying or getting angry, you're a robot


Non-sequiter... Does not compute!
 
2008-07-28 06:42:13 PM  
Marcus Aurelius: If we'd only stayed the hell out of it, the Germans would have won, Hitler never would have come to power, World War Two never would have happened, there would be no Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and we wouldn't be stuck in a quagmire in Iraq.

There are some historians who have argued that if Germany had won WWI they would have set-up something similar to the EU. If you look at the motives for going to war that was one of their motives if they were victorious.

Although I did do this in high school history over 3 years ago so I may be rusty on the details.

It's actually interesting to realize that in November it will be the 90 years after the war was over. It seems so far in the distant past. I also wonder what will happen in 2018 which is 100 years after the war. Then forever we will never have a link with it physically but only in memories.
 
2008-07-28 08:22:25 PM  

Canadian Canuck:

There are some historians who have argued that if Germany had won WWI they would have set-up something similar to the EU. If you look at the motives for going to war that was one of their motives if they were victorious.

Although I did do this in high school history over 3 years ago so I may be rusty on the details.

It's actually interesting to realize that in November it will be the 90 years after the war was over. It seems so far in the distant past. I also wonder what will happen in 2018 which is 100 years after the war. Then forever we will never have a link with it physically but only in memories.



You're Canadian. What do you know about war? At least my country kicks ass and saved Europe twice.

Just kidding, I know Canada has a rich military history. They way we learn it down here, you wouldn't even know, though. We think the only countries that fought the World Wars were Germany, Russia, and the USA. France got beaten like a biatch each time, and England sent tea.

I guess my point is that once all the guys from a war die, there is not even much in the way of memories left. People don't care enough to learn about the past, and schools don't care enough to teach it right.
 
2008-07-28 08:49:56 PM  

Hibno: You're Canadian. What do you know about war? At least my country kicks ass and saved Europe twice.


Well since Canada was a part of Britain at the time we didn't have a choice!

Just kidding, I know Canada has a rich military history. They way we learn it down here, you wouldn't even know, though. We think the only countries that fought the World Wars were Germany, Russia, and the USA. France got beaten like a biatch each time, and England sent tea.

"Rich military history", tehehe. No, in all seriousness Canada does have a rich military history. Heck we had our own beach at D-Day and fought hard as any other country.

Also you forgot Japan since they attacked the USA which then had the Germans declare war on the USA which brought the US into the Western Theatre if I recall correctly.

I guess my point is that once all the guys from a war die, there is not even much in the way of memories left. People don't care enough to learn about the past, and schools don't care enough to teach it right.


At my high school there is a two year history course that can be taken that focuses solely on 20th century history. It starts at Franco-Prussian War then works its way all the way to the fall of the Berlin Wall. It's very extensive and covers a lot of history. I know that in the first year of the course it only gets up to the start of WWII and that's ignoring all the Russian history post-Revolution.

Although once that link is gone it seems to be so distant. When I was growing up in the 90s 100 years ago meant the 19th century which seemed so far in the past and how non-modern it was. It's scary to think that in the 2010s that 100 years ago will be the 20th century.
 
2008-07-28 09:04:11 PM  

Lionel Mandrake: submitter: the inheritor of the Flying Hellfish treasure

Wrong War, subby, but A for effort.


This.
 
2008-07-28 09:04:32 PM  
I heard that it started when a bloke called Archie Duke shot an ostrich 'cause he was hungry.
 
2008-07-28 09:04:39 PM  
I lived in Serbia from '89-'91, so I'm really getting a kick out of these responses.

/Left right before the war started.
//Just happened to be a lucky coincidence.
 
2008-07-28 09:05:27 PM  
tbn0.google.com
 
2008-07-28 09:06:20 PM  
Wrong War, FLUBBY. The Hellfish were the 2nd World War, not the first
 
2008-07-28 09:07:48 PM  
Ja ja ja, mach schnell mit der art things, huh? I must get back to Dancecentrum in Struttgart in time to see Kraftwerk.
 
2008-07-28 09:08:19 PM  
Holy shiat! Born in Bethany, MO.

I've driven by there....not much but does have some pretty farms.

/ not much in North Central MO
 
2008-07-28 09:08:59 PM  
Did he happen to drive the Barrels?

/alternately obscure?
 
2008-07-28 09:09:24 PM  

Cagey B: Lionel Mandrake: submitter: the inheritor of the Flying Hellfish treasure

Wrong War, subby, but A for effort.

Yeah, everyone knows that was in the Second World War Two.


It was way more intense than the Second American Revolution.

/The Invisible One
 
2008-07-28 09:10:25 PM  
a glad farewell to Kings, Czars, Kaisers, Emperors etc...
 
2008-07-28 09:11:24 PM  

mooseyfate: Cagey B: Lionel Mandrake: submitter: the inheritor of the Flying Hellfish treasure

Wrong War, subby, but A for effort.

Yeah, everyone knows that was in the Second World War Two.

It was way more intense than the Second American Revolution.

/The Invisible One


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2008-07-28 09:13:35 PM  
The new generation won't know anything of the fighting hellfish becuase the wars of the future will not be fought on the battlefield or at sea. They will be fought in space, or possibly on top of a very tall mountain. In either case, most of the actual fighting will be done by small robots. And as you go forth today remember always your duty is clear: To build and maintain those robots.
 
2008-07-28 09:14:06 PM  

Cagey B: Lionel Mandrake: submitter: the inheritor of the Flying Hellfish treasure

Wrong War, subby, but A for effort.

Yeah, everyone knows that was in the Second World War Two.


Also, it's the Hellfish Bonanza, but now we're just arguing semantics.

/Simpsons nerd
 
2008-07-28 09:15:09 PM  

Ace Attorney: mooseyfate: Cagey B: Lionel Mandrake: submitter: the inheritor of the Flying Hellfish treasure

Wrong War, subby, but A for effort.

Yeah, everyone knows that was in the Second World War Two.

It was way more intense than the Second American Revolution.

/The Invisible One


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2008-07-28 09:15:17 PM  
my buddy actually has this on his arm

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2008-07-28 09:15:21 PM  
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But now, contrary to my opponent's view, Czechoslovakia is stable.

/The surge worked.
 
2008-07-28 09:15:32 PM  
So say that Germany won the First World War. Then what? For one the Fark cliche, "You know who else like (fill in the blank)?" would be as dead as Dillinger.
 
2008-07-28 09:16:24 PM  
I don't think it has been said enough so I am using italics. Wrong War Subby.

/yeah I am cooler than you...
//not really
 
2008-07-28 09:17:41 PM  
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"Now, to take the ferry cost a nickel, and in those days, nickels had pictures of bumblebees on them. 'Give me five bees for a quarter,' you'd say. Now where were we? Oh yeah, the important thing was that I had an onion on my belt, which was the style at the time. They didn't have any white onions, because of the war; the only thing you can get was those big yellow ones."
 
2008-07-28 09:19:41 PM  

vossiewulf: hardercase: He's a hero, no doubt, but how many times to we have to meet Franik Buckles?

There are these things called "kids" that keep "growing up" and "learning."


If you think the underlined part is true then you don't have much to do with any of them.
 
2008-07-28 09:20:11 PM  
WWI was an enormous waste of human life, and no one who took part in that orgy of nationalistic bloodshed deserves a hero tag.
 
2008-07-28 09:21:28 PM  

Marcus Aurelius: If we'd only stayed the hell out of it, the Germans would have won, Hitler never would have come to power, World War Two never would have happened, there would be no Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and we wouldn't be stuck in a quagmire in Iraq.


Well it's nice to know that we have a fresh supply of Neville Chamberlins in the world.
 
2008-07-28 09:22:32 PM  

simpsonfan: He and the last Canadian veteran should go beat up that last German one.


It'd be easy. All the German WWI vets are dead.
(Apparently only a dozen allied vets remain)
 
2008-07-28 09:22:54 PM  

hardercase: He's a hero, no doubt, but how many times to we have to meet Franik Buckles?


Not nearly as many times as you look at porn on the interwebs.
 
2008-07-28 09:24:40 PM  
A hero, to be sure.

How many 16-year-olds do you know today who would lie about their age to take up arms in protection of freedom?

Roughly none. In fact, I can name a few who would lie NOT to serve.

Regardless of the politics of war, men like this are not be be cast aside as relics, but respected and admired for the duties they carried out.

My grandfather and his four brothers moved to the U.S. from Italy in the 1930's, and all five fought for their adopted country in World War Two, only three returning. They were all under 21 when they did so, and they had the blessing of their father. Two lied about their age at the time as well.

I had the honor of attending the gravesites of my two great uncles on Guam when I was about ten (thirty years ago), with my remaining great uncles and my grandfather, all of whom died within five years more. The three of them requested a burial beside their fallen brothers on that island, and I had the chance last year to visit that graveyard again.

Let's not forget that without that level of sacrifice, we might not be here today.

This man has earned our respect, plain and simple.
 
2008-07-28 09:24:42 PM  
Well deserved HERO tag.
 
2008-07-28 09:24:57 PM  

The_Sponge: I lived in Serbia from '89-'91, so I'm really getting a kick out of these responses.

/Left right before the war started.
//Just happened to be a lucky coincidence.


Wrong war.

Pretty sure that many of the (few) Americans involved in that one are still alive.
 
2008-07-28 09:26:06 PM  

Beck Bristow: my buddy actually has this on his arm


That's a weird thing to have on one's arm.
 
2008-07-28 09:26:57 PM  

merreborn: The_Sponge: I lived in Serbia from '89-'91, so I'm really getting a kick out of these responses.

/Left right before the war started.
//Just happened to be a lucky coincidence.

Wrong war.

Pretty sure that many of the (few) Americans involved in that one are still alive.



True. I was just giving a shout-out to anyone on Fark who lives in/has lived in Serbia.

/IIRC, I visited the spot where Archduke Ferdinand was assassinated.
 
2008-07-28 09:27:06 PM  
R33tJaymzEn$0r: Did he happen to drive the Barrels?

/alternately obscure?


Harry T thinks nothing is obscure in here.

/not even alternatively
 
2008-07-28 09:27:35 PM  
Marcus Aurelius:

There are some historians who have argued that if Germany had won WWI they would have set-up something similar to the EU. If you look at the motives for going to war that was one of their motives if they were victorious.


The Germans did set up 'something similar to the EU'. Its called the EU.
 
2008-07-28 09:28:40 PM  

farfigneugan: That's a weird thing to have on one's arm.


Yea, he's a weird kid
 
2008-07-28 09:28:43 PM  

farfigneugan: Beck Bristow: my buddy actually has this on his arm

That's a weird thing to have on one's arm.


*snickers*
 
2008-07-28 09:29:11 PM  

flsammyfm: A hero, to be sure.

How many 16-year-olds do you know today who would lie about their age to take up arms in protection of freedom?

Roughly none. In fact, I can name a few

million who would lie NOT to serve.

Sadly, FTFY
 
2008-07-28 09:30:46 PM  

mama's_tasty_foods: farfigneugan: Beck Bristow: my buddy actually has this on his arm

That's a weird thing to have on one's arm.

*snickers*


I think it's kinda rad. I want a redex in the middle of my 4head too.
 
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