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Another Of The Vets Gone - 1/22/2013 3:44:27 PM   
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As I sit here typing the tears roll down my cheeks because my father passed away last night at the age of 90. He was a man who was extremely calm, even tempered and didn't let bad situations get to him. He served in the United States Army Air Corps during World War II. He flew as a radio operator in B-29s from Tinian Island's North Field as a member of Crew 32, the 313th Wing of the 20th Air Force, 9th Bombardment Group (VH), 99th Squadron. He never spoke about the war until about 30 years had passed, though when I was very young he let me play with and lose many of the medals that he was awarded for his service He was present on a Super Dumbo flight (observation) when the Nagasaki bomb was dropped. He will be missed and I wish I was more like he was.

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RE: Another Of The Vets Gone - 1/22/2013 4:31:34 PM   
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As I sit here typing the tears roll down my cheeks because my father passed away last night at the age of 90. He was a man who was extremely calm, even tempered and didn't let bad situations get to him. He served in the United States Army Air Corps during World War II. He flew as a radio operator in B-29s from Tinian Island's North Field as a member of Crew 32, the 313th Wing of the 20th Air Force, 9th Bombardment Group (VH), 99th Squadron. He never spoke about the war until about 30 years had passed, though when I was very young he let me play with and lose many of the medals that he was awarded for his service He was present on a Super Dumbo flight (observation) when the Nagasaki bomb was dropped. He will be missed and I wish I was more like he was.


Sympathies on your loss, Todd. Your father sounds like a good man to whom our nation is indebted for his service.

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RE: Another Of The Vets Gone - 1/22/2013 4:32:40 PM   
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Sorry to hear of your loss. There are so few vets left, it hurts to hear of another leaving this world.

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RE: Another Of The Vets Gone - 1/22/2013 4:42:35 PM   
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My deepest sympathy tocaff.

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RE: Another Of The Vets Gone - 1/22/2013 4:42:37 PM   
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As I sit here typing the tears roll down my cheeks because my father passed away last night at the age of 90. He was a man who was extremely calm, even tempered and didn't let bad situations get to him. He served in the United States Army Air Corps during World War II. He flew as a radio operator in B-29s from Tinian Island's North Field as a member of Crew 32, the 313th Wing of the 20th Air Force, 9th Bombardment Group (VH), 99th Squadron. He never spoke about the war until about 30 years had passed, though when I was very young he let me play with and lose many of the medals that he was awarded for his service He was present on a Super Dumbo flight (observation) when the Nagasaki bomb was dropped. He will be missed and I wish I was more like he was.



sorry to hear this Todd, may your father rest in peace

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RE: Another Of The Vets Gone - 1/22/2013 4:46:06 PM   
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Your father sounds like a very good man who will be missed.

Our thoughts are with you and your family.

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RE: Another Of The Vets Gone - 1/22/2013 6:29:45 PM   
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Todd,

Special thoughts when I listen to Taps tonight.

My condolences for yours and the nations loss.


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RE: Another Of The Vets Gone - 1/22/2013 9:20:02 PM   
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Todd,

Please accept my sympathys for your loss.  No amount of words will replace him.  I am truly sorry.

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RE: Another Of The Vets Gone - 1/22/2013 10:01:25 PM   
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Please accept my condolences. Your father sounds like a great guy.

I lost my grandfather recently. He was a veteran of WW2, Korea, and Vietnam. He served as a combat medic. I miss him everyday so I truly empathize with your loss.

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RE: Another Of The Vets Gone - 1/22/2013 10:12:26 PM   
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RE: Another Of The Vets Gone - 1/22/2013 10:14:11 PM   
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ORIGINAL: rjopel

Todd,

Special thoughts when I listen to Taps tonight.

My condolences for yours and the nations loss.




Couldn't say it better.

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RE: Another Of The Vets Gone - 1/22/2013 10:45:56 PM   
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Sorry to hear of this.

I remember well when my father died on 6 Aug 73. Didn't know about it for a week as I was traveling cross country to my next assignment at Quantico, then receiving the phone call...collapsing on the kitchen floor. He served on DD696.

You had many years to share in his life and you need to be thankful for that, and I do know that is a difficult thing to do at this time.



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RE: Another Of The Vets Gone - 1/22/2013 11:18:19 PM   
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My condolences.

Our fathers may have crossed paths. My father was a specialist camera guy and flew with quite a few units around the Pacific as well as did a bunch of photo projects around the US. He was flying in the recon version of the B-29 from Tinian or Saipan for a while early in the 20th AF bombing campaign.

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RE: Another Of The Vets Gone - 1/22/2013 11:34:46 PM   
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Sorry for your loss.

I lost my Dad a while ago, but he was a bombadeer on B25s. Flew many missions over Rabal. Got a Purple Heart from getting hit by sharpnal while the plane behind him got a direct hit and blew up .

On a completely different run the Bomb Bay doors jammed open. He never was sure how the pilot managed to land without blowing them all up (otherwise I would not be here lol). He always thought it was so funny that after landing, the whole crew was running away from the plane while the whole base was running towards it :)

On a totally side note, my Great Uncle served in WWI as a cook. When I was very young, I asked him (after watching some war movie I am sure :)) if he had ever killed anyone. He got the far away look in his eyes and told me that they were getting shelled by the Germans durning one of their late war advances so he dove into a crater and there was a german in it already. So he killed him with one of his kitchen knives. After that, I never asked him or my Dad anything about the war unless they brought it up. So I can totally understand your fathers reluctance to discuss things.

My ex father-in-law was an engineer in the Army and landed D+2 on Normady beach. He NEVER talked about the war. All he would say is he land on the beach two days after the invasion and he did not want to talk about it. And that was it. He died never talking about it at all.

I miss them all (including my FiL. He was great, the ex not so much :))

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RE: Another Of The Vets Gone - 1/22/2013 11:39:15 PM   
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As I sit here typing the tears roll down my cheeks because my father passed away last night at the age of 90. He was a man who was extremely calm, even tempered and didn't let bad situations get to him. He served in the United States Army Air Corps during World War II ...


Lost my Army Vet father several years ago; we were losing 1,000 WW II vets a day, but now it's 600.

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RE: Another Of The Vets Gone - 1/23/2013 12:21:10 AM   
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Very sorry to hear this news Todd and you have my deepest sympathy.

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RE: Another Of The Vets Gone - 1/23/2013 12:38:54 AM   
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RE: Another Of The Vets Gone - 1/23/2013 2:01:20 AM   
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Sorry to hear of your loss tocaff. I have been reading your WitP AAR and it makes sense to me now why you are as inspired to write by this game as you are. Like most of those who posted above, I lost my grandfather 4 years ago and he was a WWII vet. He served aboard the DD652 USS Ingersoll in the pacific from late 43 to Tokyo Bay. The man raised me as his own, even though he had already raised his own kids plus my mother, and was never once asked to do it. My thoughts are with you, as will be my prayers.

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RE: Another Of The Vets Gone - 1/23/2013 4:50:48 PM   
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I salute an old soldier who has passed away.

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RE: Another Of The Vets Gone - 1/24/2013 10:18:11 PM   
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My deepest sympathy tocaff.

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RE: Another Of The Vets Gone - 1/24/2013 10:37:47 PM   
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My condolences too tocaff. May your father rest in peace

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RE: Another Of The Vets Gone - 1/25/2013 7:10:11 AM   
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I'm sorry to hear that your Father has passed away, my Mother left us 2 weeks ago, and it hurts when the special people around us leave this life.

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RE: Another Of The Vets Gone - 1/25/2013 3:07:13 PM   
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Well said DivePac88.

My condolences Tocaff. My dad lost his closest friend just last week. Not a veteran but a great friend nonetheless. He was methodist and his wife catholic. The priest at his wife's church refused to do the service since he wasn't catholic. But she got hold of the former priest who led the church there and he was happy to do the service for her and did a beautiful job. Probably one of the nicest funeral services I've ever attended.



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RE: Another Of The Vets Gone - 1/25/2013 11:44:46 PM   
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My deepest condolences.

I lost my father last month (89 yo) and an uncle two weeks after that so I know what you are going through.

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RE: Another Of The Vets Gone - 1/26/2013 12:30:58 AM   
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Well said DivePac88.

My condolences Tocaff. My dad lost his closest friend just last week. Not a veteran but a great friend nonetheless. He was methodist and his wife catholic. The priest at his wife's church refused to do the service since he wasn't catholic. But she got hold of the former priest who led the church there and he was happy to do the service for her and did a beautiful job. Probably one of the nicest funeral services I've ever attended.




My father said a couple of years ago he was tired of going to funerals. The problem with a long life is your going to end up burying most of your friends.

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RE: Another Of The Vets Gone - 1/27/2013 3:46:32 AM   
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My father said a couple of years ago he was tired of going to funerals. The problem with a long life is your going to end up burying most of your friends.

Bill

My grandfather said the same thing many times. He lived long enough to bury all of his friends, many of their kids, and some of their grandkids. It was really lonely for him the last few years.

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RE: Another Of The Vets Gone - 1/27/2013 10:11:18 AM   
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Hi all,

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ORIGINAL: tocaff

As I sit here typing the tears roll down my cheeks because my father passed away last night at the age of 90. He was a man who was extremely calm, even tempered and didn't let bad situations get to him. He served in the United States Army Air Corps during World War II. He flew as a radio operator in B-29s from Tinian Island's North Field as a member of Crew 32, the 313th Wing of the 20th Air Force, 9th Bombardment Group (VH), 99th Squadron. He never spoke about the war until about 30 years had passed, though when I was very young he let me play with and lose many of the medals that he was awarded for his service He was present on a Super Dumbo flight (observation) when the Nagasaki bomb was dropped. He will be missed and I wish I was more like he was.


My condolences to you and your family Todd...


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RE: Another Of The Vets Gone - 1/27/2013 6:09:26 PM   
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Sorry to hear about your dad, Tocaff. My remote thank you for his service.


In order to have turned 18 in '45 one has to have been born in 1927. That means almost every American WWII vet has to turn at least 85 this year. There may be a few that turn 84 who entered service when they were 17.

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RE: Another Of The Vets Gone - 1/27/2013 11:52:40 PM   
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My father turns 93 this year. He was in the group who were perfect draft age when the war started. A lot of his high school class were killed as they were in the fight early on including every one of his classmates who volunteered for flight status with the 8th AF.

We lost the last WW I vet here in the last year or two. I forget exactly when, but I recall Wikipedia had a page listing the last ones. There were that few who made it to the turn of the millennium. In another 15 years we will be in the same situation with WW II vets.

Bill

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RE: Another Of The Vets Gone - 1/28/2013 2:37:34 AM   
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Bill,

You're very fortunate to have your Dad around yet.  Mine is gone these 14 years ... trust you are in a position to be able to spend time with him ...

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