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On This Veteran's Day, Especially Those Who Saw Combat. . .

Discussion in 'Non-Diving Related Stuff' started by Kevrumbo, Nov 9, 2018 at 2:30 PM.

  1. Kevrumbo

    Kevrumbo Solo Diver

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    "To all Veterans alive today --You all deserve long and happy lives in peace. . ."

    Thanks Dad, for your service & duty; For never giving up, for looking after your buddies and for God's Grace in surviving & coming back home to live a long and good Life. . .

    To my Father and my Hero, may you now Rest in Peace:
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    (To @Mrs. B , note the Combat Infantryman Badge and the Silver Star Ribbon in the picture above -real awards of merit & courage unlike the "poser REMF's" and stolen-valor veterans here on Scubaboard, with the fake wall frame certificates for dubious "combat action". . .)
     
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  2. Mrs. B

    Mrs. B Solo Diver

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    Good looking man too Kev

    Kind face
     
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  3. kelemvor

    kelemvor Big Fleshy Monster ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Wow that's an incredible story! The kind of stuff you see in movies. Apparently you come from good stock.
     
  4. Mrs. B

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    You have some great Marines in Dunedin that were both Iwo Jima Marines and they came to our ball

    We met them for breakfast and they meet there once a week

    I’ll download the pic I have with them when my signal is better!
     
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  5. Mrs. B

    Mrs. B Solo Diver

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    Yes those two are a national treasure! I’m blanking in their name but they have the same name and how weird is that???

    both at Iwo Jima at the same time and then they became friends in Florida

    Really fit and upright, one had a cane but that guy on the left had the body of a fifty year old :wink:
     
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  6. Mrs. B

    Mrs. B Solo Diver

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    BTW General Bydler told me you have more combat vets per square mile than anywhere in USA

    General Bydler = excellent IMO


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    I think he just retired, his son is a 2nd LT in flight school and JB says so is his daughter
     
  7. Kevrumbo

    Kevrumbo Solo Diver

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    There was an unfortunate element of racism in the Army back in those days as well -which I think just as much motivated my Father to prove he was a worthy American Soldier -the only Filipino/Asian and the smallest man in physical stature in his platoon- and to do what he did on the battlefield. I also think that's why he was only awarded the Silver Star, instead of the higher Distinguished Service Cross Medal (the only one above that is the Medal of Honor).

    And this Immigrant -my Father- deservedly earned his US Citizenship as well. . .
     
  8. lowflyer

    lowflyer ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Your father deserves everyone's highest respect and the DSC.
    From the thread title I think I can add an uncle who parachuted on D-Day with the 507 Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne. He landed in a swamp and went on to survive battle for a month and earned the Silver Star. Then, two days before his unit was sent back to England for rest, he was machine-gunned on Hill 95 in France and now rests at the American Cemetery at Normandy. 80930002.JPG

    May all stolen valor perpetrators be investigated and revealed, as many already have!
     
  9. Seaweed Doc

    Seaweed Doc Divemaster

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    In honor of soldiers who call it Armistice Day, or Poppy Day, I'll add this photo. My grandfather toward the end of WW I, in the uniform of the Eastern Ontario Regiment, His Majesty's Canadian Expeditionary Force. He was lucky, his service was late in the war and he never made it closer to the front than a reserve battalion in England. Many of his friends weren't so lucky.


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  10. chillyinCanada

    chillyinCanada Solo Diver Staff Member

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    Perhaps my great-grandfather was one of his friends. He didn't come home. The story of his service has unfortunately been lost.
     
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