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Old 10-28-2010, 10:16 PM
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Just finished reading this very powerful book. I would recommend it to anyone who has ever had a father or sibling in the military or a father in the Marines who was on Iwo Jima during the invasion. I never talked to my father about his time in the military which, since he died 37 years ago, was too late for me to have read the book and now talk to him. For those of you who still have a parent who served in WW II, get them to open up about it.

The book was wonderful and very thought provoking.
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get them to open up about it.

Thats just it, their not the type of generation that opens up about stuff like that. That is exactly what makes them the Greatest Generation, not one of them thought of themselves as Hero's, none wanted Fame, none wanted glory. They all just wanted to do their job and come home!!!! I am very affraid that if today's generation, (the general public), not the enlisted guys now fighting, had to fight wwII, we would all be speaking german!
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Next Tuesday, I'll visit my uncle to celebrate his 92nd birthday. He flew B24's over the Romanian oilfields, test-pilot for the B29's and trained for the A-bomb missions. I've never been able to get him to talk at length about his military service, but I have written down everything he told me for the past 50+ years (from the time I started paying attention). It's turning into quite a story!
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Didn't read the book but saw the movie. I would recommend also reading or viewing the companion movie "Letters from Iwo Jima".

My uncle used to tell me the stories of the 100 battalion while he was serving in Germany during WWII. Nothing like the movies.

War is hell.

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Another moving and true story book is the 'Fortunate Son'

great read

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I had the great pleasure of conducting an amphibious assault on Iwo Jima in June 2001 with B Co 1/5. We spent two days on the island and got to explore the whole thing. It was quite an experience to say the least.

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My Dad served in the pacific from 42'-45', left weighing 185, came home as 126lbs and a silver star and a few purple hearts.....he didn't start talking about it until 15 yrs ago.(he passed 8 yrs ago)...he was in the phillipines, leyte, mindanao,(sp), corrigidor, and other places....was on a transport ship forming up to invade Japan when the bomb was dropped...hard for us to relate to the plight and challenges of their generation....glad they went and served...
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Originally Posted by slickster View Post
My Dad served in the pacific from 42'-45', left weighing 185, came home as 126lbs and a silver star and a few purple hearts.....he didn't start talking about it until 15 yrs ago.(he passed 8 yrs ago)...he was in the phillipines, leyte, mindanao,(sp), corrigidor, and other places....was on a transport ship forming up to invade Japan when the bomb was dropped...hard for us to relate to the plight and challenges of their generation....glad they went and served...
Hand Salute to your Dad slickster...

Its there legacy is what encourge me the most to join the Marines in 86.. although my combat experience was brief (operation desert shield and storm) as compared , you can be rest assured that I will continue to put that generation at the top of my list for the bravest war stories of them all..

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