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CaughtintheMiddle1990
04-26-2011, 01:37 AM
If you feel comfortable, post photos of either yourself doing your years of service (if you are a veteran), or a relative.

My great grandfather (Dad's mom's father), fought in WWI. Not sure what rank he reached--little about his service is known. He died rather young, after the war.
http://img816.imageshack.us/img816/8515/91191248390850487125091.jpg

Grandpa (Dad's dad), fought during the Korean War, 1948-1952 (I think). Rank of Private.
http://img687.imageshack.us/img687/6291/91191248375930114125091.jpg

Grandpa (Mom's dad), fought during WWII, served 1939-1946, rank of Staff Sgt, received Bronze Star with V device, along with other medals.
http://img64.imageshack.us/img64/5290/save00422.jpg

My father, served 1976-77, private.
http://img856.imageshack.us/img856/9044/dadinthearmy.jpg

Phillygirl
04-26-2011, 03:33 PM
Very nice, CITM. If you want some possible information on your ggf, pm me and I can try to look him up on ancestry. They have some WWI records online there. I've been able to find some things about my g uncle who served in WWII, including his enlistment papers and the ship manifest that he came home on.

Odysseus
04-26-2011, 04:33 PM
Me, 2004-2005, Iraq.
http://a1.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc3/24681_1252885562231_1232285306_30578378_2456814_n. jpg

Rebel Yell
04-26-2011, 04:34 PM
Me, 2004-2005, Iraq.
http://a1.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc3/24681_1252885562231_1232285306_30578378_2456814_n. jpg

I always thought you were older than that, fatter too. Most officers are a little softer around the middle.

Articulate_Ape
04-26-2011, 05:04 PM
Great pic Ody, and no matter what anyone says, you DO NOT look anything like Gomer Pyle. :)

Ranger Rick
04-26-2011, 06:07 PM
Me, back in the day, sometime in the 80's, on a flightline in Germany. Was there for several ReForgers.

http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f299/RangerRick2/6615.jpg

Odysseus
04-26-2011, 06:49 PM
I always thought you were older than that, fatter too. Most officers are a little softer around the middle.
That was about five years ago. I'm 49 now, so that was 44. Also, I was doing the OPS Officer diet, which entails one-two meals per day when the OP-Tempo permits. :D

Great pic Ody, and no matter what anyone says, you DO NOT look anything like Gomer Pyle. :)
Sha-zam! You are a fine human being for saying that. :D

Wei Wu Wei
04-26-2011, 06:52 PM
Great pic Ody, and no matter what anyone says, you DO NOT look anything like Gomer Pyle. :)

loll :D

djones520
04-26-2011, 07:00 PM
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v416/djones9916/Picture097.jpg

Kyrgyzstan, 2005.

malloc
04-26-2011, 07:05 PM
Kyrgyzstan, 2005.

Now that's what I call a high and ready state of suspicious alertness! :p

djones520
04-26-2011, 07:06 PM
Now that's what I call a high and ready state of suspicious alertness! :p

I was only watching 250 third party nationals as they built permanent housing facilities.

Articulate_Ape
04-26-2011, 07:48 PM
Sha-zam! You are a fine human being for saying that. :D


HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! :D

Odysseus
04-26-2011, 08:33 PM
loll :D
So, when will you post a pic of yourself? Obviously, it wouldn't fit in the vets forum, but there's the humor forum, or stupid liberal tricks. Maybe we can have an action shot of you teaching whatever it is that you teach to the special ed kids, and dodging their projectiles.

I was only watching 250 third party nationals as they built permanent housing facilities.
Well, that explains how they were able to tunnel in... :D

Actually, you may be the first zoomie that I've ever seen doing an actual detail.

HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! :D

Well, go-o-o-o-o-l-ly!

namvet
04-26-2011, 08:38 PM
my late dad WW2. just before going overseas in 42. he served on a cruiser

http://oi54.tinypic.com/97l1yt.jpg

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my late uncle. he flew a black cat and killed uboats

http://oi51.tinypic.com/99h1ug.jpg

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me. back row 2nd from left. standing next to the tall guy. that's the coast of nam waaay back there

http://oi52.tinypic.com/1252614.jpg

CaughtintheMiddle1990
04-26-2011, 09:00 PM
my late dad WW2. just before going overseas in 42. he served on a cruiser

http://oi54.tinypic.com/97l1yt.jpg

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my late uncle. he flew a black cat and killed uboats

http://oi51.tinypic.com/99h1ug.jpg

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me. back row 2nd from left. standing next to the tall guy. that's the coast of nam waaay back there

http://oi52.tinypic.com/1252614.jpg

Love your photos--
Namvet, what year is the one of you and your buddies from? I love those late '60s, early '70s photographs. They have such a spirit to them.

namvet
04-26-2011, 09:26 PM
Love your photos--
Namvet, what year is the one of you and your buddies from? I love those late '60s, early '70s photographs. They have such a spirit to them.

I was told 1968. on the ships forum. I don't remember that one being taken but then there were so many

http://a7.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc1/8719_1176972998416_1650859462_447975_1899713_n.jpg

this one I remember. it was taken in Subic Bay, PI. that's me holding up the 2 fingers and smoking

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me up on the signal bridge. the coast of Nam is in the background although hard to see. we operated as close as 5 mi of the beach

http://a4.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc1/8719_1176972078393_1650859462_447967_5039684_n.jpg

CaughtintheMiddle1990
04-26-2011, 09:34 PM
I was told 1968. on the ships forum. I don't remember that one being taken but then there were so many

http://a7.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc1/8719_1176972998416_1650859462_447975_1899713_n.jpg

this one I remember. it was taken in Subic Bay, PI. that's me holding up the 2 fingers and smoking

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me up on the signal bridge. the coast of Nam is in the background although hard to see. we operated as close as 5 mi of the beach

http://a4.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc1/8719_1176972078393_1650859462_447967_5039684_n.jpg

It just reminds me of this picture of my grandfather (the WWII veteran shown on the first page), taken in July 1972, a few years before he passed (1975):
http://img153.imageshack.us/img153/9996/july19723.jpg

namvet
04-26-2011, 09:38 PM
It just reminds me of this picture of my grandfather (the WWII veteran shown on the first page), taken in July 1972, a few years before he passed (1975):
http://img153.imageshack.us/img153/9996/july19723.jpg

they are a treasure. mine passed away on dec 22 1997. even in his later years he never talked about the war much at all. i tried many time to engage him about it, but he just would not talk. my mom said he was the same when he came back home in 45

namvet
04-26-2011, 09:43 PM
im on a WW2 forum and we have an 85 year old vet who served in the pacific. he fought on Peleliu and okinawa. we keep him busy

Adam Wood
04-26-2011, 09:59 PM
Great pix! I'll have to see if I can find some of the ones of my great-grandparents, and great-greats, and get them scanned. Neither of my grandfathers served, because the War Department came to them early on in the war and told them that their jobs were too important to the war effort, not to mention that they were really getting a little too old for action anyway. My father was too young to serve in WWII and just barely too young to serve in Korea, and his brother got in late in Korea and never really deployed anywhere (the Army was looking for excuses to shed people by early-mid 1953, since the armistice was at hand). He did a two-year hitch of basically sitting around watching an empty supply depot, just so they could find something for him to do until they were ready to discharge him. None of my brothers were old enough to go to Vietnam, and none really had any interest in the Service anyway.

Mom had all sisters, so it was a non-issue for her family. Her father was vital to cranking out millions of size 9s in the '40s: his specific job was to go around to all of his company's shoe factories and convert them into boot factories leading up to and during the war. After the war, it was his job to go around and convert them back into shoe factories. Mom did her part serving the country though: for the two late-teen years that they lived in Hagerstown, MD, Mom and other girls would board the train on Saturday afternoon and ride down to Annapolis and dance with the boys down there for the evening, before taking the late train back to Hagerstown. :D

I have some good old pictures somewhere of my great-grandfather (Dad's father's father) in his uniform, and a picture of him sitting in a slit trench in France somewhere, cleaning that piece-of-shit French whatever it was that so many of them got issued. Mom's grandfather (her mother's father) was the only son of a farmer, so he didn't go to WWI, but his father was in the Confederate Army and marched all over the place: Maryland, Virginia, Kentucky, and Georgia, I think, but don't take that as absolute gospel. There are a couple of grainy pictures of him in his uniform somewhere. Dad's mother's father was a Union soldier, with a bunch of others of a like mind (stay with the Union) in north Alabama, around Muscle Shoals. To the best of my knowledge, though, there are no pictures of him anywhere.

I also have pictures somewhere of Dad's father, who went to military school (Castle Heights Military Academy) and originally hoped to pursue a military career. But, by the time he graduated, the Army was limiting who could join (many people were signing up for the military during the Depression, particularly the Reserves, as a means to get a paycheck and to ensure a roof over their heads and food in their bellies), and Papa was not going to be able to go in under ROTC (or whatever it was called at the time). Plus, he met Mildred and got a great job offer in the middle of the Depression, so he figured he'd better take it! So, despite his plans and going through training to enter as an officer, he never actually went into the Army after all.

namvet
04-26-2011, 10:24 PM
http://oi53.tinypic.com/mcu7gh.jpg

this is the actual war plant my mom worked in after my dad left. those are B-25 mitchell bombers. when i found this online i almost keeled over. and so did my mom !!!! :D

CaughtintheMiddle1990
04-26-2011, 10:27 PM
they are a treasure. mine passed away on dec 22 1997. even in his later years he never talked about the war much at all. i tried many time to engage him about it, but he just would not talk. my mom said he was the same when he came back home in 45

My grandfather NEVER spoke about the war to my grandmother, except to tell her one humorous and generally light hearted story. He and his men were in France, sometime in 1944, and had engaged in a gunfight with Germans who were inside a store.

After they had "cleaned out" the store of Nazis, they went in. One of my grandfather's fellow soldiers (probably working under him since he was a Staff Sgt by the time of his service in the Rhineland and Northern France campaigns) began stuffing bottles of perfume into his uniform, exclaiming he'd make a fortune off them when they got home.

Just about then, they heard the sound of gun fire nearby and ran from the store, jumping into a foxhole. When they jumped down into the foxhole, the bottles of perfume burst all over my grandpa's friend, making him reek of women's perfume.

Another story, this one darker, he told my uncle out of the blue not long before he died. He and his men were in France, possibly near Luxembourg. They stopped at a stream or river to fill their canteens with water and to drink. One of the men noted that the water tasted funny. As they continued their way up the road along the body of water, a little up the road or path, there were the bodies of dead Germans in the water, their blood mixing with the water of the stream, which had caused it to taste funny.

Also, one time he and another man were talking in a fox hole, casually. Suddenly shots rang out, and when my grandfather looked up, his friend was dead next to him, shot in the head.

Also, he asked my uncle, who was a Medic in the same area my grandpa was in (they hadn't met during the war, but he had married my aunt years later), "What took you guys so long? We were laying there a while..." The context of this was that in the closing days of the Battle of the Bulge, in Luxembourg, my grandfather and his men were ambushed, fired upon by snipers who were in the trees. My grandfather was shot in the leg, which caused a compound fracture and a massive, perforating wound in the lower part of his leg, and ended his service--He spent the next year in and out of the hospital and was medically discharged. Another of his men was shot in the head and his body came to rest near my grandfather's. Apparently, he and the other wounded and dead spent a considerable amount of time laying in the freezing snow before the Medics arrived.

When he was taken to one of the emergency tents, the doctor wanted to amputate his leg. My grandfather, though weak, raised his gun at the doctor, and said in essence, "If you take my leg, I'll take you with me, because without my leg I'll be an invalid and my life will be over." The doctor ordered him sedated and removed. My grandpa, however, kept his leg as you can see from the photo, though a large chunk of it had to be removed in various surgeries, draining the wound of blood and blood clots.

He also forbade my aunt from entering the service during Vietnam. She had wanted to join the Reserves, and he said "no daughter of [his]" would join the Service as, "they don't respect women there."

He also met quite a few celebrities while stationed in the Presidio of San Francisco, including Heddy Lamar and Jinx Falkenberg. He later encountered even more celebs when he worked at the 1964 NY World's Fair.

fettpett
04-26-2011, 10:53 PM
http://oi53.tinypic.com/mcu7gh.jpg

this is the actual war plant my mom worked in after my dad left. those are B-25 mitchell bombers. when i found this online i almost keeled over. and so did my mom !!!! :D

thats awesome, Michell's were some of the best bombers of the war.


I have a few relatives that fought in wars from the Revolution through the Civil War, sadly no pictures of the brothers that fought then, most of my direct predecessors were either too young or too old to server in WW1, WW2, Korea or Vietnam. Though my aunt was in the National Guard during the Gulf War but didn't deploy

MrsSmith
04-26-2011, 10:56 PM
My son:


http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a152/MrsSmith2001/4-26-201194535PM.jpg



His father:

http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a152/MrsSmith2001/arden4.jpg



My father:

http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a152/MrsSmith2001/dad.jpg

MrsSmith
04-26-2011, 10:58 PM
My great-uncle - WW1:


http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a152/MrsSmith2001/ShelburneToWar.jpg




My great-grandmother's father or uncle...I think. That's his Civil War uniform: :D

http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a152/MrsSmith2001/CivilWarUniform.jpg

marinejcksn
04-26-2011, 11:25 PM
https://www.t-mobilepictures.com/myalbum/photos/photo25/49/96/2ba51de183cd__1176337572000.jpg

Me and Ladanian Tomlinson in 2006. :D

eagleexpress
04-26-2011, 11:25 PM
All of these pictures have been wonderful nice to put faces to names. I look foward to seeing more

Odysseus
04-27-2011, 12:01 AM
More recent pic, from the snowstorm we had at FT Hood a last year.
http://a2.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc3/24363_1227137158537_1232285306_30528025_5040500_n. jpg

And here's me in Kuwait, at the end of my first tour.
http://a6.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc3/24681_1252885642233_1232285306_30578380_5058469_n. jpg

CaughtintheMiddle1990
04-27-2011, 12:10 AM
Some more of my grandpa during WWII
http://img853.imageshack.us/img853/5582/save0038.jpg
http://img19.imageshack.us/img19/9841/save0021b.jpg

Adam Wood
04-27-2011, 01:52 AM
More recent pic, from the snowstorm we had at FT Hood a last year.
http://a2.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc3/24363_1227137158537_1232285306_30528025_5040500_n. jpgNo offense, Major, but you seem to have gone from Gomer Pyle to Telly Sevalas there. You seem to only need a lolipop and to say "yeah, babeeeee" to make it complete.


http://i52.tinypic.com/2a4sup1.jpg

"Who loves you, baby?"

CueSi
04-27-2011, 03:02 AM
Don't tell him that, he's gonna believe that!

But Ody's friend is pretty hawt too... <whistles and walks away>

~QC

Odysseus
04-27-2011, 08:34 AM
No offense, Major, but you seem to have gone from Gomer Pyle to Telly Sevalas there. You seem to only need a lolipop and to say "yeah, babeeeee" to make it complete.


http://i52.tinypic.com/2a4sup1.jpg

"Who loves you, baby?"

LOL. None taken. Of course, I do have hair under the beret. Honest.

namvet
04-27-2011, 09:15 AM
My grandfather NEVER spoke about the war to my grandmother, except to tell her one humorous and generally light hearted story. He and his men were in France, sometime in 1944, and had engaged in a gunfight with Germans who were inside a store.

After they had "cleaned out" the store of Nazis, they went in. One of my grandfather's fellow soldiers (probably working under him since he was a Staff Sgt by the time of his service in the Rhineland and Northern France campaigns) began stuffing bottles of perfume into his uniform, exclaiming he'd make a fortune off them when they got home.

Just about then, they heard the sound of gun fire nearby and ran from the store, jumping into a foxhole. When they jumped down into the foxhole, the bottles of perfume burst all over my grandpa's friend, making him reek of women's perfume.

Another story, this one darker, he told my uncle out of the blue not long before he died. He and his men were in France, possibly near Luxembourg. They stopped at a stream or river to fill their canteens with water and to drink. One of the men noted that the water tasted funny. As they continued their way up the road along the body of water, a little up the road or path, there were the bodies of dead Germans in the water, their blood mixing with the water of the stream, which had caused it to taste funny.

Also, one time he and another man were talking in a fox hole, casually. Suddenly shots rang out, and when my grandfather looked up, his friend was dead next to him, shot in the head.

Also, he asked my uncle, who was a Medic in the same area my grandpa was in (they hadn't met during the war, but he had married my aunt years later), "What took you guys so long? We were laying there a while..." The context of this was that in the closing days of the Battle of the Bulge, in Luxembourg, my grandfather and his men were ambushed, fired upon by snipers who were in the trees. My grandfather was shot in the leg, which caused a compound fracture and a massive, perforating wound in the lower part of his leg, and ended his service--He spent the next year in and out of the hospital and was medically discharged. Another of his men was shot in the head and his body came to rest near my grandfather's. Apparently, he and the other wounded and dead spent a considerable amount of time laying in the freezing snow before the Medics arrived.

When he was taken to one of the emergency tents, the doctor wanted to amputate his leg. My grandfather, though weak, raised his gun at the doctor, and said in essence, "If you take my leg, I'll take you with me, because without my leg I'll be an invalid and my life will be over." The doctor ordered him sedated and removed. My grandpa, however, kept his leg as you can see from the photo, though a large chunk of it had to be removed in various surgeries, draining the wound of blood and blood clots.

He also forbade my aunt from entering the service during Vietnam. She had wanted to join the Reserves, and he said "no daughter of [his]" would join the Service as, "they don't respect women there."

He also met quite a few celebrities while stationed in the Presidio of San Francisco, including Heddy Lamar and Jinx Falkenberg. He later encountered even more celebs when he worked at the 1964 NY World's Fair.

General Anthony Clement "Nuts" McAuliffe. that was of course his reply when ask by the Nazi's to surrender Bastogne. at first the Nazi's had no idea what "nuts" meant. I found out even today Bastogne refers to itself as nuts city. :D

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/b/bc/Anthony_McAuliffe.jpg/426px-Anthony_McAuliffe.jpg

memorials in nuts city

http://oi54.tinypic.com/15oxil5.jpg

http://oi56.tinypic.com/219qefc.jpg

namvet
04-27-2011, 09:28 AM
5LXCnsBo8Vs

from the movie battlground :D

namvet
04-27-2011, 09:40 AM
thats awesome, Michell's were some of the best bombers of the war.


I have a few relatives that fought in wars from the Revolution through the Civil War, sadly no pictures of the brothers that fought then, most of my direct predecessors were either too young or too old to server in WW1, WW2, Korea or Vietnam. Though my aunt was in the National Guard during the Gulf War but didn't deploy

the 25's claim to fame was the famous Doolittle raid on Japan apr 18 1942. just 4 mons after pearl harbor. 16 bombers launched from the USS Hornet. what an amazing feat

Phillygirl
04-27-2011, 09:42 AM
Great photos everyone. I spent some time talking to my great uncle this weekend, who is a WWII vet and was at the Battle of the Bulge and DDay +2. Pretty fascinating stories that he had to tell. I was able to find his ship's manifest when he came back home from the war. I had no idea that he had received a Bronze Star. I've already put in my request to take possession of that when he dies.

namvet
04-27-2011, 09:50 AM
Great photos everyone. I spent some time talking to my great uncle this weekend, who is a WWII vet and was at the Battle of the Bulge and DDay +2. Pretty fascinating stories that he had to tell. I was able to find his ship's manifest when he came back home from the war. I had no idea that he had received a Bronze Star. I've already put in my request to take possession of that when he dies.

was he with the 101st??? if he was trapped in Bastogne he was

Phillygirl
04-27-2011, 10:44 AM
was he with the 101st??? if he was trapped in Bastogne he was

He was with the 120th (I believe, if I've read some of the documents properly). I knew that he was in France. I had no idea he was in Holland. This weekend was the first time he ever talked about the war, really. He told a very sad story about his best friend getting killed. Apparently he was supposed to go back down to the troops to deliver the Christmas mail, etc., but his friend went instead so that he could help the priest clean up after the Christmas Eve party. When he got back to where he was supposed to be on Christmas Day he learned that his friend had been killed. I found his friend's grave information and discovered that his friend was awarded the Silver Star, although I don't know if it was posthumously or not.

I've invited my uncle to go down to D.C. for Memorial Day weekend this year. I think he would enjoy it quite a bit. Damn spry for 92 years old...walks 5 miles on the treadmill every morning.

namvet
04-27-2011, 11:11 AM
He was with the 120th (I believe, if I've read some of the documents properly). I knew that he was in France. I had no idea he was in Holland. This weekend was the first time he ever talked about the war, really. He told a very sad story about his best friend getting killed. Apparently he was supposed to go back down to the troops to deliver the Christmas mail, etc., but his friend went instead so that he could help the priest clean up after the Christmas Eve party. When he got back to where he was supposed to be on Christmas Day he learned that his friend had been killed. I found his friend's grave information and discovered that his friend was awarded the Silver Star, although I don't know if it was posthumously or not.

I've invited my uncle to go down to D.C. for Memorial Day weekend this year. I think he would enjoy it quite a bit. Damn spry for 92 years old...walks 5 miles on the treadmill every morning.

great !!! if you can post his pic

Phillygirl
04-27-2011, 11:18 AM
great !!! if you can post his pic

I'll have to look for his service pic and get it scanned in.

CaughtintheMiddle1990
04-27-2011, 02:40 PM
Great photos everyone. I spent some time talking to my great uncle this weekend, who is a WWII vet and was at the Battle of the Bulge and DDay +2. Pretty fascinating stories that he had to tell. I was able to find his ship's manifest when he came back home from the war. I had no idea that he had received a Bronze Star. I've already put in my request to take possession of that when he dies.

What ship did he come home on?
My grandpa was also in the Battle of the Bulge and most of the Rhineland and Northern France campaign until his wounding in January 1945. He was in the 11th Infantry, 3rd Army. Earlier, he was stationed in Panama and may have done some work with the Army Air Corps earlier in the war as he has an Army Air medal with V Device.

Phillygirl
04-27-2011, 02:44 PM
What ship did he come home on?
My grandpa was also in the Battle of the Bulge and most of the Rhineland and Northern France campaign until his wounding in January 1945. He was in the 11th Infantry, 3rd Army. Earlier, he was stationed in Panama and may have done some work with the Army Air Corps earlier in the war as he has an Army Air medal with V Device.

He came home on the Queen Mary, which apparently was a regular ship, not a U.S. military ship. He now goes on about 4 cruises a year, I guess that's where he got his taste for cruising! :)

CaughtintheMiddle1990
04-27-2011, 02:49 PM
He came home on the Queen Mary, which apparently was a regular ship, not a U.S. military ship. He now goes on about 4 cruises a year, I guess that's where he got his taste for cruising! :)

Oh, my grandp came home on the Queen Elizabeth...He was on there with a bunch of other wounded. I wish I could find someone who served with the man, it'd be interesting if they could remember anything. See, in the 1973 fire, most of my grandpa's combat records were destroyed. We know what medals we got, for example, but the papers detailing when or why he received them, were destroyed in the fire. And since he's deceased and he never told my grandma much, there's no real way of knowing. We have like 60 pages of his medical record--from '45 to '46 when he was in the hospital after being shot--but I think they were saved because they were on loan to another agency (He had had a stroke a few months before the records fire and thus his medical history was probably needed).