ok.. my grandfather was captured by German forces back in europe in WWII...he was in the mixed group of captives of several nationalities...damn he was lucky ...he would say he and his friend, both 17, were sick at the time so the German soldiers mockingly ordered them to stay behind in the base...peeling potatoes and stuff...while others were sent out to D-Day beach fortifications to fight for Axis...only to be killed the next day by Allies...so my grandpa survived and was then imprisoned in UK for several months...he was to survive to tell the story and later to be father of my mother
so..when your wife tells you to peel potato...just do it you won't regret it
...as for me, I was never in the army except maybe on my xbox(cod2, brothers in arms, cod:world of war, cod:4, cod:mw2,..,and the best Wolfenstein: enemy territory on PC...)
A big thanks to all the servicemembers out there. My grandfather and my uncle both served, my grandfather was a B-26 gunner in Europe and my uncle some kind of combat aircrew on a Vietnam helicopter. My father-in-law was also in the British Army.
If anyone reads much, these are two books that I loved growing up:
Guadalcanal Diary, written by a war correspondent with the 1st Marine Division (as I'm sure damocles knows) during the Second World War. Guadalcanal is an island in the Solomons, north of Australia, and the first place that American troops started to stem the tide of Japanese expansion after Pearl Harbor. Here, for under $10: http://www.amazon.com/Guadalcanal-Di.../dp/0679640231
Another is Pappy Boyington's Baa Baa Black Sheep, amazing memoir of a Corsair fighter pilot. He was also with the American Volunteer Group in China, better known as the "Flying Tigers." Here, also for under $10: http://www.amazon.com/Black-Sheep-Gr...0967422&sr=1-1
Awesome thread! Thanks to all who have served or are currently serving for our country. My grandfather and most of his 11 siblings served in the Navy during WWII. He was stationed in Point Mugu, and worked for the Navy his whole life until he retired at 55. A lot of his siblings were stationed on Coronado. I loved his/their stories and pictures!
thank you vets and current members of the armed forces. I'm not so naive as to not realize the huge contributions you all make in order to secure the freedoms we all enjoy. I hope you all feel honored today and every day.