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New Avatar Thu, 03 July 2014 03:37
Hey Gamers,

My new avatar is my dad's picture just after Pearl Harbor when he enlisted at age 18.
Wanted to be in Army Air Corps, but he said you had to learn to fly in 1 week or you were washed out. If you look at his lapel there is an aviator pin, but he washed out. Then he got put in 29th Inf Division, came ashore at Omaha , battled through France, then got captured crossing Siegfried line, just before the "Bulge" !
He was a great dad and my Hero. He died in 1995.
taught me how to laugh, live and work for a living,not live for working!

Peace out! steve
      
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Re:New Avatar Thu, 03 July 2014 16:36
Hi docsteve,

You must be an old guy like me. My dad also served in WW2. He was in North Africa, Sicily, and Italy. He's still around at 93 but is not doing well. Hopefully we'll get to play a game online sometime.
      
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Re:New Avatar Thu, 03 July 2014 17:54
Thanks Llama,
I think we've already played a few games !
I'll be 61 end of Aug.
Began board war gaming age 10 with my dad,
Old Avalon Hill game, Gettysburg, that was tough with
LOS ,etc.
Midway was my favorite strategy wargame,
Used to beat my dad as my USA divebombers
Always did the job!
Anyway,if I spot you online I'll put in a challenge.
Will add you to buddy list if ok..
Steve
      
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Re:New Avatar Thu, 03 July 2014 19:01
That makes you Sons of heroes then.
God bless them both.
      
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Re:New Avatar Fri, 04 July 2014 00:05
My father was also in WWII. He grew up in Pittsburgh (where I was raised) and enlisted after High school. He didn't come ashore on DDay (as far as I know) but fought in Germany and was sent to Japan. He passed away in 2000.

He never talked much about the war, as it seemed to upset him, so I don't know much except he was a Sgt and a marksman. We never saw eye to eye over US police actions after WWII and I didn't get to tell him how much I respected his participation in WWII. I should use his photo as avatar.
      
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Re:New Avatar Fri, 04 July 2014 00:53
My dad was a tad young for WW II. He went into the Army and was issued a B.A.R. Well, he complained it was too heavy a weapon to haul around (I think he may have weighed aorund 150 lbs) and got out of that duty. Then the Korean War (aka police action) broke out. When my dad learned he may be deployed there, he managed to get that B.A.R. back.

I am glad he did not end up there. The conditions on which we deployed forces there from the early on showed how badly our ground forces had lost their edge after WW II.

One would have to go back to the Civil War to find such high losses amoung the officer corps. What the enlisted men could not or refused to do, the officers had to. Like a Colonel getting cut in two by a T-34/85 main gun shell from a range of 25 yds when he tried to fight armor with a nearly useless outdated 2.35" bazooka.
      
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Re:New Avatar Fri, 04 July 2014 05:03
Docsteve, I'm a few months older than you.

I played Tactics 2, D-Day and Gettysburg from Avalon Hill. Then Guadalcanal and Midway. All good board games. Some of their later ones were not as good as these earlier ones.

Sgt Storm,I live in Pittsburgh. It's too bad you moved away. We could have been playing some MEM44.

JJAZZ, thank you for considering my dad a hero. He was on one of the first ships from the U.S. to land in Africa in '42. He was lucky enough to make it to May '45.

T.C., I thought you were way too young to have a dad old enough for WW2 or even Korea. A real good book about the Korean War is 'The Coldest Winter'. A really well written book. Not dry at all like some history books.

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Re:New Avatar Fri, 04 July 2014 19:23
LooneyLama,

I still have family and visit PA once in a while. However trips are usually pretty hastily scheduled and free time hard to come by. Family lives in Highland Park area. More often I'm shuttling my mother to and from Breezewood to Virginia, as my brother drops her off. LOL.

Ill drop you a line if we ever get any fee time in Pittsburgh.
      
    
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