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I have an aunt, a Maryknoller, who was teaching in Honolulu that day... four out of five of the boys in my dad's family fought in the war (the oldest had two kids already, was deferred), all in the Pacific theater.

Did you all remember to thank a member of the Greatest Generation today, a Veteran, for making us what we are?

 

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Actually visited Pearl Harbor this summer....  met several survivors, and even purchased a model of one of the planes flown by a survivor.... and he autographed the box for me.....  also visited the Missouri...  the battle ship on which the surrender agreement was signed.

Both visits were very moving, and recommend a visit by all......



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All flags at all New York schools were flown at half-mast today in rememberance of those men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice that day.

One of my uncles was stationed there and was a survivor only by the grace of God.

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Visited with my Dad yesterday - a veteran of the Pacific theater (New Guinea and the Philippines).  He's a great guy. 

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One of my uncles was stationed there and was a survivor only by the grace of God.

One of my Mother's cousin was stationed and died there.


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My father was in the SeaBees in New Guinea. I will never forget finding the pics of him and the others dressed in some sort of leaf skirt. Being a Navy brat was a great learning experience.

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My father was in the SeaBees in New Guinea. I will never forget finding the pics of him and the others dressed in some sort of leaf skirt. Being a Navy brat was a great learning experience.

Barry

Interesting.. mu father also was in the Seabees and assigned to the Pacific Theater..... and I also have picture of him in the leaf skirt..... wouldn't that be strange if they were in the same unit !!!! 

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John,

You ought to scan the pic and post it. I can recognize mine. Unfortunately he died almost 40 years ago so no asking him if they knew each other. You might ask your father though....Joseph Fitzgerald CWO Civil Engineer.
Interesting how small the world can be.

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I wonder if the leaf skirts were due to lack of war funds


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  My father, Armando Curatolo, was in the Navy on New Guinea in WW2.  He died in 1991.  He never talked about the war, at least not with me.  My mother's only brother, William O'Neill (who I am named after), was an ensign in the USN and died in the Battle of Leyte Gulf (Phillipines).

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John,

You ought to scan the pic and post it. I can recognize mine. Unfortunately he died almost 40 years ago so no asking him if they knew each other. You might ask your father though....Joseph Fitzgerald CWO Civil Engineer.
Interesting how small the world can be.

Barry

I wonder if the leaf skirts were due to lack of war funds

Unfortunately my father passed away in November 1977 .....  I will have to see if I can find some pictures.... I know I have them, but they are probably in some hiidden boxes.....  the skirts were touristy type things... I specifically remember having my mother dressed in the grass skirt.... apparently my father brought it back home and gave it to his then sweetheart.

I don't know where in the Pacific he was stationed..... but his three other brothers were all in Europe..... that is what is something.... their were four brothers and they all went off to war at the same time.  Only my uncel (the youngest brother is still alive, but he was in the Battle of Anzio.... (or something like that)....


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My Dad served with the Sixth Division, USMC.  He was assigned to Guadalcanal and was wounded in action on Okinawa, as I've said a few times before.  At the end of the war, he was on Guam for recovery, recuperation and  training for the assault of Japan.   My uncle was Navy and served on the heavy cruiser, USS Saint Paul.  This ship was credited with firing the last salvo of the war against the Home Islands.
Many folks are unaware of the significance around the USS Arizona memorial.  Every once in a while there is a funeral service performed there.  It is the privilege of any surviving member of the ships crew, assigned at the time of the attack, to be interred with the ship and his crewmates upon his death.  May they rest in peace.

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My father served in the European Theater. He was wounded in the Battle of the Bulge. He was hit with shrapnel from a handgrenade which destroyed the medial nerve of his right arm & hand. As he & other GI's were being guarded by tanks, the fighting got worse & the tanks had to leave. He attempted an escape & was shot in the buttocks & was recaptured. While being transported to a POW camp, the train he was on was strafed by Allied planes (perhaps they did not know it contained POWs) & he had to dive out of the train for cover. He was interned in a POW camp until freed by Gen. Patton. He passed away 2 years ago as a 100% DAV & ex-POW. He was awarded the Combat Infantry Badge, Purple Heart, POW medal, & Bronze Star. He passed away never knowing he was awarded the Bronze Star; I only found it out after his passing.

My uncle served as a gunner onboard Liberty ships. The only action he saw during the entire war was a ship blowing up from a torpedo in the Strait of Gibraltar about one mile away from his ship. Neither he (he's almost 93) nor my father ever spoke much about their wartime experiences (as was/is common with most of their generation).  BTW, my mother worked in a factory soldering radio components during the war. (I remember she helped my younger brother, solder together a crystal radio for a science project at OLMC).

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My uncle, James Kempf, served in the Pacific with the Seabees.  Other uncles were in the army.  My father, the eldest in the family was an extremely patriotic man and it was a bitter pill to swallow when he was rejected from service for a minor medical condition.  He moved from Astoria to Philadelphia to use his machinist skills in the munitions industry until the war ended.  He found a way to serve. 

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My uncle, James Kempf, served in the Pacific with the Seabees.



Where did he serve? Be interesting if he and John Capela's father or mine met at some point.


Anyone else here experience being a military brat and "seeing the world" anywhere?
I got to live in San Diego, Port Hueneme, Sasabo Japan, before returning to NYC. I knew at the time to work hard to remember my years then so as an adult I could interpret what all I saw. Those are some of my most precious memories.....especially post war Japan.


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