How many 21 year olds can say their best friend's dad was a WWI veteran?

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  1. Marcfordsfuzz513

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    I've got to thinking today, this 83 year old man, who I go to out for coffee, donuts and pizza a few times a week, and I help him with his yard work... His dad was in WW1.

    He said when they first got drafted, his father and all of the men where in a line and the man said "Everyone who's greek, raise your hand", so his father and all the greeks raised their hands and the man said "your all cooks". If you think about it, it makes sense, that was a lot of Americans, where immigrants, you couldn't have an irishman, polish, greek and italian, communicate on the battlefield. He still has his dads WW1 uniform. I've seen the hat, he keeps in hung up, next to his own Air Force Veteran hat.

    I just thought it was interesting.

    I also knew a lady whos grandfather was a slave and a Civil War veteran.
     
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    My papou (grandfather) was in the Army in WWI and he drove a major around for most of the war. Then again, he was fluent in Greek, English, Spanish, German and French. He owned 4 restaurants in NYC after he got back to the US and yes, he was Greek and knew how to cook. He told me that he was glad he wasn't a cook in the Army because the food was lousy and he didn't want to be associated with it... ;)
     
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    Good at you for hanging with the guy and appreciating his Service as well as his Dad's Service
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    Most guys your age have no idea what WWI is.
     
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    That's for sure...I'm also glad you're still helping the old guy. Those type of guys will tend that garden until they drop. My grandfather would still be out there pulling weeds near his perfect tomatoes and zucchinis when he was in his mid 90s. They just won't stop...
     
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    We have a lot of fun, he tells me all about his time in the service. He was a belly gunner in a B-29 bomber. Luckily, the only time he shot the guns, was during practice, because he was stationed in England, and in the summer we do a lot of work around his yard.

    He's the only 83 year old I know that can eat 2 donuts, and a cup of coffee and then go for pizza after and still be hungry.
     
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    He walked to the bank in a snow storm last week. He's still really strong, he has property in America and Greece so he always has paper work to do, between that the yard work.. He's always working.
     
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    I believe it. Nothing slows those guys down...
     
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    Lucky for him he probably got to England late in the war..the attrition rate of British and American Bomber crews was ridiculously high early on before the P-51s could escort the planes to Germany and back.

    Ball turret gunners had a rough road...especially if a bomber crashed landed with damaged landing gear.
    They were sometimes hosed out of there area and scraped up with shovels and placed in a body bag.
     
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    Yes, hard headed would be an understatement.
     
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    I'm having a bit of a prob with the math here...it is not a strong suit of mine but...if he if is 83 he would have been about 13 in 1945 at the end of the war...

    But you never said he was a WWII vet only that he was a belly gunner on a bomber stationed in England which is very plausible.

    My ex FIL was stationed in Germany after the war..got there in 1946... He was a waist gunner in a B-17.
     
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    My dad is still going strong at 92. He was a ball turrett gunner in a B-24 Liberator Bomber in WW2, serving in the 15th Air Force in Italy. My dad tells stories such as Rimbaud describes.
     
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    He didn't say he was in WWII, (he said the old guy's dad was in WWI) and the US Air Force (USAF) wasn't created until 1947. My dad served in WWII in the US Army Air Forces (USAAF) and before that it was the US Army Air Corps (USAAC)... :D
     
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    He was in the Korean war.. He was stationed in England near the White Cliffs of Dover.
     
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    Right, that was the first war the USAF was in...
     
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    I said that in my second paragraph.
     
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    My dad was stationed in Italy 1944-45. He flew his last mission on April 25, 1945 against the Austrian city of Linz, Hilter's home town. Seven hours in the air and flying over railroad flatcars w/ 88mm guns firing. He said the highlight of the day was seeing the Russian armies advancing in the distance.
     
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    In 1947 one of the first assignments the Newly formed Air Force had was looking for UFOs.
    Pretty cool gig.
     
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    Good for you! I find elderly people with there life experience to be amongst the most interesting people.
    My girlfriends grandma just died, She was 100yrs and two months old.
    Just amazing the changes in Her lifetime.

    Where you come from, and what happened before you deserves the utmost respect.
    It always intrigues me, and I'm always a bit surprised by people that have no concern for history.

    My Parents spent much of there teen yrs in air raid shelters in England during WW2, the few WW2 vets that are left are absolute Hero's! and we owe that generation everything for our freedoms.
     

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