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Re: Your relatives who went to war
« Reply #15 on: March 19, 2017, 08:20:50 PM »
My granddad was in poland, saw some stuff, was at Stalingrad, got shot in the lung, got sent home before that whole thing went to ****.

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Re: Your relatives who went to war
« Reply #16 on: March 20, 2017, 12:05:39 AM »
I had a grandfather who was a Marine tanker in Guadalcanal.

My uncle who was a US MP in Munich during the 1972 Olympics when the massacre happened.
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Re: Your relatives who went to war
« Reply #17 on: March 20, 2017, 01:16:18 AM »
My dad was in the US Navy during WWII and was stationed on American Samoa when Pearl Harbor was attacked.  He liked to say that he was one of, at most, 5,000 Americans who even knew where Pearl Harbor was.  :lol:

Also we have the original document that shows my wife's great-grandfather's release from a Union POW camp after the Civil War.

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Re: Your relatives who went to war
« Reply #18 on: March 20, 2017, 03:26:00 PM »
My granddad was in poland, saw some stuff, was at Stalingrad, got shot in the lung, got sent home before that whole thing went to ****.
Wow. Yeah, he must've seen some stuff.

Also we have the original document that shows my wife's great-grandfather's release from a Union POW camp after the Civil War.
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Re: Your relatives who went to war
« Reply #19 on: March 20, 2017, 04:10:09 PM »
I had a great uncle that decided to fight the Russians in Finland.

Also a couple of relatives that were part of UN Peace Keeping forces over the last couple of decades (but not sure that strictly qualifies as "war experience").
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Re: Your relatives who went to war
« Reply #20 on: March 21, 2017, 12:24:10 PM »
A greatgrandfather was fighting on the eastern front against the Russian Empire, got captured, later joined the Czechoslovak legions and fought the Soviets in the Siberia. Other greatgrandfather fought the Italians on Piave. One of them got into a concentration camp later in ww2 for allegedly organising sabotages in a gun factory. Grandfather was a military adviser to Egypt in the 60s when everyone was fighting Israel. I think my father once mentioned we also had someone in k.u.k. Kriegsmarine, but I cannot recall who that was. Definitely not a direct relative though.
 

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Re: Your relatives who went to war
« Reply #21 on: March 21, 2017, 12:40:55 PM »
I had a great uncle on my mothers side who I believe was an RAF radio operator stationed in Burma during WW2. He ended up getting the Burma star, along with another star medal which I can't remember is.
I also had a great grandfather on my mothers side who was part of the Royal Welsh Fusiliers during WW1, who had a job looking after horses as far as i'm aware.

On my dads side, I think I have a great, great, great grandfather who was a boiler stoker on a ship during the first world war. Unfortunately his ship was torpedoed. He didn't make it out.
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Re: Your relatives who went to war
« Reply #22 on: March 21, 2017, 01:32:26 PM »
My great-great-uncle (is that even a thing?) was a cavalryman in Polish army in 1939, but as he was stationed in the eastern lands he was among the soldiers that were taken to Siberia (just like pretty much everyone else alive back then on my mother's side of family, being maybe short on soldiers, but full of other kinds of uniformed servicemen that got the free ticket for them and the family) and he didn't return until after the war in 1947, so not sure if he fits the thread.

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Re: Your relatives who went to war
« Reply #23 on: March 21, 2017, 06:27:19 PM »
During WW2 my paternal grandfather was a pioneer (my grandmother worked in the manufacturing of battledresses). My maternal grandfather was an infantryman whilst my grandmother was in the ATS. All were stationed in Britain until Normandy.

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Re: Your relatives who went to war
« Reply #24 on: March 21, 2017, 07:29:04 PM »
Cool stuff. Good to see so many people have good stories to tell. The furthest back I can probably go is to a relative who was in the New Zealand land wars in the mid 1800s. Not sure the exact family connection though.
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Re: Your relatives who went to war
« Reply #25 on: March 21, 2017, 08:08:17 PM »
My family has war pension documents stating we had at least six ancestors in the Continental Army during the American Revolution, and we have a Grand Army of the Republic Medal of some sort (Union veterans organization after the Civil War) for my great-grandfather's service in the 7th West Virginia Cavalry. My grandfather was a merchant marine during World War Two and my Father got drafted into the US Army during the Vietnam War. He served as a MP in Saigon, finishing his service with a Bronze Star. Never quite told me what that was about though.

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Re: Your relatives who went to war
« Reply #26 on: March 21, 2017, 11:22:14 PM »
My paternal grandfather died in Aunus during 1942 but my maternal grandfather (who had been a Captain of Artillery) survived the wars, only to be struck down by a piece of shrapnel that the doctors had not removed, as the removal would have been too dangerous. Over the years the piece slowly moved until it pierced his windpipe while he was working on a field - probably the exercise caused it - and because this was in the middle of nowhere, he suffocated long before he was gotten to the hospital in the late 1960s.

My grandpa and his family took Finnish citizenship (he was Norwegian) during the Winter War so they could serve. Because of this, they did not get recompensated by the Norwegian king (unlike other Norwegians who lost property in the Winter/Continuation War), but the Finnish government refused to acknowledge their participation. Rumor has it the precursor to the True Finns party actually made a law named after my grandfather stating basically that they won't be compensated, but I can't find it on FINLEX.

My grandpa has been looking for acknowledgment for himself and his dead brothers pretty much ever since. He doesn't even want money, just for the state to recognize he did something. He did get wounded, and has been paying for the treatment out of his own pocket for his whole life.
Apparently they wrote to him last year saying that they accept now that he was in the war, but the deadline for the application period just passed, so they can't do anything about it *insert trollface here*. We told him we'll put the oak leaves on his grave anyway, but he says it doesn't feel right unless the entity he fought for accepts it.
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Re: Your relatives who went to war
« Reply #27 on: March 22, 2017, 12:31:40 AM »
Thanks, Jhess! I just sent him an e-mail about details of his service and will come back to you if he approves.
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Re: Your relatives who went to war
« Reply #28 on: March 22, 2017, 05:55:03 AM »
I maternal Great-Grandfather was called Dr. Edwin Moll, and rode with Lawrence of Arabia into Jerusalem during WWI. My uncle has the saber-belt on his wall, it's a wide leather belt with eyelets on the top for suspenders and eyelets on the left side for a sword.
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My maternal Grandfather enlisted in the US in WWII and taught radar in Florida for the duration. Later in life he felt very badly about never having seen combat. He stayed in the army reserves and became a Colonel.

My paternal great-grandfather hid air-dropped supplies for the Danish Resistance during the occupation of Denmark 1940-1945. My father remembers playing in the barn and finding ammunition.
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Re: Your relatives who went to war
« Reply #29 on: March 22, 2017, 06:35:34 AM »
He retired in 1957 and died in 1961 in Madison, Wis.

Yeah, there is a thing about this city that leads people to die I suppose.
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