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Dad's twin was in the Marines. He was there when the island was captured, ashore the first day. Never talked about it. If he was asked what he'd done as a Marine in the Pacific, he said "I was just a truck driver". OK, Uncle buster, if you said so.
 

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I had three uncles who were in the Pacific and they would not talk about it either.
 

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Dad (nor Uncle Al nor Uncle Bus) never did have a lot to say. I know that Dad and uncle Al were ashore with the Naval Base being built to support Coronet and Olympic. From the little they said, they didn't do a lot except build roads, supply pads, man AAA when it looked like there might be air action - and see what had happened when the ground forces cleared the island to get it ready for what they had to do. I gather it wasn't pleasant.

Uncle Joe was in the Battle of the Bulge, He never cared to talk about that - had something to say once in all the years i knew him from when I was old enough to recall things till he died forty years later. It was after i got back from Southeast Asia and I guess he felt like I might understand then... Sure wish I'd had a tape recorder in my pocket,
 

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Sledgehammers book pretty much says it all as far as describing the Pacific War. If you haven't read it I recomend it. "The Old Breed"
 

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NOBODY with an interest in the experience of war should fail to have a copy of Eugene Sledge's WITH THE OLD BREED. JMO. You should also have a copy of George MacDonald Fraser's QUARTERED SAFE OUT HERE.
 

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My dad was in the 2nd Marine Division and also didn't have much to say until I came back from Vietnam, Clyde I guess we were one of the club after that. Unfortunately he came down with lung cancer while I was still at Fort Hood and died 6 weeks after they opened him up and found the cancer had spread too far to remove.

Semper Fi Dad!

39 years this November 1st and I still miss him.
 

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Well. do you think you'd have understood BEFORE you went to have a look at the elephant? It's almost three years since we lot Mom and Dad in a week - but I figure IF i live another thirty, I'll still miss them.

A glass here, barkeep - in memory of Marine Neal of the Second MarDiv.
 

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Has it been that long Clyde? Some days it just seems like yesterday that you were posting about your loss of one then the other of your parents. I know from loosing my parents and sister that birthdays, holidays and the anniversary of their death can be tough. God bless you and give you peace.
 

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Yeah, it has been that long. Early 2005. Hard to believe. Tell you what is REALLY hard - Thanksgiving and Christmas. Big days for Mom, she wanted the family there for both of them and always set the traditional table. We decided to keep the table and I have the "family silver", though when I go it will go to my niece Amy. But till then, we get it out and use it on occasion - Reed & Barton "Marlborough", one of the really classic patterns of sterling flatware, and it brings close to other times when we do.
 

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Thank god for our service men who put their lives on the line so that we can enjoy the life we have come to know!
 
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