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Tributes: Your Stories

Pay tribute to veterans and active military by submitting your story. It can be an account of someone who served in the Pacific theater of WWII, someone who is currently serving, a general note of thanks to the military or any sentiments you wish to share. Stories from other users appear below.

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A Lifetime Of Service

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Harry's buddies that survived visited my Grand Mom after the war and told her that Harry had been bayonetted to death by the Jap guards during an escape attempt.

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Howard Elbert

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My Father, Howard Elbert, of Pittsburgh PA, enlisted in the USMC in January, 1942. He was in the 1st Division, 5th Marines, 1st. Battal. He served at Guadalcanal, Cape Gloucester and Peleliu.

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My Father Was A Gunner Mate

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Now in his late 80's he does open up a little bit, and I make sure to soak it all in. Less than 10% of active veterans of the era are still amongst us - very blessed.

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Allen A. Stevens 1st Marine Division 3rd BTN 5th Marines

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My father joined the Marines shortly after Pearl Harbor and fought in Gaudalcanal and Peleliu. He was a machine gunner, but spoke very little of the war.

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Corporal Joseph E. Lambert

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He fought on the Island of Peleliu where Eugene Sledge described him in his book as Cigar Chewing Joe Lambert where he observed him many times placing satchel charges in Japanese caves.

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Victor Marinelli Pacific Veteran

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He was forced to jump off sinking ships more than once. At one point, his job was to get into the water near Guadacanal at night and float drums of fuel to the shore to support the battling troops.

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Generation To Generation

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Every time I see or read a story about men like John Basilone, a pride comes over me like nothing I could ever explain or show.

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3 Generations

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I have been serving for 23 years now. I was activated and served in Germany during Operation Desert Storm.

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The Unsinkable 70

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The plane came in low over the water, and many pieces were seen falling off the plane from the 70's gunfire, but the plane kept coming at them.

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My New Respect For My Dad

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He was chasing the Japanese through the Islands of the Pacific and ended up being on leave to a local Hospital helping soldiers who couldn't write to write the letters home to thier famitlies.

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Edward J. (Fritz) Krzmarcik, US Army Capt. (ret'd.)

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He enlisted in October 1940, and encouraged several of his friends from his hometown of Mosinee, Wisconsin, to do the same.

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Sgt. Clayton Stubbs Died On Iwo 2/21/45 27-3-G

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His cousin Sgt. Clayton Stubbs went on to be a rifle instructor at Parris Island but in Sept of 1943 he decided that he wanted to go into combat and request duty overseas.

Vincent A. Martelli

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Corp. Vincent A. Martelli 1st Div. Marines Pelelu And Okinawa

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He was wounded in Pelelu and left on a strecher with just a rifle not knowing if anyone was coming back for him. The island was swarming with enemy.

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1st Marine Division

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He went on a second tour to Okinawa, where he lost his leg. He kept his stories about battle in his journal which has been passed down to me, his 3rd grandchild.

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Black Sand (For My Father)

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I hope who ever reads this knows what a great generation he came from. He is part of only a few Marines left alive who fought on Iwo Jima and lives to tell the tale.

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William Alfred Kane, USS Pensacola CA 24 (1941-1946)

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My father always said to me that he did not want me to become like him, that I was going to college, and yet I don't think he ever knew how proud I was of him, and what he had done.

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History Of A WWII Marine

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They saw action on Roi-Namur, Saipan, Tinian, Iwo Jima. He was wounded on Iwo and was discharged late 1945.

Carl Steckler

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My Father, Doctor Carl Steckler

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My father served as a doctor in what was then the Army Air Force during World War II. He was stationed in New Guinea.

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My Father - My Thanks And Gratitude

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Though I have no relatives who fought in World War II, I do want to express my thanks and gratitude for all that you did. A grateful nation thanks you and will always remember what you did.

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To Honor Bob Pichard - For My Mother And Her Cousins

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In 1940, Bob and two of his flying buddies, Harold Hap Good, and Max Mortensen, bought a WWI Cutis JN Jenny biplane that had been advertised for sale at Lambert Field, St. Louis.

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