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Show Of Hands June 7th, 2018 2:38am

On this day in 1944, the Allied powers crossed the English Channel and landed on the beaches of Normandy in what is now remembered as 'D-Day.' Did anyone in your family fight in World War II?

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06/10/18 4:01 am

Yes. My father was a gunner (SBP Dauntless), Pacific theatre. He was awarded a Purple Heart, 2 Bronze Stars, and the DFC. He joined the Air Force after the war, was a Radio operator, then Loadmaster, and was involved in every military action up to and including the Vietnam war. A true hero, and my hero. ❤️

FlipFlopGirl Sic semper tyrannis
06/09/18 6:07 pm

No but my father was a kid in England and was evacuated to farm wales while his parents stayed behind to help in the war effort.

gross12dozen Minnesota
06/09/18 10:51 am

Not so much fighting, but serving for sure

MassholePete Massachusetts
06/08/18 2:38 pm

My step grandfather fought in the winter war in for the Soviet Red Army

theNobamist Silicon Valley
06/07/18 11:14 pm

My dad was in the occupation of Germany in 1950.
My step-dad was on a troop transport heading out to Japan, when going under the Golden Gate Bridge the announcement came over the speaker that Japan surrendered. He was in post-war Japan to keep a lid on things in a city, and experienced some people who didn't get "the news".

TCheyenne I Love People
06/07/18 10:22 pm

9 Great Uncles, 1 Grandfather and many Cousins. Both Grandmothers each had one Brother Buried in France & One of them One MIA in Belgium.

06/07/18 4:56 pm

Both fought the Germans, the other the Japanese.

mfjd1948 rural johnson co iowa
06/07/18 4:47 pm

Yes. My father was an Army Air Corp Captian stationed near the Panama Canal Zone. His eyesight was too poor so he was not a pilot but served as an executive officer for several flight squadrons.

sgkitty new york
06/07/18 3:42 pm

Unfortunately mine were in labor and concentration camps

06/07/18 2:48 pm

Aaah, D-Day was June 6, 1944. Not this day.

shiculka optimistic realist
06/07/18 2:06 pm

My father in law. Battle of the Bulge.

17millionTwats Leeds, UK
06/07/18 2:02 pm

Two Great Granddads were wounded landing in Anzio, Italy for the British Army. Also got family that served in WW1

06/07/18 1:39 pm

My great uncle, a signalman died on the USS Arizona. He had two brothers who also fought in the pacific; one of them lost his legs from disease and the other was a prisoner of war.

EarthMunkey The Golden Rule. Always.
06/07/18 1:21 pm

My Great-grandfather was a Gunner's Mate on USS Ringness. The only story I ever heard from him about it was that they were some of the first ships to recover survivors of USS Indianapolis.

06/07/18 11:52 am

My great grandfather was a navy pilot

ladyniner81 no hope for humanity
06/07/18 11:41 am

My dad was in college, but he joined the Navy and he was in boot camp or whatever when the war ended. My uncle though, was a paratrooper and he was shot down in Germany. He's buried somewhere in France. I can't remember the name of the cemetery

Diogenes FreeMeBe
06/07/18 11:32 am

Grandfather - Captain Medic @Utah Beach D-Day+2
His brother (Great Uncle) - OSS and interrogator for Nuremberg Trials

Both US citizens that immigrated from Nuremberg, Germany.

JMG Raleigh, NC
06/07/18 10:45 am

Uncle in D-Day

Tazer Dumpster fire
06/07/18 10:44 am

My grandfather did. He also lost half of his leg in the battle of the bulge. He lived.

Ferganam Behind You
06/07/18 10:20 am

My maternal grandfather was a mechanical engineer who designed cockpit dashboards for fighter planes.

RussianThunder Russia and USA
06/07/18 9:27 am

Yes several, but they were already in Europe so didn’t need to cross

lyyved Virginia
06/07/18 9:12 am

My dad and 2 uncles were in the Navy, 2 uncles were in the army. My mom worked for the War Department; was at the Pentagon the day it opened.

jd910 Washington
06/07/18 8:47 am

My Dad was an aircraft mechanic in England in WWII and my Father in law was in photo-reconnaissance.

ZenTech Yang Gang
06/07/18 7:59 am

My great Grandfather was a US pilot who went down in France, ended up in a French resistance cell where he met my Great Grandmother.

Xemanis Lawful Good
06/07/18 7:47 am

My grandfather died in at a concentration camp. He fell out of a guard tower.

06/07/18 7:50 am


GrandmaALiCE Rocky Mtns aerial view
06/07/18 1:15 pm

Xemanis, I’m not at all surprised that you think Holocaust jokes are funny. Some people on this app and irl really DO have parents and grandparents who were murdered in the Holocaust.

@MrMilkdud You might find this worthy of comment ... or not. Suit yourself.


Xemanis Lawful Good
06/07/18 1:28 pm

Yeah, I have a sense of humor. So what?

GrandmaALiCE Rocky Mtns aerial view
06/07/18 1:31 pm

Seth, you’ve made 72 comments in three years on the app. Approximately one comment every two weeks. One might *think* you only comment when you have something worthwhile to say.

Well, I have sad news for you. That one didn’t make the grade.


GrandmaALiCE Rocky Mtns aerial view
06/07/18 1:33 pm

Xemanis, I have a sense of humor, too. Jokes targeted against Holocaust victims aren’t funny.

Xemanis Lawful Good
06/07/18 1:34 pm

Well if it makes you feel any better my grandpa is in a better place

CoffeeNow Powderpuff Leftist
06/07/18 2:04 pm

Tragedy + time = comedy. And just because you don’t personally like holocaust jokes doesn’t mean they’re not funny to others

And jeez, that was like the most innocuous holocaust joke I’ve ever heard. If anything he’s insulting the Nazis, not “targeting victims”

tdaddy Kentucky
06/08/18 1:02 am

What was he doing in a guard tower? Being held hostage by the Nazis?

Xemanis Lawful Good
06/08/18 1:04 am

Contrary to popular belief , no

CoffeeNow Powderpuff Leftist
06/08/18 7:17 am

tdaddy, he was a guard! That’s the point of the joke. It subverts your expectations. We could NOT go out to a comedy club together, it would not go well 😂

06/07/18 7:38 am

My great grandfather wanted too but Germany surrendered right before he finished basic training, so he was never deployed

06/07/18 7:33 am

My Great Great Grandfather was in the Civil War

06/07/18 7:32 am

My Dad drove a Tank in Patton's Third Army. My Uncle was a Prisoner of War and Escaped 3 times only to be stopped by the Rhine River. The Germans were not kind to prisoners as some would have you believe when he came home he weighed 75 pounds..never regained his health and contracted pneumonia on a skiing trip a couple years later and died.

GlockMan1 Alabama
06/07/18 7:19 am

My Dad was on a “minesweeper” in the Pacific. His job was the guy that sent and received Morse Code messages.

cowboy Doors of Perception
06/07/18 6:56 am

My grandfather was a tail gunner.

06/07/18 6:40 am

My dad served in the navy in WWII; many uncles served in various branches of the military. Some were POW’s. All but one came home.

06/07/18 6:18 am

My father served as a Naval officer in the Pacific. He commanded an amphibious landing craft.

06/07/18 6:20 am

My mother’s father was a farmer. German POWs worked on his farm during WWII. One of the POWs sent him a letter after he returned to Germany telling him that he could not find his family and was still looking for them.

06/07/18 6:25 am

My father-in-law was a Marine Corps fighter pilot in the Pacific during WWII and also during the Korean Conflict. He stayed in the Reserves for many years.

Korosensei Maine
06/07/18 6:17 am

Unless being a POW as a kid counts

FIAT2LUX On Planet Earth
06/07/18 6:12 am

3/4 great-grandfathers. The other one served but never saw action.

Gunfighter06 Iowa, since 1846
06/07/18 6:01 am

Two of my great uncles were infantrymen in the European Theater, one with the 87th Infantry Division who fought in the Battle of the Bulge. The other one was with the 34th Infantry Division who fought all the way through North Africa and Italy, and helped set the record for most consecutive days in combat for any Army unit. The cool thing is that I'm currently serving in the 34th in my great uncle's old regiment (in a sister battalion).

chance Sirnotappearinginthisfilm
06/07/18 5:46 am

My grandfather was at Pearl Harbor

Edeatsbeans Texas
06/07/18 4:36 am

Nope they were in Mexico farming n stuff

CoffeeNow Powderpuff Leftist
06/07/18 6:31 am

Fun fact, hitler tried to get Mexico to attack the US. But Mexico was too drunk

Edeatsbeans Texas
06/07/18 8:53 am

Wall just got 10 feet higher

06/07/18 3:45 am

My father and my uncle (my namesake). My uncle survived D-Day only get killed 2 months 2 days later. Buried in Normandy b

NemoDude Dead, at this point
06/07/18 3:24 am

One in the navy on a patrol boat and another served as a gunner in a bomber.

06/07/18 6:36 am

My uncle was a tail gunner. He did not survive.

06/07/18 2:53 am

My grandfather was there. He just passed away last year. He had the most amazing stories to tell

ptellini Homosuperior
06/07/18 2:27 am

My grandfathers.

Spiritof76 USA 1776
06/07/18 12:51 am

Grandparents, but in the Pacific splashing the zeros.

06/06/18 11:54 pm

Great-grandfather and his brother were both apart of the D-day invasion. My great-grandfather was part of the Big Red One (1st infantry division) which landed on Omaha Beach. Both of them were wounded upon arrival. Grandpa passed away in 2010 but my uncle is still kickin!

06/06/18 11:55 pm

As for WWII in general, my other great-grandfather fought in the Pacific, but I don't know where. I believe his sister also played a part. Both passed away in 2008 and 2009 respectively.

Phillyusmc Philadelphia PA
06/06/18 11:47 pm

My grandfather was in the 101st Airborne

06/06/18 11:40 pm

My Grandpa's were in the Navy at the very end of the war and right after. Their ships were patrolling the Pacific looking for fighters that weren't quite ready to give up the war. They didn't see battle.

HoyaSaxa Washington, DC
06/06/18 11:36 pm

My grandfather’s brother died aboard a submarine that was torpedoed by the Japanese

phalnx Ohio
06/06/18 11:27 pm

My granddad served in the North African and European Theaters as a cartographer in a specialist mapmaking regiment attached to Patton's Third Army. He used special tools to transform aerial reconnaissance photogtaphs into tactical battle maps for use in planning operations. They let him keep an original that he made. I was going to blow it up and frame it for him, but he died of a heart attack beforehand.

phalnx Ohio
06/06/18 11:28 pm

He showed me a book that his regiment made about their experiences. Pretty pedestrian stuff mostly, but it did have a few original photographs of Dachau at its liberation.

bnnt Los Angeles
06/06/18 11:20 pm

Grandfather and great uncles.