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?
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. ❤️
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.
Not so much fighting, but serving for sure
My step grandfather fought in the winter war in for the Soviet Red Army
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".
9 Great Uncles, 1 Grandfather and many Cousins. Both Grandmothers each had one Brother Buried in France & One of them One MIA in Belgium.
Both Grandfathers...one fought the Germans, the other the Japanese.
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.
Unfortunately mine were in labor and concentration camps
Aaah, D-Day was June 6, 1944. Not this day.
My father in law. Battle of the Bulge.
Two Great Granddads were wounded landing in Anzio, Italy for the British Army. Also got family that served in WW1
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.
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.
For the Axis
My great grandfather was a navy pilot
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
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.
Uncle in D-Day
My grandfather did. He also lost half of his leg in the battle of the bulge. He lived.
My maternal grandfather was a mechanical engineer who designed cockpit dashboards for fighter planes.
Yes several, but they were already in Europe so didn’t need to cross
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.
My Dad was an aircraft mechanic in England in WWII and my Father in law was in photo-reconnaissance.
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.
My grandfather died in at a concentration camp. He fell out of a guard tower.
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.
Yeah, I have a sense of humor. So what?
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.
Or to put it more simply ... 🐄 💩
Xemanis, I have a sense of humor, too. Jokes targeted against Holocaust victims aren’t funny.
Well if it makes you feel any better my grandpa is in a better place
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”
What was he doing in a guard tower? Being held hostage by the Nazis?
Contrary to popular belief , no
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 😂
My great grandfather wanted too but Germany surrendered right before he finished basic training, so he was never deployed
My Great Great Grandfather was in the Civil War
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.
My Dad was on a “minesweeper” in the Pacific. His job was the guy that sent and received Morse Code messages.
My grandfather was a tail gunner.
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.
My father served as a Naval officer in the Pacific. He commanded an amphibious landing craft.
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.
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.
Unless being a POW as a kid counts
3/4 great-grandfathers. The other one served but never saw action.
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).
My grandfather was at Pearl Harbor
Nope they were in Mexico farming n stuff
W A L L
Fun fact, hitler tried to get Mexico to attack the US. But Mexico was too drunk
Wall just got 10 feet higher
My father and my uncle (my namesake). My uncle survived D-Day only get killed 2 months 2 days later. Buried in Normandy b
One in the navy on a patrol boat and another served as a gunner in a bomber.
My uncle was a tail gunner. He did not survive.
My grandfather was there. He just passed away last year. He had the most amazing stories to tell
Grandparents, but in the Pacific splashing the zeros.
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!
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.
My grandfather was in the 101st Airborne
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.
My grandfather’s brother died aboard a submarine that was torpedoed by the Japanese
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.
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.
Grandfather and great uncles.