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  • #46
    both my grampas
    and 4 of my uncles


    my one grampa was in ww2 flew in a b-17 he was shot down he was the sole survivor. theres a really interesting story about him and his crew on the internet, i found it a few years back. it basically said that they was shot down and the captain told everyone to jump out and my grand dad was the last one to bail while the captain flew the plane but a few seconds after my grand dad bail out eye witness accounts said the plane blew up. acouple of the crew made it to the ground only to be killed by german farmers, my grand dad was marched threw a little german town and put in a prison camp named mooseburg, he was later liberated by pattons army.


    and my other grampa was in the korean war as a army truck driver.

    one of my uncles was in the 82 airbourn and got shot in the leg during vietnam, and my great uncle flew a helicopter in vietnam. the rest of my uncles were in the military during peace time.


    Second Element
    No. 126

    The tail gunner, S/Sgt Louis Kos, called in a warning of fighters approaching from the rear. A few seconds later No. 126 took several cannon hits, setting the No. 4 engine on fire and starting a fire in the bomb bay. The waist gunner, S/Sgt Douglas Buntin, was badly wounded in the chest and face by cannon shells exploding inside the fuselage. Sgt Kos was also hit by cannon fire that tore a gaping wound in his chest and injured his face. Lt. Leslie called over the intercom for the radioman, T/Sgt James I. Middleton, to get back in the waist and man a gun. By the time he unhooked his oxygen system, plugged in a “walk-around” oxygen bottle, disconnected the intercom system, and got back to a waist gun, Sgt Middleton had time to fire off only a few ineffective rounds at the fighters roaring through the formation.

    No. 126 was going down. Sgt Kos attempted to crawl from his tail position back into the fuselage. Although badly wounded himself, Sgt Buntin, went back to aid Sgt Kos. Neither had on his chute. At the same time the flight engineer, T/Sgt Joseph H. Godfrey, jumped down from the top turret and went into the cockpit. Lt Leslie yelled to the copilot, 2Lt John E. Savage, “It looks bad.” Lt Savage answered, “Yes.” Lt Leslie ordered the crew to “Get ready to jump.”

    Lt Leslie told Sgt Godfrey that he was going to “ride the plane down” in an attempt to crash land since he had wounded aboard. Sgt Godfrey replied “I’m riding it down with you” (to help control the aircraft). Lt Leslie came back “No, you are not Godfrey. You are getting out.” Sgt Godfrey retorted “No sir, you’ve been good to us and I’m riding it down with you.”

    The forward crewmen were putting on chutes and starting to bail out. The navigator, 2Lt Stanley Koss, had just dropped through the nose escape hatch. Lt Leslie called the bombardier, F/O Karl W. Donley, over the intercom and told him to “Come up and get Godfrey and push him out.” F/O Donley came up to the cockpit and took Sgt Godfrey down into the nose, shoved him out through the escape hatch and bailed out after him. Lt Savage followed F/O Donley to the nose and bailed out. Lt Leslie remained at the controls attempting to hold the plane level while the crew bailed out. The intercom was now out.
    Last edited by darthlaidher; January 25th, 2009, 06:25 PM.

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    • #47
      Family in the Service

      My dad served at Ft Polk, LA in the late 50s, one of my uncles served sometime during WWII, my brother served in Ft Lewis, WA in the mid-80s on the Hawk Missile team, and now my daughter has just this week enlisted in the National Guard to be an MP(31-B).

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      • #48
        My Dad served 2 tours to Vietnam (scout pilot :eek: ) and then Desert Storm (CW4)! BF now proudly in National Guard :)

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        • #49
          I know my Great Grandfather served. Never really asked too much though as he is still dearly missed 20+ years later and any topic revolving aroud him is sensitive. Good times in the end, but too much emotion to get to that point. I'll definitely ask my Great Grandmother though while I still have a chance to.

          In recent history, I have cousins who are in the military. One cousin who is Captain I believe, and another (her younger brother) who just commisssioned through ROTC and is in the reserves. As soon as I can get in I'll be a proid member as well. Some day our great-great-great whatevers who are htinking about joining will be having this same conversation. :D

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          • #50
            My Grandfather was in the 101st Airborne in WWII
            My Uncle is Career Army and served in Vietnam
            My Father was in the Air Force during the Korean War. He was the guy pushing supplies out the plans but not over Korea - over Vietnam. This was when the US was not supposedly involved yet. Up until my Father's death in 2001 he had still not been officially declassified so I never got to know all that he did. I have been trying to get his military records for years but every time I send out the form to get his records I don't get a response. He always joked though saying how the supplies they pushed out of the plane had parachutes yet the guys didn't. So, if they fell out - oh well!
            Last edited by robinpugs06; April 15th, 2009, 08:26 PM.

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            • #51
              Great ++++ Grandfather - Civil War (Army) - first generation of my family in the US!
              Grandfather - WWII (Army, tank driver!)
              Great Uncle - Korean War (enlisted at 17 in Army)
              Uncle - Vietnam War (Navy)

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              • #52
                Grandfather- WWII Army
                Father Vietnam Army tanker
                All 6 of his brothers served either in Korea or Vietnam, 2 Navy, 3 Army, 1 Marine
                My younger and only brother served with the 82nd from 04-08 and is now with an Army reserve unit in AZ
                I served in the Marines from 94-98, signed with the Guard as an 09S on 20090406.

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                • #53
                  My Family
                  Father_Navy, Vietnam
                  Grandfather-Navy, WW II, Marines Korea, great Uncle, Air Force Korea
                  Great Grandfather I- Navy WW I, Grandfather II, Army Spanish American War
                  Others, Civil War, Confederates, Revolutionary War and every other spate in between...

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                  • #54
                    nephew of a Vietnam Navy SeaBee, great-grandson of a World War 2 Army private, nephew of a Marine Corps Vetera:D

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                    • #55
                      My Great Great Grandpa was pancho Villa's Right hand man

                      An other Great Grandpa was SGT. in world war 2

                      Uncle served in Vietnam (Navy)

                      Uncle served in Desert Storm (Navy)

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                      • #56
                        Going back a while on the family tree:

                        Several ancestors in colonial militia units in early to mid 1700s Virginia

                        Ancestor in First VA Line during Revolution; verified to have been present at Valley Forge

                        Many direct and collateral ancestors who fought for the South during the War Between the States, mostly in Mississippi and Louisiana units. 8 recorded to have been killed in action or died of disease during service.

                        Grandfather served as an Army infantryman in Europe during World War II

                        On the wife's side: Great-uncle who was KIA as a Marine infantry PFC at Tarawa while trying to wade ashore across the reef, 10 days past his 18th birthday.

                        Dad served in the Mississippi Army National Guard

                        Uncle served in U.S.N. during Vietnam conflict (aboard USS Enterprise on Yankee Station) - his sea stories and love of the Navy inspired me to don cracker jacks myself.

                        Me - 14 months in the USMCR (0351 MOS) followed by the last 23+ years and counting in the Submarine Force, as junior enlisted, Chief Petty Officer, and commissioned officer.

                        My 17 year old son...at Seattle MEPS tonight as I type this, and will be sleeping in a hotel.
                        My Better Half and I are going to Seattle tomorrow so that I may administer him the oath of enlistment into the Washington Army National Guard. He'll attend BCT this summer after completion of his junior year of high school, return home for his senior year, and then AIT as a medic next summer (he had his heart set on infantry and was crushed when he learned that color-blindness would keep him from being an 11B; chose health care specialist so he could be guaranteed assignment to a WA ANG infantry unit. He is a top athlete in his high school, and has his dreams fixed on obtaining an active duty Army commission and qualifying Airborne/Air Assault, and - hopefully- going to Ranger School one day. I don't know if color blindness will be a disqualifier for that particular dream or not.)

                        Am I proud of my boy for carrying on the tradition?

                        Oh, yeah.

                        Swearing him in to the service of our country tomorrow will be a great highlight of my life.

                        Very Respectfully,
                        Chad Teasley
                        LCDR, USN
                        and as of tomorrow one EXTREMELY proud National Guard Dad

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                        • #57
                          Sir, that is Outstanding, tell your son Thank You for us. Also thanks for your service. Subs, those have always interested me. I hope you have a wonderful day tomorrow.

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                          • #58
                            [QUOTE=ChadTeasley]Going back a while on the family tree:

                            Several ancestors in colonial militia units in early to mid 1700s Virginia

                            Ancestor in First VA Line during Revolution; verified to have been present at Valley Forge

                            Many direct and collateral ancestors who fought for the South during the War Between the States, mostly in Mississippi and Louisiana units. 8 recorded to have been killed in action or died of disease during service.

                            Grandfather served as an Army infantryman in Europe during World War II

                            On the wife's side: Great-uncle who was KIA as a Marine infantry PFC at Tarawa while trying to wade ashore across the reef, 10 days past his 18th birthday.

                            Dad served in the Mississippi Army National Guard

                            Uncle served in U.S.N. during Vietnam conflict (aboard USS Enterprise on Yankee Station) - his sea stories and love of the Navy inspired me to don cracker jacks myself.

                            Me - 14 months in the USMCR (0351 MOS) followed by the last 23+ years and counting in the Submarine Force, as junior enlisted, Chief Petty Officer, and commissioned officer.

                            My 17 year old son...at Seattle MEPS tonight as I type this, and will be sleeping in a hotel.
                            My Better Half and I are going to Seattle tomorrow so that I may administer him the oath of enlistment into the Washington Army National Guard. He'll attend BCT this summer after completion of his junior year of high school, return home for his senior year, and then AIT as a medic next summer (he had his heart set on infantry and was crushed when he learned that color-blindness would keep him from being an 11B; chose health care specialist so he could be guaranteed assignment to a WA ANG infantry unit. He is a top athlete in his high school, and has his dreams fixed on obtaining an active duty Army commission and qualifying Airborne/Air Assault, and - hopefully- going to Ranger School one day. I don't know if color blindness will be a disqualifier for that particular dream or not.)

                            Am I proud of my boy for carrying on the tradition?

                            Oh, yeah.

                            Swearing him in to the service of our country tomorrow will be a great highlight of my life.

                            Very Respectfully,
                            Chad Teasley
                            LCDR, USN
                            and as of tomorrow one EXTREMELY proud National Guard Dad[/QUOTE]

                            Tell him to stay the heck away from the Apple Juice, and stay away from the bacon, and ANYTHING that has onions in it. When I was there last march, the Apple Juice tasted like it was tainted with something, (it had a "sandy" after taste in your mouth, and it was gritty) The Bacon had a blue cheese flavor to it, (like cooked moldy meat if you've ever had it like that) and the onions tasted like they were tainted with vinegar, or another substance similiar to it.

                            But that said, get phone #s, get to know the fellow recruits, since everyone is there for one purpose, which is to serve. Tell him to have some fun, and just enjoy his time there.

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                            • #59
                              - Dad - US Navy (USS Piedmont), Korean War
                              - Cousin - US Army Ranger, medic
                              - Uncle - US Navy (anti-aircraft gunner), WWII

                              There are various other family members who have served throughout the years, starting with the Indian Wars. We have some stories, but no physical records so I won't post hearsay.

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                              • #60
                                Dad - Vietnam, USS Kitty Hawk
                                Sister - US Air Force in the 90s, was medical supply....did her 5 and got out.
                                Brother in law - 22 Years Air Force Military Intelligence. He is now a civi contractor through the AF.

                                Not sure anything before that, I dont know much about my family besides my parents or the history of my family.

                                I do know my grandparents, their parents, etc were Masons. I have a Mason's Bible from 1950 when my great grandfather swore into the mason's. It has a tiny exerpt of my family history (just names and birth dates though).

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