My Father-in-Law Ten Years Ago

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  1. boyohboy

    boyohboy Active Member MOTM Winner! Military

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    Hajo! Thank You for those words! At the risk of hi-jacking a thread I want to say that my father was a US Army Air Corp radioman onboard one of those B-17's that was shot down just shy of the 25 mission limit. He spent 15-1/2 months in a German POW camp until being liberated. An uncle of mine was captured twice in the Japanese theatre and escaped his captures both times and lived to fight till the end of the war.
    Both men never talked much about the war but I did learn they suffered from the effects of it.
    I'm sure that Momma Betty's Father-in-Law was much the same way. I would bet he never squandered money, time, and food as he grew up during the depression and fought in a major war that has had long lasting ramifications even unto today.
     
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    MarcPhrey Active Member Military Public Safety

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    they don't make them like that again, I hope everything goes great with him.
     
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    Haven't given an update on this thread, so thought today would be a good day to do that. My Father-in-law continues to do well considering the circumstances. He is in a wheel chair, but he can move himself around freely, and can get from the wheelchair to the recliner himself. No setbacks since the surgery. He is mentally fine, but I think sometimes a little depressed. It really helps if he has company to visit with. Also like to get him to tell stories from the past. That is what he does best.
    About a week ago I took a trip into town and went by the old homestead where he was BORN and RAISED! It hasn't been occupied for about three years. His slightly younger sister lived there up until three years ago. Totally amazing to me that the family continued to live there since 1912!!! The yard looks good as someone has been mowing the grass. The house is in need of some paint on the front porch and the screen door needs replaced. I will be talking with family members to get that done.

    This is the lane to the farm, off the county dirt road.

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    I was actually glad to see that bunny rabbit in the yard, and a few more around the place. It was hard to go there and not be greeted by Gary's Aunt at the front door. A family of seven kids was raised here and they have left a great legacy for their children.
     
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    Beautiful place Mrs Betty. Looks like a wonderful place to grow up.
     
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    Yeah would love to set and talk with him for awhile. Thank God he is doing alright. I just can't imagine what he has seen in life thanks for sharing Betty
     
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    Perfect day to revisit this post.
     
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    With all of the wonderful sentiment already expressed, I can only add, best wishes to you and yours.
     
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    I wish he can hit that magical number ! 100 years old, that is quit something. Just imagining all the changes he have witness during that period. The great depression, World war, etc. Best wishes for a quick recovery !
     
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    Thank you all so much for the nice comments. I can't really wrap my mind around being born and raised in the same house, then living close by the same place all your life. He doesn't even have a birth certificate!!!
     
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    Deb and I are actually searching for a new home. We want to get all on one level. I would love to find a similar house on about 10 acres. Those old houses have so much charm.
     
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    Yesterday I got that once in a lifetime opportunity to hear first hand WWII stories. We went to the nursing home for a Father's Day visit. They had a little ice cream social in the dining area. Everyone was just sitting around the tables visiting. We sat down to visit and somehow he got on the WWII subject, and we just let him story tell. He spoke about his first days in the war in Italy. I can't remember the name of the places, but he talked about these piper cubs that would fly around and spot the Germans then they would radio the bomber planes to take them out. He did some MAJOR front line stuff. He said the bombers took out a German convoy that was 7 miles long. Then his unit came along and in front of them they used tanks with dozer blades to clear the road. And they weren't just clearing the road, bodies were also cleared. He also spoke of night guard duty with his buddy. He said one night it was pretty quiet and they were talking to each other. Then all of a sudden the German's started shooting these machine guns with tracer bullets. About 50 rounds per minute. He said they managed to escape that because they were down in a foxhole.
    Another story was about a lieutenant who crouched down and sat on a land mine. He saw this first hand and the lieutenant got shrapnel in awful "places". He survived and got carried out with a stretcher. What he later described was a little graphic about finding Germans in the long barbwire fences. The Allies took out the fences so our soldiers could advance. He was wounded in Italy and spent a month in the hospital. Then back to the front lines. He recalled the places, the numbers of his unit, and the general tactics of what they were trying to accomplish in Italy.
    I got very emotional when hearing all this, realizing the rarity of listening to "history" that no one else will ever hear.
    God Bless the greatest generation!!!

    Considering all that he went through in the last few months, he is doing pretty well. He was able to go back to his room in the wheel chair without any help. Also got from his wheelchair to his recliner by himself.
     
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    I second that God Bless The Greatest Generation!!!!!
     
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    Great stories from a special man. I would love to listen to those stories. Thank the Lord for all the heroes from that generation.
     
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