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It was 60 years ago that our country was attacked during Pearl Harbor. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our veterans for the sacrifices they have made, that we may live a great free life in this wonderful land of ours.

Even though there are problems to be solved, I am always thankful that at least we have the chance!!

Thank you to all who serve and have served in the past.

May we never forget!

-- Melissa (, December 07, 2001


Thank you Melissa, I appreciate your kind words and people like you that make it worth the sacrifice and appreciate what our Armed Forces have done for our country...Thanks Mitch...SEMPER FI...Radar

-- Robert (, December 07, 2001.

My father fought in WWII, and it was a very defining time in his life. After all these years, he still likes to go back to his ship reunions. Heck, I didn't go to my high school reunions when I lived in town. So I can't help thinking about what that period of time must have meant to him. I know it meant a lot to him a few years back to locate the man who had saved his life---by grabbing him one day when he fell overboard that big ship.

It pained me to watch PBS footage of those young faces at Pearl Harbor. Just boys, some no older than my Eldest.

-- mary (, December 07, 2001.

There are no words to express my heartfelt gratitude for what those in the armed forces have done and are doing to keep this nation safe and great. The only thing I can say is each and every one of you have a special place in my heart and in my prayers. It is because of you I can be here raising my son and be not afraid. Thank you seems lame,so may God rain his blessing down upon you and yours. God Bless.

-- Micheale from SE Kansas (, December 07, 2001.

My father in law (deceased) was in the second wave at Normandy beach. We have a lot of family history about his time overseas during WWII. Of his unit (whatever you call it) he was one of only 3 men who came back. He was 25 years old, and was the "old man". I have the utmost respect for our armed forces.

Those of you who served in the you have any idea where I might search for sites (or organizations I might contact) to get more information on my fil's unit during WWII? We still have his old uniform, duffle bag, and mementos from this time and I would like to preserve all the history I can for the younger family members. I have read all I can on the subject, but would like to know more. Would appreciate any help.

-- Lenette (, December 07, 2001.

Lenette: Give me Division and the name of his outfit, and I will try to find it for you....Radar

-- Robert (, December 07, 2001.

Thanks Radar, I'd appreciate any help I can get.

He was a Platoon Sgt. in the 29th Infantry Division, 821st Tank Destroyer Bn. (Towed), Company C.

Some of what I know: he was in the second wave at Omaha, St. Lo was apparently the first town they reached. We have a Nazi officer's dagger that he took from the Submarine Pens at Brest. He said he went through Paris but never got to stop. We know he was in Belgium. He took part in the Battle of the Bulge. We have a letter he wrote home in April '45 from a town in Germany where he mentioned that the German townspeople "have no use for any of us" and were "pretty snotty" about the GI's being in their town. He commented that they "don't know what war is" (but indicated he was willing to educate them!). This would have been somewhere beyond the Roer. I remember something also about Eisenhower addressing the troops at a place called Salisbury Flats, but have no idea where that was, or when it took place.

My fil received a Bronze Star for service during action which took place 26 June - 18 Sept. 1944 in Normandy and Brittany, France, and also from 8 Dec. -14 Dec. 1944 in Holland and Germany. He received a Purple Heart when wounded in action 18 Nov. 1944 (not sure where he was at when wounded but was taken to a hospital in Holland); and received a Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster for helping secure the bridgehead in the assault on the Roer, 24 Feb. - 1 Mar. 1945.

I have a lot of mementos, some photos, maps, etc., but am having trouble putting all the information in some sort of order as to when he was where, if that makes sense. Anyway, on a day of remembrance such as this, I have to salute my father in law and the fighting men like him, who did their duty.

-- Lenette (, December 07, 2001.

That is great Lenette to have all of those mementos, when you do piece it all together, it will make a remarkable keepsake for your family!

-- Melissa (, December 07, 2001.

Lenette Go to and in search block put 29th Division and it will come up...and you can pick out what type of information you want to know and even talk to some of the men who might have know your father in law....I'll some more research and find out what else I can to help you...Radar

-- Robert (, December 07, 2001.

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