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Re: What did your family members do in WWII?
« Reply #15 on: September 03, 2020, 06:34:32 PM »
He was really Seventh-day Adventist (which will probably ring a bell now that I mention it), but Adventist missionaries found the mostly Protestant Sulawesi/Celebes much more... hospitable than the rest of the archipelago.

I look forward to visiting Sulawesi some day. I've only been to Java and Bali.
 
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Re: What did your family members do in WWII?
« Reply #16 on: September 03, 2020, 06:55:29 PM »
He was really Seventh-day Adventist (which will probably ring a bell now that I mention it), but Adventist missionaries found the mostly Protestant Sulawesi/Celebes much more... hospitable than the rest of the archipelago.

I look forward to visiting Sulawesi some day. I've only been to Java and Bali.

Yes, Seventh-day Adventist. I remember now.

I gather Indonesia is a beautiful archipelago. I hope you'll get the chance to visit it someday.
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Re: What did your family members do in WWII?
« Reply #17 on: September 03, 2020, 07:13:00 PM »
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Re: What did your family members do in WWII?
« Reply #18 on: September 03, 2020, 09:16:31 PM »
One grandfather was in a country not that involved in the war.  The other was set to be deployed (Okinawa I think) but received a concussion prior to the invasion.  Lucky.
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Re: What did your family members do in WWII?
« Reply #19 on: September 03, 2020, 09:34:54 PM »
My grandfather was one of the first SeaBees: an electrician in the Naval Construction Battalions(CB) in the Pacific.

My maternal grandfather was also with the SeaBees. His medals have been passed down to me.
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Re: What did your family members do in WWII?
« Reply #20 on: September 04, 2020, 12:12:56 AM »
In 1939 when the war broke out my father enlisted with the First Battalion Lanark & Renfrew Regiment.  He was 27 years old at the time and had been working for the Canadian National Railway since he was 15.  With 12 years experience on the railroad he was asked to join the engineering division, building bridges and running the railroads in Europe.  A bridge he was working on was blown up which resulted in him having a back problem the rest of his life.  At one point he was one of two dispatchers assigned to a small railway station, where on moonlit nights German troop movement could be seen in the area.

My aunt Helena's husband didn't come home from the war.  She didn't remarry and just died a couple of years ago at the age of 95. 
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Re: What did your family members do in WWII?
« Reply #21 on: September 04, 2020, 12:15:15 AM »
My grandma (Helen) helped fight with the guerrillas in the Philippines during World War 2.  My younger brother was able to find this on the Internet.

http://www.johnsheaodonnell.com/CulturalBridgeProductions/phwwii3.htm

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Later we learned more of what had happened before the Japanese retreated for good. There were three German-American sisters: Agnes, Helen, and Mary living in Los Baños who happened to be relatives of our next door neighbors at Fort McKinnley. Their brother was in the navy. They had been able to avoid being placed in the concentration camp at the University only because they convinced the Japanese they were of German descent (remember the Germans were allied with the Japanese). When the Americans were already in Calamba, and the Japanese began rounding up everyone at Bayan, Agnes, who had blond hair, was caught trying to escape. Thirteen men raped her and then cut her to pieces...Agnes's sister, Helen was the one who led the Americans into Los Baños.

Needless to say, she didn't much care for the Japanese.  She said she knew MacArthur.  You can read about the Los Baños raid here.  Pretty cool story.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raid_on_Los_Ba%C3%B1os

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The Raid on Los Baños in the Philippines, early Friday morning on 23 February 1945, was executed by a combined U.S. Army Airborne and Filipino guerrilla task force, resulting in the liberation of 2,147 Allied civilian and military internees from an agricultural school campus turned Japanese internment camp. The 250 Japanese in the garrison were killed. It has been celebrated as one of the most successful rescue operations in modern military history.
 
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Re: What did your family members do in WWII?
« Reply #22 on: September 04, 2020, 01:14:30 PM »
My Grandfather was a Lt. Colonel in the US Army, worked at the Pentagon as a commissioned officer because he was a chemist.  He did something interesting with gunpowder and logistics.
 

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Re: What did your family members do in WWII?
« Reply #23 on: September 04, 2020, 04:12:40 PM »
I new an old lad that worked on the Manhattan Project.  He was a chemist for DuPont Canada.  Apparently they were assigned to certain parts of the project and weren't informed what the overall project was.
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Re: What did your family members do in WWII?
« Reply #24 on: September 04, 2020, 05:17:13 PM »
Both my granfathers were too old to fight in W.W.II; but my maternal grandmother volunteered for the civil defense; her job was (I kid you not) to take a pail of sand and a hand trowel and in case of the Japanese bombing Oakland, to help to put out any fires that might result from said bombing. She was also issued a C.D. Helmet.
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Re: What did your family members do in WWII?
« Reply #25 on: September 05, 2020, 06:46:47 PM »
Complicated familial history : so bear with me.

Paternal side : originally from Germany, migrated to Ireland via England in 1890
Maternal side : British.

I have second cousins in Germany who served in the Heer, Wehrmacht.
Three of them served, two on the Ostfront and one on the Western front.
Of the two who served on the Ostfront only one survived the war.

What is very disconcerting is that their cousins (inlaws) served in the SS. I meet these guys once. Even with these guys in the 80's,
these lads were self confessed full paid up Nazi's with lots of innocent blood on their hands, with not one ounce of remorse. They were
Einstazruppen.

British inlaws : none of them served because they worked in reserved occupations (essential work) and were exempt for military service.
 
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Re: What did your family members do in WWII?
« Reply #26 on: September 05, 2020, 08:52:45 PM »
Grandfather on one side was a builder, so built some houses and premises, although materials became scarce. Rented out a few when he didn't sell them. Also a farmer, tillage and dairy. He died soon after, only in his fifties, cancer I think. His family were issued with a lot of gas masks, which turned out not to be a necessary precaution as Herr Hitler had a horror of poison gas warfare. The other grandfather had some railway work, to supplement his small small farm income, mostly dismantling a line, rather than building one. Ireland in both cases. I think another was in the UK merchant marine, survived.
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Re: What did your family members do in WWII?
« Reply #27 on: September 05, 2020, 09:43:15 PM »
My father was an airplane navigator in the U.S. Army.  My mother was in the U. S. Women's Army Air Corp and worked as a chaplain's assistant.  Her brother was a pilot in the U. S Army Air Corp.

My dad's two brothers were also in the army and one was a P.O.W. for over a year.

Interesting story.  My parents were married during W.W.II.  My paternal grandmother had the military flag in her window with four blue stars on it because her 3 sons and my mom were in service.  Some people gave my grandmother a hard time about that 4th star, but grandma figured that if my mom carried the family name she, my grandmother,  was entitled to claim her ( my mom) as a family member in the service.

edited to add:  My father-in-law and his brother also served in the Army during WW II.
 
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