ok here's how mine goes.
Granfather McGillivary - A U.S Marine, was deployed to Viet 'Nam. I know that he was a Sergant. My family doesn't really tell me a whole lot about him because I guess after the war or sometime even later he became a huge alcoholic, deserted his family, and eventually died in a car crash while drinking and driving (go figure).
Granfather Morris - He served 20 years in the U.S Navy and was a Chief Petty Officer. No one in my family tells me of the things he did simply because he never told them. But what i do know is that he flew some sort of plane, I think a transport or something and when he was serving in Viet 'Nam. He eventually died of cancer in 1997 or 1998 I can't remember.
Granfather Aikin - I have no idea if he served or not but I do know that he built planes for the U.S Air Force. I think he was one of those contractor peoples of some sort. He died last year of cancer or somethign I'm not for certain.
But yeah that's my military family history that I know or, except for the Scottish side of me. You guys ever seen Brave Heart? Well that blue and white sign that Mel Gibson paints on his face is my Clan's logo or sign, it has a techinical name of somesort but I'm uncertain of what it's called.
My grandfather faught the Japanese during ww2 along side American Paratroopers and with the British Commandos. He was a Bren Gunner.
My great uncle was KIA during WW2 as a pilot for the RAF somewhere in Europe.
Most recently my distant cousin was KIA in Iraq via IED. He was a recon dude.
All that are little stories [franckly I didn't read all yet]: do you have an ancestor that had eaten his colonel ? I'm sure not. Me yes
He was in the Napoleon army in Spain and got prisonner by .. the British I don't remember in witch battle (what the Brits were doing in Spain, I don't know too, may be were pissing Napoleon off, as if he didn't had enough problems with the Spaniars but that is an other story) So he was prisonner with his group and was sent on a tiny Island: Cabrerra. and they forgotten them ....... Once the prisoners eat everything on the island, they started to die of starvation. After the war, when each camp had to release there prisonners, the Brits had there memory refreshen by the French about those prisonners and they rushed to the island. Most of the prisonners were dead and, since there had been acts of canibalism and since my ancestor survived, in the family, we say he eaten his colonel
All that is true, there was a book about it where my family name appears.
Next time, if you're nice, I'll talk to you of my ancestor that had eaten the Elephant of the Vincenne zoo near Paris
My grandfather was in the LDF(Local Defence Forces) during WW2. He was taking part in a training exercise with no live ammo on him when a German plane crashed down near where his section was training. The officer, eager for medals, ordered them over to the wreckage whereupon(In my grandfathers words) a giant blonde haired, blue eyed luftwaffe pilot stepped out of the wreckage. He took a step towards them and looked at the men around him with their weapons(Without ammo) pointed at him and then quick as a flash drew his pistol. The men in the section were just about to dive for cover when he flicks the pistol around and hands it to the officer who was a bit shocked at the sight of it. The German was imprisoned for the rest of the war. My grandfather told me that the pilot settled in Ireland after the war but I'm not sure whereabout.
His brother, joined up with the British army. he fought with the 50th division in Normandy. While clearing out a farm house a few miles from the beaches, his platoon were attacked by some Germans. After a short fight the Germans waved a white flag. My granduncle and another chap were sent forward to capture them while the rest of the platoon covered them. All the Germans came forward at once except 2 who were behind the main group. As my granduncle moved toward them, one of the men leaned forward to reveal a machine gun strapped to his back, the other man pulled the trigger and sprayed the two soldiers. However the man with the machine gun leaned forward too far and ended up shooting both soldiers in the legs and shins. the British Platoon returned fire and killed both the Germans.
The other guy was wounded and evacuated. My granduncle got one of his arteries severed and lost a leg. Luckily the field hospitals at the beaches were only 10 mins march from the front so he didn't die.
My mom also had an uncle who was blown up by a land mine (was thrown at him) and another uncle was robbed and murdered on a ship in ww2.
Originally Posted by memphiz
I also have a great great great grandpa who served in the B69 1st Company Battery of the Belgian army.
My father was an NCO in the 535th US Army Engineer detachment and participated in the construction and maintainence of the worlds 1st floating nuclear power plant [regardless of what the Russians might say] the MH-1A Sturgis. She powered the Atlantic side of the Panama Canal from 1968 until decommissioned in the mid-1970s.
This is a story i've heard from my sister.
A girl in her class had a grandfather or great grandfather who was planning to emigrate to the US in the early 1900's.
He got a ticket, sailed to england to board a ship, but managed to miss it.
He was of course very angry about this, spending lots of time and money just to miss the bloody boat.
He turned out to be one of the luckyest men in the world, the ship he missed was the Titanic.
As far as i know he canceled his plans to move to America and stayed in Norway.
my grandfather was at midway just before the battle. he was drug all over the pacific during WWII installing and working on sonar and radar stuff, which was pretty new back then. came home and worked on pinball machines, and later arcade machines till he died about 15 years ago. his ship was sunk in the coral sea. not many people survived, they were in the water for 3 days, and there were sharks. sharks on tv or movies would cause him to have bad dreams for weeks.
my two uncles were both in vietnam, my dad had an existing foot injury and he couldn't sign up. my oldest uncle has all kinds of interesting stories. he was a radio operator on a ship, and spent a ton of time on land, too.
a few years ago my cousin joined the army, and ended up in the rangers. he has since been discharged. he is not in good shape, mentally, anymore.
both sides of my family fought in the civil war, and some are even famous. i need to look up info on them sometime.. should be interesting.
My grand father was born in 1916 and joined the Wehrmacht in 1936 after being mistreated by his employer and couldn't find another job. He served in the 487 Inf Reg/ 267 Inf Div( http://www.feldgrau.com/InfDiv.php?ID=178 ) from Belgium over the Channel Coast in France , the battle of encirlcement of Minsk and Byalistok to Moscow with the 4. Panzerarmee in late 1941. He got the Iron Cross II and I. Close to Moscow he was taken POW by the Russians. He once told me the story of this event: He was hiding with two other soldiers in a field. Then a Russian unit came out of the blue and began shooting at them. One of the soldiers ran away and my grandfather didn't know what then happened to him. He and the other one threw away their rifles and gave up. Standing there, the Russians came over and gave the other soldier a headshot. Then he was taken POW until 1950. He once told me that he didn't wish his worst enemy to endure the time of being a POW in Russia; must have been horrible. Another thing what stayed in my mind was that he said he lost the best years of his life in the war/Russia.
His brother served in Norway. When he should be transferred to Russia the plain crushed and he died.
My grand grandfather served in WW1 and got instantly killed by a headshot at Verdun.
Great story Dexx, your grandfather was lucky to be one of the few who made it back. Who did his brother serve with, and where in Norway was he based?
This is the story of the grandfather or great grandfather of a girl who went to school with my sister.
while he was young he made plans to emigrate to america, he saved up money and bought a ticket. He got on a boat to England where he was to board a ship bound for America.
Unfortunately he managed to come in just a little bit to late and missed the boat. He was pissed as hell, alot of time and money had gone into this trip, and now he missed the ship.
In hindsight, he was among the luckyest buggers in the world, the ship he missed was the Titanic. I assume he went home to norway and stayed here.
YoU cAn TuNeR pIaNO, bUt YoU caN'T TuNeRfISh
my great grandfather lived in Drammen Norway and worked with the norwegian partisans there.
they planned to rescue a few friends from one of the jails there so they bought alot of Liquor and got the german guards drunk then they hired some beautiful norwegian women to seduse or keep the germans busy while they emptied the cells, after they had gotten all the people out of the jail they dressed like german soldiers and marched the prisoners across town, after the mission was a success someone ratted them out and my great grandfather was taken to a camp where he was tortured. but he did make it out alive. this is all a true story and can be found in a book i have laying around about Drammen During the war but i cant remember the name of it.
My grandfather from mothers side, and his brother went looking for work to Belgium in the early 1930s', worked as miners there for some time to eventually end up in French Foreign Legion in mid 30's, they were sent to Algeria and some other colonies too. By the time of WWII their Regiment was stationed in France, but Im not sure what was their combat history. All in all both ended in POW camp until liberated in '44 by Americans. Then my grandfather returned to Poland shortly after the end of the war, his brother on the other hand returned to the Legion, he was a sergant there. Later his unit was sent to Indochina where he died on malaria in 1947, but certain date still remains unverified.
My grandfather from father's side was a Russian, a talented engineer he worked at some military facility during WWII.
My great Grandfather was a machine gunner in WWI. My Grandad was stationed on a battle ship in the Pacific during WWII, he would have been one of the soldiers to invade mainland Japan if we didn't drop the A bombs. My Grandfather was a Doc on an aircraft carrier in Korea. I have three uncles that were in Vietnam, two were in the Navy, and one was a marine sniper who was at Hue during Tet.