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Date Posted: 19:59:19 07/19/04 Mon
Author: BGWJ
Subject: PS-yes my Da had interesting WWII experiences.He was a medic in North Africa,Sicily and Italy.He took pics of Mt Vesuvius erupting w/tracer bullets streaming over the Bay of Naples.He told us of delivering a baby on a kitchen table,of sewing a finger back onto an old Arab's hand w/no pain meds,of bandaging a woman w/a bullet hole in one side/out the other of her head and she was still walking/talking.There are some things he wouldnt talk about too.We have pics of Mussolini hanging by his heels that he took.I'm not an Army brat,but several of my friends were.Da retired as civilian instructor at Ft Lee Va.My DH was Army /6yrs.Military life gives you a different perspective on life/death/honor/valor/peace/stupidity/home/family etc etc.People need to study their history I tell ya.It doesnt happen by itself.We make it happen.
In reply to: BGWJ 's message, "I'm always checking out nonfiction at the library.WWII stuff has always been interesting.You hear "history repeats itself", its interesting to read any number of history "lessons"and compare notes.I came across a nice coffee table bk @WWI w/lots of photos.An eye opener.Alot of today's world unrest had some beginnings there ( politics!egos!manifest destiny).Its interesting how the split in the church eons ago have shaped the protestant world.I just like world history.THE books interest me as much for the history research Herself does as the romance." on 19:41:44 07/19/04 Mon

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[> [> [> [> My father has just started opening up about his WWII experiences lately at age 82 1/2. He has some very painful memories that are leaking out bit by bit. But one thing you have to understand is that my father is this very tall, handsome, upright pillar of the church, moral rectitude, old fashioned guy, very traditional and straitlaced. He confessed to me he had a pet monkey in China. I about flopped. -- beccabee, 22:11:14 07/19/04 Mon

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