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    My 84 year old grandpa died today. He was in WW2. He fought in North Africa and the Pacific. He served on the Alabama and the Texas. He was in pain and I am glad he is no longer in pain.

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    My condolences, Coldy. My 90-year-old grandmother passed away a few days ago, as well. First time I had seen my grandfather in about 10 years. I feel really bad for him.

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    My condolences as well. My father also fought in WWII, as a member of the 82nd Airborne. He died in 1976, but he would have been a few years older than you grandfather...he would turn 88 this August.

    Shade, my condolences to you as well.

    There is a little too much loss these days. May 7th will mark the one-year anniversary of my sister's death (cancer at 52 years old), and my boss until up til January (and she was the best boss I'd ever had) died a couple of weeks ago (also cancer, only 47).

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    Condolences, gentlemen.
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    Thank you for your kind words. Death is inescapable. To the ones that die and to the ones that are left behind.

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    My condolences.

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    Salute to your grandfather

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    My sympathies, Major Cold.
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    I am very sorry for your loss.

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    Sorry for your loss(es).

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    Sorry to hear that, to anyone who reads this, it is very interesting to talk to a WW2 veteran about what that was like and I'd reccomend it to anyone who knows one. They tend to have interesting insight.

    My great grandfather, whom unfortunately I never met, served in the Pacific and was on a ship waiting to invade Japan in 1945 when they dropped the first bomb. He died in 1980.

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    Thanks all for your kind words. DC talking to him about the war was always a delight. I was fortunate enough to step foot on the USS Texas. He was in the Battle of Leyte Gulf were the first kamikaze pilots appeared. He was a man who loved fiercely.

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    Thanks all for your kind words. DC talking to him about the war was always a delight. I was fortunate enough to step foot on the USS Texas. He was in the Battle of Leyte Gulf were the first kamikaze pilots appeared. He was a man who loved fiercely.
    My best to your family. My uncle who passed away in 2001, was on the carrier Gambier Bay that was sunk in the Battle of Leyte Gulf.
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    My condolences, Coldie. My thoughts are with you and your family.

    Your Grandpa is a hero - it's definitely worth talking to these people about their stories. And it's never too late to say "thank you" to them...nor can you say it enough. My Grandpa fought in the Korean War, and I love sitting down and listening to his adventures. I'm proud of him and all of the others who found themselves in a similar position in their day.

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    My best to your family. My uncle who passed away in 2001, was on the carrier Gambier Bay that was sunk in the Battle of Leyte Gulf.
    Taffy 3...wow...I assume you've read Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors. If you haven't...do yourself the favor. Unbelievable what those men, including your uncle laid on the line.

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    My condolences, Coldie. My thoughts are with you and your family.

    Your Grandpa is a hero - it's definitely worth talking to these people about their stories. And it's never too late to say "thank you" to them...nor can you say it enough. My Grandpa fought in the Korean War, and I love sitting down and listening to his adventures. I'm proud of him and all of the others who found themselves in a similar position in their day.
    I just read an excellent book on the Korean War called The Coldest Winter by David Halberstam. Brutal, brutal conditions and vicious fighting.

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    Taffy 3...wow...I assume you've read Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors. If you haven't...do yourself the favor. Unbelievable what those men, including your uncle laid on the line.
    I'm familiar with the battle, but have not read that book. I just reserved it at the library. Thanks a lot.
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    Major Cold, my condolences. And to you too, Shade.

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    Taffy 3...wow...I assume you've read Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors. If you haven't...do yourself the favor. Unbelievable what those men, including your uncle laid on the line.
    I was just getting ready to post about Taffy 3 and the Battle off of Samar when my internet connection dropped.

    Anyway, in a war full of bravery, what those sailors did was amazing. I get goosebumps just thinking about it (true, I have them now).

    In a nutshell (from memory, so forgive any inaccuracies), during the invasion of the Philippines, the Japanese reaction plan involved the usual complicated splitting up of forces and diversions. One part of that plan involved using their last remaining functional aircraft carriers as a diversion. The idea was to pull the American fast carrier task for away from the beachhead on Leyte, then two separate battleship groups would slip into the landing area and destroy the transports and their troops.

    Halsey took the bait and went north after the carriers.

    The main Japanese force, including the Yamato the biggest battleship ever constructed, had a clear shot to Leyte.

    Almost.

    There were three (Taffy 1, 2 and 3) groups of escort carriers supporting the landing. These were small carriers converted from freigher hulls, generally used for things like convoy escort. They had a small number of destroyers and destroyer escorts attached to each.

    Taffy 3 was directly in the path the Japanese advance. The first warning they had was when basically the whole Japanese fleet came over the horizon.

    The carriers were used for ground support, so they didn't carry the amour piercing bombs needed to attack ships. The destroyers and destroyer escorts main guns probably wouldn't even scratch the battleship armor.

    But they gave it their best shot. They knew they were all that stood in the way.

    Pilots, after dropping their bombs, made strafing runs on the Japanese ships. Then made close passes without any ammunition to distract them.

    The destroyers and DEs closed to launch torpedos. Some got so close to the enemy that they couldn't even depress their guns enough to fire on them. Ships were hit, and made another run.

    The Japanese started to take some damage. And in confusion of the battle vastly overestimated their foe. Eventually, fearing they were overmatched, they withdrew.

    The bravery of the sailors and pilots can't be understated. I certainly haven't done it justice in these brief sentences.



    Anyway, my condolences again, and thanks to all who serve.
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    My condolences.
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    God, another one of the Greatest Generation leaves us. Both of my grandfathers fought in the war and losing them was incredibly tough, partly because I was always fascinated with their stories. "Greatest generation" is not nearly a strong enough term to describe the immense sacrifice of these brave men.

    I am really sorry for your loss, MC.

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