05-28-2005, 12:52 PM
Audy Murphey is on again. I'm always amused how he killed 240 of the German infantry, many from a burning German tank he happened to requistion despite German protest... Yeah, I've seen them all(war movies), that was a stupid damn war. First we bomb my relatives in Hamburg, then more relatives blood is spilled on Normandy taking out that Facist. And the Pacific. Why do farm boys have to always do the dirty work....
Anyway, I was wondering if anyone has any cool (or tragic) war stories. :gossip: I had a General who pissed off McArthur and another German General, and a cousin got a Bronze Star in Vietnam.
05-28-2005, 06:24 PM
I served the country during the Cold War. Nothing but alerts and things I agreed to in writing to never speak of again.
My great-uncles and uncles on both sides of the family used to talk among themselves all the time about who they lost in WWI, WWII, and Korea. They wouldn't get into the combat stuff at all. I had one uncle - gone to the Great Beyond now - who used to talk all the time about how he walked from Normandy to Berlin in WWII, fighting about half the time, scrounging for decent food and liqour the other half of the time, but if you'd press him for combat stories, he'd just dry up. There's just not a lot of combat stories that you hear first-hand.
I served the country 76-82, so naturally I ran into all kinds of Vietnam Vets still serving, and not a single one of them had anything but a general description of combat. They'd talk all the time about how this weapon can do a lot of damage, or that weapon, I liked that one a lot, but ask them about specific engagements? Haha, they had no interest in reliving them.
I don't know about the latest crop of warriors, because the younger generations in my family, we had the finances and the will to push them into college and well-paying civilian careers. Of course, after the Cold War, there wasn't a lot of attraction to military careers. The high-end military educations dried up a lot. I wonder nowadays if it wasn't a mistake to push the kids away from the military. They don't have the same connection as warriors to the older generations.
Any of you younger generation of warriors want to talk about combat? How you think this is all going to play out? Let it rip if you like.