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Trailrider1951

(3,395 posts)
18. Yes, my Dad was too, a Democrat his whole life
Sat Dec 1, 2018, 05:40 PM
Dec 2018

Grew up in poverty during the Great Depression on a farm in Virginia. His father died the summer before Dad turned 16, so the older boys in the family had to get jobs to help support Grandma and the younger siblings. When Dad turned 16, Grandma signed the papers for him to join the Army. This was December, 1940, a year before Pearl Harbor. He was stationed at Ft. Knox, KY and served with the 1st Armored Division. He sent most of his pay back to Grandma.

After the attack on Pearl Harbor, Dad and the 1st Armored Division were part of the Operation Torch landings in North Africa at Oran, Algeria the night of Nov 8-9, 1942. This was the first action of USA Army in the "European Theater" of WWII. They fought in part under General George Patton, and against General Rommel's troops. He was in North Africa until the January, 1944 invasion of Italy at Anzio, where he was wounded (shot in the arm). When D Day happened in June of 1944, Dad was in a tank chasing Germans out the North side of Rome, and continued fighting in Italy until the end of the war.

After the war, he met Mom, married, and worked at North American Aviation in Ohio, where I was born. He was a good and decent man. He was my Hero. He would have been 94 next week. Happy Birthday, Daddy. I miss you every day.

My dad is the same age....some of the stories! samnsara Dec 2018 #1
My dad has passed on.. Peacetrain Dec 2018 #3
Your father and mine. greatauntoftriplets Dec 2018 #2
Yes they did! Peacetrain Dec 2018 #4
Mine too Generic Other Dec 2018 #5
My cousins and I have had that exact same conversation so many times Peacetrain Dec 2018 #6
My father was a war hero CountAllVotes Dec 2018 #7
You see how they suffered and carries that for Peacetrain Dec 2018 #8
He used to act like it was no big deal CountAllVotes Dec 2018 #12
Dad never told us any of his stories before he passed when I was in high school TlalocW Dec 2018 #9
Oh my gosh.. he got picked twice.. Peacetrain Dec 2018 #10
He volunteered the first time TlalocW Dec 2018 #11
Both my parents. cwydro Dec 2018 #13
My late FIL 49jim Dec 2018 #14
My father and 4 uncles served during WWII. Elwood P Dowd Dec 2018 #15
I won't admit that he was so much better. ZZenith Dec 2018 #16
My dad was a heavy machine gunner elocs Dec 2018 #17
Yes, my Dad was too, a Democrat his whole life Trailrider1951 Dec 2018 #18
My Dad grew up on a farm in Virginia too! Peacetrain Dec 2018 #20
My father was of that generation too Raine Dec 2018 #19
Every generation has its great work to do... Peacetrain Dec 2018 #21
My paternal grandparents were of that era Victor_c3 Dec 2018 #22
Victor c3.. your daughters are going to love you always.. Peacetrain Dec 2018 #23
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