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Jan 13, 2020 13:59:40   #
bodiebill
 
Pop Pop wrote:
Thank you


Those young heroes of WW2 kept us Free! God bless them.

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Jan 13, 2020 14:01:03   #
Flying Three Loc: Berthoud, CO
 
Congratulations on such a fine tribute. I'll bet that you are also a great husband, father, and . . . .
Also, the photograph looks to be a hand tinted photo, and if so, that is certainly a beautiful piece of lost art from the past.

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Jan 13, 2020 14:49:56   #
raymondh Loc: Walker, MI
 

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Jan 13, 2020 16:24:31   #
Moondoggie Loc: Southern California
 
A very nice tribute to your dad. He would be proud. Thanks for sharing the story.

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Jan 13, 2020 16:57:45   #
ltatko
 
Nice memories!! Nice post!!

God bless.

LenT

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Jan 13, 2020 17:28:32   #
Country Boy Loc: Beckley, WV
 
And proud you should be!

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Jan 13, 2020 17:35:01   #
khildy Loc: Brownsburg, IN
 
Four Bronze Stars OMG. and no Purple Hearts? My dad was also part of the greatest generation!

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Jan 13, 2020 18:06:01   #
Dalek Loc: Detroit, Miami, Goffstown
 
My Uncle was with Patton in WWII. Very quite after the war and his son only discovered his awards after he had died in the 1980. Always salute or veterans.

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Jan 13, 2020 18:13:48   #
photophile Loc: Lakewood, Ohio, USA
 
Pop Pop wrote:
Yesterday was my Dad's birthday. He would have been one hundred years old. This is his photo when he served with the Fourth Army in the 4th Armored Division during World War II. He landed in France in July of 1944. He earned four Bronze Stars and his unit was awarded The Presidential Distinguished Unit Award as the only armored division to be awarded this for "extraordinary tactical accomplishment" in spearheading the Army advance across France and Germany. Only the second time in U.S. Army history that this has happened. His unit fought with General Patton in the Battle of the Bulge. General Patton wrote, "The accomplishments of this division has never been equaled. And by that statement I do not mean in this war. I mean in the entire history of warfare. There has never been such a superb fighting organization as the Fourth Armored Division."
His unit was awarded the French Croix de Guerre with Palms by the French government as "a magnificent unit possessing the highest military virtues contributing to the success of the campaign in Franc.
The Fourth Armored Division was recognized as the first liberating unit of a Nazi concentration camp by the U.S. Army's Center of Military History and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 1985.

My dad never spoke about the war and his accomplishments. I do remember once at the dinner table my brother asked if he had fought in the Battle of the Bulge and he simply said, "yea I did."

With all that he went through his greatest accomplishment was that as a great husband, dad and grandpa!

Happy Birthday Dad!
Yesterday was my Dad's birthday. He would have bee... (show quote)



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Jan 13, 2020 19:01:26   #
woodweasel Loc: bellingham Wa
 
I am very impressed 👏👏👏

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Jan 13, 2020 19:58:28   #
Pop Pop Loc: Lake Mary, FL
 
Blair Shaw Jr wrote:
Thanks Dennis.....my Dad never spoke about his service on Normandy's beach either. I guess we just didn't realize how much they suffered from those battles and what they went through to make a great life for us. He lost most of his hearing from the artillery blasts and wouldn't wear a hearing aid but never complained about what he didn't get.......only celebrated what he had. I sure miss him terribly.

Nice story Blair. We both had dads that were larger than life

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Jan 13, 2020 21:49:23   #
John from gpwmi Loc: Michigan
 
Wow!!!!! What a wonderful story. Your dad was quite a man and your family has much to be proud of. Thanks for sharing it, Dennis.

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Jan 13, 2020 23:48:14   #
kemosabe
 
As an ex Air Forcer, I salute him.

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Jan 13, 2020 23:59:10   #
Sam9987
 
Thanks for sharing his photo and personal background on him. Happy Birthday Dad, you were one of our very special heros.

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Jan 14, 2020 00:09:45   #
BamaTexan Loc: Deep in the heart of Texas
 
What an absolute hero! My dad was rejected for the draft and he spent the war building airplane wings. Yes they were the greatest generation!

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