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Old 05-29-2011, 12:00   #1
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Memorial day 1911 pic thread

Memorial Day,

We honor the sacrifices of our fore-fathers. God bless your Great-Grandfathers, Grandfathers,
and fathers.
My Grandfather was a WWII Veteran, my Father is a Veteran, my Brother is a Veteran
I am a Veteran, my Wife is a Active Duty Veteran, my Son-in-Law is a Veteran.

God bless them all!

How about a 1911 inspired Memorial Day picture thread,.....?


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Old 05-29-2011, 13:01   #2
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I posted this in the thread here:

http://forums.1911forum.com/showthread.php?t=318600

And I won a set of custom grips by Sarge!

Ok I'll try and get one up!

Alright here it goes...

My grandfather died when I was less than a year old, so I never had the chance to meet him, talk to him, and share any stories he might have had for me. The story of his endeavors can be found in the book, "Spearhead" which is about the 5th Marine Division and their grueling fight to capture Iwo Jima. He was artillery by trade, as well as a combat swimmer. He was one of the first waves to hit the island, and he spent the whole duration of the fight on Iwo Jima. The most interesting thing that I've been able to find out was that he was actually in the next wave of Marines who stormed up Mt. Suribachi. IIRC, the first 3 waves of Marines were all shot down by the Japanese and it was the 4th wave that actually raised the original flag. He was in the 5th wave. My grandfather being so close to arguably the most historic image of the United States truly is just amazing to me. I know he showed courage, even though somehow he never got any major injuries on the island.

Simply put, he is largely responsible for my decision to join the Marine Corps. In part, I did it to carry on the legacy so my family will never forget what he did. I also felt like that was my ultimate tribute to him, seeing how I never got to even speak to the man.

I'm sorry ahead of time, please ignore the glares and bad pictures...the camera I was using isn't the best, and the only had I could get a hold of!

Here are the pics:

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And here is the Spearhead book which was offered to all of the Marines of the 5th Division after the battle. My uncle currently has my grandfather's book:

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Your grandfather would be very proud of you, thank you for your service have a happy Memorial Day.
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I had an uncle who was on Iwo Jima and told me a few stories and said he would tell me more later after I joined the USMC. He passed away before I could talk to him again. You have a great post son and deserve the grips. Thanks for your service.

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Old 05-29-2011, 14:25   #7
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Memorial Day,

We honor the sacrifices of our fore-fathers. God bless your Great-Grandfathers, Grandfathers,
and fathers.
My Grandfather was a WWII Veteran, my Father is a Veteran, my Brother is a Veteran
I am a Veteran, my Wife is a Active Duty Veteran, my Son-in-Law is a Veteran.

God bless them all!

How about a 1911 inspired Memorial Day picture thread,.....?


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Very nice. Where in kansas are you located?
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Old 05-29-2011, 14:42   #8
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On this Memorial Day, we honor those who have fallen in service to their country in hopes that freedom will ring out loud.
We celebrate their lives and for what they so unselfishly gave.
It is but for them that we can hold our heads high and be gracious and proud.
It is for our fallen that has truly made this the land of the free and the home of the brave.

JR 2011

In memory of SSgt James G. Rea Sr., USMC (1955-1969), deceased June 19, 1987.

Pops, I love you and miss you. Semper Fi.

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My mom, dad, and grandmother at my kid sister's commissioning last spring. My grandfather passed a few years ago from colon cancer. He would have been so proud of Steph. He was a B-17G tailgunner in WW2 in the 8th AF.

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Great pictures and stories guys!... I want to thank each and every service man and woman, past and present, living and gone, for their hardwork, dedication and sometimes life to insure my freedom.



Keep the pictures and stories comin.
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Very nice. Where in kansas are you located?
Will be in Manhattan in July
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R.I.P. SGT Mracek, Cory and SPC Pearce, Joshua. Y'all will never be forgotten and forever missed.
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Will be in Manhattan in July
Cool, my Son goes to college there. I live 45 miles away.
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"True heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic. It is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever the cost, but the urge to serve others at whatever the cost."
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I myself will never forget the brave young men that I had the honor to serve with on the sands of Iraq.
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My mom, dad, and grandmother at my kid sister's commissioning last spring. My grandfather passed a few years ago from colon cancer. He would have been so proud of Steph. He was a B-17G tailgunner in WW2 in the 8th AF.

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You're sister has your moms smile that's for sure. Thank your sis for her service.
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