Greetings!!!! I'm a battle scarred veteran of the Internet forum wars, some of my fellow battle weary comrades suggested I meander over to World War II Forums and from what I've seen by eaves dropping over the past few day's has convinced me to jump in with both feet. So, here I am! A little about myself, my great great grand father served in the Civil War in the 8th Iowa at Pea Ridge, his great grand father was in the Revolutionary War. Well, war skipped two generations to my father & uncle who served in WWII (as well as several cousins). Dad served in the Navy, joined in Jan 1941, he married mom two weeks before Pearl Harbor was attacked. He spent the next nine months working on the salvage mission in Pearl Harbor, assigned to tug that was built in 1912 and drafted all of 10 feet. They sailed to Hawaii in it from San Pedro Calif. His next deployment was in the same little wooden tug during the Aleutian islands to pull damaged and stranded craft out of the freezing mud. The ocean going tug had previously been a large harbor tug, it now had a crew of 36 men, dad was a MM. He told me many stories about working axes in four hour shifts fighting to keep ice from rolling the oversized cork they called a tug boat. About this time my mothers father joined the Seabees, so he was outranked by his 18 year old son in law, and dad never let him forget that! Later in the war he was reassigned to DD-802 and was a plank owner of that fine ship. He was in the forward engine room 8 April 1945 when the USS Gregory DD-802 was attacked by three Kamikaze air craft, two went into the sea in a ball of fire, one hit the ship at mid ships right at the water line, the plane cart wheeled between the stacks clipping the forward stack, the bomb failed to detonate, but the damage was enough to send the Gregory state side. Dad stayed in the Navy till 1953, serving in the Korean War on CVE-92, the first US Ship to sail into Saigon on 1 Feb. 1951. A calibration party included mortars, grenades and snipe fire while the crew delivered it's cargo of F4U's, Bearcats and mechanics and military "advisors" to aid the French. My interest in WWII was sparked from sitting with my dads and his Navy buddy's as they drank beer and relived tales of the war. As my two cousins served in the ETO, another cousin served in the 5th Marines. I am on the sunny side of 60 (barely), have varied interest, have played guitar since I can remember, I'm a avid shooter and have and fisherman, and a proud grandfather. I am looking forward to making new acquaintances and friends here, hopefully I can contribute, from what I've seen in the past few days, that may be a tall order. Oh, by the way I chose my handle, jaxson50 to honor my dad, his name was Jack, I am his son=Jaxson and I was born in 1950! (seems like yesterday). So please call me Jim.