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#1 ProudAmerican

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Posted 23 October 2009 - 03:41 AM

Hello Gentlemen!

I have always been fascinated with our American History and in the last decade have come to learn a great deal more from my childhood neighbor of 30+ years. In my lunch time and summer day visits since I have moved he has opened up about the past and his stories from WWII. He spoke freely and I could see the impact it still had on him at 84 years of age.
My friend Vernon S. Nelson passed away 2 months ago and his wife gave me an old case of his that had been closed since his return from the war. It contained pictures, medals, dog tags, news paper clippings, belts, hats, a few letters, watches and other items.
Going through these one by one was extremely moving for me and I appreciate more than ever the service these(you) men gave. I will share the items in more posts, thanks for having me, I cant wait to look around here!

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#2 JagdtigerI

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Posted 23 October 2009 - 03:44 AM

Hello Sam, welcome to the forum!
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Posted 23 October 2009 - 03:09 PM

Hello Sam, that's quite a nice box you have there!

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Posted 23 October 2009 - 03:12 PM

Hi, Sam. Welcome to the forum. Can you tell us what all is in thebox? There look to be some really interesting items. More pictures would be good.

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#5 applevalleyjoe

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Posted 23 October 2009 - 07:14 PM

Welcome Sam...look forward to your questions in regards to your friend's military record.

#6 Mr. S

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Posted 23 October 2009 - 09:21 PM

Welcome Sam, you will like it here.

regards John :)

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Posted 23 October 2009 - 10:13 PM

Hello Sam, welcome to the forum! I'm sure you'll learn as much as you teach.
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#8 ProudAmerican

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Posted 23 October 2009 - 11:30 PM

I did start a new thread with a Photobucket picture gallery, please check it out!

Thanks! Sam

Click this Link for the thread: http://www.ww2f.com/...html#post433387

Edited by ProudAmerican, 24 October 2009 - 02:22 AM.


#9 KillerRekoil

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Posted 24 October 2009 - 12:45 AM

Hi! Looking forward to your posts :D!
The death of one man is a tragedy. The death of millions is a statistic. -Joseph Stalin

A prisoner of war is a man who tries to kill you and fails, and then asks you not to kill him. -Winston Churchill

#10 dgmitchell

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Posted 24 October 2009 - 05:18 PM

Sam -- Welcome to this fine place! I am sure you will enjoy your time here and I look forward to learning about your friend (may he rest in peace) and the contents of the case that you acquired.

Cheers!

#11 Greg Canellis

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Posted 27 October 2009 - 12:55 AM

Sam. Welcome. What a beautiful gesture that your friend's wife gave you his treasured memories. How many thousands of boxes lay hid away in thousands of attic only to be discarded. I stopped at a yard sale a couple years ago. There hanging on a pole with other old clothes that were one step from the trash bin was an American WWII class A uniform jacket with a $3.00 dollar tag on it. I checked it out and it was authenic. I asked the young fellow if he really wanted to sell this uniform. He said that the veteran who it belonged to had passed away, and his widow wanted to get rid of it. I will keep it and give it a good home, making sure it serves some form of historical significance and not wind up on a teenager to wear with a pair of hole-ie jeans. Enjoy your stay.

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Posted 27 October 2009 - 12:25 PM

Howdy and welcome to the forum. Glad to have you with us. Happy Posting!
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Posted 27 October 2009 - 03:09 PM

Sam,

Very grateful to have you with us, and what a wonderful story... love stuff like this!

all the best,

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Posted 27 October 2009 - 07:18 PM

Welcome Sam,
Thanks for sharing.
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#15 ProudAmerican

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Posted 28 October 2009 - 08:55 PM

Thank you for the welcome, I have been spending so many hours looking through everyones stories and pictures!

#16 macrusk

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Posted 31 October 2009 - 04:54 AM

Thank you for the welcome, I have been spending so many hours looking through everyones stories and pictures!


Welcome to the Forum, Sam. It sounds like you may have found a home away from home! For at least the next 6 months you will wonder where time flew as you read through and find yourself going off on tangents to other links of information!! I hope you continue to enjoy yourself here.
Regards, Michelle

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#17 ProudAmerican

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Posted 07 November 2009 - 05:07 PM

I did start a new thread with a Photobucket picture gallery, please check it out!

Thanks! Sam

Click this Link for the thread: http://www.ww2f.com/...html#post433387




Just refreshing this link, thanks!




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