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   Nice story for Veteran's Day . . . Man's parachute used during World War II (and saved his life) turned into christening gown that has been used over past three generations by his family

11 Nov 2012 03:36 PM   |   4463 clicks   |   Telegram
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humanshrapnel     
Approves.

11 Nov 2012 03:40 PM
humanshrapnel     
Damnit.

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11 Nov 2012 03:41 PM
thisiszombocom     
hooray for our daily dose of veteran fellating

11 Nov 2012 03:43 PM
wedun     

thisiszombocom: hooray for our daily dose of veteran fellating


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11 Nov 2012 03:44 PM
lifeboat     
Doesn't every parachute save someone's life? Just sayin'.

11 Nov 2012 03:44 PM
DrPainMD    [TotalFark]  
So, when is he going to be arrested for stealing government property?

11 Nov 2012 03:45 PM
Obbi     

lifeboat: Doesn't every parachute save someone's life? Just sayin'.


Nope.

11 Nov 2012 03:47 PM
Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener     
"We're not the same, either," Mr. Smith said. "But it's been a joyous ride. The parachute is as old as I am, and we're going down the same road in the end."

Nice story, indeed.

Thanks for passing that along, subby.

11 Nov 2012 03:47 PM
Stile4aly    [TotalFark]  
They went with songs to the battle, they were young.
Straight of limb, true of eyes, steady and aglow.
They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted,
They fell with their faces to the foe.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.

11 Nov 2012 03:52 PM
Oznog     

Obbi: lifeboat: Doesn't every parachute save someone's life? Just sayin'.

Nope.


LOL I love the Appeal (to a higher power) and Contemplate (your imminent demise) recommendations.

11 Nov 2012 03:53 PM
orbister     

Oznog: LOL I love the Appeal (to a higher power) and Contemplate (your imminent demise) recommendations.


A French national freefall parachute team member told me this ...

Q. What do you do if your main and reserve chute both fail to open?
A. First of all, relax. You've got the rest of your life to sort this out.

11 Nov 2012 04:06 PM
traylor     

Obbi: lifeboat: Doesn't every parachute save someone's life? Just sayin'.

Nope.


I like it when it says that " If this is a solo jump, then skip to step 6." and then there's no Step 6 on the list.

11 Nov 2012 04:26 PM
InitialCommentGuy     
Just another example of rampant supply theft in the public sector.

11 Nov 2012 04:43 PM
Fade2black     

thisiszombocom: hooray for our daily dose of veteran fellating


Veteran's Day. Let your apoplectic Liberal hate subside for just one day. You may commence again on Tuesday.

11 Nov 2012 04:45 PM
ScotterOtter     
Most just trade their chute for some local tail

11 Nov 2012 05:03 PM
Marcintosh     
"If it wasn't for that parachute, my husband might not be here," Adele said. "I had never sewn anything before, and I've never sewn anything since."

does she make sammiches though?
great story - nobody died well except for the bastard son but other than that it was a cool story -

Fade2black: thisiszombocom: hooray for our daily dose of veteran fellating

Veteran's Day. Let your apoplectic Liberal hate subside for just one day. You may commence again on Tuesday.

I despise war and the people that put others in harms way with every fiber of my being.

I celebrate the veterans - not the war

11 Nov 2012 05:09 PM
signaljammer     
I celebrate the veterans - not the war

Doesn't this policy tend to lead to more war?

11 Nov 2012 05:17 PM
laulaja    [TotalFark]  
Most excellent tale for a day of commemorations.

11 Nov 2012 05:41 PM
chopit     

orbister: Oznog: LOL I love the Appeal (to a higher power) and Contemplate (your imminent demise) recommendations.

A French national freefall parachute team member told me this ...

Q. What do you do if your main and reserve chute both fail to open?
A. First of all, relax. You've got the rest of your life to sort this out.


Belly or vfs?

11 Nov 2012 05:57 PM
mbillips     
In before militant atheists object to christening ceremonies for defenseless babies.

11 Nov 2012 06:11 PM
CheapEngineer     

Fade2black: thisiszombocom: hooray for our daily dose of veteran fellating

Veteran's Day. Let your apoplectic Liberal hate subside for just one day. You may commence again on Tuesday.


Don't start Sonny - real liberals care about our soldiers - enough to do our best to *keep* them out of harms way.

Just because this clown decided to spread his douchebaggery all over this thread doesn't mean you have to bring politics into it.

\your butthurt is spreading into places it doesn't belong
\\"Honey? Are we out of margarine again? It was the F'ing Liberals again, wasn't it?"

11 Nov 2012 06:16 PM
orbister     

chopit: orbister: Oznog: LOL I love the Appeal (to a higher power) and Contemplate (your imminent demise) recommendations.

A French national freefall parachute team member told me this ...

Q. What do you do if your main and reserve chute both fail to open?
A. First of all, relax. You've got the rest of your life to sort this out.

Belly or vfs?


Je ne comprends pas.

11 Nov 2012 06:30 PM
gibbon1     

InitialCommentGuy: Just another example of rampant supply theft in the public sector.


Not to mention that he gave up a well paying actuarial career to become a lazy sucking from the public teat high school teacher. And umm....

Lot of my male high school teachers were vets that got into teaching through the GI bill. You could teach and Uncle Sam would forgive your debts after a few years, they did that and kept teaching. Some of them tried going off to work for more pay in private industry but returned because the work there wasn't as rewarding.

11 Nov 2012 07:31 PM
illannoyin     
For some reason this made me think of the baptism scene in 'the godfather'.

Also this...

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Here's a fun fact. The guy who plays the minister in that scene also played Senator Geary in 'The Godfather II'

11 Nov 2012 07:36 PM
jmsvrsn     
My Aunt served during WWII and "liberated" some of the silk used in maps that became my family's christening gown for 3 generations (so far). My mother won a ribbon for the dress at the State Fair.

11 Nov 2012 08:35 PM
InitialCommentGuy     

gibbon1: InitialCommentGuy: Just another example of rampant supply theft in the public sector.

Not to mention that he gave up a well paying actuarial career to become a lazy sucking from the public teat high school teacher. And umm....

Lot of my male high school teachers were vets that got into teaching through the GI bill. You could teach and Uncle Sam would forgive your debts after a few years, they did that and kept teaching. Some of them tried going off to work for more pay in private industry but returned because the work there wasn't as rewarding.


Just ridiculous. Obviously the "Greatest Generation" needs to have a truth enema and possibly be prevented from receiving benefits from the government for their alleged records in WW2.

11 Nov 2012 09:14 PM
CameraMonkey     
CSB, but something just doesnt sit right with me. If he was THAT banged up, how in the fark didnt that chute get trashed, lost in the shuffle, etc. ?

Sorry, but especially "In theater", landing in a really odd and likely remote place ("tall pile of rocks") it seems like we are supposed to suspend all disbelief and think that ALL of his non essential gear would be packed out of that LZ and he would be able to keep track of it, lug it home, etc. Sorry, I would expect the rescuers to grab the men and say fark the rest of the shiat.

I owned a sport version of a similar parachute. They are farking huge and heavy (~20lbs and about 1.5 cuft, compressed )... not something you just toss into the bottom of your ruck or stuff in the voids of your other gear. (uncompressed/unpacked it takes up an entire standard issue duffel bag)

/I want to believe.

11 Nov 2012 10:44 PM
Bathia_Mapes    [TotalFark]  

mbillips: In before militant atheists object to christening ceremonies for defenseless babies.


Defenseless?

Obviously you've never changed a "special delivery" diaper.

12 Nov 2012 06:00 AM
chopit     

orbister: Je ne comprends pas.


Was the french national team member you talked to on a team that flies belly-to-earth, or head-to-earth? VFS stands for vertical formation skydiving, like this:

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12 Nov 2012 10:12 AM
Al Boondy    [TotalFark]  
True love truly does endure all

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It's a simple christening gown with a small lace collar and puffed sleeves. It was made more than a half century ago by a happy young bride who took a piece of her husband's past and wove it into her family's future.

The courtship of Matthew Smith and Adele Guinee began in 1942. She was a student at Emmanuel College; he was an 18-year-old sophomore at Harvard who had just enlisted in the Army Air Forces. After he left for basic training, the smitten pair exchanged letters that grew more frequent as Smith flew 42 missions over the South Pacific.

Ironically, the young bombardier's most dangerous flight came while he was on rest leave in Australia and headed back to the Indonesian island of Morotai, where he was stationed. He was one of 23 men on a two-engine C-47 equipped with only 16 parachutes when bad weather and low fuel prompted the co-pilot to offer landing options no passenger ever wants to hear: would they prefer to jump, or ditch?

Smith was one of 15 men who parachuted; the rest ditched with the plane and landed safely. Smith and seven other men landed on a 1,900-foot-high pile of jagged rocks. One of the men was killed; the rest were hospitalized for weeks. Smith suffered a concussion, body bruises and scrapes.

"Let's just say I was a sorry-looking sight," he said.

Smith would fly 20 more missions after he recovered. His last was over Taiwan on Aug. 6, 1945, the same day the bomb that started the end of the war was dropped on Hiroshima.

He was discharged as a first lieutenant in fall 1945. A month later, he and Adele walked down the aisle of St. Joseph's Church in Medford and became man and wife. Their first son, Daniel, was born in 1946, and the couple bought a home in Auburn. Smith returned to Harvard, earned a degree and became an insurance actuary. But his real love was working with kids, so he left the job and became a math teacher at Auburn High School.

"I took a big cut in pay and was happy for the rest of my life," he said.

The couple would have seven children. A year ago, they were devastated when their second son, David, died of cancer at age 60. The father of three graduated from Harvard like his father, and also held advanced degrees from Temple University and the University of Pennsylvania.

Today, Matthew and Adele are both 89. Three years ago, they moved to Charlton. They'll be married 67 years Nov. 25 and have been blessed with a full and happy life.

"I think if you respect each other and are crazy about each other to begin with, the rest is easy," Adele said.

The Smiths know they're lucky. Matthew, in particular, lost friends in the war and realizes how close he came to losing his own life in the parachute jump near Sydney.

So when he returned from the war, he brought the white nylon parachute with him. After their first son was born, Adele took the chute that had enabled her husband to float back to earth, and fashioned a christening gown for her son with a simple needle and thread. As the years passed, six more children would wear the same gown at their baptisms, along with their children's children. With each celebration of birth, the little dress also serves as a symbol of sacrifice, and of the preciousness of life.

"If it wasn't for that parachute, my husband might not be here," Adele said. "I had never sewn anything before, and I've never sewn anything since."

Last week, at a church in Somerset, Adele's namesake and the couple's fourth great-grandchild became the 18th baby to wear the nylon christening gown. The dress has grown fragile and yellow over three generations; to the family, it remains irreplaceable.

"We're not the same, either," Mr. Smith said. "But it's been a joyous ride. The parachute is as old as I am, and we're going down the same road in the end."

12 Nov 2012 10:40 AM
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