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10 Jan 2013 07:38 AM   |   8678 clicks   |   WTKR
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mjg     
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That logo is Ron Burgundy approved.

10 Jan 2013 07:43 AM
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AverageAmericanGuy    [TotalFark]  
They have attics in the South Pacific?

10 Jan 2013 07:43 AM
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Deep Contact     

AverageAmericanGuy: They have attics in the South Pacific?


So what the hell was in the bag?

10 Jan 2013 07:46 AM
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KrispyKritter    [TotalFark]  
ack! i knew i left those damn keys somewhere

10 Jan 2013 08:00 AM
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foo monkey     

Deep Contact: AverageAmericanGuy: They have attics in the South Pacific?

So what the hell was in the bag?


What's in the bag!?! What's in the BAAAAG!??!

10 Jan 2013 08:00 AM
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mike_d85     

Deep Contact: AverageAmericanGuy: They have attics in the South Pacific?

So what the hell was in the bag?


Grandma's virginity?

10 Jan 2013 08:00 AM
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Freakjob_0     
I'll bet the teen surrendered...the bag.

10 Jan 2013 08:00 AM
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Mitch Mitchell     
OMG y'all. There have been tings, like worlds wars, which made people build planes and stuff.

10 Jan 2013 08:01 AM
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WinoRhino     
Similar cool discovery:
My wife's grandfather passed away last year at 93. He was a Marine in WWII. He didn't talk much about his experiences in the war. He used to just tell my wife that he "took a lot of pictures." When we were cleaning out his house after his death we found several scrapbooks filled with pictures from WWII. The guy had scrapbooked everything from shipboard memos on the USS Brooklyn, to pictures from Iwo Jima. He has it all arranged in a perfect timeline with a map of where the USS Brooklyn was on each day, etc.There are ads for Chesterfield cigs in mint condition, Japanese propaganda leaflets, everything you can think of. We even found a yearbook from his time before the war in the Civilian Conservation Corps when he was stationed with Stan Musial.

10 Jan 2013 08:05 AM
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TheHighlandHowler    [TotalFark]  
I love it when, having read an accompanying article, I click on a video and it reads me what I just read.  Read.

10 Jan 2013 08:12 AM
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Jim.Casy     

Deep Contact: AverageAmericanGuy: They have attics in the South Pacific?

So what the hell was in the bag?


I assume it was filled with 1940's style girly mags. If that's the case, I'd have tried harder to get the bag back!

10 Jan 2013 08:53 AM
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kendelrio     

WinoRhino: Similar cool discovery:
My wife's grandfather passed away last year at 93. He was a Marine in WWII. He didn't talk much about his experiences in the war. He used to just tell my wife that he "took a lot of pictures." When we were cleaning out his house after his death we found several scrapbooks filled with pictures from WWII. The guy had scrapbooked everything from shipboard memos on the USS Brooklyn, to pictures from Iwo Jima. He has it all arranged in a perfect timeline with a map of where the USS Brooklyn was on each day, etc.There are ads for Chesterfield cigs in mint condition, Japanese propaganda leaflets, everything you can think of. We even found a yearbook from his time before the war in the Civilian Conservation Corps when he was stationed with Stan Musial.


Pics or it didn't happen!

/serious;y. I wanna see pics!

10 Jan 2013 08:55 AM
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DeathCipris     

WinoRhino: Similar cool discovery:
My wife's grandfather passed away last year at 93. He was a Marine in WWII. He didn't talk much about his experiences in the war. He used to just tell my wife that he "took a lot of pictures." When we were cleaning out his house after his death we found several scrapbooks filled with pictures from WWII. The guy had scrapbooked everything from shipboard memos on the USS Brooklyn, to pictures from Iwo Jima. He has it all arranged in a perfect timeline with a map of where the USS Brooklyn was on each day, etc.There are ads for Chesterfield cigs in mint condition, Japanese propaganda leaflets, everything you can think of. We even found a yearbook from his time before the war in the Civilian Conservation Corps when he was stationed with Stan Musial.


That was a cool story.
Hard to believe something that only happened 70 years ago is already fading out of everyone's memory.

10 Jan 2013 08:55 AM
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miss diminutive     

kendelrio: WinoRhino: Similar cool discovery:
My wife's grandfather passed away last year at 93. He was a Marine in WWII. He didn't talk much about his experiences in the war. He used to just tell my wife that he "took a lot of pictures." When we were cleaning out his house after his death we found several scrapbooks filled with pictures from WWII. The guy had scrapbooked everything from shipboard memos on the USS Brooklyn, to pictures from Iwo Jima. He has it all arranged in a perfect timeline with a map of where the USS Brooklyn was on each day, etc.There are ads for Chesterfield cigs in mint condition, Japanese propaganda leaflets, everything you can think of. We even found a yearbook from his time before the war in the Civilian Conservation Corps when he was stationed with Stan Musial.

Pics or it didn't happen!

/serious;y. I wanna see pics!


img.photobucket.com

Or take them to those Pawn Star guys. He'll offer you 6 bucks for the whole set, but at least the world will get to see those images.

10 Jan 2013 08:59 AM
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freewill    [TotalFark]  

WinoRhino: Similar cool discovery:
My wife's grandfather passed away last year at 93. He was a Marine in WWII. He didn't talk much about his experiences in the war. He used to just tell my wife that he "took a lot of pictures." When we were cleaning out his house after his death we found several scrapbooks filled with pictures from WWII. The guy had scrapbooked everything from shipboard memos on the USS Brooklyn, to pictures from Iwo Jima. He has it all arranged in a perfect timeline with a map of where the USS Brooklyn was on each day, etc.There are ads for Chesterfield cigs in mint condition, Japanese propaganda leaflets, everything you can think of. We even found a yearbook from his time before the war in the Civilian Conservation Corps when he was stationed with Stan Musial.


You know, you could create a pretty nifty online memorial out of all that stuff that would be really interesting for a lot of people.

10 Jan 2013 09:00 AM
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MyNameIsMofuga    [TotalFark]  
If the Army was the same then as it was when I was in, he probably got charged for the duffle bag when he outprocessed.

10 Jan 2013 09:07 AM
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lack of warmth     

WinoRhino: Similar cool discovery:
My wife's grandfather passed away last year at 93. He was a Marine in WWII. He didn't talk much about his experiences in the war. He used to just tell my wife that he "took a lot of pictures." When we were cleaning out his house after his death we found several scrapbooks filled with pictures from WWII. The guy had scrapbooked everything from shipboard memos on the USS Brooklyn, to pictures from Iwo Jima. He has it all arranged in a perfect timeline with a map of where the USS Brooklyn was on each day, etc.There are ads for Chesterfield cigs in mint condition, Japanese propaganda leaflets, everything you can think of. We even found a yearbook from his time before the war in the Civilian Conservation Corps when he was stationed with Stan Musial.


That would really be cool for her to loan them to a museum. I wouldn't suggest parting with them, but I know atleast one museum that display personal affects of service people that are on loan. They carefully display the items with a story of the service person.

For you MI Farkers, there is a veterans museum in Frankenmuth that specializes in MI vets from all US wars. I found the story of MI's 'Snuffy' Smith, Congressional medal recipient, who was peeling potatoes when the ceremony started. I would've spent the whole day there, but the family wanted food for some reason.

10 Jan 2013 09:08 AM
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Deep Contact     
I'm thinking that he surrendered because he was in France.

10 Jan 2013 09:11 AM
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kendelrio     

freewill: WinoRhino: Similar cool discovery:
My wife's grandfather passed away last year at 93. He was a Marine in WWII. He didn't talk much about his experiences in the war. He used to just tell my wife that he "took a lot of pictures." When we were cleaning out his house after his death we found several scrapbooks filled with pictures from WWII. The guy had scrapbooked everything from shipboard memos on the USS Brooklyn, to pictures from Iwo Jima. He has it all arranged in a perfect timeline with a map of where the USS Brooklyn was on each day, etc.There are ads for Chesterfield cigs in mint condition, Japanese propaganda leaflets, everything you can think of. We even found a yearbook from his time before the war in the Civilian Conservation Corps when he was stationed with Stan Musial.

You know, you could create a pretty nifty online memorial out of all that stuff that would be really interesting for a lot of people.


Yup. A whole lot of people would be interested in that...
Yup. Really would.

/walking a kicking a rock.

10 Jan 2013 09:24 AM
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Harvey Manfrenjensenjen     
Goddamn, Doris, could you be any more verbose? That article took me nearly 18 seconds to read; must have taken you at least twice as long to write it.

Mitch Mitchell: OMG y'all. There have been tings, like worlds wars, which made people build planes and stuff.


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And I bet? It like, gave a lot of people problems? With their self-esteem and shiat?

10 Jan 2013 09:29 AM
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99.998er     

foo monkey: Deep Contact: AverageAmericanGuy: They have attics in the South Pacific?

So what the hell was in the bag?

What's in the bag!?! What's in the BAAAAG!??!


Helen Keller?

10 Jan 2013 09:47 AM
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WinoRhino     

kendelrio: serious;y. I wanna see pics!


DeathCipris: That was a cool story.


freewill: nifty online memorial


lack of warmth: That would really be cool for her to loan them to a museum.


We're trying to figure out what to do with it all. We were at the Smithsonian this past October (my wife ran the Marine Corps Marathon in honor of him) and saw a display with a few papers like the ones we have in his collection. We probably have 50x the amount they did so we realized how potentially valuable it was.

The shipboard memos have announcements for on-board boxing matches, dinner socials planned and the menus (which included cigarettes for dessert!) and day-to-day orders and assignments he received. We don't want to part with any of it or try to make money, but we're figuring out the best way to share them with others and also make sure they're preserved. Any advice on that is welcomed.

I have one picture with me. It's of her grandfather. You'll notice he has a mohawk. They were sitting around base in Hawaii and three of his men were running their mouths about going to get mohawks... sometime. Having heard enough of their talk and not seeing any action, he asked each one of them for their wallets "for inspection." They handed them over. He then walked, with the men in tow, to the base barber. He sat in a chair and told the barber to give him a mohawk. After he was done he got up and said to the men, "You get your wallet back when you get your mohawk."
lh4.googleusercontent.com

10 Jan 2013 09:49 AM
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miss diminutive     

WinoRhino: I have one picture with me. It's of her grandfather. You'll notice he has a mohawk. They were sitting around base in Hawaii and three of his men were running their mouths about going to get mohawks... sometime. Having heard enough of their talk and not seeing any action, he asked each one of them for their wallets "for inspection." They handed them over. He then walked, with the men in tow, to the base barber. He sat in a chair and told the barber to give him a mohawk. After he was done he got up and said to the men, "You get your wallet back when you get your mohawk."


He sounds like he was weapons-grade badass.

10 Jan 2013 10:08 AM
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Carn     

DeathCipris: WinoRhino: Similar cool discovery:
My wife's grandfather passed away last year at 93. He was a Marine in WWII. He didn't talk much about his experiences in the war. He used to just tell my wife that he "took a lot of pictures." When we were cleaning out his house after his death we found several scrapbooks filled with pictures from WWII. The guy had scrapbooked everything from shipboard memos on the USS Brooklyn, to pictures from Iwo Jima. He has it all arranged in a perfect timeline with a map of where the USS Brooklyn was on each day, etc.There are ads for Chesterfield cigs in mint condition, Japanese propaganda leaflets, everything you can think of. We even found a yearbook from his time before the war in the Civilian Conservation Corps when he was stationed with Stan Musial.

That was a cool story.
Hard to believe something that only happened 70 years ago is already fading out of everyone's memory.


Why is it surprising when all of the people who participated in it and were alive during it are dying off?

10 Jan 2013 10:08 AM
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WinoRhino     

miss diminutive: He sounds like he was weapons-grade badass.


Toughest gerd-danged scrapbooker I ever seen. ;)

10 Jan 2013 10:18 AM
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ITGreen     

MyNameIsMofuga: If the Army was the same then as it was when I was in, he probably got charged for the duffle bag when he outprocessed.


I had to buy all my crap up front.

10 Jan 2013 10:29 AM
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PortWineBoy     
WinoRhino: Similar cool discovery:
My wife's grandfather passed away last year at 93. He was a Marine in WWII. He didn't talk much about his experiences in the war. He used to just tell my wife that he "took a lot of pictures." When we were cleaning out his house after his death we found several scrapbooks filled with pictures from WWII. The guy had scrapbooked everything from shipboard memos on the USS Brooklyn, to pictures from Iwo Jima. He has it all arranged in a perfect timeline with a map of where the USS Brooklyn was on each day, etc.There are ads for Chesterfield cigs in mint condition, Japanese propaganda leaflets, everything you can think of. We even found a yearbook from his time before the war in the Civilian Conservation Corps when he was stationed with Stan Musial.


I would call the National World War II Museum in New Orleans. What you have his not only valuable, but a national treasure!

10 Jan 2013 10:34 AM
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WinoRhino     
Mrs. WinoRhino to the rescue. She's sent along some links to pics that she's already scanned / photo'd:

Handy Japanese phrases for the advancing Marines to yell:

lh6.googleusercontent.com
Handy Japanese phrase so Marines don't get hurt:

lh5.googleusercontent.com

10 Jan 2013 11:10 AM
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Oldiron_79     

DeathCipris: WinoRhino: Similar cool discovery:
My wife's grandfather passed away last year at 93. He was a Marine in WWII. He didn't talk much about his experiences in the war. He used to just tell my wife that he "took a lot of pictures." When we were cleaning out his house after his death we found several scrapbooks filled with pictures from WWII. The guy had scrapbooked everything from shipboard memos on the USS Brooklyn, to pictures from Iwo Jima. He has it all arranged in a perfect timeline with a map of where the USS Brooklyn was on each day, etc.There are ads for Chesterfield cigs in mint condition, Japanese propaganda leaflets, everything you can think of. We even found a yearbook from his time before the war in the Civilian Conservation Corps when he was stationed with Stan Musial.

That was a cool story.
Hard to believe something that only happened 70 years ago is already fading out of everyone's memory.


Well how does the old saying go to someone in britain 100 miles is a long distance to someone in america 100 years is a long time

10 Jan 2013 11:23 AM
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azmarine     

PortWineBoy: WinoRhino: Similar cool discovery:
My wife's grandfather passed away last year at 93. He was a Marine in WWII. He didn't talk much about his experiences in the war. He used to just tell my wife that he "took a lot of pictures." When we were cleaning out his house after his death we found several scrapbooks filled with pictures from WWII. The guy had scrapbooked everything from shipboard memos on the USS Brooklyn, to pictures from Iwo Jima. He has it all arranged in a perfect timeline with a map of where the USS Brooklyn was on each day, etc.There are ads for Chesterfield cigs in mint condition, Japanese propaganda leaflets, everything you can think of. We even found a yearbook from his time before the war in the Civilian Conservation Corps when he was stationed with Stan Musial.


I would call the National World War II Museum in New Orleans. What you have his not only valuable, but a national treasure!


The Marine Corps Museum would also be quite receptive I am sure.
I salute your wife's Grandfather. I truly thank her family for the sacrifices during that war.
My Grandfather was at Tarawa. I have a Rising Sun flag and a Japanese knife.
/great story

10 Jan 2013 11:40 AM
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Bongo Blue     

WinoRhino: Similar cool discovery:
My wife's grandfather passed away last year at 93. He was a Marine in WWII. He didn't talk much about his experiences in the war. He used to just tell my wife that he "took a lot of pictures." When we were cleaning out his house after his death we found several scrapbooks filled with pictures from WWII. The guy had scrapbooked everything from shipboard memos on the USS Brooklyn, to pictures from Iwo Jima. He has it all arranged in a perfect timeline with a map of where the USS Brooklyn was on each day, etc.There are ads for Chesterfield cigs in mint condition, Japanese propaganda leaflets, everything you can think of. We even found a yearbook from his time before the war in the Civilian Conservation Corps when he was stationed with Stan Musial.


I like the online idea.

10 Jan 2013 11:57 AM
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jayessell     
Dang!
Now I have to scan the roll of 35mm negatives dad had from WWII.
In one he's sitting on a German jet.

Also...
A can of momentos in the basement.

eBay frowns on the sale of Nazi memorabilia, otherwise I'd sell
the forks and knives. (8 or so.)

10 Jan 2013 12:05 PM
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Noticeably F.A.T.    [TotalFark]  

WinoRhino: Similar cool discovery:


If you're interested in putting it online and need somewhere to put it let me know, I have plenty of FTP space for a guy like that.

10 Jan 2013 12:06 PM
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