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Date: 07-December-98  From: hoffcarl@aol.com

  Hi to all fellow citizens, As we would say it back down in Indiana. Remember, what today was like back in 1941. Where were you on this day? I know some of you were just a gleam in your fathers eye, that means (not born yet).

  I came from a very remote area at that time down in Southern Indiana, Jasper and Huntingburg. Seven of my buddies an I were bowling that night at the Gerbo Bowling Lanes on The Public Square. We finished bowling at 2130 hours, and in coming out of Bowling Alley building, it was being announced that the Japs had bombed Pearl Harbor.

  What become of the eight men ? Four got killed in the war, two died within the last five years, one is in a Nursing Home there near Jasper and I am the most fortunate one of the lot here in Dayton, Ohio. I am now seventy six years of age and it is surprising that Hitler's POW Stalags at least did not kill me. As my family members have always reminded me, my Great Grandfather George Bauer was an eccentric and stubborn man. If any good could come out of that, I can say I was too stubborn to die.

Lets hear from more of you. Good luck and Goodbye,


Date: 9-December-98  From: Gainesbrgr@aol.com

    I am a Senior Chief Petty Officer with 20 yrs Naval service. My rating is Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Launch and Recovery Equipment) Catapults and Arresting Gear onboard Aircraft Carriers. The (AB's) that I have met over the entire span of My career have been some of the finest men and women that America has to offer to the defense of this great Nation. All the names are all the same, the faces all blend together but the determination and unity will never be matched in any Rating in the Navy or any other branch of the Armed Forces. At 0400 shooting No-Loads or tearing down a CRO Valve after 20 hours of flight operations and then re-reeving then starting all over with little or no sleep. The re-spot and the emergency pull forward, the gas soaked purple shirts and the blue shirt with chocks and chains. All grubby and all with a watchful eye to the next intake exhaust that will eat them or blow them over the side in a blink of an eye. There is no feeling or experience in the world as to stand on the flight deck of a carrier crouched down between two catapults and feel your heart quiver from the noise and power from twin afterburners of the F-14 tomcat as it is launched into the air in two seconds. To all who shall read this, sleep well at night because no matter what conflict should arise the AB's of the U.S. NAVY are at the tip of the spear ... turned into the wind ... all four cats up! Waiting for the green deck!


USS Independence CV-62, USS Theodore Roosevelt CVN-71, USS Nimitz CVN-68, USN


Date: 26-December-99  From: bud@tenforward.com

     I'd like to urge ALL Veterans of every service to look through the following web-sites on the internet, which detail the things which we who served in America's Merchant Marine went through in order to run those delivery ship of war to our Troops and Allies that we could finally call Victory over our enemies. Had it not been for the Merchantships and their crews, W W II would definitely ended up in an all together different ending ( YOU BETTER BELIEVE IT ).






--- Harold "BUD" Schmidt Sr., Now a resident of Sequim,Wa. but originally from New Jersey, signed up in 1944 at 16 to serve my country when it needed kids like me to help it, and proud to have done so.

Patriotic Links

Memorial Day, A Remembrance Poems, Photos and Music

Proud To Be An American  Music and Fireworks with Lyrics

Ragged Old Flag Music and Patriotic Lyrics


Back to the Justin Museum of Military History



Missing Planes of the 452nd Bomb Group, Web Conference Page, with bulletin boards and looking for info posts

Flying Tigers Bulletin Board, History Pages Bulletin Board on various WWII topics

Royal Wings Discussion Page, site devoted to discussion posts about RAF including Looking For Information,Use Back Key To Return

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