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Old 08-15-2020, 03:39 PM   #1
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Default V-J Day August 15, 1945

Thank you to all the men and women who served then, since and now.
Wonder if we have any WW II vet Fordbarners?

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Old 08-15-2020, 04:04 PM   #2
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Wow, they would be nearing 95 years-young, or more. I KNOW we have some sons (and maybe a daughter or two) of WWII vets here. My dad was a right seat B-17 driver flying out of England. They made it through the tour with the airplane "whanged-up" a time or two, but all made it back home to America in one piece. I know that Dad kept-up with two guys in his crew through at least 2003. DD
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Old 08-15-2020, 04:12 PM   #3
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They are almost gone. Two of my friends who drove right up to the end went in the last two years, one at 99 a dog face and one at 98 a submariner, both had great storys to tell.
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Old 08-15-2020, 04:26 PM   #4
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my brother enlisted in '43, but was transferred to Merchant Marine when they discovered he was only 16.
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Old 08-15-2020, 06:39 PM   #5
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Just finished Countdown 1945 by Chris Wallace last night, the story of the atomic bombs dropped on Japan that ended the war in the Pacific and created V-J Day.

Highly recommend it and had trouble putting it down. I was two years old then, so don't remember too much about it at the time, but have been to Los Alamos and Alamogordo, New Mexico.

If you like history, WWII airplanes and war stories, you'll love this book. (Not sure if I remember there being anything involving our Fords, but they must have been in there somewhere!)
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If my math is correct, you had to be born in 1923 to be 18 in 1941. My dad was born in 1926 and went into the service at the very end of the war, never left the US. He is currently 94. Anyone born in 1923 would be 97, getting up there. Most of the guys I worked with when I first started at Boeing were ex-WWII pilots or crew. It was very interesting, I know a few of them are still alive.
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Uh, V-J day was August 15,1945, not April 15.

I share your sentiments, though.

(V-E day was May 8,1945.)
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If my math is correct, you had to be born in 1923 to be 18 in 1941. My dad was born in 1926 and went into the service at the very end of the war, never left the US. He is currently 94. Anyone born in 1923 would be 97, getting up there. Most of the guys I worked with when I first started at Boeing were ex-WWII pilots or crew. It was very interesting, I know a few of them are still alive.
Jerry, we all owe a debt to Boeing...for many reasons!!
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I lift my hat to all who fought and contributed to the war in the Pacific. My Dad was born in 1919 in South Australia and was in this group but was not allowed to go to war because he was a toolmaker which was a protected industry. He made naval guns and bofours anti aircraft guns in Melbourne Victoria. He passed at 94 years. We will remember them. The greatest generation for sure. Regards, Kevin.
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My dad ,born 1915was in the NZ airforce, father in-law was in the NZ airforce at Gualcanal,
Three Uncles served , one a pow in Europe, One mussing in action in Libya.
My generation is very lucky to have missed all of that s**t
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Old 08-15-2020, 09:16 PM   #11
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My Great Uncle Charles Edwin Brown was killed in a tank (M24 Chaffe light tank) crossing the Muese in Febuary 1945.
He was 4f in'41 but had surgery so he could enlist. Christmas '44 is quite a story.

Think about this,
2020 1940 1860
Right now WWII is exactly half way to the Civil War.
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My dad turned 100 in May. Entered the Army when he graduated from Lehigh University in 1942. Spent the entire war as a bomb disposal officer. Recalled during the Korean Conflict. Not so clear on things today but still remembers defusing bombs and all things ordinance from the war.
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Uh, V-J day was August 15,1945, not April 15.

I share your sentiments, though.

(V-E day was May 8,1945.)

Please forgive me for that mistake. I really was thinking August but typed April. What's worse, I actually thought all day yesterday that V-J Day was Aug. 14 and wanted to make sure I got it right today. Embarrassing to say the least. Sorry, JIM


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Please forgive me for that mistake. I really was thinking August but typed April. What's worse, I actually thought all day yesterday that V-J Day was Aug. 14 and wanted to make sure I got it right today. Embarrassing to say the least. Sorry, JIM


Really, you are correct. Japan agreed to the terms and ceased fire August 14, 1945.
The next day, August 15, 1945 was celebrated as VJ day.

Germany had two surrenders.
The first was May 7 to Eisenhower at Rheims where Jodl surrendered all forces East and West unconditionally.
Stalin insisted on another ceremony so Keitel surrendered (repeated the ceremony) to Zhukov in the East on May 8.
The day after the first surrender and the day of the 2nd surrender May 8 is VE day.
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Two cousins in our family served, one in the Navy and aboard a minesweeper in Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 and the other in the Army Air Force flying the Hump between India and China, Both survived the war but are now both gone.
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Just finished Countdown 1945 by Chris Wallace last night, the story of the atomic bombs dropped on Japan that ended the war in the Pacific and created V-J Day.

Highly recommend it and had trouble putting it down. I was two years old then, so don't remember too much about it at the time, but have been to Los Alamos and Alamogordo, New Mexico.

If you like history, WWII airplanes and war stories, you'll love this book. (Not sure if I remember there being anything involving our Fords, but they must have been in there somewhere!)
Half way through it and loving it. Earlier this year I read 'Killing the Rising Sun'. That was great too. The good guys won.
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Really, you are correct. Japan agreed to the terms and ceased fire August 14, 1945.
The next day, August 15, 1945 was celebrated as VJ day.

Germany had two surrenders.
The first was May 7 to Eisenhower at Rheims where Jodl surrendered all forces East and West unconditionally.
Stalin insisted on another ceremony so Keitel surrendered (repeated the ceremony) to Zhukov in the East on May 8.
The day after the first surrender and the day of the 2nd surrender May 8 is VE day.

VJ-Day (the end of hostilities) is observed at the same moment across the globe, which falls on two consecutive calendar days due to the International Time Zones. The formal surrender in Tokyo Bay then took place on September 2nd.
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All my great Uncles served . They used to tell some amazing stories.
One was a mechanic in a tank recovery/repair unit-When they evacuated Crete, just in front of the Germans, he left a sack containing all the units micrometers and specialist tools addressed to his parents house in New Zealand in the street of a Cretan village . 12 months later it showed up in New Zealand.

The same Uncle described a British column and a German column in the desert passing each other as they traveled in opposite directions . Despite the fact that they were less than a hundred yards apart they each choose to completely ignore the other. No one wanted a fight that day !
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My Dad fought in New Guinea and Leyte, I still have his uniform and the sniper bullet they took out of his back. His first car when he got back was a '36 Ford rumble seat coupe, he's been gone ten years now.
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Please forgive me for that mistake. I really was thinking August but typed April. What's worse, I actually thought all day yesterday that V-J Day was Aug. 14 and wanted to make sure I got it right today. Embarrassing to say the least. Sorry, JIM


No worries, 19Fordy. We knew what you meant and thanks for the original post that started this thread and caused us to remember the events leading up to it and our own personal connections.
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