Lost my last "so old he was in WW II" buddy today

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  1. FrieAsABird

    FrieAsABird Strat-O-Master

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    RIP to Jimmy. A few weeks ago, a former neighbour of ours passed away, aged 96- that man had seen some stuff. Being from Germany, he was of course on the wrong side of history from our perspective, but he was drafted late in the war and was captured by the British and kept as a POW until late 1946. He never spoke much of that time, but he was one of the most intensely anti- **** people I’ve ever met. I think it’s always sad to think of all the stories those folks could have told :(
     
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  2. amstratnut

    amstratnut Peace thru Music.

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    Those guys literally saved the world. Then came back and lived their lives with character. RIP

    My dad was a child in WW II.He was in a Japanese concentration camp. That did something to him. People who go thru war have things they carry for life.
     
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  3. mgdesigns

    mgdesigns New Member!

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    I am glad that you made a good OLS friend of him, and I am truly sorry for your loss. My Dad was in WWII and Korea, and started the 7th Infantry Fighting Band in Korea, carrying his sax and gun at the front lines. He played up until 2 weeks before he passed away 9 years ago, at age 90. They were tough guys through and through. Not the whining weinies that protest everything today.
     
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  4. Nadnitram

    Nadnitram Most Honored Senior Member

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    Wow. Sorry for your loss, and also happy for the "long run" Jimmy enjoyed. Also happy that you got to know him.
     
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  5. Slartybartfast

    Slartybartfast Strat-Talker

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    Yep. My dad, a WWII vet and the man who introduced me to the Stratocaster, died about eight years ago. I'm so glad he taught me his values. He was truly a great, true and kind, if flawed and conflicted man.
     
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    Strangher11 Strat-Talk Member

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    They were without doubt the greatest generation ... imho
     
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  7. Chaplin

    Chaplin Strat-Talk Member

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    Sorry for your loss :( But grateful that he led a very long prosperous life.
     
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  8. Chaplin

    Chaplin Strat-Talk Member

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    I think that's more fact than opinion
     
  9. BigDan

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    I'm sorry your friend has passed. Anyone that has ever lived and known a member of this generation know. They are the most honest,compassionate,unassuming,strait shooters on the planet.
     
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    RIP Jimmy! I’ve posted before about my friend Bud Anderson who will be 100 next February. Bud is now the sole surviving Triple Ace fighter pilot.
    Did your pal Jimmy do any video’s of his experiences? Here’s a video where Bud shares his story of growing up and becoming a pilot. Its long. At the end of the video is a great description of one of his successful dog fights with a German pilot.
     
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  11. StratUp

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    No, no videos although he'd heard about the video project. Not so sure he wanted to relive it through story, although he could tell some if in an upbeat mood and looking to do the wry smile.
     
  12. JB74

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    May you find comfort in knowing he had a 'full' life.
    condolences.
     
  13. Keep on Truckin

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    SALUTE !