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No1Hokie

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Cool story I discovered a WWII pic of my grandfather setting up a .


machine gun nest in Burma thru google that nobody in my family had ever seen. My grandfather was one of the 3000 volunteers for the unit that became known as Merrill's Marauders. He died of brain cancer before I was born, but after he worked in the coal mines of PA, he enlisted and volunteered for what was essentially a suicide mission with Merrill's Marauders. They marched over 1000 miles thru the Himalayan Mtns with zero mechanized support, into Burma behind enemy lines with mules and packs on their backs and fought the second longest jungle campaign in history against an elite japanese unit that vastly outnumbered them. They were sent there with no extraction plan because the expectation was 85% casualties. The entire 1057th was awarded bronze stars and the 75th Ranger regiment wears their patch to this day.

Every single man of those 3000 volunteered. 3000 men needed nothing but to hear that their country needed them.

When my grandfather returned alive, he was nursed back to health from AOE (accumulation of everything) by my grandmother. They married... he built a house with his own hands, 5 kids later he died of brain cancer leaving the strongest person I have ever met to raise 5 kids on her own. She crushed it so much so that there was zero question on how our first born daughter would be named... she got the absolute strongest name my wife and I could imagine. Period. Full stop.

My grandmother would be honored, but the men and women of the greatest generation bestowed a tremendous gift on all those paying attention.

[Post edited by No1Hokie at 03/20/2017 11:17PM]

(In response to this post by Vienna_Hokie)

Link: Paul Sofranko... on the left... unshun


Posted: 03/20/2017 at 10:50PM



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  You should've seen it in color... -- Freddyburg Hokie 03/21/2017 10:47AM
  Dang. SHAREOTD. +1945. -- bourbonstreet 03/20/2017 11:48PM
  Great stuff. Thanks for sharing it. ** -- reestuart 03/21/2017 09:09AM
  Shun ** -- Brown Water 03/20/2017 7:11PM
  Post it ** -- HokieDan95 03/20/2017 6:06PM
  All you have to do is look at the enlistment swell of 2001 -- typed by ben 03/21/2017 07:02AM
  Yep... -- chumley 03/20/2017 11:46PM
  Interesting concept there, photo. Deep thoughts. -- CPRVHokie 03/20/2017 7:45PM
  You left out humble and hitworthy. ** -- PhotoHokieNC 03/20/2017 8:11PM

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