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    WWII - Please meet Parkie, the young kid who made a man out of himself

    Hello Everyone, The brotherhood has grown smaller by one, Jack passed away on Thursday. At 1:00 AM in the morning, I have a last letter from Jack; He left it to be put on the boards, when he passed. From Jack. I have been feeling very poorly of late, and I know that my time has come to an end...
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    WWII - Please meet Parkie, the young kid who made a man out of himself

    Hi everyone An update for all of you,parkie is doing great.he has the use of his hands back,he can stand ,but he can’t walk yet,His son bought him a brand new motorized scooter,so he’s all over the hospital grounds,(until they locked it up till he goes home). Late Friday night they brought in a...
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    WWII - Please meet Parkie, the young kid who made a man out of himself

    Jack here.thanks all for your support of me.I had some trying times of recent.We will write again.I have spent a few days writing a entry for parkie,this being an important day in his life, Trial by Fire. For parkie May 23 1944   Having successfully broken the Gustav line. Allied troops now ...
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    Today in Military History

    I felt that since one of our own on the army.ca site participated in the assault,I would write this for him. may 23 1944 Having successfully broken the Gustav line. Allied troops now  must breach the Hitler line, The final obstacle lying between the Allies and the Rome.May 23 1944 is the day...
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    All world war two guys read please?! Patrick Pattenaude

    nadine No,your grandfather,wouldn't have been at Juno.but he would have either known these boy's,or of them,he would have been with buster,but,buster can't speak of the war at all.we have tried,he just can't do it.No.I wasn't at cassino.parkie was near there,he has the Italian star also.He has...
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    All world war two guys read please?! Patrick Pattenaude

    Nadine. Yes, she had a strong will. To be able to look after everyone, six of them were older, but she had five kids that were all about six and under, and one set of twins in there. One of the hardest things I had to do when I came back, I had to go and see Mrs.kyle.Her son had joined up around...
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    All world war two guys read please?! Patrick Pattenaude

    many knew morse code.it was a way of communicating if the radio was unable to transmitt voice,By using on-off a person could communicate. When we got home we had whatever we wanted ,has long has it was moose meat and potatoes.parkies family was pretty hard up,but his sister was a very good...
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    All world war two guys read please?! Patrick Pattenaude

    Nadine We had a wireless walkie talkie, that the companies used to communicate with the headquarters, but we had people who’s job it was to operate them and to carry them because they were quite heavy, But they didn’t reach far, just a couple of miles, I think about 3- 4 miles if I remember...
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    All world war two guys read please?! Patrick Pattenaude

    Nadine In a war the size of that,who do you know to trust,If someone were to write a letter home and it said,for example.hi this is Fred , from  a certain Canadian regiment,I'm sitting in Paris right now. If the information fell into the wrong hands. Just a small misplaced word could be used to...
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    All world war two guys read please?! Patrick Pattenaude

      A soldier could write home,if he had a moment to sit and write,some wrote at night if they had the paper,But writing at night was very risky,A sniper could see you,see a small light or movement and you would be dead.Paper was sometimes hard to come by.And letters were censored so badly,some...
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    All world war two guys read please?! Patrick Pattenaude

    If we couldn't make it to where they could feed us,we had emergency rations,Biscuits.chocalate.There was a tinned meat that we had, but they didn't really give that out for a one man ration,one can would be meant to feed two or three.I guess they call it spam.we use to ask what it was,the...
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    All world war two guys read please?! Patrick Pattenaude

    nadine Just slow down,and take your time,dear,there's no big rush.If this old guy can type with two fingers then you can type too,Right? Just pay attention and you'll be fine.
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    All world war two guys read please?! Patrick Pattenaude

    well,I suppose it is good to know about,that we learned that too much power in one man's hands can be a terrible thing.if he can get people to follow his ideas,it can be a dangerous thing. Hitler made sure that everybody knew of his hollow promises,he made every couple that got married own a...
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    All world war two guys read please?! Patrick Pattenaude

    nadine I did stay in some houses, in France,though many had no one living in them.Mostly though I slept on the ground rolled up in a sheet that was made from a kind of rubbery stuff. That's when we could sleep,The German's were always on us trying to push us back.so you sort of slept with one...
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    All world war two guys read please?! Patrick Pattenaude

    Nadine Yes,we can thank god,that he didn’t take over.god and a lot of very young boy’s,not  full grown men.Boy’s. We were no older than you are,when we faced them,I guess if we take a look at what they did in every place that they took over,That ,is what was waiting for all of us.They would have...
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    All world war two guys read please?! Patrick Pattenaude

    Why did I go to war? I hung around with a guy who was like my big brother growing up,(parkie).If he was going to war, Then I was going to war also.Him,Buster and I made a pact that we would all come back or none of us would,And has fate would have it,we all came back, but we lost a lot of our...
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    All world war two guys read please?! Patrick Pattenaude

    Nadine This is jack; I see that your searching for something to tell you what it was like for your grandfather. I give you this. to remember him by. A cool breeze blew off the shore; spray from the front of the landing craft was making a solemn, almost peaceful rhythm has it slapped on the...
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    All world war two guys read please?! Patrick Pattenaude

    sorry.Don't feel bad about it,I wasn't implying that you weren't proud of him. has long has he's your hero that's all that really matters to you isn't it.I can tell you by knowing most of these boy's by spending time with them, that your thoughts of him are all that really matter. we want to be...
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    All world war two guys read please?! Patrick Pattenaude

    hello nadineR there's some of us here that were with the rifles.but we can't remember him.Don't take that has anything other than we are pretty old guy's,and that's a long time ago.that's one of the hardest things to remember.is names.But,please don't say he was just a gunner,he was far more...
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    Shooting prisoners and Canadian Army war crimes

    Yes,hot lips I think a lot of grandfathers out there would say the same or similair,we started out just a bunch of kids,whatever we became,they made us into that.Soldiers.killers.murderers.whatever the nazis want to call some of us,well,we're a product of your evil.I often think of...
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