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spareparts 11-09-2012 10:21 AM

Tribut to Ssgt. Martin
 
I had the opportunity to take some photos of my Grandfather's military memorabilia. Veterans Day is coming up so I thought I'd post a little tribute to him since it will probably be his last. His heart is slowly failing him.

Here'a pic of his Purple Heart and some of the shrapnel that he received it for.
http://i147.photobucket.com/albums/r...e/DSC_7232.jpg
http://i147.photobucket.com/albums/r...e/DSC_7327.jpg

From the stories Grandpa has told me, he was injured in France by a German mortar. He had a bunch of inexperienced soldiers under him. They came under fire by machine guns and a mortar. The new guys were so intimidated by the German guns that he couldn't rouse them to attack. So Grandpa and a buddy flanked and took out two of the machine gun nests with hand grenades. They jumped in a ditch to avoid mortar fire as they closed in on the mortar team. As Grandpa put his right hand on the side of the ditch to assist injumping out of it a mortar shell went off in front of him. Whether by pure luck or the grace of God it blew his hand in front of his face and shrapnel when everywhere except in his eyes. He still has shrapnel in him to this day, including a pea sized piece that went through his neck and missed doing spinal damage by a couple of mm.

spareparts 11-09-2012 10:21 AM

http://i147.photobucket.com/albums/r...e/DSC_7183.jpg

http://i147.photobucket.com/albums/r...e/DSC_7272.jpg

http://i147.photobucket.com/albums/r...e/DSC_7268.jpg

spareparts 11-09-2012 10:22 AM

His hygene and sewing kit. The little aluminum tube was powdered toothpaste. Still tastes minty after all these years.

http://i147.photobucket.com/albums/r...e/DSC_7301.jpg

spareparts 11-09-2012 10:29 AM

And one of my favorite shots. His dog tags and Combat Infantry Badge.

http://i147.photobucket.com/albums/r...ieddogtags.jpg

KAVEMAN762 11-09-2012 11:11 AM

This should be a dedication thread for WW2 vets, as they are slowly leaving us for good.
Really good pictures, and great summary.

FamilyofShooters 11-09-2012 11:28 AM

Thank you very much for sharing this valuable memorabilia. My father & Uncle were also wounded in the Philippines and France in WW2 and had many stories to share on the back porch.

jmsenk 11-09-2012 2:50 PM

second from right, under review, is my Grandfather, CPT (Later MAJ) Albert B. Head sr. on in June, 1944. Purple Heart, Bronze Star at Utah Beach, Normandy. I have his BSM, my brother has his PH (He received one his first tour in Iraq, so its fitting) and my cousin has the Colt 1911 he carried on June 6th.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...ik/ww2-s-1.gif

epilepticninja 11-10-2012 10:07 PM

Your Gramps is a bad @$$. :thumbsup:


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