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Duncan Gibbs
12-27-2016, 11:21 PM
Having on of his fine home-brews with Jeff (Skuthorp) yesterday and we were musing on the state of things generally, war and politics and Dad offers a view based on two experiences.

He lived through the blitz of Plymouth which left the place looking like this:

http://news.images.itv.com/image/file/960138/stream_img.jpg

He remembers well the bombs raining down, but said the most terrifying experience of his life was riding out a cyclone in Fiji twenty odd years later. "You could escape the bombs in shelters, but the was no escape from the cyclone: You were just in it."

Nature will squash us if we don't respect it and care for our one and only home.

bobbys
12-27-2016, 11:46 PM
I read they took the children to the country to stay.

I also read the germans sent those bombs over willy nilly so no one had no idea where they landed..

my dad said the japanese had the beach zeroed in and they were under intense bombardment along with zeros strafing.

he said you dig down and pray..

I cannot imagine what it would be like..

Duncan Gibbs
12-27-2016, 11:54 PM
Your Dad was at the battle shown in Hacksaw Ridge wasn't he Bob?

PeterSibley
12-28-2016, 12:05 AM
or one very much like it ?

bobbys
12-28-2016, 01:35 AM
Your Dad was at the battle shown in Hacksaw Ridge wasn't he Bob?
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saipan. He was in the 4thMarine Division..

amish rob
12-28-2016, 02:51 AM
Just had Christmas with my wife's grandpa who was on Saipan.

Peace,
Robert

PeterSibley
12-28-2016, 03:28 AM
Dad was at Buna in New Guinea, he said the Japanese were deadly in defence.

Paul Pless
12-28-2016, 05:25 AM
My father talked about the good times he had in the Navy during WWII and after. He never once spoke of combat. Not once.

skuthorp
12-28-2016, 07:19 AM
My father's views of the Japanese are not really fit for publishing here.