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    Posted: 13 June 2024 at 2:33am
Just waft some of that BBQ smoke across the DMZ and the populace will likely gladly give up just for a taste. I bet you can get some defections pretty easily that way.
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So the Army decided that my record, in all of is exemplaryness, left me uniquely qualified to end our longest running war. With my expertise, I imagine North Korea will give up within the month. In the meantime I’ll be cooking BBQ for my neighbors and trying to keep my son from developing a KPop addiction. 
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Originally posted by DeTrevni DeTrevni wrote:

I've got a Muay Thai tournament March 3. Y'all want my funeral to be open casket or closed?


Open, we've all got strong stomachs I'm sure.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote DeTrevni Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 02 February 2024 at 6:03am
I've got a Muay Thai tournament March 3. Y'all want my funeral to be open casket or closed?
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Nice! I heard that Bavaria and most of southern Germany got hit with a big snowstorm. We just did the catering for the weihnachtsmarkt at the Deutche Schule Washington DC this past weekend. No snow here, but we did have lots of Leberkaese, bratwurst, weiners, kartofflesalat, and sauerkraut mit apfel. Lots of glühwein and Bitburger on tap as well.

What make of shotgun are you using for your games of trap and skeet?
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Last shooting this year, cause of the snow i used my wheelchair to get there. Wink


I like Tippmann !!!


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Greets from the range

I like Tippmann !!!


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Congratulations on both!
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I bought a house in August and I'm getting married on Friday. Time flies!
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Dude! That's cool!

Congrats on teh sexorz.

Hope you have fun being a parent.
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After nearly 2 decades of successful interruptus, we had our first child.  The docs scheduled a C-section a week before the due date because he was projected to weigh more than 12 pounds if he went full term.  He came out just shy of 10 and has been doing great.  My vasectomy is scheduled for next week.
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Congratulations Dr. AgentWhale007! Making tenure is damned near impossible in this day and age and is one heck of an amazing achievement! Outstanding job sir!
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Originally posted by agentwhale007 agentwhale007 wrote:


Forgot to post this back when it happened: 

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My grandfather died pretty young. Before my mom even got married.

The historian (who teaches at the war college) that was our guide said that it was likely due to the innate mistrust of the military and government that most soldiers develop during their time in service, especially during wartime.

Lots of rumors were swirling around by then. That we'd strike a deal with someone who replaced Hitler should they surrender, that we'd scoop up the remaining German army and turn on the Russians (this one was common on both sides of the lines) etc. etc.

One thing we learned is that the French really didn't care too much that they were ruled by Germany until the men had to do forced labor for the Germans. They'd leave for their labor duty for a year or two, and when they'd come back, their girlfriends, daughters, or wives would have taken up with the German soldiers who were stationed there more often than not. The French, and most of the other countries that Germany invaded, were more than happy to turn over their Jewish citizens, so soldiers were also worried that it'd get covered up to save face for our newly liberated allies.
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Originally posted by tallen702 tallen702 wrote:

Originally posted by impulse418 impulse418 wrote:

He liberated a camp....I can't imagine doing all that fighting just to top it off with that, that's brutal. 


He was part of an artillery battalion. HQ battery. He was the mechanic in charge of keeping the aerial observation planes flying, so he never had to fire a weapon on the field of battle. he got shelled a few times by counter-battery fire, early on, especially around the west wall and Hurtgen, but once they crushed the Colmar pocket, it was pretty safe since the Wehrmacht couldn't muster much in the way of arty and ammo for the tubes they did have. He earned a bronze star, but we recently found out it wasn't for anything related to battle, but rather for the fact that he was able to keep those planes flying regardless. He was a master machinist who literally turned shafts and other parts on lathes in the field. He even found a way to squeeze another 70hp out of the engines for the recon planes in the field. Gave his spotters an edge and kept them alive.

When the rainbow division hit Dachau, his battalion HQ was right on the heels of the infantry (he heard the infantry boys shooting the SS guards who didn't flee). Being in charge of the aerial reconnaissance planes, he and "Smith," one of his S2 buddies, had cameras and were told to record everything they could. Smith had two sets of photos developed from the negatives and took one batch, split them up between his friends (my grandfather included), and had the men secret them in their possessions to make sure the truth got out if the US Govt. didn't reveal the pure evil that the Nazis had perpetrated. We still have the photos with the descriptions that Smith typed up on the back in our possession. Bodies stacked like cordwood, the dead from the Buchenwald "death train" the crematorium, etc.

Did he ever tell you why he thought the U.S. wouldn't release the photos? 
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Originally posted by impulse418 impulse418 wrote:

He liberated a camp....I can't imagine doing all that fighting just to top it off with that, that's brutal. 


He was part of an artillery battalion. HQ battery. He was the mechanic in charge of keeping the aerial observation planes flying, so he never had to fire a weapon on the field of battle. he got shelled a few times by counter-battery fire, early on, especially around the west wall and Hurtgen, but once they crushed the Colmar pocket, it was pretty safe since the Wehrmacht couldn't muster much in the way of arty and ammo for the tubes they did have. He earned a bronze star, but we recently found out it wasn't for anything related to battle, but rather for the fact that he was able to keep those planes flying regardless. He was a master machinist who literally turned shafts and other parts on lathes in the field. He even found a way to squeeze another 70hp out of the engines for the recon planes in the field. Gave his spotters an edge and kept them alive.

When the rainbow division hit Dachau, his battalion HQ was right on the heels of the infantry (he heard the infantry boys shooting the SS guards who didn't flee). Being in charge of the aerial reconnaissance planes, he and "Smith," one of his S2 buddies, had cameras and were told to record everything they could. Smith had two sets of photos developed from the negatives and took one batch, split them up between his friends (my grandfather included), and had the men secret them in their possessions to make sure the truth got out if the US Govt. didn't reveal the pure evil that the Nazis had perpetrated. We still have the photos with the descriptions that Smith typed up on the back in our possession. Bodies stacked like cordwood, the dead from the Buchenwald "death train" the crematorium, etc.

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Originally posted by choopie911 choopie911 wrote:

Been working remote since 2020 and decided to move to New York recently. Things have been going really well here so far, going to be a hot summer.


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Been working remote since 2020 and decided to move to New York recently. Things have been going really well here so far, going to be a hot summer.
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He liberated a camp....I can't imagine doing all that fighting just to top it off with that, that's brutal. 
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We spent two weeks retracing my grandfather's footsteps through the war. My mom had always wanted to take the trip, so she and my dad footed the bill for the entire family. Flew into CDG Airport in Paris (Never do this, their customs is atrocious and will go on strike at the peak of passengers unloading from planes) from there we hit:

  • Commonwealth Beaches and Battery Longues

  • Bayeux France (Stayed at the hotel where Ike, Omar, and Monty stayed

  • Omaha & Utah Beaches

  • Back to Paris

  • Brussels

  • Westwall and Hurtgen Forest

  • Aachen

  • Duren

  • Cologne

  • Remagen

  • Koblenz

  • Mainz

  • Colmar (France)

  • Strausburg (France)

  • Tamer (Where my grandfather crossed the Rhine yet again)

  • Worms

  • Lots of little towns south of Innenstadt where he bivouacked for a period of time.

  • Wurzburg (If you're ever here, there are some really good restaurants in town and one hell of an outdoor bar, Hennes Kiosk, in front of the Hotel Walfisch that sees the sun set behind the Marienberg Fortress

  • Jossa (another Bivvy for a period of time)

  • Bamburg (worth a stop in the city center, good restaurants, beautiful river, very relaxed

  • Nuremberg, including the Zeppelin Field, Courthouse, and old city

  • Dachau (Grandfather was with the Rainbow Division when they liberated it)

  • Munich (one hell of a town!)

  • Berchtesgaden

  • Eagle's Next (Kehlsteinhaus)

  • Back ton Munich where we flew out the next day



I'd love to go back. My son LOVED the whole trip.
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