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begin_within Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-11-11 07:33 PM
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My Mom is a veteran
She served in the United States Marine Corps in World War II from 1943 to 1945 (and my Dad served for 20 years). She's now 93. Her father served in the USMC in World War I, and knew Gen. Smedley Butler socially. If you want to read her story, download this PDF file (3 Mb).

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lunatica Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-11-11 07:38 PM
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1. Your mom did a very tough thing
I can remember that even in the 60s and 70s women in the military weren't respected very much.
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begin_within Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-11-11 08:23 PM
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8. True, she says the male officers at that time referred to the women as
"BAMs" for "Broad Assed Marines."
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ScreamingMeemie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-11-11 07:38 PM
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2. Your mom is beautiful...
and I can't wait to read about her. Thanks for sharing.
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begin_within Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-11-11 08:23 PM
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9. Thank you
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HipChick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-11-11 07:42 PM
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3. Just read her story...Amazing life, Amazing Woman..
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begin_within Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-11-11 08:23 PM
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10. Thanks
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Jack Rabbit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-11-11 07:45 PM
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4. Maybe she knew my aunt
Aunt Mary's older son, Harry, was in high school. One day, his math class got out of control, so the teacher, as good teachers do, got the attention of the class to restore order.

"I used to be a Marine sergeant," he grumbled.

Harry started laughing.

"What are you laughing at?" the teacher asked.

Harry composed his laughter long enough to tell him, "My mother was a Marine sergeant, too."
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begin_within Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-11-11 08:24 PM
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11. Good story
And who knows, maybe!
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TBF Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-11-11 07:47 PM
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5. Fantastic family story - and I loved the photos. K&R nt
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begin_within Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-11-11 08:24 PM
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12. Thank you
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Suich Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-11-11 07:54 PM
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6. Your Mom has had an incredible life!
Loved the photos! I think Penny and I were at Disneyland around the same time!

Thanks so much for posting this, begin_within!

:)
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begin_within Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-11-11 08:22 PM
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7. Thank you - and by the way, the photos of Disneyland are at:
http://alturl.com/66qwo

The last 14 photos in the set were taken by my Dad at Disneyland on August 27, 1956, my sister Penny's 10th birthday.
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Suich Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-11-11 10:42 PM
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17. Thanks!
I'm 3 yrs. older than Penny but the clothes look the same!
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whistler162 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-11-11 08:30 PM
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13. Need to call the story something like
"My Momma wore combat boots".

Very enjoyable and informative. Thank you for sharing.
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begin_within Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-11-11 09:25 PM
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15. Thank you!
I don't think my Mom ever saw actual combat, but her father and husband did. But I like your title!
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MineralMan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-11-11 08:36 PM
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14. Give her a hug for me, if you can. I'll hug my WWII vet father for you
in exchange.
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begin_within Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-11-11 09:25 PM
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16. I will, thank you!
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