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Posted 2 years ago

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toracat
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My father was a Captain in WW-2. His unit first went to Alaska to fight the Japanese on Aleutian Islands, then went to Leyte Philippines, My father told me a shell hit directly on a bunch of American soldiers, Many just young boys, and many killed and wounded. He ran to help with wounded and as he was leaving to back down to his Company, he saw this, part of shell that killed many Americans, he kept it only because of the writing on it. When I was small boy on farm in Nebraska, I thought it looked like a boat or ship. Later my father was shot through the neck, but survived, he stayed in Army reserves and retired a Colonel. toracat I know this item is not worth anything but story is interesting!

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  1. miKKoChristmas11 miKKoChristmas11, 2 years ago
    Your father must have been one tough cookie! Thank you for sharing his service with us, and this remembrance of those who died fighting for freedom and justice. miKKo
  2. toracat toracat, 2 years ago
    Thank you MiKKo! toracat
  3. scottvez scottvez, 2 years ago
    Document the story-- put it in writing and store it with the shrapnel, so it is not lost to future generations.

    Actual this type of war souvenir is HIGHLY prized and sought out by collectors!

    scott
  4. toracat toracat, 2 years ago
    I also have lots of photos from Aleutian Is. and Leyte, I guess his friend took them, and sent later, I never saw my dad take a photo in his life! haha toracat
  5. toracat toracat, 2 years ago
    When I was 7 or 8 I was pretending it was a knife and swinging it around, well there are many razor sharp points on this, I cut my hand in 2-3 places, and when I dropped it I cut my foot! My mom put away and I did not see for 6-7 years! toracat
  6. mona50, 2 years ago
    Toracat, I love the story and the piece.
  7. packrat-place packrat-place, 2 years ago
    That is a wonderful story, thank you for posting.
  8. toracat toracat, 2 years ago
    thanks!
  9. terrims terrims, 2 years ago
    sorry everyone...I did not know. I will not do it again. I must admit, I did not read the rules......again, I am sorry.
  10. musikchoo musikchoo, 2 years ago
    I Love your post and description. Anyone with Pride in our Military would!! I do not see anything wrong with it at all toracat. I think, for one, You are one that deserves an apology. What is everyone's take on this???
  11. toracat toracat, 2 years ago
    I did not see the comments, I do not want to offend anyone, I am disabled Vietnam Vet. My son is 1/2 Japanese. My ex-wife is from Miyako Is. Japan. I have been in over 35+ countries and like all people and religions. I crossed Sahara, Down the Amazon, Inca Trail, Tikal, Dazu, Copan, and many other places. I will leave up for 1 week then I will remove it. toracat
  12. toracat toracat, 2 years ago
    Young Warriors;
    Should fate find you on the battlefield,
    May your cause be a just one.
    May your courage not falter.
    May you show mercy to your enemies.
    May your efforts bring the blessings of peace.
    May you be triumphant and earn victory.
    May your sacrifice be always appreciated.
    May you endure the conflict unharmed.
    Should you be harmed,
    May your wounds heal.
    Should you perish in the struggle,
    May God embrace you and find a
    Place for you in his Kingdom.
  13. toracat toracat, 2 years ago
    Oh thank you, it is not for sale of course, I would only sell or really give to museum in USA or Japan and then story and photo would have to go with it. thanks scandinavian_pieces. I really enjoyed my 2 visits to England! toracat
  14. musikchoo musikchoo, 2 years ago
    BRAVO scandinavian_pieces!! I did not see the post about buying the piece. I thought someone was slamming toracat for his post and comments and I wanted to uphold toracats post. Hope to see you here as long as you want to share things with us. Thank you for your SERVICE!! Thank you scandinavian_pieces, for Clearing up the situation
  15. mrmajestic1 mrmajestic1, 2 years ago
    A salute to your Father and to you. Welcome Home!
  16. toracat toracat, 2 years ago
    thank you, toracat
  17. terrims terrims, 2 years ago
    Wow....I didn't realize that my post was going to stir up so many things. Again, I am sorry for asking to purchase your item. My father was wounded by shrapnel on Layte.....He is an 87 year old WWII Army veteran with a bronze star and purple heart. I am so very proud of him. I am a woman Marine veteran. Was a Sgt. stationed at MCAS El Toro, Ca. from 1974-1978. I don't want to make any enemies here....it was a mistake and I can only promise it won't happen again, ok? Now can't we all just get along? lol
  18. terrims terrims, 2 years ago
    Please keep comments on-topic, respectful, and free of solicitations to buy or sell.
    Read what's appropriate here.

    If I would have read what was written above this wouldn't have happened......
  19. terrims terrims, 2 years ago
    Thanks, SP....appreciate that.
  20. toracat toracat, 2 years ago
    Hi terrims! toracat here I am not mad at anybody! Welcome to the site! I was just wondering what was going on. No problem here, there are many things I would like to buy!, but that is why this is great place to learn with no buying. So Sgt Terrims thanks for your service! And your fathers also! Maybe they knew each other! Your father and mine! toracat
  21. musikchoo musikchoo, 2 years ago
    terrims,I for one did not see your offer to buy. As for as I am concerned, there is no reason for anyone to be upset here. The only reason that I responded as I did was the fact that I thought someone didnt like toracats post. I had no idea there was a post to buy his item. Welcome to our "Family"here. Everyone is friendly and helpful. Sorry about that, I just didnt know all the facts.
  22. terrims terrims, 2 years ago
    Thank you for you and your father's service also. I appreciate it. My father was in the 112th cavalry what about yours?
  23. terrims terrims, 2 years ago
    Thanks musikchoo......I was wondering what the heck was going on myself? lol
  24. toracat toracat, 2 years ago
    Hi my father Army paper says 32nd Infantry toracat
  25. terrims terrims, 2 years ago
    Guess they didn't know each other.....lol
  26. walksoftly walksoftly, 2 years ago
    I guess my comment must have been the one that started all this, I saw terrims request to buy, I reported it as I always do. I also commented that this wasn't ebay & that we don't buy or sell on CW.
    My apologies to torocat & terrims, my intent was not to upset anyone, I just did what I thought was the right thing to do.

    torocat I thank you for your post & sharing the story of your father. ( this was deleted for some reason)

    terrims I hope you stick around & share a few things with us, it's usually not this dramatic.
    We guard this site & it's members are like family & we quickly rally to their defence.

    David
  27. terrims terrims, 2 years ago
    It's ok, David.....it was my fault for not reading the rules.....but now I know. I didn't even know about this sight until I googled shrapnel and here is where I ended up. I will stick around.

    Terri

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