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Velhalla 09-30-2016 08:04 PM

Post a War Hero
 
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My grandfathers cousin, Charley Havlat, the last American killed in combat in Europe during WW11, he and my grandfather lived and grew up together in a Czech community in Nebraska.
https://www.abmc.gov/news-events/new...i#.V-7ElCRey-c

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I always heard the stories but really didn't have proof he was the last killed til I stumbled on this article, I always thought it was a little white lie.

bran 09-30-2016 09:07 PM

Yes...a hero. Lest we forget. Good thread.

kasheku 09-30-2016 09:56 PM

anyone who knowingly puts themselves in the position 5o protect freedom is a hero. respect to everyone who has served this country with honor and dignity

kasheku 10-01-2016 02:07 AM

i meant to say all countries. the world has a lot of heroes

Yorkie 12-15-2016 03:13 PM

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How many do you want?

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Yorkie 12-15-2016 03:15 PM

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Take your pick

tarnoch 12-15-2016 03:37 PM

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Yorkie 12-15-2016 05:17 PM

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Originally Posted by Velhalla (Post 2245969)
My grandfathers cousin, Charley Havlat, the last American killed in combat in Europe during WW11, he and my grandfather lived and grew up together in a Czech community in Nebraska.
https://www.abmc.gov/news-events/new...i#.V-7ElCRey-c

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I always heard the stories but really didn't have proof he was the last killed til I stumbled on this article, I always thought it was a little white lie.

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On Aug. 18, 1945, three days after World War II officially ended, U.S. Army photographer Sgt. Anthony J. Marchione (1925-1945), 20th Reconnaissance Squadron, was aboard a B-32 aircraft when it took cannon fire, wounding Marchione severely. He later died and was the last American to die in the war.

ericredbeard 12-17-2016 03:57 AM

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On Aug. 18, 1945, three days after World War II officially ended, U.S. Army photographer Sgt. Anthony J. Marchione (1925-1945), 20th Reconnaissance Squadron, was aboard a B-32 aircraft when it took cannon fire, wounding Marchione severely. He later died and was the last American to die in the war.

^This guy died in the Pacific Theater, shot up flying over Japan.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Consol...B-32_Dominator
On 18 August 1945, four Dominators were given the task of photographing many of the targets covered on the previous day; however, mechanical problems caused two to be pulled from the flight.[3] Over Japan, a formation of 14 A6M Zeros and three N1K2-J Shiden-Kai (George) fighters (apparently mis-identified as Ki-44 Tojos by the American crews[4][5]) attacked the remaining two U.S. aircraft. Saburō Sakai, a Japanese ace, said later that there was concern that the Dominators were attacking.[5] Another Japanese ace, Sadamu Komachi, stated in a 1978 Japanese magazine article that the fighter pilots could not bear to see American bombers flying serenely over a devastated Tokyo.[6]

The B-32 Dominator Hobo Queen II (s/n 42-108532) was flying at 20,000 ft (6,100 m) when the Japanese fighters took off[6] and received no significant damage.[7] Hobo Queen II claimed two Zeros destroyed in the action as well as a probable Shiden-Kai. Japanese records show that no aircraft were lost.[citation needed] The other Dominator was flying 10,000 ft (3,000 m) below Hobo Queen II when the fighters took off.[6] The fighters heavily damaged that Dominator, initially wounding the dorsal gunner and then seriously wounding two other members. Photographer Staff Sergeant Joseph Lacharite was wounded in the legs (his recovery required several years).[7] Sergeant Anthony Marchione, a photographer's assistant, helped Lacharite and then was fatally wounded himself.[7] Marchione was the last American to die in air combat in World War II.[7] Despite the damage, the Dominator returned to Okinawa. However, the incident precipitated the removal of propellers from all Japanese fighters as per the terms of the ceasefire agreement, beginning 19 August 1945. The last B-32 combat photo reconnaissance mission was completed on 28 August, during which two B-32s were destroyed in separate accidents, with 15 of the 26 crewmen killed. On 30 August, the 386th Bomb Squadron stood down from operations.

ericredbeard 12-17-2016 06:05 AM

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Claus Philipp Maria Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg, (and company)...

... was a German army officer and member of the German nobility who was one of the leading members of the failed 20 July plot of 1944 to assassinate Adolf Hitler and remove the Nazi Party from power. Along with Henning von Tresckow and Hans Oster, he was one of the central figures of the German Resistance movement within the Wehrmacht. For his involvement in the movement, he was executed by firing squad shortly after the failed attempt known as Operation Valkyrie.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Claus_von_Stauffenberg



He let things come to him, and then he made up his mind ... one of his characteristics was that he really enjoyed playing the devil's advocate. Conservatives were convinced that he was a ferocious Nazi, and ferocious Nazis were convinced he was an unreconstructed conservative. He was neither.
--- Nina Schenk Graefin von Stauffenberg, wife

He had everything to lose, and in opposing with the most direct and personal action The Leader that led his own entire nation to ruin, he did lose everything...except his honor.


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