Hello my name is Scott, my member name is not unique, but I am glad I found this forum. I am 41 and I became interested in WWII when I was a teenager (unfortunately not as much as I should have). I was able to spend the day with one of my grandfathers who served on the USS Idaho (BB42) during the war. He was a 20mm gunner. He spent the day telling me some stories, showing me pictures, and old shells. I recall that he could still remember the smell. My other grandfather served in the Utah guard until it was activated in 1940 and then was assigned to the 25th infantry division. He was a medic and was active until Japan surrendered. Neither of my grandfathers talked much about it. My grandfather who was a medic wrote a history and in it, he talks about the unopposed landings (Guadalcanal, Northern Solomon's, New Georgia, and Luzon). I had a picture in my head of Utah or Normandy beach. Only after much study did I realize this was a tactic to allow the Americans a small beach head and then attack. My interest is all things WWII, however, the topics that interest me most are BB42 and Tropic Lightning. I have several rare books. One is my grandfathers Cruise Book for the Idaho and the others are The 25th Division During WWII. Another book I have is spiral bound called 165 days: A story of the 25th Division on Luzon. It was sent to my grandfather from a buddy when he and my grandmother missed a reunion. There is a drawing in the book of soldiers loading wounded troops into a vehicle. The writing in the front said, "Joe, look at page xx, you should remember this." It gave me a whole new insight into my soft spoken grandfather. His history talked more about the marching, mud, tropical disease, and the brief R&R in New Zealand where he and a buddy were able to live with a farmer and help during the day. However, it was short lived as they were off for 18 months of training. I have some pictures, I have some propaganda that he took home. One has a skull and cross and says HELLo Doy Boys! It is very interesting and rare. He also talks about how the entire unit was down when General Dalton was killed by a sniper at around the same time FDR died. Scott Rogerson. To all current and former veterans, I salute you!