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What would you have saved if you could?

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  1. Karma

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    My country's patriotism.
     
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  2. Biak

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    I've been racking my brain trying to think of some priceless relic from the era and it finally hit me. If I had the power to save anything it would have to be the records, log books and personal stories of my four Uncles who served.
     
  3. 36thID

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    The 1st Special Services Force, not an item but a legacy.
     
  4. Slipdigit

    Slipdigit Good Ol' Boy Staff Member WW2|ORG Editor

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    The letters between my grandmother and grandfather while he was overseas. She burned them a few years before she died.

    The flag pole/water pipe that Harlon Block, Mike Strank, John Bradley, Ira Hayes, Rene' Gagnon and Franklin Sousley raised on Mount Suribachi.

    The Opana Point radar
     
  5. Spaniard

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    The list of Names of all the Canadian Soldiers that sacrificed their Lives in The Second World War.


    I Did make a Thread of All the names of US Submariners that died In WWII.

    Their names Must be Saved!
     
  6. Phantom of the Ruhr

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    The flag that flew from the Arizona's quarterdeck.
     
  7. formerjughead

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    The Japanese troops that I have worked with patriotism was not lacking, tempered, but not lacking by any means.
    I do see your point though....:salute:
     
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  8. Karma

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    Sadly the same could not be said for many people in Japan nowadays. One thing I respect about America and other nations is the general gratitude the public shows towards its veterans as well as expressing love for their country. I believe that's a crucial virtue and duty of a citizen.
     
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    It's too bad you feel that way. When I trained with the JDF in 1988-89 I was very impressed with their sense of pride and self discipline. I bet it's still there if you look for it, keep trying.
     
  10. Martin Bull

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    Yes - I've always daydreamed of how good the Warspite would look moored opposite the Tower instead of the Belfast......
     
  11. Jim932

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    How about saving George S. Patton from the car crash. He no doubt would have stirred up a lot of things after the war.
     
  12. ULITHI

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    My grandmother has all the letters that my grandfather sent her as well. She says they are for her only, and that no one else can read them. Shes going to burn them as well to my horror, but what can you do?
     
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    If I had the power to do so I wish I could recover all the MIA from the Runnymede Memorial and give them a decent grave with their relatives
     
  14. Vest

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    Some things are just too personal, to let other people in on them, I would repect their wishes, but in ULITHI's case, try to get her talking about the things you are "allowed" to know. :)
    My grandmother destroyed my grandfather's diaries and journals, on that account, but she still told me plenty of the stories they contained.

    To Skipper
    In my opinion every singel mia and every singel civilian, who where never found, deserves a decent funeral, so I will second you're wish.

    As for my own wish, I actually wish to save some things that have been destroyed during the last couple of years.
    The Danish police have had a campaign, where the collected illegal weapons, no qustions asked, and destroyed them.
    Along all those things, that should be destroyed, thousands of weapons from the war, that belonged in a museum, disappeared. :mad:

    Vest
     
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    If it survived the war, James Howard's P-51B "Ding Hao!"
     
  16. Slipdigit

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    Well, like the thread title said "if I could.":)

    When my wife's grandfather died, I happened to find and salvage a good bit from the war that they were going to throw away! I was appalled, to say the least. In the pile of discarded items was the telegram he sent telling his wife that he was coming home. Also, there were several newspapers, mostly of the war's end and letters his children had sent him overseas. I could not believe they were going to just throw it all away. It is all safe now.
     
  17. ULITHI

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    I'm adding HMS Worcester- the destroyer that made a brave torpedo run basically alone on Scharnhorst, Gneisenau, and Prinz Eugen during their 'channel dash".

    She and her crew were mutalated horribly by their big guns and indeed almost sank. But incredibly, she made it back to port under her own power. Too bad they scrapped her. Her bravery is up there with the destroyers at Leyte in my opinion.
     
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    Cassino Abbey, Coventry, Hiroshima and Dresden.

    The Compiegne forest railway cart of two armistice fame, no better reminder that wars often don't solve anything.
     
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    Meant to salute Karmas post before the one I did.

    That said, one item (if you can call it an item?) I would want to save--is all the innocent people murdered for whatever idologies in that war.
     
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    I would have said the zero that crashed on Ni'ihau, but I just remembered that it's in the Pacific Aviation Museum right now. Other than that:

    one of the Japanese super battleships (Yamato, Musashi)
    any one of the Japanese carriers sunk at Midway
    USS Enterprise (CV-6)
    USS Hornet (CV-8)
    USS Yorktown (CV-5)
     

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