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Old 08-31-2019, 08:38 PM   #21
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I don't know too much about my family history, but from what I've been told, my great-great-grandfather, Daniel Hobbs, has a town in North Carolina named after him, Hobbsville, which is in Gates County. I have yet to visit it, but I'm going to try to this fall. I hear the general store there sells Hobbsville t-shirts and I'm going to try to get one. I have a cousin in Danville, VA that knows more about this.

Another interesting fact that I did not know until later in life is that both of my grandfathers were in the Battle_of_Okinawa. My paternal grandfather, RM2 John Greenwald, was a radar operator aboard the USS Hugh W. Hadley that downed 23 enemy aircraft with assists on many others. She almost didn't survive the attack. My maternal grandfather, MM2 Edward Hobbs, was an engineroom supervisor at the age of 19 aboard an LST that did beach landings offloading troops and equipment. LSTs didn't have names, just numbers, and I don't recall the number at the moment. I knew none of this when I enlisted in the Navy, but after knowing this, it made me proud that I served in the Navy.
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Old 09-01-2019, 08:05 AM   #22
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I don't know too much about my family history, but from what I've been told, my great-great-grandfather, Daniel Hobbs, has a town in North Carolina named after him, Hobbsville, which is in Gates County. I have yet to visit it, but I'm going to try to this fall. I hear the general store there sells Hobbsville t-shirts and I'm going to try to get one. I have a cousin in Danville, VA that knows more about this.

Another interesting fact that I did not know until later in life is that both of my grandfathers were in the Battle_of_Okinawa. My paternal grandfather, RM2 John Greenwald, was a radar operator aboard the USS Hugh W. Hadley that downed 23 enemy aircraft with assists on many others. She almost didn't survive the attack. My maternal grandfather, MM2 Edward Hobbs, was an engineroom supervisor at the age of 19 aboard an LST that did beach landings offloading troops and equipment. LSTs didn't have names, just numbers, and I don't recall the number at the moment. I knew none of this when I enlisted in the Navy, but after knowing this, it made me proud that I served in the Navy.
My grandfather was in the Navy for the entirety of ww2, he wrote a personal history later on his life, seems like there wasn't an island or battle in the Pacific that he wasn't a part of. He was sitting on the deck of a ship preparing to invade mainland Japan when the news came across that they had surrounded following the bombs. He went and occupied for a couple weeks then got to go home since he had so much seniority. It's funny because all I remember of him was him being a plump old man sitting in an easy chair.
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Old 09-01-2019, 10:01 AM   #23
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...both of my grandfathers were in the Battle_of_Okinawa.
Thanks for their service, and for yours.

I just recently finished reading With the Old Breed: at Peleliu and Okinawa, by PFC Eugene Sledge, 5th Marines. It is regarded by many to be one of the finest war memoirs ever written, and in it “Sledgehammer” conveys the absolute horror and unholy hell Okinawa was for those men on the ground.

Well worth the read.

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Old 09-01-2019, 05:55 PM   #24
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WOW! That's Awesome! Thank you very much.
He was one brave dude. Nothing to do with me, but it’s pretty interesting. WWII was such a horrible time.

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Old 09-01-2019, 05:57 PM   #25
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In tracing her family members, my Mom ran into someone doing research for Jack Nickelson. It turns out he was adopted and likely a child of a relative of my mother.
She traced the oldest American ancestor of her mothers maiden name. It was Jonas Weed who first came to America in 1630.
My Fathers family mostly German came over from Switzerland in the early 1700's and settled in what is now Lancaster Co. Amish country. Apparently selling their farms and moving to Cumberland Valley. Had a great great grandfather in the 26th PA Calvary during the Battle of Gettysburg, however he was probably stationed in Harper's Ferry guarding against Rebel reinforcements.
His Uncle fought with Grant in 6 months of battles up to and including Appomattox Courthouse.
Had a few great uncles in the Merchant Marines during WWII. Dad and an Uncle served and got a medal from Korea.
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Old 09-01-2019, 06:37 PM   #26
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Thanks for their service, and for yours.

I just recently finished reading With the Old Breed: at Peleliu and Okinawa, by PFC Eugene Sledge, 5th Marines. It is regarded by many to be one of the finest war memoirs ever written, and in it “Sledgehammer” conveys the absolute horror and unholy hell Okinawa was for those men on the ground.

Well worth the read.

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Yeah I read that and it was good. My favourite memoir was written by a German soldier on the Eastern front. It was Okinawa every day for years for them. The book is called The Forgotten Soldier by Guy Sajer. It is incredible.
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Old 09-02-2019, 06:00 AM   #27
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Old 09-02-2019, 06:33 PM   #30
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Old 09-02-2019, 06:35 PM   #31
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Oh wait, let me clarify, not the guy on the cross, it was this dude that used to cut our lawn.
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Old 09-03-2019, 05:10 AM   #32
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Many years ago, my mother traced her family and my father's family back as far as she could. She said my father's family (Adams) were descendents of John Adams. Probably a good percentage of the Adams' in the U.S. could claim the same.
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Old 09-03-2019, 05:56 AM   #33
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June Carter, my gm was her cousin. Johnny by marriage.
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Old 09-03-2019, 06:14 AM   #34
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Good stuff right there, brings back memories of 7th grade Texas History class.
I'm a veteran of that class as well
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Old 09-03-2019, 07:28 AM   #35
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Well, la-di-dah! My ancestor got kicked out of the tribe for taking too many banana breaks!

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Old 09-03-2019, 07:32 AM   #36
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I'm a veteran of that class as well
Likewise. 7th grade Texas history, Strickland Jr High, Denton. Mr. Frith.

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On my Maternal's Grandmothers side Grover Cleveland, my great grandmother was a cousin of his.
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