Lost a great american hero last night

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  1. boatman37

    boatman37 Well-Known Member

    Jun 6, 2015
    pittsburgh
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    My great uncle passed away last night. He was 102 (I think). He was one of the few Pearl Harbor survivors still alive. He was a Staff Sgt in the Army and was coming down a hill in his Jeep with another soldier when the planes hit. They were thrown over a hill and he was injured by shrapnel and a severe back injury. His buddy had a very bad leg injury but my uncle tied a tourniquet on the guys leg and drug him back up the hill. He was in the hospital and at some point told them he wanted out because others needed that bed worse than him. He healed and stayed in the Army for another few years. He was still altogether there mentally and would tell the story about the 'Japs' and how the planes were so close they cold see the whites of their eyes. He has a big collection of medals in a case and has a brick in the Road to Victory Brick Program.

    RIP Uncle Joe!

    In the one family pic you can see my aunts and uncles. My uncle in the back with the long beard was in the Marines in Vietnam and my other uncle in the picture was in the Army at the end of Vietnam. He passed away last summer. My gradfather (uncle Joes brother) passed away in 1981. These pics were taken about 2 years ago right around uncle Joes 100th birthday
     

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  2. Carpediem44DB

    Carpediem44DB Well-Known Member

    Aug 18, 2015
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    These guys are becoming rarer by the day. What a wonderful thing to have had such a guy in your midst. Sorry for your loss but sounds like Joe lived life right. They just don't seem to make too many like him these days.
    CD
     
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  3. Nater Potater

    Nater Potater Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Oct 19, 2020
    Southwest Idaho
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    We just lost my wife's grandfather last year. Born in '21. Fought in the Philippines. Was sharp as a tack right up to the evening when he passed away in his sleep. My wife has many fond memories of fishing, shooting, and flying down the back roads in Grandpa's El Camino. He sure left a hole in our lives when he checked out. At least he lived long enough to spend a couple of years with his great-great-grandson.
     
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  4. OllieC

    OllieC Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Mar 11, 2013
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    What an amazing American! My condolences and thank you for sharing.
     
  5. FootballFan

    FootballFan Well-Known Member

    Jun 20, 2012
    Florida
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    Our condolences for your loss.
     
  6. spikedaddy99

    spikedaddy99 Well-Known Member

    Jun 11, 2008
    Prentice, Wi
    2005 500 DB
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    RIP Sgt. Gasper. Thanks for sharing.
     
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  7. Third Edition

    Third Edition Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

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    May this hero rest in peace.
     
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  8. my3sons

    my3sons Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Feb 24, 2009
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    As the remaining members of the greatest generation leave us, I am concerned that the history books and the media will never adequately convey to future generations how great they were. All American's compassion, and also grit and willingness to sacrifice, is something becoming extinct in our time. Though our members of the military, both past and present, still represent the best of the best imo. Sounds like a life well lived.
    Sorry for your loss.
     
  9. villain style

    villain style Well-Known Member

    Oct 10, 2006
    Safe Harbor Marina Kent Island, MD
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    RIP to your Uncle- Sounds like a great guy!! I agree 100% with the above. My Dad also a WWII Veteran in the Marines - Passed a few years back.. But they do not make them like this generation. My Mom is 97 and still going strong!!
     
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