OPEN LETTER TO: ALL

Courtesy of

Courtesy of “The Voice of the Angels.”

As we venture back to the past for the Pacific War, there will continue to be eye-witness stories, the Farewell Salutes, occasionally a homeland episode and military humor.  I may not supply all the resources for my posts, since as many as 5 or 6 may be used to verify the information of any given post.  My bibliography has grown to 6 pages long and has not even been updated lately; also my own library has grown considerably since I first chronicled the war.

I will be re-blogging  some of my own posts from the Archives – updated since they were first published.  This entire site is dedicated to my father, Everett A. Smith, aka “Smitty”, who served in the Headquarters Company/187th Regiment/11th Airborne Division in the Pacific during WWII and the 11th A/B as a whole; therefore it is only right that I do so.  Smitty never said, “I did this” or “I did that,”  it was always – “The 11th did IT!”

Everett

Everett “Smitty” Smith at Camp MacKall, N.C.

As a member of the 11th Airborne Association (Member # 4511) myself, I am privy to their newsletter, “The Voice of the Angels,” edited by Matt & Kara Underwood, and I will be using quotes and stories from that publication.  Mr. Underwood and the officers of the Association have been of great assistance to me and I thank them very much for their help.

This website is ever changing and being updated, because further knowledge is always being learned.  Smitty told me and many others, “I try to learn something everyday.  When I stop, Please, close the lid.”  I have never forgotten that motto to live by and I sincerely hope you all do the same.

Please, DO continue to share what stories you know and/or a link to data you’ve uncovered and put them in the comments.  I am afraid no emails will be opened.  If you are not a blogger, you can Follow by clicking the Follow button in the top right-hand corner of each post.

REMEMBER!

I thank you all for your contributions in the past and hope you will continue to do so.  If you are new to this site – WELCOME!!  We have a wonderful group of people participating here – join them.  Reminder – we have the volunteers and veterans of the Little Rock, AR area watching us too – help show your support of our veterans .

Please remember that these countries, in the following posts, were in a horrendous war and NOTHING written or quoted here is with the intent to disparage any people or nations.  And, I have tried to limit the amount of gory details without shading the facts.  I hope I succeed.

Click on images to enlarge.

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Military Humor – 

Some definitions you may want to keep in mind:

ARMY – a body of men assembled to rectify the mistakes of the diplomats
DRAFT BOARD – the world’s largest travel agency
MILITARY EXPERT – one who tells you what will happen next week – and then explains why it didn’t
NEW GUINEA SALUTE – waving the hand over the mess kit to ward off the flies
PACIFIST – a person who fights with everybody BUT the enemy
WAR – a time that starts off paying old scores and ends up by paying new debts
 
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Farewell Salutes – 

Brian Ashton – TePuke, NZ; NZ Reg. # 386718, Platoon B, Malayaus-flag-and-soldier-1

George Barton – Joliet, IL; US Air Force, WWII

Richard Crawford – Seattle, WA; US Navy (RET.), submarine service, Vietnam

Arthur Kitts – Singer Island, FL; US Army, WWII, antiaircraft battery

Hung O. Lee – College Point, NY; US Army Air Corps, WWII, 511th/11th A/B Div., PTO

Carmen Edward Mercandante -Amsterdam, NY; US Army, WWII, ETO

Reinhold “Hank” Nagel – Sun Lakes, AZ; US Army Air Corps, WWII, HQ Company/187th Reg./11th Airborne Div., PTO

Johnny Powell – Cartwright, OK; US Navy, WWII & US Air Force, Korea (Ret. 23 years)

Franklin Trapnell Jr. – Richmond, VA; US Army, Colonel (Ret. 34 years), 2 tours Vietnam

Thomas Weatherall – Toronto, Can; British Army, WWII

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About GP Cox

Everett Smith served with the Headquarters Company, 187th Regiment, 11th A/B Division during WWII. This site is in tribute to my father, "Smitty." GPCox is a member of the 11th Airborne Association. Member # 4511 and extremely proud of that fact!

Posted on July 7, 2014, in ABOUT, Introduction, SMITTY and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 179 Comments.

  1. You got me with the military humour. Looking forward to browsing your posts. Cheers.

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  2. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE – and for blogging to make sure that those who gave their lives might live on and be honored. Merry Christmas.
    xx,
    mgh
    (Madelyn Griffith-Haynie – ADDandSoMuchMore dot com)
    – ADD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching co-founder –
    “It takes a village to educate a world!”

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  3. Hi there. Thank you for visiting and following HoB. Much appreciated!

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  4. Good morning Sir;

    We’ve been reading each other’s blog posts and it just hit me that you could be a source of information for a couple personal projects I’m looking into!

    The last 3 years, we have coordinated a ruck/run/walk here in our town for the Carry The Load organization out of Dallas. This year, one of the names we had on our list was my wife’s great uncle (Leonard Rock), who was killed in the Battle of the Bulge. The other man is my own grandfather (Harold Miller), who didn’t actually die IN COMBAT but suffered injuries bad enough to affect the rest of his life upon return and resulted in a brutal suicide in which my father found him the next morning.

    To make a long story short, I guess I’m curious if you have access to a repository of data regarding military units and individuals in World War II or if you may have your own collection to cull information from. I am completely fine doing the “legwork” myself, but would love to know if you have any further information about either of these men. My information is still pretty scarce, although I found a gentleman who has some after action reports and maps of Leonard’s troop movements in the Battle of the Bulge. Leonard was supposedly shot on the 17th of December, but didn’t pass away until the 20th.

    I have attached all the information I have for both gentlemen. I sent on a request for military and medical records to the NRC as well, but would love any type of anecdotal information to further personalize these two men.

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Howard Miller
    Nebraska
    PVT
    CO C 44 ARMD REGT
    WORLD WAR II
    SEPTEMBER 11 1919 (or 1929, can’t be 100% sure of the 3rd digit)
    MAY 2 1953

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Leonard L Rock
    SERVICE #33889341
    STATE Virginia
    CASUALTY 12-20-1944
    Army Private
    UNIT 4th Infantry Division, 22nd Infantry Regiment
    BURIAL Plot C Row 15 Grave 16, Lorraine American Cemetery, St. Avold, France

    AWARDS
    Purple Heart
    Combat Infantryman Badge
    American Campaign Medal
    World War II Victory Medal

    Thank you SO much for any help you may be able to provide!

    V/r,
    Dave Miller (CrzyDJM)
    (crzydjm AT gmail)

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  5. Thank you for yours and other’s service to our country. I wanted to thank you also for following my blog. I will certainly take the time to visit yours as well. I hope your day is a happy one! 🙂

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  6. Thank you for your service Smitty.

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