Halloween WWII Style

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Pacific Paratrooper


This story is condensed from: EVERY VETERAN HAS A STORY_______

The other morning I woke up and looked out the window and saw pumpkins smashed and some decorations strewn.  “Ah, good,” I said to my daughters, “someone has done their research on the history of Halloween!”
They rolled their eyes and kept reading the comics over their bowls of cereal.  After 13 years of fatherhood, I’d lost the ability to shock them…or they were hoping by their indifference to ward off the inevitable history lecture to follow.  If so — it didn’t work.
Foe much of our history, Halloween wasn’t about trick-or-treating or going around in costumes – it was about vandalism.  Halloween celebrates the dark side, the side we reject and fear – all that we try to deny.  Mischief making has historically been a part of that.  If you look at newspapers 80 or 90 years ago…

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

Posted on October 30, 2015, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 46 Comments.

  1. Wonderful. People can find humor in the direst of situations – in fact, I think that’s what gets us through it.

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  2. I like the USAF logo on the pumpkin best. Very nice double-play there.


  3. Hello, nominated you for the Blogger Recognition Award. Congratulations.

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  4. hello gp cox its dennis the vizsla dog hay those ar sum awsum pumpkins for shoor!!! altho i think that — aaiiiiieeee deemon pumpkin hed skwirrel!!! run away run away run away!!! ok bye

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  5. wow! great post and eye-catching pix! Of course I’m going to woof, “Go Navy”

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  6. I’m glad the people found the best way to celebrate this day even in such sad times… Happy Howl-o-ween!

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  7. Happy halloween 🙂


  8. Cool jack-o-lanterns GP!


  9. What a good post! Happy Halloween!


  10. Is that first image a carved pumpkin? Pretty amazing.


  11. Very enjoyable, GP, even though I don’t celebrate Halloween!
    Best wishes, Pete.

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  12. Very interesting!! I didn’t know about Halloween’s history of vandalism. Halloween is a very creative time of year, that’s for sure. Maybe it helps quell the fear of death to become a ghoul, ghost, or other frightening thing…..and laugh. 🙂

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  13. Wonderful post. Happy Halloween!


  14. Way cool post – Air Force Pumpkin WooHoo!

    Happy Halloween or Samhain as my ancestors would say on November 1!

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  15. This is a great and funny read, GP Cox! 🙂
    We wish you and yours a ghostly, scary, spooky and truly great Halloween!
    The Fab Four of Cley,

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