An eye witness account to help bring the history into perspective.

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This picture was taken on the island of Guam.

The men you see make up two machine gun squads. Every man in this picture was either killed or wounded before World Two ended, except for the small muscular man on the left. He was the squad leader. He was my father.

Each squad was made up of seven men. There are thirteen men in the picture. The fourteenth man was taking the picture. He was also the squad leader of six of these men. These two squads worked closely together on Guam. That is evident in their body posture.

The night before they set an ambush at an advantageous spot on Harmon Road. The Japanese that had not yet been killed, captured, or surrendered, were completely surrounded and out numbered. The Marines knew some of them would try to break through during the upcoming night. That’s what they would have…

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About GP

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 December 17, 2016, in First-hand Accounts, Uncategorized, WWII and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 33 Comments.

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  2. Quite a tale indeed, and sad too all those young men that died.
    On the other hand it has to be fascinating to learn years and years later that aspect of your father, what he went through. No wonder that he would not talk of this, he was the only one of 14 men that where very tight that survived the war.
    A commentator said something about heroism, I doubt that if you ask anybody that has seen war would look at themselves as that word. They all had a job to do and did it, which most people would not do that is for certain but I doubt the survivors of that war(or of any other for that matter) would say they were heroes. Great men indeed. Can´t imagine what would the world be today if they hadn´t won the war, I think about it when I read or see a documentary of WWII. A lot of German and Japanese speaking people for sure.

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  3. Some stories just can’t be told—language is words, and words need common experiences to give them meaning.
    All a good teller can do, really, is present the unembellished facts; and without meaning any flattery you do this, and do it well.

    (Incidentally, in an Op Shop last week I found a rather tatty copy of Leon Uris’s ‘Battle Cry’. If ever you have the inclination/time it’s an excellent fictionalisation of history.)

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  4. The personal touch makes all the difference in these stories. So much courage, it is overwhelming at times to contemplate the sacrifice.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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  5. It must be very satisfying for you to have these pictures to draw from. They are the ones that will bring back memories and stories. I wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas. Greetings from chilly Canada!

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  6. Another beautiful vid of the same Josh Groban song…

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  7. Thank you for sharing this, GP! (((HUGS)))
    I am ever, and will be eternally, grateful and appreciative to all of you who have served our country!
    I have been thinking the past month about all of our military who won’t be able to be with their families over the holidays. 😦 I pray for them.
    I listen to this Josh Groban song (I’ll Be Home For Christmas) every year as part of my remembering of them.


  8. Thank you for sharing this, GP! (((HUGS))) 🙂

    I am ever and eternally grateful, and appreciative, for all of you who have served our country!

    I’ve been thinking a lot the past month+ about all of our military that won’t be home with their families for the holidays.

    Every year I listen to this old video and pray for our military.


  9. That was an amazing story. How wonderful it must have been to meet someone who knew his father back then!


  10. What a great post and loved how fate stepped in!

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  11. Yet another amazing tale you have shared!

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  12. That is chilling. My heart goes out to the son of the survivor–and thanks for preserving this history.

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  13. Your stories are fantastic as such and knowing that your father was one of the men makes it even more interesting

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  14. Dear aficionado, your blog is very good. have a nice weekend ciao from italy by rinaldo.

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  15. Amazing stories – both the one from WW2 and then the one about meeting men who had fought alongside his father! A meeting that was meant to be.

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  16. Such heroism from (extra)ordinary men

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