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I went with a friend to visit a elderly man who was placed in assisted living. He is a WW2 Navy Vet. He was on the USS Breton, a escort carrier, during the war as a flight deck fireman. While I will ask a vet what branch & if in the Navy , what ship(s) but out of respect I will never ask for any war stories. However Walt told us about an incident during the Battle of the Philippine Sea or The Great Marinas Turkey Shoot. He said they had launched several fighters that took off a then their engines sputter & died. The problem turned out to be bad gasoline.  Destroyers were picking up the pilots while they were taking the remaining planes to the hanger to find the problem when a Japanese Betty came in under the radar. One fighter was still on deck. The order came to launch that plane. The Betty had attacked a different carrier  1st and was heading towards the Breton. The fighter took off and downed the Betty without having a chance to even raise his flaps or gear.

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2 minutes ago, kgh52 said:

I went with a friend to visit a elderly man who was placed in assisted living. He is a WW2 Navy Vet. He was on the USS Breton, a escort carrier, during the war as a flight deck fireman. While I will ask a vet what branch & if in the Navy , what ship(s) but out of respect I will never ask for any war stories. However Walt told us about an incident during the Battle of the Philippine Sea or The Great Marinas Turkey Shoot. He said they had launched several fighters that took off a then their engines sputter & died. The problem turned out to be bad gasoline.  Destroyers were picking up the pilots while they were taking the remaining planes to the hanger to find the problem when a Japanese Betty came in under the radar. One fighter was still on deck. The order came to launch that plane. The Betty had attacked a different carrier  1st and was heading towards the Breton. The fighter took off and downed the Betty without having a chance to even raise his flaps or gear.

I agree about not prying for war stories from vets, unless the are volunteered, as this gentleman did. It is, what he told you, that
you probably will never find in any historical reference. Funny situation inside the chaos of war. Thanks for sharing this. 

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1 hour ago, Crusin_Custard said:

I agree about not prying for war stories from vets,

My Dad served as a Combat Engineer in the 11th Airborne Division in the Leyte and Luzon Campaigns. He never talked about what he saw and did in the many battles that he was in and trying to talk him into telling about it was a waste of time. I think that he wanted to forget the horrors that he saw and experienced and that's why he didn't talk about Combat.

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Not a navy story, but my grandfather was in the calvery in WW1, we never heard him mention the war. Years after he had passed we requested his military records from the Canadian Forces. When we recieved them, almost an entire year of his records had been censored. And the very end of his service was spent in an internment camp, 8 months, in England. We approached the Canadian War museum to see if they could fill in the blanks. From what they told us, he was part of the repatriation force, such horrors were committed against the German population during that time that the Canadian government was worried about the soldiers returning home, hence the internment camps. Sometimes it's better not to know the "stories"

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I heard my grandfather & dad talk to other vets but it was always about the humorous thing that happened, never combat.

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last i heard,my grandfather fought in some spanish colony war before he came to brazil,of course he died when i was only 4 or 5 years old,and he didn't speak portuguese,only spanish,making it much harder to know if that was true or not.

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