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Posted: 12/28/2005 6:17:58 AM EDT
Yesterday at 2:30am my Grandfather passed away. He had been fighting Diabetes, a Heart Condition and recently diagonosed cancer.

He was a great man. He was a devoted Christian, which eases the pain. He was married 59 years to my Grandmother that survives him.

He taught me to fish. He gave my my first rifle, a Spanish Mauser in 8mm. He gave me my first shotgun, a Rem 1100 in 12 gauge.

I loved him very much.

Here is a excerpt from his diary he kept during his days as a soldier in WWII I thought ya'll my be interested in:
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S.E. Albritton
100th Infantry Division
L Company of the 398th Regiment
2nd Platoon

Dec 10 '44
We approached Reyersuiller but heavy opposition forced us to dog in for the night.

Dec 13 '44
We took Reyersuiller and dug into the hill over looking Bitche. The Maginot-fortification.

December 14 '44
We took the high ground before Ft.Sheisseck to permit the 1st Btn to move through unharmed, but the opposition was so intense they were unable to pass beyond our line.

December 15 '44
We withdrew to previous positions beyond Reyersuiller leaving the 1st Btn as a holding force. Our artillery then put forth an intense barrage and the Air Coprs bombed and strafed in a desperate attempt to neutralize the pillboxes.

Dec 17 '44
At 11:30am the big attack started on the Maginot line. We moved into the open field facing Ft.Sheissack. The Gerries were throwing everything they had at us so we were pinned down for the rest of the day. About dark we were able to move up to the highway leading into the city of Bitche and dug in for the night.

Dec 18 '44
The next morning we took pillboxes 9,10 and 11. Number 9 being Ft.Freudenburg and number 10 and 11 being Ft.Sheisseck. (A Gerry patrol took my shovel!)

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Thanks for reading my tribute

See you on the other side Papaw

Link Posted: 12/28/2005 6:42:30 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/28/2005 6:43:53 AM EDT by Cape_hunter]
Very sorry for your loss.
RIP
Link Posted: 12/28/2005 6:49:13 AM EDT
God Bless.

Speedy journey to the heavens Soldier! Thank you for your service.

CMOS
Link Posted: 12/28/2005 6:57:46 AM EDT
RIP
Link Posted: 12/28/2005 7:14:39 AM EDT
God speed soldier, your reward awaits. Thank-you for making the World a better place, we still need more men like him. Thank-you for sharing with us ar15bubba, our heart felt condolences to you and your family.



Link Posted: 12/28/2005 7:16:17 AM EDT
Rest in Peace.

I'll keep you and your family in my prayers.
Link Posted: 12/28/2005 7:24:16 AM EDT
I had a great uncle who died in the battle of the Ardennes...I never got to meet him of course but i have never ending pride and respect for him and all of his brothers who fought....RIP
Link Posted: 12/28/2005 7:26:51 AM EDT
Link Posted: 12/28/2005 7:31:33 AM EDT
A great man and a great American!
Rest in peace, sir.
Link Posted: 12/28/2005 7:52:58 AM EDT
ar15bubba: I'm sorry to hear that. Now the torch has been passed to you, so go forward and make him proud of you.
Link Posted: 12/28/2005 8:47:18 AM EDT
Sorry to hear it. Lost my grandfather last year. He was a WW2 vet as well.
Link Posted: 12/28/2005 8:49:40 AM EDT
Link Posted: 12/28/2005 6:27:33 PM EDT
One last BTT
Link Posted: 12/28/2005 6:29:43 PM EDT
RIP granddad
Link Posted: 12/28/2005 8:33:02 PM EDT
Sorry for your loss buddy. My grandad, also a WWII vet, died a year ago today.
Link Posted: 12/28/2005 8:38:52 PM EDT
be happy you knew him as long as you did... you are a lucky guy. RIP
Link Posted: 12/29/2005 3:10:22 AM EDT
God bless your Grandfather . He was a hero . Make sure you keep his memory alive in your family .
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