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Old 09-19-2009, 11:28 AM   #1
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Default T. Moffatt Burriss - 82nd Airborne Jumper - Nimejgan, Holland

Below is a link to my ex father in law jumping on the 65th anniversary of his battalion's jump into Holland to capture bridges from the Germans during Operation Market Garden. He is 89 now, turning 90 in 4 days. This is his story. My sons are there with him as he jumps during the reenactment.

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Old 09-19-2009, 11:35 AM   #2
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awesome. for gods sake sit down with him and a video camera. just get him to tell stories, not just of the war, but life back then. they will be the most treasured memories and safe on film.
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Old 09-20-2009, 09:26 PM   #3
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awesome. for gods sake sit down with him and a video camera. just get him to tell stories, not just of the war, but life back then. they will be the most treasured memories and safe on film.
Absolutely great suggestion Stiff.My brothers and I did this with my dad(95 yrs old) about 10 years ago.He is still sharp as a tack mentally today, but struggles to write now.He wrote his memoirs from the day he entered service in 1938 until his discharge in 1947.We had his original writings copied and also typed with more copies made to pass to his sons, grandchildren and great grandchildren.My brother, so patient he is,filmed almost 10 hours in 30 min. segments of life then and during the war. How he met our mother(Army nurse) and their romance prior to the war,his service in Tibet,Nepal, and China and coming home were all included.It is fascinating for anyone, even more so, him being our father.These WW2 veterans are getting fewer every day, please don't let these living encyclopedias go by the wayside.They hold too much precious information on the inside.Capture it for all time!
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Absolutely great suggestion Stiff.My brothers and I did this with my dad(95 yrs old) about 10 years ago.He is still sharp as a tack mentally today, but struggles to write now.He wrote his memoirs from the day he entered service in 1938 until his discharge in 1947.We had his original writings copied and also typed with more copies made to pass to his sons, grandchildren and great grandchildren.My brother, so patient he is,filmed almost 10 hours in 30 min. segments of life then and during the war. How he met our mother(Army nurse) and their romance prior to the war,his service in Tibet,Nepal, and China and coming home were all included.It is fascinating for anyone, even more so, him being our father.These WW2 veterans are getting fewer every day, please don't let these living encyclopedias go by the wayside.They hold too much precious information on the inside.Capture it for all time!
my brother filmed some stories of my grandpa before he passed. i got him telling the story of striking out the Babe when he played pro ball.
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That my friend is a real hero
Thanks to him and I would love to let my son meet him
We remember WWII more than any other history here in my house


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Newberry Cock - that story sounds like it could be made into a movie. I bet there are many more fascinating stories like that among our CT's family members about WWII. My grandfather was a WWII vet, but died of a stroke in 1964. My dad did keep all of his correspondence to my grandmother and he talked alot about what was going on, so at least we have that. He was called to active duty from 1941 at the age of 40 until 1946.
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