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Old 05-25-2015, 12:48 PM   #1
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Its on an HBO marathon. Even though Ive seen the series no less than 10 times it still makes me thank God for our country and the men who have served.

Thanks vets! And to all who haven't seen the miniseries, its quite possibly the best show that has ever been produced. Starts slow, but after 3 epidsodes is the most riveting film you could imagine, and the best part... Its our kin who did this.

Best show ever from any production company ever. Give up 8-10 hours of your life and get interested in WWII. Greatest generation... without a doubt.
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Old 05-25-2015, 01:16 PM   #2
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Winters was an amazing man.
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Winters was an amazing man.
I couldn't just pick out one man. They all were. If you haven't seen "The Pacific" you should. Same type of deal except other front.

Toughest bastards that ever lived. If they lived in medieval times, Lancelot would have been there bitch.
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Were you at all let down by The Pacific?

Maybe I expected too much, but it didn't live up to BOB for me. That's an impossible standard though.
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Were you at all let down by The Pacific?

Maybe I expected too much, but it didn't live up to BOB for me. That's an impossible standard though.

I watched about the first half and it was pretty good, but it didn't have the true life connection with the post-episode interviews, and some of it was more contrived, it seemed.
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Were you at all let down by The Pacific?

Maybe I expected too much, but it didn't live up to BOB for me. That's an impossible standard though.
Maybe for the first couple but only because BoB set the ridiculous standard. I also tend to think we arent as hyped about the pacific rim because it wasnt as conventional warfare. Almost every great movie of WWII is based on the European front because we can feel it, city to city door to door. Pacific was takeover island, leave island takeover but get bombarded continuously in the process. No war had ever seen the likes of it.

I'm guilty of it. I've tried to study as much as I can about the Pacific front to understand it the best I could. There was just no individual "bad guy" good vs evil type of feeling. Just a thought.

Pacific was great, no BoB but still really accurate and thought provoking. A bit more contrived as far as an agenda from the production stand point but thats expected.
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Did you enjoy "Flags of Our Fathers and Letters from Iwo Jima?

I did.
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Even though it was a bit more contrived by Hollywood I always get teary eyed at the end of Saving private Ryan. It was very loosely based on a guy in the same division as the band of brothers.
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Ditto.

I've probably watched it 8 times.
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My father has about 100 black and white pictures that were taken by a sailor aboard his ship of Iwo Jima during battle. He still doen't talk too much about it. Dropping young Marines off on the beach in his landing craft and watching them get blown up right in front of him at the age of 18 is lot to handle at that age.
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Even though it was a bit more contrived by Hollywood I always get teary eyed at the end of Saving private Ryan. It was very loosely based on a guy in the same division as the band of brothers.

It's just too hard to watch anymore. I made it through twice, don't need to see it again.
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Watched Saving Private Ryan yesterday again, it never fails to leave an impression of what these guys lived through. To think there are idiots stomping on the American flag. Dam liberals
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I always have a hard time reconciling the Pacific with my Grandfather's experience. He had the absolute time of his life. Left an awful home situation and lied about his age to get in the Navy at 16, then made lifetime friendships, traveled the world, learned a trade, and being on a tanker ship, never was on the front. Granted it's pretty heavy to know that if you take one shot, your entire ship is going up, but he was never in the fracas like so many others were.
It's always crazy for me to watch Letters, The Pacific, or any of the other Pacific Theatre movies because of how drastically different an experience two people can have while doing essentially the same thing.

Fun fact that I learned only after my Grandfather passed away this past fall, he learned to swim AFTER he joined the Navy. Who the hell joins the Navy and doesn't practice swimming first?
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BoB, absolutely wonderful series. Had to buy the DVDs of course.

My father had two brothers in the Pacific theater, one was at Guadalcanal the other was at various other landings as I had been told.

Two of my Mother's brothers were in the European theater, her brother Kenny was a bombardier and was shot down over France and became a POW. He survived as they all did.

My father was a one of the first Warrant Officers in the Army Air Corps, during WWII was a pilot but never had to go over seas.

Amazing what these guys went through.


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Watched Saving Private Ryan yesterday again, it never fails to leave an impression of what these guys lived through. To think there are idiots stomping on the American flag. Dam liberals
My dad was a wwII vet ( pacific theater)---and later Korea as well.
My FIL was a wwII vet, (pacific theater)
one went to college on the GI bill and raised 6 kids
the other was a union Carpenter---and raised 6 kids
one was a lifelong democrat---and had been a CCC boy before WWII
the other was a lifelong republican---but HIS dad was in the WPA in the 30's
plenty of liberals would never step on the flag
but conservatards like YOU--- I don't know......
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I have all the dvd series and Saving private Ryan, personally I think it should be a mandatory thing in school to watch. The opening scene in private Ryan really drives home what these men had to do and sacrifices they made. A salute to all past and present serving. Thank you will never be enough.
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If anyone likes to read I would like to recommend a very interesting book titled Bottoms up , a world war two pilot's story. I grabbed this book a couple of years ago at the library. I didn't read the jacket cover, just saw the title and thought I would like it. When I started reading I was surprised to learn that it was about a local guy that went to the same high school as me and a friend of mine 's dad was even mentioned. The guy was shot down and spent time as a POW. I don't want to spoil the story but things get pretty interesting for him 55-60 years after the war.
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If anyone likes to read I would like to recommend a very interesting book titled Bottoms up , a world war two pilot's story. I grabbed this book a couple of years ago at the library. I didn't read the jacket cover, just saw the title and thought I would like it. When I started reading I was surprised to learn that it was about a local guy that went to the same high school as me and a friend of mine 's dad was even mentioned. The guy was shot down and spent time as a POW. I don't want to spoil the story but things get pretty interesting for him 55-60 years after the war.
Good books are always better than TV. This will get put at the top of the "must reads"

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I have all the dvd series and Saving private Ryan, personally I think it should be a mandatory thing in school to watch. The opening scene in private Ryan really drives home what these men had to do and sacrifices they made. A salute to all past and present serving. Thank you will never be enough.
My father who saw action in the Pacific has always been very critical about movies. He said Saving Private Ryan was as close to the real thing he's ever seen in any movie.

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