Posted on Oct 31, 2018
CPT Jack Durish
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Has anyone heard any mention that we are approaching the 100th Anniversary of the end of World War I? I haven't
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LTC Stephen F.
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As in most wars, the official end of war in 1918 did not coincide with the end of the killing my friend CPT Jack Durish. Direct fire killing occurred in western and eastern Europe - especially in Russia as the Communist revolution was still claiming lives.
My paternal grandfather and his brother served as British Army lance corporals from 1915 or so until 1918.
Unexploded ordnance continued to plague farmers, souvenir collectors and school children who happened to pick up debris which exploded.

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MSgt Richard Randall
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No, I don’t forget. This is my uncle Roy’s WW I shadowbox with the WW I Victory Medal. He’s got five battle stars:

Champagne-Marne
Aisne-Marne
Oise-Aisne
Meuse-Argonne
Defensive-Sector

He was also a member of “La Societe Des 40 Hommes Et 8 Chevaux” or 40 Men and 8 Horses.
He and my aunt didn’t have any kids so they left me a box of his medals and some other stuff. I picked out what I thought was most important and had them put in a shadow box. When I look at it I really wonder what kind of special kind of hell those folks had to go through in order to survive.
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Cpl Jeff N.
Cpl Jeff N.
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Great family heirloom you have there Richard. It is great that you were able to get those and remember him in this way.
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LTC Stephen C.
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Absolutely spectacular, MSgt Richard Randall. Both of my grandfathers served during WWI, although neither went overseas. Therefore, they really don't have anything for a shadow box but for the WWI Victory Medal.
I'm fortunate though, in that I have the actual original honorable discharges for both grandfathers. I keep each them in archival clear sleeves away from light, so I hope they'll be around for quite a bit longer!
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SFC William Farrell
SFC William Farrell
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MSgt Richard Randall thanks for shairng. Quite a display. And thats an impressive Victory Medal. Not that yo plan on selling it but they are worth a few bucks to collectors.
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LTC Stephen C.
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I don't forget, CPT Jack Durish. Both my grandfathers served in the Army during the Great War, although neither served overseas. Any discussion of WWI (and your photo) brings to mind Lieutenant Colonel John McRae's poem, In Flanders Fields, which is as follows:

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

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SFC William Farrell
SFC William Farrell
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One of my favorite poems LTC Stephen C.. When I have visitors to our Artillery Company Museum, we have a 75mm shell trench-art piece from Flanders 1918. Whats interesting about the piece is it has a rather large piece of shrapnel embedded into it. I always mention the poem and most never heard of it.
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