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Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by RWBlue, Jan 31, 2010.
For those of you who served over seas, what did you bring back?
You wouldn't be the only military man if it is true.
My grandfather came back with a Jap rifle.
Another relative came back with a German wife.
I served in Great Britian (was a waiter for a short while )
My Grandfather brought back a CZ27.
I have that and the capture papers for it.
I also have a Mauser HSc that was a bring back, though I bought that.
I came back both proud and humbled. I brought back an appreciation for how incredibly fortunate we are here in the US. And I also brought back an appreciation that while the American way often works great, there are other ways to peel the apple too.
My dad liberated a French woman I call mom. He was about 13 years too late for the war effort so other than convining her to get married to an enlisted Navy man...it wasn't much of an effort.
They are still alive, doing well, and married almost 50 years.
a lot of memories is all I have (Philippines 86')
Oy...some war wounds are worse than others.
A hookah. An iraqi flag. A couple knives.
We couldn't bring anything 'cool' back.
My granddad brought back a luftwaffe dagger from WWII, which is hanging on my wall at this very moment. Looks just like this.
Quit lying, posting pics of my manse up here on GT.
My paternal grandfather brought back an Arisika Type 99 in 7.7mm, a handgun of some sort, and two swords.
My maternal grandfather brought back shrapnel + purple heart.
Yes they are.
Let's see, a wife, though technically I had met a year or two before my military service, I still didn't get to marry her until overseas.
A much greater appreciation for my country.
Lot's of pics and a few memories.
RW - never been in the military, but a funny reply anyhoo. LOL
My grandfather brought back his shovel and a few knicknacks. Other grandfather brought home ammo. ??? I've still got it. 45 mag - full. 3-carbeen ammo. 1 Garand clip - full.
Oh, and I think I have a German bayonet. . . allegedly brought back by the grandfather who served in the Pacific. LOL
My great grandad brought back a little tiny monkey that could fit in your front pocket. No joke.
I brought back a couple of cases of Herdinger Beer.
My wife's grand father brought back a Japanese boot knife. That's part of my WWII stuff. Wicked thing about a 12 inch long and about 1/4 o an inch thick at the most with a leather handle. It was designed for deep penetration.
Tell you what, the Military basically strips search you and your crap when you leave country for CONUS nowadays.
In Desert Storm, strip searched by customs (Soldiers).
Now coming back from Haiti (around 94) I left early for some business with 2 other Soldiers and had access to an assortment of awesome weapons (we ran a weapons buy back program with no bookkeeping, 1911's, UZI, etc) and could of stuffed a few in my rucksack.
We left country by C130, landed at Savannah Int, walked out of the plane to a waiting car near the runway. No customs, etc. Damn.
Now OIF, again you got the customs strip search.
Now when I was in Switzerland I managed to get a pristine WWII Luger from an Irish antiquary that found it in some old ladies attic for $200. That was just an easy drive over the border.
I have heard rumors from my translator in OIF that when the war first kicked off he was assigned to a CSM that came across a metal container containing 10 million USD and gave him a stack, only 10K USD, said shut up and he managed to bring it back stateside with other cargo. Lucky bastard.
This guy hated Saddam because his father was a high ranking official that planned a coup against the regime after DS but was caught and killed. Horny bastard though and kept asking me for my porn books. Sorry buddy, they are gold downrange.