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My Father Southern France 1945

Article about: My father William T. Grist on the right in Southern France January 1945 with his 1928A1 Thompson Submachine Gun... Unit 901st. Ordnance HAM... And he still alive an well at 88 yrs......BILL

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    My father William T. Grist on the right in Southern France January 1945 with his 1928A1 Thompson Submachine Gun... Unit 901st. Ordnance HAM... And he still alive an well at 88 yrs......BILL

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    "As long as there are brave men and warriors the halls of Valhalla will never be silent or empty"

    In memory of my father William T. Grist December 26, 1920--September 10, 2009..
    901st. Ordnance H.A.M. North Africa, Italy, Southern France....ETO
    Also in memory of my mother Jane Kidd Grist Feb. 22, 1920-- September 27, 2009... WWll War bride May 1942...

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    God bless him. Spend as much time as you can with him Bill.

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    Thank your father from me mister Grist for helping liberating us, god bless him and I hope he will live another 20 years in good health!.

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    Bill:

    Interesting picture of the 6 wheeled version of the Jeep. After 27 years in the Army, I'm familiar with the M151 series of vehicles with the trailer, but I've never seen a 6 wheeled version like that. Do you have more info? Thanks, Jeff

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    Hi Jeff, welcome to the forum.

    Bill has showed me this photo before, and being a WW2 Jeep owner and enthusiast the vehicle caught my eye straight away too. It is a field made vehicle and not a production model. There were various factory made prototypes made though, if you search the "Willys MT TUG" you will find some info.

    Cheers, Ade.

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    Hi Bill


    Very interesting picture of your father you have there. Do you have militaria related items of him in your collection (uniforms, badges,...)?


    Greetz

    Nick VR

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    Hello Bill,
    thanks for sharing this interesting pic....
    Now i see where your interest for fire weapons comes from....maybe from your father...As i live in Southern France, i would be very interested to know where was taken this picture...(probably in Provence)
    thanks
    Last edited by Bill Grist; 10-13-2008 at 04:02 PM.
    "I didn't use any weapon in combat during the war, but i killed hundreds, perhaps thousands of men...they're now at the bottom of the sea"
    Walter Borg (ex-MI6) Agent and radio operator in Malta, Tunisia and Italy between 1941 and 1945. Arrested twice, tortured twice, escaped twice, survived the war...



    "The future torments us, the past holds us, that is why the present escapes us."
    Gustave Flaubert

    In Memoriam :
    Laurent Huart (1964-2008)

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    HA Bill Good For Him 88,lost my Dad 12 years ago 82ND PIR

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    Hello Bill,
    thanks for sharing this interesting pic....
    Now i see where your interest for fire weapons comes from....maybe from your father...As i live in Southern France, i would be very interested to know where was taken this picture...(probably in Provence)
    thanks
    JPhilip, It was a small town near Marsellies.. The area now is a Housing development.. I will ask him when I see him this week... His unit was 901st. Ordnance H.A.M...BILL
    "As long as there are brave men and warriors the halls of Valhalla will never be silent or empty"

    In memory of my father William T. Grist December 26, 1920--September 10, 2009..
    901st. Ordnance H.A.M. North Africa, Italy, Southern France....ETO
    Also in memory of my mother Jane Kidd Grist Feb. 22, 1920-- September 27, 2009... WWll War bride May 1942...

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    Quote by Nick VR View Post
    Hi Bill


    Very interesting picture of your father you have there. Do you have militaria related items of him in your collection (uniforms, badges,...)?


    Greetz

    Nick VR
    I have a Beretta M34 and His Medals as well as My Grandfather's Purple Heart and other medals etc, from WW1 He was in a MG Section... Co. A, 1st. Infantry Division..'The BIG RED One'...
    BILL
    "As long as there are brave men and warriors the halls of Valhalla will never be silent or empty"

    In memory of my father William T. Grist December 26, 1920--September 10, 2009..
    901st. Ordnance H.A.M. North Africa, Italy, Southern France....ETO
    Also in memory of my mother Jane Kidd Grist Feb. 22, 1920-- September 27, 2009... WWll War bride May 1942...

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