Hey reddit,

This is my second AMA since we did a bad job on the first one. My grandson will be typing for me and the answers will be completely mine. Ask away!

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gururyan41 karma


liberator192167 karma

When a airplane flies over , I can't help but look up.

LobsterTache31 karma


liberator192180 karma

I am 92 now and was 21 when I first went to war.

lemonpartyorganizer28 karma

What do you think about the current escalation on the Korean peninsula?

liberator192169 karma

Kind of makes me sick. That crazy bastard running North Korea has NUKES! You could drop one on St. Paul and it'd kill everyone. It's hard to justify.

VaultTec27 karma

What was the "toughest" war you've been through, where you've seen the most stuff happen and what was the worst expirence if you don't mind me asking,

liberator192150 karma


AMajali21 karma

Kinda of a stupid question but..Would u go back and serve your country again if you were given the chance to do that ?

liberator192169 karma

No, I've had enough. I fought through one, and served through 2. That's plenty.

Illinois_smith20 karma

I don't have a question, but I love when WWll vets talk about their time in the war. I wish I had a grandpa to ask these things about :(

liberator192148 karma

That's why we're here, so ask away :)

b_138320 karma

What is one story form your time in the military that you think everyone should hear?

liberator192152 karma

On the staff of the Commander in Chiefs Pacific in Vietnam, there were 10 of us who were commanded to attend meetings in the command hall. It had a stage, piano, and some microphones. The president of Australia wad there. There was a man giving a briefing, he mentioned some statistics. He was having a rough time up there. I helped him out after he fumbled with a statistic. It's not a big deal, but I thought it was cool, being next to a president.

BrianChiou913 karma

I don't mean to be picky, but doesn't Australia have a prime minister?

liberator192136 karma

Yes sir, you are correct, my fault.

Buffalo_Ny17 karma

During WWII were you drafted, or did you willingly join?

liberator192153 karma

I willingly joined so I wouldn't be put into a bad position.

sourdsmokin17 karma

What is the best memory from your service?

liberator192171 karma

All of the friends I made, they're all pretty good guys. You could leave your money out on the dresser in a room full of 12 guys, and you know it wouldn't be touched.

alent123412 karma

did you feel that WW2 was fought for a sense of patriotism or doing the right thing?

this is what is in the history books now but there is lots of evidence that it was fought over natural resources like every other war in history.

and was it popular or was there a lot of resentment towards going to war since so many people had german ancestry?

liberator192149 karma

Doing the right thing, and self defense. We were attacked by the Japanese, and it scared us to death. It actually hit America. We had to fight for our existence. There was no resentment. If you criticized the war, you'd be shunned by others, and also beat up.

jaypeeps12 karma

I would definitely understand if you are not up for this, but I think hearing some more stories from you would be really interesting. Would you be up for sharing your funniest, saddest, and scariest stories from your experiences? Actually, these don't even really need to be war stories. Thanks for sharing with us!

liberator192145 karma

Here's a story: there were 12 if us living in a metal house. We had a big pot belly stove in the middle. A guy thought he was funny, and he dropped a flare through the chimney and the pot belly stove exploded. We didn't hear from him again.

1911dan12 karma

what is your thoughts on the shift from 30 cal rifles to 556? did people who were serving/fighting through the transition period lament the lack of terminal effect of the new round or were they just glad they were carrying something lighter?

liberator192116 karma

I'm not sure what a 556 is, it must be new.

disneyvillain11 karma

What is your stance on the Second Amendment and what do you think about gun control?

liberator1921111 karma

If we could just think of a way to keep guns out of the crazy hands...

bbwoman9 karma

If you could go back in time and not join the Army would you do so? And also are you a pacifist now?

liberator192135 karma

I DEFINITELY would have joined, back then. Almost everyone joined. You didn't see many around MN (where I lived) without a uniform.

MagnoMurmure9 karma


liberator192132 karma

I didn't really care during the wars.


My grandfather was in the Navy during WW2 and when he was still alive refused to ever talk about the war with us grandchildren, or any of his children for that matter. My dad once overheard him talking about a few things with his mother and in those moments he heard enough that he never wanted to ask about the war. Since you are doing this AMA I assume you are open to talking about the war but is there stories that you have that you have never shared with anybody and never plan to?

Thank you for your service.

liberator19217 karma

Yes, definitely.

browsing_monkey8 karma

How was your experience different in each war?

liberator192133 karma

Well, I was on staffs and servicing for the last two. The Russians got worse as the wars went along.

THcB8 karma

Have you watched many war movies? If so, which of them are the most authentic in creating the feeling of war?

liberator192140 karma

I do watch many war movies. I'm quite a fan. I can't think of one that sticks out in my mind. One of my favorites is the Great Escape.

Marylandman1018 karma

What type of planes did you fly? And specifically what was your job in each war?

liberator192121 karma

I flew mostly a B-24. I fought in WWII and serviced in Vietnam and Korea.

Marylandman1017 karma

what does serviced mean?

liberator192122 karma

I was on staff, I was a commander as well. We were responsible for repairing communication equipment.

Ytzombe6 karma

Out of the three, which would you say was the most horrific?

liberator192134 karma

WWII. It was so big, and so much happened.

gochunoir5 karma

Have you ever been back to where you served? If so, how was the experience? If not, would you like to?

liberator192120 karma

I've been back on the ground with my daughter and my wife. We went to a place where a farmer had a farm right in the middle of a base. He toured us around the base. It was very sentimental and neat.

Gallionella4 karma


liberator192120 karma

No, it hasn't bothered me.

LovesHandles3 karma

Thank you for your service, sir. You mentioned you were a pilot - what did you fly? Did you continue your career as a pilot outside of the military?

liberator192117 karma

I flew a B-24. Yes, I piloted planes, but not professionally.

SoCal_Sapper1 karma

First of all, thank you for your service.

What units were you in?

What was your Military Occupational Specialty?

What areas did you fight in?

Have any cool trophies (taken from theater) that you would like to share with us?

Did any of your children or grandchildren follow in your footsteps?

When does the Narwhal bacon?

liberator192118 karma

What units were you in?

8th Air Force.

What was your M.O.S.?


What areas did you fight in?

All over Europe during WWII.


Yes, one grandson is in the Marines.

andrewjackson50 karma


liberator192113 karma

I don't know about your family, but I am with mine right now.