Monthly Archives: November 2014

My Grandfather’s Time Behind the Enemy Line in WWII

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I wanted to share a bit of my Grandfather’s war history with you. He didn’t share a lot of stories with us girls but I remember a few. I called my Uncle Terry and between the two of us, we decided on a war story that many of your relatives that fought in WWII could possible identify with.
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My Grandfather Merle Nipper (pictured above, the tall dark-headed man) was the age of 21 when he was called to war between the years of 1944-1946. He wasn’t a child, yet he hadn’t even begun living his life. He was use to hard work and was raised on a farm but he also liked having a good time as most young men his age. You can see from these pictures he was a cut up and like to have a good time. He and my grandmother wouldn’t get married until after the war was long over and they would go on to have seven children.

He left Jefferson Barracks, MO and headed to Texas. When he was through with training he was a 148th Inf Regt 37th Div member, and from there he would see the world in an action packed three years. He lived a long life and never set foot on an airplane, however he would make it the Philippines and back safety. He always traveled by ship and even told a story about seeing the Golden Gate Bridge by traveling underneath it by boat.
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One story that we thought we would like to share was that of his time behind enemy lines for weeks in the Philippines on a ridge top. The bottom of the large hill was surrounded by Japanese military. He thought close to 350 fellow soldiers were locked on the hill with him. Soon they would have food dropped to them by parachutes but the wind would move those parachutes as they dropped to the ground to the Japanese’s forces. My Grandfather said they spied the Japanese opening the crates and eating the food. There was little to eat and the fighting was relentless from hour to hour for the Americans. Eventually, walkies-talkies and other supplies were delivered to the Americans holding the ridge top. They were not about to give up the hold they had secured but they couldn’t continue letting the Japanese get closer to them. The pilots were going to bombard the hill with smoke bombs and artillery. The American soldiers were going to have to make a run for it past enemy fire while they in turn returned fire through the smoke! My grandfather and the others ran so hard down the mountain he was exhausted by the time he reached safety. He climbed up on the roof of the cargo truck that was driving them to camp, and he fell asleep. He was exhausted and rightly so. My grandfather remembered there were close to 50 soldiers that made it off the hill that day alive. I cannot find information to support that exact number that died that day but he was very-rarely-ever wrong. When he finally arrived at camp and settled in to his tent, he fell asleep- hard. The battle on that hill was won by the Americans.

There are many more stories that involved tunnels, swampy areas, weekend breaks, camp being attacked, driving a large gasoline fuel truck and the one directly in front of him exploded, and something about a bank. Without my grandfather actually here, it is hard to recreate his accounts from our memories of his stories.

His discharge papers say that he received a Combat Infantry Badge for his Battle at Luzon. He was an Amphibian Tractor Driver and his list of medals is as follows:

Philippine Liberation Ribbon with One Bronze Star, Asiatic-Pacific Theater Ribbon with One Bronze Star, World War II Victory Medal, Good Conduct Medal, and Two Overseas Bars.
After doing research of the battles of Luzon for the years of deployment in the Philippines I have so much more respect for what he endured. What all those men endured. I cannot imagine living with the horror that he saw.

If you would like a better idea of what these boys endured on the American side and the what the Japanese endured you can read about it here. Another website I found you can check out here. The actual years that my Grandfather served over there was 44’-46’.

My grandfather is gone now and we all miss him. I wanted to write this post as a tribute to him and so many others that have served or are serving, or lost their life protecting others.

God Bless all Military!

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First Date Night

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This past Friday night my husband and I realized we were going to be alone with no children, no place to be and we could actually spend some quality time together— alone. The first time with no schedule since AUGUST! What did this mean? Date night!! The fact that we wound up in Home Depot looking at wood flooring is irrelevant.

We started the night out at a nice restaurant. Now let me start by saying, my husband and I have been married for almost twenty years. We can spot another couple on a first date from blocks away. If you have been married for a long time, you know what I am talking about! The ‘First Date Couple’ actually make solid eye-contact, there are drinks and appetizers on the table like money is no object, the guy is hanging on every drab word about her day at work, and the girl is laughing at every single thing that comes out of the guys mouth.

This is cute to watch, at least to me.

I know my husband and I haven’t had a solid night by ourselves since August but this couple at the next table grabbed our attention. Something inside of me wanted to cheer for this new love that was blossoming.

It quickly went bad very fast.

After what I assume was one too many drinks they were having, I overheard her say something about being glad to be back in the area. From what I gathered (yes, I was listening!) she just moved back to the area and was glad to be out on a date and was happy their friends fixed them up on this date. She really needed a break from the move. IT WENT SOUTH FROM THERE!

I couldn’t see the facial reactions of First Date Guy to what was about to happen but she was like a train wreck that wouldn’t stop. I heard a story about her belief in UFO’s and her sightings of them. Not to get down on UFO people but a first date is not the place to bring this up! This went on for sometime. From there she kept talking about her bad relationship with her father, a crazy uncle, and at one point yeast infections. I KID YOU NOT! It was painful to listen to and it wasn’t like she was talking quietly either! She was very loud. I knew we had to be on Candid Camera because this was unbelievable. I wanted to get up and say, “STOP WOMAN! JUST STOP! ARE YOU NERVOUS! THEY HAVE TO HAVE MEDICATION FOR THIS!”

When it was time to leave, we paid the bill and headed to the front. My husband walked to the bathroom as I sat on a bench doing more ‘people-watching’ and trying to mentally digest what I just heard moments before when I saw First Date Guy walk into the bathroom where my husband was. I was quietly wishing that my husband would strike up a conversation with the First Date Guy in the bathroom and find out WHAT IN THE WORLD WAS GOING ON. Apparently, men don’t talk in the bathroom. I learned that Friday night!

I asked my husband when we walked outside, “Did you talk to First Date Guy in the bathroom? Or was he trying to climb out the window?”

His reply, “No. What were you wanting me to ask? ‘Were those facial piercings you have more painful than your date?'”

Isn’t it awesome to know that God makes us each unique! Maybe First Date Guy fell in love that night? My optimism for happy endings isn’t dead. Just because it was painful for me to witness, doesn’t mean it was painful for them. Maybe… Who am I to make this judgment? She was just being herself I guess.

So, yeah, that was our date night… it was pretty good…

NaNoWriMo Five Minute Break!

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For all your NaNoWriMO diehards that are looking for a five-minute break or eBook publishers out there that have tried to hyperlink chapters to your Table of Contents (TOC), this post is for you — and you are welcome!

When I found this this video and I could actually understand what the guy was doing I wanted to get up and and dance. I did not dance because I was in the library but you get the picture. While I was there I snapped a picture of my awesome small-town library and wanted to share it with you plus share this great YouTube video of HYPER-LINKING CHAPTERS in your eBook.

This is a great way to help give your ebook a polished look and only takes about five minutes to implement! So what are you waiting for? Go add it to your book and Happy NaNoWriMo November!!
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