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(Photos) U.S. Army Paratroopers with Mohawks - World War II
Retronaut ^ | August 23, 2012 | Retronaut

Posted on 08/26/2012 12:01:24 PM PDT by DogByte6RER

U.S. Paratroopers with Mohawks - World War II

U.S. Paratrooper Mohawks, World War II

U.S. Paratrooper Mohawks, World War II

U.S. Paratrooper Mohawks, World War II

427U.S. Paratrooper Mohawks, World War II

U.S. Paratrooper Mohawks, World War II


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This photo of paratroopers Clarence C. Ware and Charles R. Plaudo painting each other's faces on the afternoon of June 5, 1944, was printed in Stars and Stripes, and helped form the legend of "The Filthy Thirteen."

This photo of paratroopers Clarence C. Ware and Charles R. Plaudo painting each other's faces on the afternoon of June 5, 1944, was printed in Stars and Stripes, and helped form the legend of "The Filthy Thirteen."

1 posted on 08/26/2012 12:01:38 PM PDT by DogByte6RER
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Some more background story ...

‘Filthy Thirteen’ veterans recount their antics during WWII

http://www.stripes.com/news/filthy-thirteen-veterans-recount-their-antics-during-wwii-1.85075


2 posted on 08/26/2012 12:02:48 PM PDT by DogByte6RER ("Loose lips sink ships")
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To: DogByte6RER

Studs...real Studs.


3 posted on 08/26/2012 12:04:56 PM PDT by x1stcav (There's a bunch of us out here spoiling for a fight.)
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To: x1stcav

Warriors paying homage to warriors. Now you get bed-wetting lefties complaining about “disrespect” and “stereotyping.” We’re flooded with pussies in this country.


4 posted on 08/26/2012 12:12:47 PM PDT by twister881
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To: DogByte6RER

Great story, thanks


5 posted on 08/26/2012 12:14:11 PM PDT by visualops (artlife.us)
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To: DogByte6RER

And they came home and named sports teams the Braves, Redskins, Sioux, etc etc. Respect and good times.

Now the weeping pussies in our society whine about such goings on.


6 posted on 08/26/2012 12:16:00 PM PDT by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office.)
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To: DogByte6RER

Really terrific story!


7 posted on 08/26/2012 12:19:26 PM PDT by Focault's Pendulum
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To: DesertRhino

GMTA. See post #4.


8 posted on 08/26/2012 12:20:52 PM PDT by twister881
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To: DogByte6RER

A bond and spirit forged thru violence. Both terrifying and hauntingly beautiful.


9 posted on 08/26/2012 12:23:23 PM PDT by Usagi_yo
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To: twister881

It’s kind of cool to look back at a time when men could experience ‘macho catharsis’ without being forced to overdose on estrogen, neutralizing their instincts and killing comradery.


10 posted on 08/26/2012 12:24:09 PM PDT by GeorgeWashingtonsGhost
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To: DogByte6RER

GERONIMO!!!


11 posted on 08/26/2012 12:26:53 PM PDT by Hugin ("Most times a man'll tell you his bad intentions, if you listen and let yourself hear."---Open Range)
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To: DogByte6RER
CURRAHEE!!
12 posted on 08/26/2012 12:27:05 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass.)
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To: DogByte6RER
Photobucket This picture shows the 82nd Airborne and Combat Engineers. The game was played at the Berlin Polo Grounds in 1945. Both Eisenhower and Marshall Zhukov were in attendance. A reporter asked Marshall Zhukov which side he was pulling for and he answered: "The Engineers because they are wearing red". The Engineers did win the game. The picture was taken by my Father. Just thought it was interesting.
13 posted on 08/26/2012 12:28:06 PM PDT by yarddog
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To: DogByte6RER; unkus

BTTT - Screaming Eagle Lore!


14 posted on 08/26/2012 12:30:08 PM PDT by Chgogal (WSJ, Coulter, Kristol, Krauthammer, Rove et al., STFU. TY)
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To: twister881

“”Warriors paying homage to warriors.””

Well said.
BTTT

May God keep watch.
Tatt


15 posted on 08/26/2012 12:31:11 PM PDT by thesearethetimes... ("Courage, is fear that has said its prayers." Dorothy Bernard)
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To: yarddog
Wonderful picture.

My Mom and Grandmother (and other family members) were in Berlin at that time. I can't wait to show her this picture.

16 posted on 08/26/2012 12:34:13 PM PDT by Chgogal (WSJ, Coulter, Kristol, Krauthammer, Rove et al., STFU. TY)
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To: twister881

You sir, are obviously a very astute and intelligent man! Kudos.


17 posted on 08/26/2012 12:36:38 PM PDT by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office.)
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To: GeorgeWashingtonsGhost

So much teaching and learning in those informal male bonding sessions, with the old bulls instructing the young bulls. Now, behaving like you’ve got a pair is discouraged and punished. The Navy used to have happy hour strippers in its on-base clubs. No happy hours, strippers, or even clubs. Replaced with breathalyzers on the ship’s brow every time you report aboard, and female sailors crying sexual assault or harassment when their antics get them pregnant.


18 posted on 08/26/2012 12:37:42 PM PDT by twister881
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To: Chgogal

I have been told but have not been able to confirm that future Auburn Coach Ralph “Shug” Jordan was playing for the engineers.


19 posted on 08/26/2012 12:39:15 PM PDT by yarddog
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To: DogByte6RER

Any WWII guys with mullets? Now that would be scary.


20 posted on 08/26/2012 12:42:05 PM PDT by Krankor
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To: DogByte6RER

Currahee, a corruption of gurahiyi, a Cherokee word possibly meaning “stand alone”, may refer to:

The motto of the 506th Infantry Regiment, a unit of the 101st Airborne Division
“Currahee”, the first episode of Band of Brothers (TV miniseries) written about the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment
Currahee!: A Screaming Eagle at Normandy, a non-fiction book by Donald Burgett, about the actions of the 506th PIR in the Normandy Invasion
Currahee Mountain, a mountain located in Stephens County, Toccoa, Georgia which gave the motto to the 506th PIR
Camp Toccoa, a United States Army paratrooper training camp during World War II five miles west of Toccoa, Georgia, the original home of the 506th PIR


21 posted on 08/26/2012 12:51:31 PM PDT by TurboZamboni (Looting the future to bribe the present)
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To: Krankor

These were real men.


22 posted on 08/26/2012 12:52:31 PM PDT by Citizen Tom Paine (An old sailor sends)
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To: DogByte6RER
This was just released on 8/17, but it looks like it's not getting a very wide distribution. Guess I'll just have to wait for the dvd...


23 posted on 08/26/2012 12:58:26 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: twister881

Agreed.

There is a good reason the Army has named a boatload of stuff from helicopters to infantry units after Indian tribes: because they were fearsome warriors.

All the limp-wristed liberal twits want to portray Native Americans as peace loving tribes who only became warlike because the white man came.

They were as brutal and ruthless to each other when the situation called for it as they ever were to settlers or American soldiers.

I appreciate the homage we pay to them, and they should be damn proud of it.


24 posted on 08/26/2012 1:10:24 PM PDT by rlmorel ("Rub some bacon on it.")
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To: twister881

Man, don’t get me started. Enough to make this ex-swabby embarrassed to admit it.


25 posted on 08/26/2012 1:12:14 PM PDT by rlmorel ("Rub some bacon on it.")
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To: DogByte6RER

High & very tight ! You confront the one with the tommy gun.

NOT !


26 posted on 08/26/2012 1:15:52 PM PDT by Delta 21 (Oh Crap !! Did I say that out loud ??!??)
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To: twister881
IIRC, the last strippers at the Pensacola O Club was about 1983. There were still some Vietnam era senior officers around and a young pup could learn a lot. The place was always packed on Friday nights well into the later 1980s.

I don't doubt your narrative; throw faggots into the mix and I cannot imagine an effective fighting force.

And lest I forget, there was Oceana . . .

27 posted on 08/26/2012 1:49:17 PM PDT by Jacquerie (Exterminate rats.)
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To: DogByte6RER

Great book.

My uncle was 101. in the bulge also. Or as he put it ‘The hole in the donut.’


28 posted on 08/26/2012 1:59:07 PM PDT by longfellow (Bill Maher, the 21st hijacker.)
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My dad was a WWII vet, as was my first boss, Mr. Tindol. Of course, in the 80’s, men wore their hair a little longer, so Mr. Tindol called me a ‘hippie’. It was hilarious.


29 posted on 08/26/2012 2:19:42 PM PDT by real saxophonist (CTHULHU 2012 - Why vote for a Lesser Evil?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I read that book. It really left an impression on me.


30 posted on 08/26/2012 2:48:52 PM PDT by sportutegrl
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To: DesertRhino

Which one of these is not like the other? Which one of these doesn’t belong?


31 posted on 08/26/2012 2:55:42 PM PDT by SengirV
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To: DogByte6RER

The US Army’s longest war was against the American Indians. It lasted 109 years (and much longer if you count the colonial period before the Revolutionary War). Indian warriors were fearsome opponents and were rightly feared. The were not the “tame” reservation welfare dependents so prized by liberals. American Indians were warriors and real men.


32 posted on 08/26/2012 3:11:40 PM PDT by MasterGunner01 (11)
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To: yarddog
I had to look it up to see where it was

Berlin Polo Club

Still in existence. Was stuck in East Germany when the Wall went up.

33 posted on 08/26/2012 3:14:20 PM PDT by VeniVidiVici (Congrats to Ted Kennedy! He's been sober for two years now!!)
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To: Hugin

Yeah, I served with a few of the “Old Guy’s from the WWII Airborne Units.
Some of them were still “Bad Ass” when they got riled .
They were the men we wanted to be. They made you stand up straighter.
GERONIMO.!!


34 posted on 08/26/2012 3:21:45 PM PDT by Pompah
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To: VeniVidiVici

I checked out that site. It looks a bit different but then I realized Daddy’s picture was taken 67 years ago. Even that tree could have easily grown since then.


35 posted on 08/26/2012 3:35:24 PM PDT by yarddog
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To: MasterGunner01
My Gr Gr Grandfather was named Elias Vansickle. He had quite a life. Below is something I typed from the Congressional Record about the Senate hearings concerning the "Indian problem" in early Texas.

Statement of Elias Vansickle

Nacodoches, January 23, 1839.

By request, Elias Vansickle states that, about the 1st of October last, he was taken prisoner at the Saline, Nacodoches county, by a party of Mexican Boluxee and Shawanie Indians, and kept by them until the 21st of December following, when he made his escape.

He states that he was in their camp at the Kickapoo town at the time of the battle between General Rusk’s force and them, and that there were then fifteen Cherokees with them, who all joined in the attack upon General Rusk’s camp.

He states, also, that Dogshoot, a Cherokee, came into the enemy some time before and brought a scalp which he said belonged to one of the Kilough family, who had been murdered about the same time in the Cherokee nation. The Cherokees, Dogshoot and others, said that in three days from that time, thirty besides those in the camp would join them, and unite with them in a war upon the white settlements. Several Shawanies—five, he thinks, in number—were at the hostile camp some days previous to the battle. Fifteen Coshattees were in the battle against us, led by Benash, a chief. Another chief was killed a few days before in an action between Major Mabbit’s command and the Indians, in which it is known the latter made the attack

36 posted on 08/26/2012 3:38:10 PM PDT by saminfl
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To: yarddog

Send them an email with the pic and ask them if it was their club where the pic was taken :)

info@berlinerpoloclub.com


37 posted on 08/26/2012 3:48:02 PM PDT by VeniVidiVici (Congrats to Ted Kennedy! He's been sober for two years now!!)
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To: saminfl

I can only imagine what was going through the minds of the Wehrmacht troopers when they saw their opponents up close and personal, dressed like Huron warriors on the warpath, looking to lift a few scalps.


38 posted on 08/26/2012 3:50:14 PM PDT by Ax
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To: VeniVidiVici

I don’t know how to add a picture to an email and I have a dial-up modem.

It would be interesting tho. If you want to email them, you have my permission to use the picture.


39 posted on 08/26/2012 3:53:16 PM PDT by yarddog
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To: yarddog

Ok! We’ll see what happens :)


40 posted on 08/26/2012 4:05:04 PM PDT by VeniVidiVici (Congrats to Ted Kennedy! He's been sober for two years now!!)
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To: DogByte6RER

To me, Clarence looks as if he might be of Indian descent.

I had no idea that this look went back that far, as I had never seen it other than in pictures of Indians from way back until the 1980s when teen started sporting the hairstyle.


41 posted on 08/26/2012 4:17:53 PM PDT by Bigg Red (Pray for our republic.)
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To: VeniVidiVici

The more I think about it, I am pretty sure that is an American flag flying from that flagpole. There are several more pics of the game around here somewhere but it would take me weeks to find them.

I can’t imagine an American flag if that was in the Russian sector.

Still, I hope you check with them. It might be interesting to see if they know any more about the game.


42 posted on 08/26/2012 4:22:43 PM PDT by yarddog
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To: Bigg Red

teen = teens


43 posted on 08/26/2012 4:33:19 PM PDT by Bigg Red (Pray for our republic.)
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To: Bigg Red

I don’t know about Clarence Ware ...

but, the Stars and Stripes story reads ...

“These weren’t model soldiers,” he said. “But they were guys who could get jobs done.”

More than 30 men rotated through the unit over the months (Jake) McNiece spent operating in France. The group became famous after a picture appeared in Stars and Stripes shortly before D-Day; the men sported mohawks and put on warpaint as they prepared for a mission.

The idea was McNiece’s, a tribute to his heritage and a way to energize the men for the danger ahead. Rumors about the unit began circulating as the newspaper and film of the men began making the rounds: They were all Indians, they were all convicts, they never bathed before battle.

The rumors became the basis for the more-famous movie. McNiece said he never regretted the indirect fame.


44 posted on 08/26/2012 4:34:15 PM PDT by DogByte6RER ("Loose lips sink ships")
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To: GeorgeWashingtonsGhost

Well said. (I’m a woman, BTW.)


45 posted on 08/26/2012 4:35:13 PM PDT by Bigg Red (Pray for our republic.)
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To: yarddog

You never know. Things were pretty fluid in 1945.

Sent them the email. I’ll FReepmail you if I hear back.


46 posted on 08/26/2012 5:15:54 PM PDT by VeniVidiVici (Congrats to Ted Kennedy! He's been sober for two years now!!)
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To: Jacquerie

‘Bout the same time frame for Miramar.


47 posted on 08/26/2012 6:02:17 PM PDT by twister881
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To: VeniVidiVici

Thanks.


48 posted on 08/26/2012 6:16:22 PM PDT by yarddog
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To: yarddog
Thanks.

Not a problem. I was stationed in Berlin for almost 5 years. Great duty station.

When the Wall came down I was out and about visiting places I had only previously read about. It was quite a heady experience.

Hopefully we'll get a reply for your photo.

49 posted on 08/26/2012 8:32:09 PM PDT by VeniVidiVici (Congrats to Ted Kennedy! He's been sober for two years now!!)
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To: DogByte6RER

It wouldn’t surprise me at all if some of these guys WERE Mohawks.


50 posted on 08/26/2012 8:39:47 PM PDT by Antoninus (Sorry, gone rogue.)
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