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Weighty memento: war veteran's secret revealed after his death
The Telegraph ^ | 10/18/12

Posted on 10/19/2012 6:31:45 AM PDT by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis

The family of a war hero only discovered the full weight of his bravery after his death when his cremation left behind a huge pile of shrapnel.

Ronald Brown stepped on a land mine while on a mission in France in August 1944.

The blast peppered his left leg with red-hot fragments and he was forced to crawl two miles to safety.

But because of medical conditions of the day it was thought safer to leave shrapnel in his body.

He survived the war but only ever told his family the basic story and said the accident had left him with a 'bad knee'.

Mr Brown told loved ones he still had a 'bullet' in his leg and asked his grandchildren not to sit on his knee because of the pain it caused.

But when he died last week aged 94 his family had him cremated and were stunned when staff handed them back a big bag of shrapnel.

The bag contained a whopping 6oz of bomb shrapnel that he had been carrying around for 60 years.

Daughter Jane Madden, 55, of Exeter, Devon said her father told her there was a bullet in his knee from the war, never mentioning the pile of fragments.

She said: "I don't think he ever realised all that was in his leg - it weighed about six ounces.

"He'd said there was a bullet in his leg but I was imagining one romantic piece of metal.

"But when we went to scatter his ashes we asked whether the bullet had been found and they gave us this bag full of metal.

"It's just macabre really and amazing because he never used to complain about the pain. It just shows how brave he was."

(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: shrapnel; warhero; wwii

1 posted on 10/19/2012 6:31:51 AM PDT by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis
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To: DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis

A testimony to courage, sacrifice and the American spirit. May God rest his soul, he will be missed by his family and many who did not know him but will admire and respect his sacrifice.


2 posted on 10/19/2012 6:37:59 AM PDT by Spacetrucker (Sorry, folks, give my spot in the handbasket to an angry lib >:))
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To: DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis

wire, nails, and screws. I guess German war production was hard pressed. More of an IED.


3 posted on 10/19/2012 6:39:50 AM PDT by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis

Wow. Great story.


4 posted on 10/19/2012 6:40:37 AM PDT by Solson (The Voters stole the election! And the establishment wants it back.)
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To: DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis

A real true blue red blooded American hero!!!


5 posted on 10/19/2012 6:41:11 AM PDT by Saundra Duffy ( For victory & freedom!!!)
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To: Spacetrucker

He was Brit.


6 posted on 10/19/2012 6:41:39 AM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: Saundra Duffy

British hero. Just sayin’.


7 posted on 10/19/2012 6:42:41 AM PDT by JenB
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To: JenB

Brits can be American heroes.
(Winston Churchill was one of the greatest American heroes ever, IMHO)


8 posted on 10/19/2012 6:54:52 AM PDT by Mr. Lucky
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To: DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis

Is that the actual shrapnel?


9 posted on 10/19/2012 6:57:41 AM PDT by albie ("Work as if you were to live a hundred years. Pray as if you were to die tomorrow." Benjamin Frankli)
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To: albie

I think so


10 posted on 10/19/2012 7:03:50 AM PDT by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis
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To: SampleMan

What they would do is bury a conventional landmine, then cover it with extra shrapnel scrap pieces, then cover it with dirt. The extra stuff was for a greater range of wound producing damage to soldiers nearby........


11 posted on 10/19/2012 7:12:55 AM PDT by Red Badger (Why yes, that was crude and uncalled for.......That's whay I said it..............)
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To: Mr. Lucky

Winston Churchill’s mother was an American...............


12 posted on 10/19/2012 7:14:01 AM PDT by Red Badger (Why yes, that was crude and uncalled for.......That's whay I said it..............)
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To: Red Badger

Churchill has granted honorary American citizenship in 1963.


13 posted on 10/19/2012 7:38:01 AM PDT by lrdg
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To: Red Badger

Churchill has granted honorary American citizenship in 1963.


14 posted on 10/19/2012 7:38:22 AM PDT by lrdg
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To: albie

I’m guessing it is but I note a comparatively rare Robertson screw on the far left. Robertson owned the patent but had difficulty protecting it so he refused to license it’s manufacture.


15 posted on 10/19/2012 7:47:16 AM PDT by muir_redwoods (Don't fire until you see the blue of their helmets)
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To: DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis

God Bless ya.


16 posted on 10/19/2012 7:50:36 AM PDT by longfellow (Bill Maher, the 21st hijacker.)
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To: lrdg

Just think, he could have been President!.............


17 posted on 10/19/2012 7:53:37 AM PDT by Red Badger (Why yes, that was crude and uncalled for.......That's whay I said it..............)
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To: Mr. Lucky
Remember bust-gate? If we don't get rid of this muslim-in-chief in Novemeber! GRRR!


18 posted on 10/19/2012 7:57:09 AM PDT by Daffynition (Self-respect: the secure feeling that no one, as yet, is suspicious. ~ HLM)
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To: muir_redwoods

“”rare Robertson screw on the far left. Robertson owned the patent but had difficulty protecting it so he refused to license it’s manufacture.””

What’s there a Robertson manufacturing establishment MANY years ago in Sacramento? Left there 40+ years ago but I seem to remember it driving from the city into North Sacramento.


19 posted on 10/19/2012 7:59:05 AM PDT by Thank You Rush
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To: Thank You Rush

What’s = Wasn’t.....

Proofread and still didn’t catch it...


20 posted on 10/19/2012 8:01:53 AM PDT by Thank You Rush
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To: SampleMan
I saw the Daily Mail article before going to work this morning on another conservative blog.

While I believe the news account about the 6 ounces of shrapnel after the cremation, etc., I think the photograph accompanying the article is just a file photo of scrap. Why? Numerous, well formed, easily recognized items (screws, cotter pins) instead of the jagged, deformed, misshapen chunks more typical of an item that has been blasted to bits by an internal explosion.

21 posted on 10/19/2012 8:56:18 AM PDT by Captain Rhino (Determined Effort is the hammer that Human Will uses to forge Tomorrow on the anvil of Today.)
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To: muir_redwoods

“”Wasn’t there a Robertson manufacturing establishment MANY years ago in Sacramento””

My husband told me I was wrong - that was Robinson - maker of tools....


22 posted on 10/19/2012 10:09:23 AM PDT by Thank You Rush
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To: Spacetrucker

I could be wrong, but I think that he was English, not American.


23 posted on 10/19/2012 10:13:12 AM PDT by sport
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To: Saundra Duffy

It looks like a British Army Uniform to me.


24 posted on 10/19/2012 10:29:37 AM PDT by sport
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To: sport

His sergeant’s chevrons are upside down by American standards.


25 posted on 10/19/2012 10:37:52 AM PDT by sinsofsolarempirefan
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To: DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis

magnetic bump


26 posted on 10/19/2012 2:17:36 PM PDT by dangerdoc (see post #6)
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