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Today was a day of highs and lows.................... the low today the last of my uncles was buried today aged 93 from Prostate Cancer. He was a Digger and served in WW2 in New Guinea. He joined the Australian Army back in 1943 and was in the Army till 1946.

At his service the local RSL(Returned Services League) spoke over his coffin where the Last Post was played something I find very hard to get used to as it's a haunting farewell to a Digger who has fought for our country and is now at rest and then after the service it's off to the cemetery where he now rests next to my aunty(Dad's sister).

The last time I was present when the Last Post was played was about 30 years ago when 1 of my other uncles passed away and was cremated. As we faced the West the Last Post was played as his coffin disappeared into the crematorium and it brings a tear to my eyes

Life is a funny thing at times......................... in the space of a couple of months Mum passed away aged 89 and now the last of my uncles But my daughter has given us a grand daughter to corrupt and something for the missus to get clucky over while I plan her future:D.

The good news is that we paid for our new camper trailer and my 45/70 Marlin may be able to be picked up either tomorrow or Saturday so that I can start to work loads up for our pig hunting trip back up North next month......................................there's always pluses in a minus.
 

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Bittersweet tale...

Thanks for sharing Kevin,it’s always hard to loose a loved one.
Sounds like he lived a colorful and exciting life.God Bless.
I think you will like the Marlin,my good friend got one then a 450Marlin so naturally I thought a 45 Colt would be a good shooter so I got one for myself then he needed a 45 Colt too.Sometimes you gotta scratch an itch.:)
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Kevin, I know what you mean. When my Mom passed, The local VFW plaid TAPS for her. I also got to lead a group for a friend when his Dad passed, We folded his flag from his coffin and made the presentation to the family.

On the Marlin. I have one in 45-70 and I think you will find it Great Pig medicine. I shoot 320 gr cast bullets over a stiff load of IMR 3031 Vel in the 1800 FPS range. I have only had the chance to use it on an Animal out to 70 yards and it was Boom ( Not Bang) Flop !! Watch it shooting off a bench as mine kisses my eye brow, like that. Off hand, No Problem.

Have a great hunt and May your Uncle Rest in Peace !

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Soon all these old WW 2 veterans will be gone. My 92 yr old cousin is a Navy veteran and soon taps will be played for him. One of my best friends died a few months ago and the memorial team did not even show up, but they did call and say they couldn't get there.
 

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My FIL is 93 and was on a battleship in WWII that got hit by the Japanese Kamikaze planes. He has never wanted to talk about the war and I can fully understand.
 

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The WWII vets are disappearing rapidly. I know two of them and had the pleasure of chatting with each of them this week. One was a P47 pilot and the other was a medic who went ashore on D-Day. What lives they have lived! What a debt we owe them.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=McCDWYgVyps
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‘What a debt we owe them” no truer words spoken. When I was 17-19 years old, I was riding motorcycles, chasing girls and hunting/fishing. These guys, at the same age, were stepping off landing crafts to fight some the worst evil the world has known. God bless them all.
 

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Remembrance of those that fought for what we enjoy today is something that while not taught in schools, should be completely ingrained into our youth. By remembering the struggles and sacrifice of others before us allows us to avoid the road of mistakes we've been heading down for some time!
I wish you and you whole family the best in your time of grief.

Enjoy your hunt as I'm sure you will.....And after the hunt, just raise your glass in memory of your uncle....I will as well.

Steven
 
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