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I'm proud to say that nobody in the last few generations of my family was involved in any warring.



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VAMatt said:
I'm proud to say that nobody in the last few generations of my family was involved in any warring.

My grandfather and great grandfather didn't see combat either.



No and I'm glad I don't. Chances are he would of had to fight in the British army if I did and that wouldn't sit well with my family considering we have a relative murdered by the British Armed forces.



My dad fought against the Khmer Rouge in the late 70s after the Vietnam War. Luckily, he was too young by the time the Vietnam War ended. Doesn't talk about bis experies often but we watched The Killing fields together and during the scene of the mass grave he mentioned how it was exactly like that. Terrifying stuff.



Both my grandfathers fought in WW2, one for the Red Army and the other for Germany who promised autonomy to our country after the war and that causes controversies to this day. They both survived, but I never met the first grandfather because he died when my mom was still little, I have only seen one photo of him, but the second lived on, he never told me any stories but there was a time short before his passing when he told me that he had seen hell in a camp for captives, I can only imagine (but don't want to) because I have read a documentary book on a camp like that.



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My great uncle fought in the Korean war. I don't anything about it since he died just before I was born. And that's the only member of my family I know of that's been in any of the armed forces.



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m0ney said:

Both my grandfathers fought in WW2, one for the Red Army and the other for Germany who promised autonomy to our country after the war and that causes controversies to this day. They both survived, but I never met the first grandfather because he died when my mom was still little, I have only seen one photo of him, but the second lived on, he never told me any stories but there was a time short before his passing when he told me that he had seen hell in a camp for captives, I can only imagine (but don't want to) because I have read a documentary book on a camp like that.

What's it like in Latvia? Is there a risk of a repeat of Ukraine? I know quite a few Latvians and some speak Russian instead of Latvian. 



Kerotan said:

What's it like in Latvia? Is there a risk of a repeat of Ukraine? I know quite a few Latvians and some speak Russian instead of Latvian. 

Latvia is ok I guess. There is no risk of a repeat of Ukraine since we are in the EU and NATO. Around 30% of our population are russians though, they were brought here by the soviet government in the 50s, most of them were workers for factories.



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I only know of my grandfather who served in the Wehrmacht. Eastern front. Injured. Supposedly the tabaco box he carried around his waist deflected a bullet and prevented major damage. He wrote many letters home, some i read.



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My uncle served during Desert Storm. My great/grand uncle served during Vietnam. My other granduncle was in Navy. My sister served in the Air Force. My father was an MP in the Army in the 80's. I myself served in the Air Force for 8 years. I served during Operation Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. From 2001-2009.

Yeah my family and I know a thing a 2 about being a veteran.



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