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STAGE 2
May 1, 2007, 11:27 PM
Granddad passed away a couple of years ago and my aunt finally got around to cleaning out his house. She called me up for the day and I helped moving furniture and doing all of the stuff that this entails.

Well she brought out an old chest of granddads things and inside with the bunches of pics from his time as a naval officer during WWII were his Carcano rifle in excellent condition and his military field manuals including the M1911 field manual in pristine condition PRINTED IN 1941!!!

There are piles of good stuff in here that I haven't even gotten to yet including his uniform, medals, officers sword etc.

And the best part, was when she walked up and said, "he wanted you to have this cause he knew you'd appreciate it.

Today was a good day.

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XD Fan
May 1, 2007, 11:40 PM
Sounds very cool. I hope those things provide you with many great memories and honor the memory of your grandfather.

timothy75
May 2, 2007, 12:17 AM
I'm sorry for your loss, you might want to reword your post.

Daniel T
May 2, 2007, 12:27 AM
My Granddad passed away early last month. I got some of his stuff. I sure as hell don't feel like I hit the jackpot.

Maybe you should try to restrain your glee at your "jackpot" and think a little about the ticket that got punched so you could collect.

Aguila Blanca
May 2, 2007, 12:30 AM
Ease up, guys. The gentleman's grandfather passed away a couple of years ago. I'm sure he's not celebrating the death, but death is an integral part of the cycle of life. Two years is long enough to allow for grieving. I think it's okay to now celebrate finding mementos of the grandfather.

tkdkerry
May 2, 2007, 12:39 AM
+1 on Aguila. There's no call to rag on someone like that, even if Grandpa passed yesterday. You have no way of knowing the situation.

Run&Shoot
May 2, 2007, 01:12 AM
It's been two years, give him a break. Personally, I would be thrilled to think that when my kids inherit my "collection" they would feel they hit the jackpot. I read the post as someone honoring the memory of a grandfather who has served his country proudly, and specifically wanted this gentleman to have some of his prized memorabilia.

What would be tragic is to have no one care a whit about your memorabilia. That would be sad. I hope Stage 2 enjoys many years of recalling his grandfather, his service and his exploits. Battles in Italy were pitched and fierce, so I am sure that Caracano meant something to him. Uniform, ribbons, patches? Sweet. I wish I had my dad's. At least my brother has his 7.7 Japanese rifle (with mum, bolt cover, and flimsy monopod). I can't hold that rifle without wondering about all the island landings in the first three waves, night battles, days at sea, and the impending landing on Japan itself.

These were men of the great generation and it nice to see someone that appreciates one man's memory.

Im283
May 2, 2007, 01:39 AM
You did hit the jackpot! Nothing wrong with feeling that way.

I was not lucky enough to recieve these types of items that belonged to my grandpa. I did get his lapel pin for 30 years service with the Federal Gov't,
Grandad was a meat inspector. I remember him taking me to the slaughter house and the Kahn's plant when I was very young. I cherish the memories!

You are very lucky to have recieved military memorabilia, aside from personal value it has real value as well. Nothing wrong with feeling like you hit the lottery, you did!

ArfinGreebly
May 2, 2007, 01:45 AM
I'm glad your grandfather's legacy is now in the hands of someone who cares.

You have a lot to live up to.

There is much of which you can be proud.

Keep the spirit of his commitment alive and honor his memory.

I can understand your joy at finding the riches he left you. I imagine he would be pleased that you value them.

Cherish what he has entrusted to you.

His torch is yours.

STAGE 2
May 2, 2007, 02:09 AM
Its stuff like this which really make me wonder why I even bother posting on forums anymore. I was trying to share an enjoyable experience and some jackass has to take it out of context or read into it. Only an idiot would presume that my pride in these family heirlooms somehow indicates that I prefer these tangible things to my grandads company.

And to think I was going to take some time and post some pics.:banghead:

Byron Quick
May 2, 2007, 02:19 AM
Go ahead and posts the pics, guy. The two things you mention are only a jackpot to you for two reasons-they belonged to your grandfather and he wanted you to have them.

VARifleman
May 2, 2007, 02:25 AM
Come on Stage 2, some of them went off half cocked, but many more of us understand what you meant and are happy that you get to remember your grandfather who served our country well. Death is apart of life and I know I felt a special bond when I went out trap shooting with my grandfather's LC Smith. I never met him, as he died 16 years before I was born, but you just know it's there.

ArfinGreebly
May 2, 2007, 02:26 AM
Dude, read my post above.

Then bring on the pics.

He shared them with you. I'm happy he did.

So, come on, share them people you know will appreciate them.

Feel free to ignore any flak you may see from anyone who can't grasp the good here.

Ian Sean
May 2, 2007, 02:27 AM
Ignore them, and please do post some pictures, after all YOU are now the curator of you Grandads legacy....what better way to keep it alive than by sharing with those who care (us THR folks) and are interested?

I am sorry for your loss, and elated at your enthusiasm for feeling you "hit the jackpot" at getting his momentos....hope my kids and grandkids will feel the same way one day. :)

jeepmor
May 2, 2007, 02:28 AM
Honor his life by cherishing his belongings he truly wanted you to have when he checked out. Now you have something to pass down to your children or grandchildren to honor him through your family tree for many lifetimes to come.

Your excitment at these belongings is exactly how he would want you feel and likely the reason he chose you to receive them. I personally would make a point to frame some of the items to display on my wall so I could share his experiences and triumphs (the medals) for others to enjoy as you obviously do.

Something like a framed in shadow box to display the medals.

I have a few of these family type things I received from my grandparents or uncles as a child and I put their value beyond the dollar for reasons I'm sure you understand.

Enjoy and share the heritage. Don't worry about the overly critical folks, it just can't be helped by some is all, as they interpret your joy as a long awaited pay off instead of the way you honor his life through yours by cherishing his prized belongings.

jeepmor

Wolfsong
May 2, 2007, 03:09 AM
And to further support the views of the more rational members, and their words of encouragement to you, I would point out this contrast. Many jumped in and defended you (although you needed no defending) and those few that tried to chastise you haven't come back and even said "my bad". I'm more of a lurker here than a large contributor, and I don't know the members here as well as I do on other forums, so I'll watch what I say. Be that as it may, I think the jag-offs that jumped on you could at least acknowledge that they were way off the mark and owe you an apology. But perhaps they're just bitter and jealous because their own grandfathers, fathers, whatever, didn't leave them squat. And with outlooks like their's, is it any wonder? :neener: Don't sweat small words from small people who can't be bothered to come back and admit their mistakes. I want to see pics of you wearing Granddad's uniform and dress sword. Enjoy and preserve your family treasures.

Peace and God bless, Wolfsong.

Caimlas
May 2, 2007, 03:58 AM
You're very fortunate, my friend. Very fortunate indeed.

My grandfather was a quiet man, and neither my father nor I knew much about him as a person, because he was a very quiet man. He was a field engineer (IIRC) during WWII for the Army, and we've got a couple old crank radios from that. He also worked for the FBI until retirement. I know that he still had his service revolver (Detective Special) and a 3" Series 1 Colt Woodsman (in mint condition) at the time of his passing.

My dad was the youngest child by 16 years, and his older siblings are females - one a Long Island Liberal, the other a Fruit and Nuts Californian. The LIL, being the eldest, was the one responsible for carrying out the will as she was the closest, and his firearms "seem to have gotten lost" - or so my aunt says. It's very, very disheartening, both due to the emotional significance of having the revolver, and the rarity of the Woodsman. She probably threw them into the river or turned them into the police...

It kind of makes the whole affair of his death lacking a solid conclusion.

Caimlas
May 2, 2007, 04:05 AM
And, lest you think I'm raining on your parade, that was not my intent. I'm glad you are able to have those small, few - yet at the same time, immensely important - reminders of your grandfather's being. I know that whenever I smell Old Spice aftershave, I think of my grandfather, and that's (oddly) a very important thing for me. I can't imagine that the negative posters are even old enough to have lost a loved one.

My (other) grandfather recently gifted me with the .22LR rifle I grew up shooting, and which he taught me to shoot with. He's ailing in health (lymphatic cancer), offloading his worldly possessions, and currently it's difficult to shoot due to the memories. But, I know that down the line, it will only be the fond memories I recall without sadness, and I'll hopefully be able to pass on those memories to my children and grandchildren.

Appsy
May 2, 2007, 06:16 AM
yea post the pics dont worry about the twits who think they know how you shoud feel i lost my mum (mom to you lot) a few years back an i miss her but when i found a chest of her stuff i thought id hit the jackpot to

30 cal slob
May 2, 2007, 06:23 AM
my grandpappy was a doctor.

only memory i have of him was him chasing me around his house with a syringe filled with water.

consider yourself fortunate. :neener:

MilsurpShooter
May 2, 2007, 08:06 AM
Ignore the negative posters. I'd probably feel the same way. My Grandfather passed away when I was young, 7 or 8, before I got bitten by the history bug. All I know is from what little I pieced together, he was in the 8th armored and I have a picture of him sitting on top of a Sherman. I'd asked my grandmother and father about him but was told he never would talk about it, not once. Would just simply say war was war and ignore anything else asked.

I wish I knew more about what he did over there, wish I had his ribbons or just an inkling... But he took it with him. I'd consider you lucky, not in the fact that he's passed on, but in the thought that you have a memory of him and his memories. Cherish those and he's never really gone

WeThePeople
May 2, 2007, 08:22 AM
I would consider myself lucky as well. You lost your grandfather a couple of years ago and now have a chest full of memories. You did hit the jackpot; a jackpot of memories of someone, who I wuold imagine, was an integral part of your life.

Ignore those who chastised you.

romma
May 2, 2007, 08:40 AM
I have an old Side-by Double shotgun that was my Grandfathers... I never met the man, he died before I was born, but it was passed on to my father, then to my brother that had no use for it, and then to me... I shot it a few weeks ago for the first time since at least 1950... Anyhow, great sotry Stage!! Enjoy!

foghornl
May 2, 2007, 08:52 AM
Stage 2:

Yes, you certainly "hit the jackpot" in terms of things passed on to you from your grandfather. Those things are certainly treasures to you, just as things I have from my deceased elders are very highly treasured by me. "Gramps" must have known those things would be enjoyed and preserved by you. Quoting "Auntie Em": "he wanted you to have this cause he knew you'd appreciate it." tells us everything we need.

My dad got into one of his 'clean out the joint' modes one time and tossed the boxes of WWII photos & stuff, including the Silver Star he earned in the Pacific Theatre. Don't know when it happened, but it did. Wish I had some of those things. Mom didn't even know when it got tossed.


Honor his memory. Tell the nay-sayers "Go pound sand"

Dr. Dickie
May 2, 2007, 09:03 AM
You hit the jackpot indeed.
Both in knowing your grandfather and now having possession of the treasures he wanted you to have.
Both of my grandfathers passed before I was born. The only grandmother I knew was on her deathbed at the time.
I have nothing to remember them by, and nothing to remember, period.
Treasure what you have. HE wanted you to have them to remember him, so do.

glassman
May 2, 2007, 09:14 AM
Ignore the small minded jerks and flame throwers :fire: who can't think past their noses. I, for one, would like to see the pics you'd like to share.

ScottsGT
May 2, 2007, 10:07 AM
Insinsitive jerk speaking: Want to sell that 1941 1911A1 manual?? It would go GREAT with my 1911A1 mfgd. in 1941!! :evil: Jerk (voice) off. Oh, wait, that didn't sound the way I wanted it too. :eek:

Gotta love it when Grandpa knew he would make you smile from the grave. Unfortuantely for me, when my Grandfather passed away over 20 years ago, there were too many "vultures" in the family, and nothing remains. One of my Uncles arrived in town late (while everyone was out to dinner at a resturant) and ransacked the house for all the WWII collectables and anything else he wanted. Took my Dads 1911A1 and the Luger with the shoulder stock and the broom handle Mauser among other items. (USGI Rolex, etc..) It's a sad situation though. When he passed, none of his brothers or sisters went to his funeral because of this stunt.

shooting time
May 2, 2007, 02:57 PM
That is great when my grandfather passed i was given his guns and still have and cherish them also use them . I will always remember him he always took me hunting and fishing since i was old enough to walk and remember.He taught me many things.

The Unknown User
May 2, 2007, 03:09 PM
I feel like I hit the jackpot after having just gotten my grandfather's diary from WWII. He passes a couple years back. I'm sorry he's gone, but I'm happy I get to read his diary.

Outlaw Man
May 2, 2007, 03:39 PM
That's awesome. A lot of people in my family served in the military - several of them in major wars - but most didn't bring home a whole lot other than memories. I have one uncle who kept his boatswain's wistle and tried to keep a .50 cal incendiary round, but my grandfather made him throw it in the river because he thought it would explode. :D I have another uncle who has a Japanese officer's sword from WWII. I don't remember how he got it - he wasn't in WWII. I think a relative or friend gave it to him.

But I do have one of my grandfather's .22 rifles - an ol' Marlin semi-auto. It's loose and beat up, but it shoots like a dream. I think he shot all the squirrels it was meant to kill, though, because I sure haven't had any luck. :D

I don't know if there's a gun in my collection that I'm more proud of, though. And one day when one of my grandkids ends up with it I hope they're as proud as you or me. I'd love to see some pics of that gun and the sword.

Dravur
May 2, 2007, 03:49 PM
in so many ways. Your Grandfather made it through the war, Jackpot!
He lived a long life and you got to know him, hopefully have graeat memories of him...Jackpot!
He thought enough of you to want you to have the things that were important to him... Jackpot!

You hit the Jackpot in many ways....

budney
May 2, 2007, 03:54 PM
Maybe you should try to restrain your glee at your "jackpot" and think a little about the ticket that got punched so you could collect.

That seems a little harsh: the grandad in question died some years ago. The OP no doubt mourned for a long time, and now he's glad to find an unexpected legacy.

My gramp died about five years ago. I was pretty broken up about it. But if tomorrow someone found a trove of his old belongings for me, I'd rejoice. It would be like getting a piece of him back. I'd probably say "woo hoo!" too. All I have of his is a .22 rifle that he gave me back when I was 10. It was his when he was 15.


Unfortuantely for me, when my Grandfather passed away over 20 years ago, there were too many "vultures" in the family, and nothing remains.

Sickening, isn't it? When my great-grampa died, I wanted a couple of things that had no value at all, except sentimental value to me. As far as I can find out, relatives threw them in the trash--if it wasn't something they wanted, then nobody was going to have it.

--Len.

Whatsit
May 2, 2007, 06:07 PM
Make sure you get a proper display case for those medals and that Officer's sword. Display them proudly.


See http://www.medalsofamerica.com as a place to start!

River Wraith
May 2, 2007, 06:12 PM
I never knew my grandfather. I don't have much to remember either of them by. Congrats on the inheritance. It's even more special because he knew you would appreciate it. I'm glad you will have awesome things by which to remember your granddad.

Stevie-Ray
May 2, 2007, 07:41 PM
Hey Stage 2, where's the pics?:D My Grandpa died in 1974 and I have nothing to remember him by except memories. You are indeed fortunate, and you really did "hit the jackpot." Sounds to me like most of us here would like to share in your good fortune. Pics, please.:)

Personally, I'd like to see the uniform with the sword angled across.

TCB in TN
May 2, 2007, 09:02 PM
My Grandpa died in 1983, but he left me many things, my fav is the 1903 Springfield. I love that gun for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is that he loved it and wanted me to have it. My Grandmother told me years ago that long before he passed he mentioned how happy he was to be able to leave it to me. I imagine this is a similar situation.

Joe Gunns
May 2, 2007, 09:08 PM
Your Grandpa is no doubt very happy at your joy with his bequest! He knew you were the one who would appreciate it, and you show you did, vindicating his judgement and honoring the achievements of his life.
If what I leave my grandchildren is received with half as much enthusiasm as you expressed, I will be well pleased!
Looking forward to your pics!
James

STAGE 2
May 2, 2007, 09:39 PM
Well it seems that there was only one jackass. I'm glad most of you guys understand my excitement here. Until yesterday, I thought the only thing of my granddad that remained were memories. Now, I have pics, and loads of stuff that go with the hundreds of stories he told me that I can pass down to my kids. Youd be surprised how attentive a 5 year old can be when he has a sword to go with a story.

Pics to come later tonight.

VARifleman
May 2, 2007, 09:48 PM
Looking forward to it Stage 2!

The Unknown User
May 2, 2007, 09:49 PM
I don't mean to be insensitive or disrespectful, but a picture of what he left for you would be cool to see.

R.H. Lee
May 2, 2007, 09:58 PM
How about honoring the memory of your grandfather and appreciating his love and hopes for you rather than concentrating on whatever he left you?

andrewdl007
May 2, 2007, 10:00 PM
My grandfather passed away 7 years before I was born. I knever knew him but a year ago when my grandmother died and we were cleaning out her house I discovered a pistol my grandfather brought back from France in 1945. There always was a family legend that there was a war pistol but none of my mother's family ever cared. When I discovered the pistol in a combo lock box which I spent an hour trying to figure out the code, I too felt like I had hit a jackpot. I only wish I had memories of my grandfather to go along with the war trophies.

PistolNewbie
May 2, 2007, 10:20 PM
Stage 2, Dude--Don't let anybody get you down or dampen your spirits over your treasures from your grandfather! :mad: I was fortunate to have both sets of grandparents in my life for many years. The material things I treasure most are the family treasures they gave me or were given to me after they passed. Even though they are gone, their heirlooms are a constant reminder of them and warm my heart every day. :D This is the type of good sh*t that makes rotten days bearable! I'm a 56 year old guy and a day doesn't pass that I don't think about them! Enjoy and cherish your good fortune--what a great day! :D

PistolNewbie
May 2, 2007, 10:24 PM
Forgot--Post the pics!!!! Bet their great!

aguyindallas
May 2, 2007, 10:46 PM
You in my opinion did hit the jackpot. You are the holder of history as it was. Those items are absolutely priceless. Its up to you to make SURE they get to your kids. Those pieces of family history are all you need to cherish him.

I thank him for his service.

Hardtarget
May 2, 2007, 10:46 PM
My Grandfather died in 1970. I have about 60 cousins.( my Mom is the baby of seven children ) I spent more time with my Grandparents than all the other cousins combined. :D I loved being in the country, working the garden with him, FISHING, splitting firewood and all the other stuff.

When he died, and this is still a mystery to me, I noticed that I had his straight razor, his pocket knife, and his .22 single shot Remington. :what:

I still miss him...but he is with me every time I touch that rifle!

You hang onto everything you find in that box...you'll never get tired of them!

Mark.

Srigs
May 3, 2007, 07:49 AM
Sorry for your loss. Sounds like you had a good relationship with your grand dad. Cherish the WW2 things and pass them on to your kids.

Daniel T
May 3, 2007, 01:26 PM
Well it seems that there was only one jackass.

Hey kid, people judge what you say by the words you use. You may not have meant what you said to sound the way it did, but that doesn't change what you wrote. Maybe you should stop posting here until you grow up a bit and can handle criticism without calling someone an idiot or a jackass.

03Shadowbob
May 3, 2007, 01:46 PM
There was absolutely no reason for anyone to pass judgement on the way Stage2 wrote his post. Who are you to criticize and pass judgements on HIS feeelings? I know folks who rejoice, because of religious beliefs or other beliefs, when someone has lived his/her life for many years and goes on to the next life. Sure they will miss that person but knows/believes they will meet them again in due time.
Stage2, post the pics. I also was fortunate to have my grandpa around for a very long time and we had a very special bond that I hope most get to experience. He shared with me many stories of WW2 and his ship being victim to a kamikazi. We still have the letters, pics, and .45 to enjoy.

ArfinGreebly
May 3, 2007, 01:52 PM
A little thin-skinned are we?

I'm gonna suggest you don't try to tell another person how they should feel.

You tell someone his feelings -- whatever they are -- are inappropriate and that he should feel something different, you're going to get a backlash.

"Grow up?" As in, "you rejected my criticism and therefore I'm going to attack your maturity?"

Hello?

You've both been on THR for more than three years. I'd say playing the maturity card is probably as unproductive as it gets.

When my grandfather killed himself, I took it very personally.

When, some two years later, my grandmother gave me a pocket knife they'd saved for me for years (a Holley knife, if it matters), I felt some closure and was very pleased that grandpa thought enough of me to set aside one of those knives.

Allow the man to work through his own thoughts and feelings and have his own relationship with his grandfather.

I would do the same for you.

TimboKhan
May 3, 2007, 01:56 PM
Youd be surprised how attentive a 5 year old can be when he has a sword to go with a story

You would also be surprised how attentive a 5 year old can be if you threaten to poke them in the back of the neck with a sword if they don't eat their peas...:neener:

And for those of you wondering, yes, I am a mean uncle!

Deavis
May 3, 2007, 01:59 PM
I'm glad most of you guys understand my excitement here.

You should have seen my father's face when we found my grandfather's papers from WWII. Every single piece of paper the Army ever gave him. From his discharge papers, hospital papers, Purple Heart papers, and his letters to his parents. Finding something special to remind you of your lost loved one is a jackpot in my opinion.

Daniel T
May 3, 2007, 02:07 PM
"Grow up?" As in, "you rejected my criticism and therefore I'm going to attack your maturity?"

Hello?

Are you serious? I wrote:
Maybe you should try to restrain your glee at your "jackpot" and think a little about the ticket that got punched so you could collect.

His response:
Its stuff like this which really make me wonder why I even bother posting on forums anymore. I was trying to share an enjoyable experience and some jackass has to take it out of context or read into it. Only an idiot would presume that my pride in these family heirlooms somehow indicates that I prefer these tangible things to my grandads company.
and
Well it seems that there was only one jackass.

...and I'm the thin-skinned one?

If all he had done was "reject my criticism", that would have been it. However, what he actually did do was a little different. Hell, I wouldn't have even bothered to respond if he'd said the equivalent of "you don't have any idea what I'm talking about". I still wasn't going to bother responding until he called me a jackass yet again. Defend the kid all you want, it's pretty clear what he wrote.

03Shadowbob
May 3, 2007, 02:20 PM
Why are you calling him a kid? More than likely he is in his 30's or there abouts. Even if you are 70, don't call a man a kid. Call him by his name.
Regardless of the name calling, it is not your priviledged position in life to tell others how they should or should not feel.

STAGE 2
May 3, 2007, 03:06 PM
If all he had done was "reject my criticism", that would have been it. However, what he actually did do was a little different. Hell, I wouldn't have even bothered to respond if he'd said the equivalent of "you don't have any idea what I'm talking about". I still wasn't going to bother responding until he called me a jackass yet again. Defend the kid all you want, it's pretty clear what he wrote.

Even if everything you said was true, how is it your right to chastize me or tell me how to feel?

You ARE a jackass because you shouldn't have written anything in the first place. Everyone else here understood the point of this thread, but you alone decided to take it where it was never intended to go. Another perfect example of if you can't say anything nice.

The fact that you are the ONLY one who read something in to what I wrote should tell you something.

Larry Ashcraft
May 3, 2007, 03:47 PM
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