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"Pop" Gittleson

Original post made by Walter_E_Wallis, Midtown, on May 28, 2007

August 10, 1950, "Pop" Gittleson was the first man in my unit killed in our first fire fight, along the Naktong river. Pop was a veteran of WWII. He was 27 when he died.


Posted by JSD
a resident of Palo Verde
on May 28, 2007 at 8:45 am

Rest in peace, Pop. You have my gratitude for your service and sacrifice.

Posted by anon.
a resident of Southgate
on May 28, 2007 at 9:00 am

the war is over walter.
sorry about your pal.
how bout the millions of others
who got killed?
and will soon be killed?
shall we say a few words for them too?

Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 28, 2007 at 10:17 am

Thank you Walter for reminding us.

Anon, how callous.

If each of us remembered just one person who fell in battle in our pasts, whether recent or long ago, then what they did would be honored.

These heros are still alive if they are remembered. We can't do much for the millions, but something small for each one would be a start.

Thank you. All of you.

Posted by Jill
a resident of Palo Verde
on May 28, 2007 at 10:29 am

Thank you for that Memorial Day tribute, Walter. RIP, Pop Gittleson and all other fallen veterans.

Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on May 28, 2007 at 12:38 pm

Anon, look at the nighttime picture of the Korean peninsula on the net. Pop and I fought for the light in the South [portion removed by Palo Alto Online staff.] The North Korean dictatorship has killed and starved to death far more people since then than were killed in the war. Wars are bad, but there are worse things than war. [Portion removed by Palo Alto Online staff.]

Posted by Mary Carlstead
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on May 28, 2007 at 1:13 pm

There are still many WWII, Korean and Vietnam veterans in Palo Alto. Some of the WWII, now in their eighties and nineties are: 1) Former councilmember Ned Gallagher, a young marine lieutenant, who went down with the USS Houston in the Java Straits, January, 1942. Swam to shore into the arms of the Japenses Army. Spent the rest of the war in prison camps, much of it in Japan. 2) Stewart Greene, a B-24 bomber pilot whose plane was shot up over the Pacific, most of the crew killed, he brought the plane back to an island. 3) Art Adams,US Army, was only eighteen when shot at the opening of the Battle of the Bulge, had unbelievable deprivation in German prison camps, shot again in the famous Patton-engineered escape in the spring of 1945, liberated, and sent to a hospital to recover - to be prepared for the invasion of Japan. He's written a book "A Young Man Goes to War". Fascinating. 2 purple hearts, POW medal. 4) Capt. Carl Bunje, USN, helped to liberate his own mother from a Japanese internment camp! Was in the battle for Manila and Morotai. 5) Capt, George Galvin, US Army 8th Tank battalion ( with Patton) 2 purple hearts , 2 bronze stars. 6) Major Elsie McGinnis Trojak, (will be 91 next week) - US Army nurse, China, Burma, India. and husband Emil, USN radio tech, South Pacific, Guadacanal. 7) Paul Vavuris, US Army 823rdTank Destroyer, 30th inf. Div. SGT. Normany, Ardennes, Central Europe, Rhineland. Purple heart, Bronze star, French medals. (Met his brother during the Battle of the Bulge.) 8) Al Stura, US Air force, South Pacific 9) Jack Morrisey, US. Navy, Lt. Cmdr., survivor of the USS Block Island, Battle of Okinawa. 10) Ann Masik, US. Navy Nurse Corps 11) Bill Pounders, US Army, 104th Div. Netherlands, Belgium, Germany 12) Larry Ryan (Stanford professor emeritus) 1st USMC Western Pacific, 2 purple hearts, wounded Iwo Jima. Above information taken from the World War II 50th anniverary multi-faith memorial, 1985. Many since that time has passed away. But the above still live right here. The list of Korean veterans , now in their seventies, is very long. Thank you, and God Bless You all always. Do YOU readers have an American flag flying today?

Posted by Draw the Line
a resident of Stanford
on May 28, 2007 at 3:38 pm

Walter: Bravo.

Mary: Thank you for the list. Thanks to all of you.

Posted by Craig
a resident of College Terrace
on May 28, 2007 at 5:31 pm

I would like to mention my Dad. His Mechant ship (Hobbs Vicotry) was sunk at Okinawa April, 1945, by kamikazee attack (13 killed). I was raised in a town that had many WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam veterans. This is your day, guys. You earned it.

To the several Gold Star moms I knew, I shed a tear with you today.

I fly the flag every day.

Posted by anon.
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on May 28, 2007 at 9:10 pm

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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on May 29, 2007 at 6:32 am

Amazing the depths to which some fall when their bubble is burst. I kinda think Nonymouse has earned a month in limbo.

Posted by eric
a resident of Mountain View
on May 29, 2007 at 9:42 am

Yes, anon, we SHOULD say a few words about them. All of them. Honoring a single fallen man is every bit as important as honoring them all, perhaps more so.

(anon, I was willing to write off your first post as a "doesnt get it" remark. Not the second one. Go away)

Posted by anon
a resident of College Terrace
on Jun 2, 2007 at 6:10 am

blah blah blah

Posted by anon.
a resident of Community Center
on Jun 3, 2007 at 6:12 am

Eat me!