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  1. Mistaken Identity, Friendly Fire.......It's been happening for as long as there have been soldiers. I mentioned the "Mighty 8th Air Force"... this man was mentioned as well as some video of him. In the documentary, his death was told a bit differently, but very similar. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Preddy
  2. Just add stabilizers and you are good to go. In my opinion, 'blade deflection' equates to.... dull blade or to fast feed rate (or a combo of both). Dull blade causes blade to heat up. Tip regarding blade stabilizers: I read this in a trade magazine......a guy used his dull 6" blades as stabilizers for his 12" blade. Makes sense as you rarely go beyond using 2 inches of the 12" blade unless you are cutting 4x4's
  3. I read a book about this many years ago. I have forgotten the title, something like "The not so secret secret project" or something similar. It mentioned that the Germans were working on a nuclear bomb of their own. They and the Russians, and the Japanese all knew we were working on the bomb but did not know how close we were to perfecting it. No one believed we would use it. The German high command knew they were beat and were not afraid of it because why use it on an already defeated country. The Japanese were not worried because the USA would not use it because of the civilian casualties that it would cause. Wish I could remember the name of the book. It was a good read.
  4. That's me with dad yelling...."keep that one back"!!.......(I guess dad figured he had two sons. If one got killed he had a spare.)
  5. My grandmother was put on a boat when she was 10 and sent to the USA. She grew up in the Holstein area of Germany. I think she came to the USA in '08. She was here for 2 wars. I never asked her what it was like to have been German during those times. Especially WWII. I often wonder why I didn't ask, and always wish I had. My mother would have been in grade school when the war started and she would have been a generation removed.
  6. Grandad served in France in WWI. Uncle was a Pathfinder, as such he jumped a couple days ahead of D-Day. He then went on to take part in the Battle of the Bulge. When he passed my cousin found his Pathfinder patch and a Bronze Star awarded for action during the Battle of the Bulge. His family never knew. He and I had talked off and on over the last years of his life, but he never mentioned any of this. I did find out that during the winter he always slept with a window open. He had to have the cold. Our neighbor whose farm bordered ours served in the Pacific as a Marine. People used to talk about him as "not being all there". He was a bachelor and lived with his dad. I helped them make hay since I was old enough to throw bales. I remember very well the day we were eating lunch and the topic of sleeping came up. He said he always slept with the lights on. Being just a kid, I asked him why, and he said it kept the ghosts away. I didn't know until later what he meant. I was probably 10 or so when I heard my mom waking my dad one morning saying that Warren was sitting in our yard with a rifle. Dad went out and Warren told him that he was just following orders to stand guard until the sun came up. He had several episodes like that but never hurt anyone. He would just get up and walk the 2 miles home. After his dad passed. he lived in a camper (of sorts) dad used to check on him every few days. Dad never served. Being the oldest, and grandad a WWI vet he was given a deferment to stay home and farm. This is a great thread. Brings back memories.
  7. Dads best friend was an original Recon Marine. He was probably more of an uncle to me than my own uncles. He was repairing his motorcycle on Dec 7th 1941. He enlisted a few days later. He was 17 and like many others, I think he lied about his age. Some stories....... During his training there were 3 guys from some street gang in his unit that were always calling him "dumb farmer" he said one night he had enough and put 2 of them in the hospital. He was called into a colonels office fully expecting to be put in jail or kicked out. Instead he was ordered to report to such and such place on such and such day. He said there were probably 100 guys in the quonset hut non knew why they were there. They were told they were going to be a special unit, and they were going to train until they wished they were dead. He said it was several weeks before they were told what they would really be doing. As was mentioned already many just told funny stories....... They often worked with the Navy UDT teams. UDT reconned the beaches and water, the Marines reconned inland. He said they probably reconned over a 100 islands in the pacific. On one recon they found some sort of fruit trees and they started eating the fruit. The fruit was delicious, but within a few minutes they started throwing up, stomach cramps and the sh'its. The liquid kind. They had all stripped naked from the waist down and when they linked up with the UDT guys they asked what was the problem. One guy said something like "I'll show you" and bent over and let go a stream. He said the UDT guys refused to let them in the raft and made them hang on to the gunwales and swim along side back to their pickup point. Another was scary, but afterward funny........ (Glen mentioned that this was his fault.) They were reconning an island that was supposed to have only natives, He was walking point, it was dark, and he walked them right into the middle of a Japanese camp of 50 or so. The camp covered a large area, and being dark, they probably thought they were just Japanese soldiers. They hid in vegetation and gradually crawled back out the way they came. He never lived that one down and they laughed about it later but scary at the time. I have a book about the battle of Okinawa that he gave me. It is signed by the author. Glen's picture is in it and he is mentioned. After Okinawa several Recon Marines and Navy UDT were in a submarine off the coast of Japan. They knew they were going to be going in to recon for an invasion, and he said they fully expected that some would not be coming back. He said they waited and waited and no orders came. They were then sent back out to sea to wait some more. He said it was night and he was topside getting fresh air when they were told the bomb had been dropped. That's how close we came to invading. There are other stories he told me. Many I'm guessing he told no one else and many were not funny. I asked him once about writing his stories down. He passed two years ago. He outlived his wife and his only son. But he did leave me a notebook of some writings and stories. They will stay in my safe. I think that is where he would have wanted them.
  8. If anybody gets Dish Network, there is a good documentary about the 8th Airforce in England. Discusses Tibbets and Lemay as well as others. Grab a cup and put your feet up, well worth your time.
  9. Outside of Clyde Park, Montana there is an abandoned mine where they mined the clear mineral that was used as the lens (I think) in the WWII bombsights. For the life of me I can't remember the name of the mineral. The mine entrance is still there if you know where to look. (my kids graduated from Clyde Park.....typical Montana ranch community till the Californians found it) My neighbor here flew bombers in WWII. He told me about the search lights over some of the German cities, and the night raids getting caught in the search lights. He had a framed picture on his wall from a Look magazine during the war. It was a picture of his plane after a raid. It looked like something that only a scrap dealer would love. The tail was only half there, there were holes in the wings, a big hole in the fuselage, and part of the nose was blown off. He said they came home on a single sick engine. They barely made it over the channel. I think he said 3 crew killed and the rest injured from flack or the fire in the fuselage. He never got a scratch. He said flack took off the nose and killed his copilot, but he was sitting right next to him and didn't get a scratch. He has passed now, but every year he looked forward to a reunion with the guys that flew in WWII. I would have loved to have been a fly on the wall and listened to the stories they told.
  10. My apologies, Is should have said "silage guys". That should cover everybody.
  11. Questions........... 1.) Dad never had good luck putting haylage in the pit. We always put the haylage in the upright and the corn silage in the pit. a) How do you dairy guys handle your haylage? b) if you put it in the pit, I assume only one cutting or can you stack multiple cuttings. (we put multiple cuttings in the upright) 2.). I don't remember ever plugging the blower pipe. It would get gummed up blowing haylage, until we started mixing cracked corn with the haylage. Not only did it make good feed for the fat cattle, but the cracked corn kept the pipe from gumming up. 3.) Re-cutter...... our neighbor had a Gehl blower with a recutter. Has anyone ever used one? I don't think he ever used it, because I'm guessing it took a lot of horsepower to power it and the blower too. His big tractor was an IH 450 and his chopper was a Lundell. (this was early 60's) 4.) Our unloader was a Badger. In all the years we had it, I can't remember it ever breaking down. You could bury it though if you tried to feed it to fast. (yep, I have done it more than once) And since I was in charge of cattle feeding....I buried it, I got to dig it out. I got pretty good at telling by the sound and how much was coming down the chute when it was just about to start burying itself and it was time to grab the crank and pick it up a bit. 5.) How big are you silos? Stave or Poured. Ours was a stave. Dad sold it some years after I left and he quit feeding cattle. Some Amish from Missouri came up and took it down piece by piece. No pictures, and I wasn't around. Would have liked to have watched them. 6.) For any of you old guys.... back in the late 50's early 60's (I'm guessing) there was an article in a Farm Journal (maybe Successful Farming) about a guy who built a 60' diameter upright silo. (I remember the diameter for sure) The reason I remember this is because the guy had the silo built around an 'N' series Ford tractor with a loader. He used the tractor inside the silo to pack and level as it was being filled, and then he used the tractor and loader to unload as well. Just curious if anyone ever remembers or had heard of it. I don't remember where he was located. Inquiring minds....etc etc
  12. There are so many of those things going down I-80 that you don't even notice anymore. Interesting to watch them pull off at an exit. The axles at the blade tips pivot. That is how they get them around corners. I'm about 30 miles west of the Iowa wind corridor. At night it looks like Christmas off to the east with all the blinking red lights. The thing that puzzles me is that at any given time you can drive through that area and at best only 30& are turning. All owned by Mid-American Energy (Warren Buffett)
  13. Nobody has mentioned the lying, cheating, backstabbing, going back on your word, etc. that goes on behind your back. Yeah, I'm venting. Some bridges need burned.
  14. The spray foam (gap filler) in a can. Has anyone successfully used the remainder of a can. In other words, use half a can today and the other half next week (for example). If yes, tell us your secret. I usually just use what I need, and then just toss the rest. They used to make small (half size) cans of the stuff, but haven't seen them in years.
  15. This is a two sided question for landlords and renters both. Local elevators are 20 minutes (if they can take the grain). Major rail terminals are 45 minutes away. I have on-farm storage for 80% of average crop. My facilities have easy access as well as good gravel to unload to and load from, as well as well lit for nights and ample fans for drying/conditioning. I am 2 miles from the renters grain setup for my overflow. When calculating cash rent, what value do you put on on-farm grain storage?
  16. I forgot to add...... "without new brackets". Looking back, I should have bought dad's, but I didn't because at the time I didn't have a tractor to mount it on. Wish I had a dollar for all the "shoulda's".
  17. 1.) What are the rules regarding how long cattle can be on the truck before they have to be unloaded for feed and water? 2.) Going across Iowa for example, where can you unload and reload? I-80 or do you have to stop at a sale barn? 3.) If a handful for example, can they be fed and watered on the truck? I know guys deliver bulls and breeding stock all over the USA. If I were the buyer, I'd be concerned about catching disease somewhere and bringing it into my herd.
  18. Not sure where you are located, but around here that blade would sell quick. Dad had one on his 966. I'd buy it, but I don't think it will fit a 706.
  19. The shavings work great as a fire starter also. I keep a tote full in each shop to start the stove in the winter. Regarding helical knives, THEY ARE PRICEY. But work great!! I don't have them either. I have a big Delta planer. I priced a helical head several years ago. Even then it was almost double what I paid for the planer. Probably triple or more now.
  20. There was a youtube video about some guys (I think it may have been a cable show) that took a bone stock 300 cubic in. 6 cyl Ford and just started adding stuff to it. Testing each step on the dyno. If my memory is correct they started with headers, then ignition, then roller rockers, and last an intake. In the end they more than doubled the hp and probably torque as well. All while never touching any internal parts. They wanted to show what simple changes did, that the guy with a set of sockets could do on a weekend in his garage. It was very interesting. It would have been interesting to see the dyno each time if they did a phase II, .....headwork, cam, pistons, etc.
  21. I was wondering the same thing. Especially if you were taking 1/4" a pass. A little wouldn't matter because you are going to be squaring the end anyway. Does it have the straight knives or did they convert it to a helical cutter head?
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