Avatars - What is the significance of yours?

Discussion in 'Network Information, Suggestions and Feedback' started by spidge, Aug 28, 2006.

  1. spidge


    My avatar is dedicated to the coastwatchers that were murdered on Betio, Tarawa, Kiribati (Gilbert Islands)

    I have travelled to Kiribati many times on business over the past 16 years.

    This is where the American Pacific forces learnt their first lesson in routing the Japanese from fortress like entrenchments in the pacific islands on their way to Japan.

    While many may be aware of the famous Battle of Tarawa in which over 1,100 US Marines and nearly 4,700 Japanese died over three days between 20–22 November 1943....It is said that only 25 Japanese survived. (Wounded too badly to continue the fight one would believe)


    A memorial commemorating the execution of 22 British subjects, mostly coast watchers, by the Japanese military in October 1942 was unveiled by the President of the Republic of the Republic of Kiribati, HE Mr Teberoro Tito, in Tarawa on Remembrance Day, 11 November 2002. The imposing 2.4 metre high stainless steel memorial is located at the Temakin Cemetery on Betio, part of Tarawa atoll, and commemorates the murder of the men 60 years ago on 15 October 1942, by the Japanese who had occupied the Gilbert (Kiribati) and Ellice Islands (Tuvalu) Colony. Two Australians are listed as victims on the memorial in addition to three from Great Britain and 17 from New Zealand.

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    Eyewitness accounts record that the men commemorated by the memorial were executed (beheaded) following an American air raid on Betio.
  2. David Layne

    David Layne Well-Known Member

    Mine is a "Vietnam Service Ribbon".
  3. Kitty

    Kitty Very Senior Member

    Mine is a just a generic American bomber nose art lady.
  4. Wise1

    Wise1 There We Are Then

    HMS Chaser, my grandfather served on her.
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  5. Pog

    Pog Junior Member

    I find mine funny...
  6. Gnomey

    Gnomey World Travelling Doctor

    Churchill at his best...
  7. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    I did have CWGC headstone badge of the Wiltshire Regiment but then changed it to Sarge from CARS to be a bit more light-hearted.
  8. Gibbo

    Gibbo Senior Member

    Mine's my Dad taken during the war.
  9. Wise1

    Wise1 There We Are Then

    I did have CWGC headstone badge of the Wiltshire Regiment but then changed it to Sarge from CARS to be a bit more light-hearted.

    Grow up! :D
  10. Amisuk

    Amisuk Member

    A picture of my grandfather, which was sent to my mum (she was born after he was sent overseas in 1943).
  11. R Leonard

    R Leonard Member

    My father after the Battle of Midway

  12. morse1001

    morse1001 Very Senior Member

    mine is easy, its a RAF Steaming ensign
  13. Cpl Rootes

    Cpl Rootes Senior Member

    mine is my Grandad's Lanc crew. (he is bottem left)
  14. Hawkeye90

    Hawkeye90 Senior Member

    Olive drab appeals to me.
  15. 51highland

    51highland Very Senior Member

    A Cameron cap badge, the blue is to represent the Blue Hackle, awarded for the last Highland regiment to enter battle wearing the Kilt in France 1940.
  16. Gerard

    Gerard Seelow/Prora

    Mine is a picture of the German General whose name I use as a username, Gotthard Heinrici, one of the finest and most capable Generals of the Wehrmacht
  17. 52nd Airborne

    52nd Airborne Green Jacket Brat

    Mine is a picture of the Ox & Bucks L.I. cap badge on their regimental colours.

    I chose this as my Grandfather joined them in 1942 and my father served with them in the 1960's (under the 1st Green Jacket Brigade - 43rd & 52nd and later as 1st Royal Green Jackets)
  18. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    Back to an old favourite of an FW190 still lying fantastically well preserved in Russian (leningrad) woodland.
    (from: http://klad.hobby.ru/milarch.htm, click 'haxodku' and use the translator for some amazing images of materiel still on the ground in Russia.)

  19. Chindit

    Chindit Junior Member

    Mine's an Ox & Bucks LI cap badge too, and for much the same reason as 52nd Airborne - My granddad was an Old Contemptible, landing with 2/OBLI in 1914, having joined the army in 1901. My dad, and his two brothers all passed through the regiment during WW2, serving mainly in the far east.

    Incidentally, I have a regimental history signed 'John Howard' and dated from 1977; I'm wondering if this is the John Howard who commanded the OBLI at Pegasus bridge. Would anyone know where I might find 'the' Major Howard's signature, for comparison purposes? (BTW, I've tried the regimental museum!)
  20. AndyBaldEagle

    AndyBaldEagle Very Senior Member

    Any chance you could scan the signature in so we could all see it.

    I have a number of signed stamp covers with a militry theme(another time cosuming hobby!) and have at least 2 signed by John Howard.

    It might be they are one and the same!!



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