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New Details About Obama’s Grandfather’s WWII Service

June 6, 2009

The Associated Press comes up with the detailed story of the WWII service of Stanley Dunham, Obama’s grandfather. An excerpt:

Dunham, the man whom Barack Obama would one day call Gramps, was a 26-year-old supply sergeant stationed near the English Channel with the U.S. Army Air Forces when the invasion of Normandy at last began. Six weeks later, he crossed the Channel, too, and followed the Allied front across France. A year later, he was on track to fight in Japan when the atom bomb sent him home instead.

Dunham, who died 17 years ago, was the Kansas-born grandfather with the outsized personality who helped to fill the hole in the future president’s life created by the absence of Obama’s Kenyan father. Sgt. Dunham’s war years have been something of a mystery, the details of dates and places lost with the passage of time. The units that he served in were unknown even to the White House.

But a life-size portrait emerges from interviews and records unearthed by The Associated Press. On D-Day, documents place him at Stoney Cross, England, in the 1830th Ordnance Supply and Maintenance Co., Aviation.

“This was the day we had all been waiting for,” Dunham’s commanding officer wrote the night of June 6 from their base near the English Channel. “Planes by the hundreds took off and landed at our field from dusk until dawn.”

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  1. George G.Walker Sr permalink
    June 29, 2009 11:53 am

    The only thing that matters is that the man served in WW11,Mr Dunham had a job to do,which he appearently fulfilled well enough to be Honorably dischharged from the service,so why make a big deal about it?
    The President says he is proud of his Grandfathers service,as well he should be,the men and women who served at that time all should be remembered and praised for what they did to save this world.
    I am not a fan President Obama,but I do not see any reason to bring his Grandfathers service record up for discussion.
    George G.WALKER SR
    Thorofare,N.J.

    • September 20, 2011 9:52 am

      The more intelligent you Americans are,the more stupid you think…Why is that? His grandfathers and grandmothers from both side of the family should be scrutinized in order to know who this man Obama is…..We do not give a damn about whether you like him or not but you should stop top criticizing people who are telling you the truth.Also,just becoz you have decided to bury your head in the sand,don’t ask the rest of America to do the same.By the way,a president is not a rock star so the word fan is totally inapropriate.

      • Michael permalink
        March 29, 2012 4:58 pm

        The word fan is just a shortened version of fanatic. It doesn’t apply to just rock stars. People can be fanatics about lots of things.

  2. Terry Lee Lewis permalink
    September 8, 2011 10:12 am

    I believe he was born in Kenya.He stated in a town hall meeting he was born In Kenya and that’s about the only thing I believe.I believe the Birth Certificate was falsified.I don’t believe Donald Trump could have persuaded him to produce it.Why now?He has proven time and again he doesn’t know how to Govern.

    • September 20, 2011 9:55 am

      Nothing in his past suggest that he even remotely was born in Kenya.His mother would never have travelled to Kenya to give birth.He also cannot govern because he is not a governor.He s a president;He presides over fools like you and me.

    • Michael permalink
      December 22, 2011 10:32 am

      It wouldn’t matter if he was born in Greenland. His grandfather was a US citizen, his mom was a US citizen and so he is under constitutional definition a US citizen. Read the constitution and find out how ridiculous the entire argument is.

      This entire claim of illegitimacy is so misguided and shows a complete ignorance of our own constitution…. unless you are also claiming his mother wasn’t his mother and his grandfather wasn’t his grandfather.

      • D. H. PREWITT permalink
        June 6, 2014 5:24 pm

        MICHAEL READE THE REQUIREMENTS TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR THE PRESIDENT. I BELIEVE RHAT AT LEAST ONE OF YOUR PARENTS MUST BE A NATURAL BORN CITIZEN OF THE UNITED STATES. BUT THE LITMUS TEST IS THAT TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR THE PRESIDENT, THE PERSON “MUST BE BORN” IN THE UNITED STATES. I’M NOT SURE ABOUT IT’S TERRITORIES? BUT KENYA IS NEITHER!!! NOR IS THE ROCK HE WAS BORN UNDER!!!

    • January 30, 2012 8:23 pm

      IF YOU THINK HE’S DOESN’T KNOW HOW TO GOVERN JUST LOOK AT WHAT THE REPUBLICANS ARE TRYING TO REPLACE HIM WITH. NOW THAT’S SCARY FOR SURE.
      YOU WILL BE LAUGHED OFF THE WORLD STAGE FOR SURE.
      WE ARE TIRED OF CARRYING YOU AMERICA. EITHER GET BACK UP OFF YOUR KNEES OR BECOME OUR 11TH PROVINCE AND BE GOVERNED BY CONSERVATIVES THAT KNOW WHICH WAY IS UP.

  3. November 1, 2011 10:21 pm

    I find it interesting that when campaigning, Obama referred to Gramps as my father apparently, as he claimed his father served in WWII and neither of his dad’s were old enough… Interesting…

  4. Noel permalink
    March 29, 2012 4:55 pm

    Obama – the master of the universe genius-ought to speak accurately. If GWB said that, Dan Rather and the pretend media would have made a Federal case out it.

    • Michael permalink
      March 29, 2012 5:05 pm

      GWB bumbled his words often and by that I mean many hundreds of times. Mostly people and the media didn’t make a big deal about it because they realized his inartful way of speaking. It was only when he made sizeable gaffs that everyone noticed that any sort of media spin was put on it.

      Obama is prone to speaking gaffs as well. Biden has the funniest ones most of the time.

      Anyone who does any sort of public speaking on a large scale and long term basis will have gaffs. That is just how public speaking is.

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