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#2988972 - 10/19/12 11:30 AM cremation leaves behind a huge pile of shrapnel
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Weighty memento: war veteran's secret revealed after his death
The family of a war hero only discovered the full weight of his bravery after his death when his cremation left behind a huge pile of shrapnel.



Ronald Brown stepped on a land mine while on a mission in France in August 1944.
The blast peppered his left leg with red-hot fragments and he was forced to crawl two miles to safety.
But because of medical conditions of the day it was thought safer to leave shrapnel in his body.
He survived the war but only ever told his family the basic story and said the accident had left him with a 'bad knee'.
Mr Brown told loved ones he still had a 'bullet' in his leg and asked his grandchildren not to sit on his knee because of the pain it caused.

But when he died last week aged 94 his family had him cremated and were stunned when staff handed them back a big bag of shrapnel.
The bag contained a whopping 6oz of bomb shrapnel that he had been carrying around for 60 years.
Daughter Jane Madden, 55, of Exeter, Devon said her father told her there was a bullet in his knee from the war, never mentioning the pile of fragments.
She said: "I don't think he ever realised all that was in his leg - it weighed about six ounces.
"He'd said there was a bullet in his leg but I was imagining one romantic piece of metal.
"But when we went to scatter his ashes we asked whether the bullet had been found and they gave us this bag full of metal.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/history/world...-his-death.html
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#2989039 - 10/19/12 12:24 PM Re: cremation leaves behind a huge pile of shrapnel [Re: Crappie Luck]
Pic IN the Casa
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Unbelievable!
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#2989384 - 10/19/12 03:37 PM Re: cremation leaves behind a huge pile of shrapnel [Re: Pic IN the Casa]
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I find it hard to believe....
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#2989619 - 10/19/12 07:09 PM Re: cremation leaves behind a huge pile of shrapnel [Re: feldmutze]
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I didn't think grabber screws were invented in 1944...LOL
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#2989623 - 10/19/12 07:10 PM Re: cremation leaves behind a huge pile of shrapnel [Re: FLTENNHUNTER1]
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Just kidding; I meant no disrespect towards a WWII Veteran.
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#2989645 - 10/19/12 07:22 PM Re: cremation leaves behind a huge pile of shrapnel [Re: FLTENNHUNTER1]
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It wasn't being disrespectful. Photos we see on the internet are not always true...
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#2989719 - 10/19/12 08:06 PM Re: cremation leaves behind a huge pile of shrapnel [Re: feldmutze]
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I doubt the photo with the story is the actual shrapnel from his body. If nothing else, the heat from his cremation would have altered how it looked.

Only 29 guys came home out of a 900 man regiment. It's always good to be lucky.
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#2990110 - 10/20/12 07:01 AM Re: cremation leaves behind a huge pile of shrapnel [Re: BMan]
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Before they did the cremation on my BIL they ask if there was any metal in his body. One thing I find strange with this story is they run the bones thru a crusher once they cut off the flame. It reduces anything left to course sand consist, any metal like in the picture wouldn't be in great shape once thru the bone crusher.
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#2991529 - 10/21/12 11:14 AM Re: cremation leaves behind a huge pile of shrapnel [Re: Big Ben]
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What unit was he in? I am not seeing it in the story.
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#2991680 - 10/21/12 01:18 PM Re: cremation leaves behind a huge pile of shrapnel [Re: JLe˛dhas]
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 Originally Posted By: JLe˛dhas
What unit was he in? I am not seeing it in the story.


From the linked story:

"...Mr Brown, of Exeter, joined the East Yorkshire Regiment at the age of 21 and was a quartermaster when he suffered his injury...."
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