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If we have any WWII veterans around these parts, or if you know of any and see them today, say thanks. Today will prove to be a very difficult day for them I'm sure. So if any are on here thank you for all you did on this day so many years ago.
Gringo Mafia Director Of Literary Pugilistic Affairs/Davejlewis tried to drink me once/Danny Meyer is my man crush/1 time POTW
Good post, Guiness,
In June 1994, A&E ran a special on D-Day with interviews and footage from that day. Few things in life had a more profound impact on me than watching that and making me realize, "I have nothing to bitch about."
The opening 20 minutes or so of Saving Private Ryan should be mandatory viewing for people who say, "Growing up is rough today."
You got that right Lou.
My dad was there.
What a selfless generation.
May God Bless them all.
“we will accept nothing less than full victory.” General Dwight D. Eisenhower. More than 9,000 Allied Soldiers were killed or wounded on that day in history. God bless them all...
God bless our troops, then and now
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POTW Feb. 27 - Mar. 5 2012
Well said by all, thanks to all who have served, are serving and will serve this great country!
Two time Poster of The Week, 2011 and 2013.
I finished reading Band of Brothers a couple weeks ago. I know many problem saw the mini-series HBO did, but if you're interested in learning more about D-Day I highly recommend reading the book too. It was a great read that put a lot in perspective as Lou mentioned.
My grandfather earned his Purple Heart on D-Day when an explosion behind him sent large chunks of wood into the back of his legs. For the rest of his life, he cursed the Nazis every time the hitch in his step threw of his bowling stroke. Easily my most treasured memory with him was the day I asked him to tell me about the invasion when I was young. I've got the medal safely tucked into a drawer at home. It's likely the best gift I've ever received. A sincere thanks to all our veterans here.
My Grandfather was in the Third Army. He refused to tell you too much about what happened over there. Every now and then he would slip up and give us bits and pieces and we had to put them altogether. He died in 1989 and about a yr later my grandmother moved out of the house. When she was packing up she found boxes of his old Army stuff. In there she found a Silver Star, 2 Bronze Stars and a few handwritten letters from Patton himself. He stuffed all this in a box and never mentioned a word of it to anyone.
My Grandmother told me that my brother and I get the Bronze Stars but when I asked what she's going to do with the Silver Star and the letters she said, "I'm taking them with me." She's 92 now.
That's a powerful story, and thanks for sharing.
One of the most common traits I've found from that generation who survived the horrors of World War II is the refusal to gloat or brag about their accomplishments. It seems like they believe they would be dishonoring those who made the ultimate sacrifice by basking in their personal achievements. There is a humble thankfulness that they're alive because of the realization that they too easily could not have made it home without some good fortune or timing.
It's very humbling, and something we can emulate. And I can appreciate why that "old guard" might feel the way they do about end zone dances or attention-mongerers who have the "look at me, look at me" attitude.
My dad never spoke about his time in the service, except when he was in the States.
I can only imagine the horror he saw every day.
He put it behind him and went on to be a productive, respected citizen ex-sailor.
The only thing I ever noticed was that even though he owned a home on the beach, he never went there. I guess it brought back memories of this day 69 years ago.
A little sidetrack here about the mini series. Tom Hanks and Spielberg also did on called The Pacific. It details life on the Pacific front during WWII. Absolutely worth it to watch. Band of Brothers will be my favorite but The Pacific is right there too.
Wow! Unless you were there you will never know. Thanks for sharing and thanks yo Dan and Giga also.
May Gid bless all our Vets and all those serving now.
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Sorry God, I meant God!
In remembrance, im watching one of my all time favorite movies, Saving Private Ryan.
POTW June 4, 2012 - June 11, 2012
This is a great read. Also, how far have we fallen when the History Channel is playing a marathon of Pawn Stars on the anniversary of D-Day? SMH
When he was promoted to officer rank at eighteen, S. L. A. MARSHALL was the youngest shavetail in the United States Army during World War I. He rejoined the Army in 1942, became a combat historian with the rank of colonel; and the notes he made at the time of the Normandy landing are the source of this heroic reminder. Readers will remember his frank and ennobling book about Korea, THE RIVER AND THE GAUNTLET, which was the result of still a third tour of duty.
My dad landed about 4 weeks later with the 705th Tank Destroyers. His outfit laid a trap that suckered the Germans into losing a ton of troops in the Battle of the Bulge. Heroes all! God bless you Pop, you were one of that greatest generation!
Irish Oak in Chicago
Lou, she also found 3 jars of old coins both foreign and US that had holes carved in them. We didn't have a clue what they were so my Grandma started calling around to all my Grandpa's old Army buddies that were still alive, they told her that those were coins that every member in his battalion wore around his neck and gave to the leader of the battalion whenever they made it out of a battle alive. We counted over 400 of those coins. I have some sitting in my office right now.
That was a life that most all of us will never know in our wildest imaginations.
Without those Vets I would have never had the chance to serve. Thank you and Hoorah!! Thanks also for the stories above.
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