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Old June 6th, 2016, 01:24 AM   #1
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72 years ago the Airborne had been at it for hours and the Infantry was loading into the boats.

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Old June 6th, 2016, 02:38 AM   #2
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I am in Italy waiting for a flight home there was an old news reel playing on the TV in the airport (news).
It will always amaze me what these men went through for the USA and the world.

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ROE, No Political / editorial postings or threads are approved for the Military History still.
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Old June 6th, 2016, 05:09 AM   #4
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72 years ago the Airborne had been at it for hours and the Infantry was loading into the boats.
Yeah, but those transport ships hauling those legs across the Channel had been tossed around in the rough weather for the last 12 hours. And, those guys had been cooped up in those ships for last three of four days.

As an aside, when they were filming "The Longest Day", they were borrowing many US military assets, both ships and personnel to recreate the landings. The weather over the days planned to shoot the actual landing scenes was miserable, it was raining, the sea was rough, and windy, in short it also exactly like it was in 1944. Both the Navy and Army commanders responsible for the military equipment refused to allow the filming to start until the weather improved, as it was it was deemed too dangerous. The weather and sea state during the landing on 6 June 1944 was marginal, maybe worst that marginal.

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Dusting off my Garand, 1903, m1 carbine, and 1911 for a remembrance shoot at the range.

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Old June 6th, 2016, 07:14 AM   #6
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My wife's Uncle George was on Omaha Beach. He prayed to God that if he survived D-Day, he would NEVER leave KY again. George survived D-Day, but also the entire march to Germany without being wounded.He returned to KY, became a surveyor and didn't live anywhere else.

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Old June 6th, 2016, 07:28 AM   #7
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I have the ultimate respect for all "Warriors" that have served in all the wars!

However, today I respectfully honor those that stormed the beaches on D-Day [and all of those in support before and after too]. D-Day proved to be a significant turning point in WWII and was the beginning of the end for our enemy!

Thanks to all that have served.........


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Old June 6th, 2016, 07:36 AM   #8
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Thank you, from me, to the best generation of men. And will be the best generation for centuries to come. No single generation has given more(soldiers and their families) to/for that gosh forsaken war.

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If you have never heard FDR's June 6, 1944 D-day radio speech, it is definitely worth a listen:

God bless these men AND women of this, "The Greatest Generation", as we shall not see their likes again.

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God Bless them, Every One! The Greatest Generation stepped up when called.

From "the soldiers, sailors and airmen of the Allied Expeditionary Force" to everyone at home and abroad who supported and fed their effort the fuel, material, weapons and information that made it succeed - Well Done! The world owes you a debt it can never repay. CC

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My Uncle visited Utah beach as part of the 4th Infantry Division, 22nd Infantry Regiment. The 6th of June 1944.

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Saw a small b/w picture in a frame on the desk at my wife's Grandparents home, "who is that" I asked, the fellow had a steel pot on and the chin strap dangling , "that's Grammys brother" my wife said, "he was killed in Normandy, D-day"

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I have been to Normandy twice, once back in 1981 and again last summer. If you have never been I encourage you to go, it is an experience you will never forget. Last summer we went with a tour company which we met up with in Caen at the train station after a 1.5 hour train ride from Paris. There's an excellent D-Day museum in Caen built atop an underground Nazi bunker that was the Nazi's HQ during the invasion, you spend the first couple of hours at the D-Day museum before the tour group takes you out to the beaches.

Pointe du Hoc, where the Rangers landed, I'm the squinting fat guy on the left...

Dedication plaque in the bunker below where we are standing in the picture above.

A few residents grazing around the bomb craters at Pointe du Hoc

Omaha Beach (tide is in)

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The American Cemetery and Memorial, flags at half staff in honor or the Marines that were murdered in Chattanooga last summer. We stayed and watched the lowering of the flags, it was an emotional experience for me when they played taps, a proud American in a foreign land...

An unknown American soldier's grave site

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Old June 6th, 2016, 05:26 PM   #15
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The courage and fortitude on those beaches could never be recreated. God bless them and those who gave their lives!

The ignorant people in this country need to wake up and smell the coffee. I bet most didn't even bat an eye today, probably didn't even have a clue or care what D Day even means. Makes me sick.

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