Bravery no other word. I wish I had the courage of the most scared man when those doors dropped for the German machine gunners to shoot ‘em on the water. Thank god for real men! Hope we have the grit to Stay Free!!
Anyone know if history Channel or any other's is having anything on tonight . I watch ever documentary can on it.
I've been kinda busy fixing broken air conditioners today but haven't heard a peep of the greatest day on any media except here .
Guess it don't matter to most anymore.
That's sad and shows how ****ed up we are at the moment.
Being 76 and born in 1946 knowing that I am one of the many post war babies born right after the war. The men and women that severed during that time were true hero's and patriots.
Sad day in my office today, I decided to take a pole to see if any of the young people knew what today was ( I am still working and the oldest person in the office of 50) and what it meant to them, all that I questioned did not know what June 6, 1944 was. They did know that it was Gay Pride Month. Our local paper in Albuquerque did not have any mention of June 6, 1944.
I did remind them that if it was not for these men & women that they surly would be speaking either German or Japanese. Also every Jew in the world would be hunted down and killed, those that the Germans or Japanese did not think worthy would also be killed.
Hard to believe that we are facing the down side of our Great Country starting to spiral down with so many divisions and crazed ideas going around.
I will hold my family close and remind them of the blessing we have to live in this country and the cost of keeping it free.
Dennis, that's very sad, it's not the young people's fault, rather that of a forgetful and don't care society. Like you I was a '46er, so were my cousins Carol and Sue.
Sue's dad Private Ron Willis went up Sword beach on D-Day; he'd already seen action in France prior to Dunkirk (got out though St Malo) and then North Africa. My late Aunty Con told me "The second thing your Uncle Ron did when he got back home was take off his rifle and pack!"
Our dear friend Charlie Pink was also on Sword, a Sherman gunner. Just before he passed at a good age, he was presented with the Legion d'Honneur by the French Ambassador in London, a terribly proud and touching moment. As he said "Not bad for a nineteen year old bricklayer, eh?"
Last year there was a lovely picture on the front page of "The Times" of an old Para veteran who'd made a tandem jump onto his original drop zone at Ranville. It showed a very pretty Army para nurse with her arm round his shoulder, giving him a quick check over. "That's a warmer welcome than I got the last bloody time!"
We also knew one of the very few (only?) men who fought at the Battle of Jutland in WWI who was also present on D-Day in WW2. His ship HMS "Warspite" bombarded enemy positions in support of the US landings.
It was a different world on June 6, 1944 but it was a blessing to have the British & Canadians on our Eastern Front side along with so many others stepping up and looking death in the eyes and move forward to that hell hole of a beach. I am remiss to also remember that the British 6th ABN Division along with our 82 & 101 Airborne Divisions were making the drop from the sky in heavy fire to meet the enemy. God Bless each one and for those that gave the ultimate sacrifice and for those that continued to fight and bring that war to a end. Never Forget.
Also, fellas, don't forget the Battle of Midway which occurred from 6/4 - 6/7, 1942.
Because my Grandpa was an Island Hopper with the 2nd Marine Division, I have learned quite a bit about the Pacific theater, and surprising little about the European front, short of the dates we all know.
Again least we forget, that we as a nation were fighting on both sides of the world. Young men stepping into the depths of hell weather they be on the fields in Europe or in the Jungles of the Pacific, never waving and moving forward. I look at the losses the Marines suffered in each island they fought on and what it must have felt in each man's eyes when the ramp doors were open, again never hesitating and stepping forward. Good Bless them all and for those that serve today in harms way.