Today is D Day. 70 years ago 160,000 allied troops landed at the 5 beaches along the Northern France coast. The American's landed at Utah and Omaha beaches and faced the German's and fought valiantly during what has become known as "The Longest Day". When the smoke had cleared there were over 10,000 allied casualties including 4,000 dead. They were and still are the greatest generation and though my Dad fought in the South Pacific during WW2, as a disabled veteran of Viet Nam I consider him my greatest hero. God bless our veterans for making such a sacrifice.
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Well put, Mike. God bless all our troops, past and present. Without them, we wouldn't be sitting here pounding computer keys. No doubt that was the Mother of all battles. Tried watching the movie "Private Ryan" but didn't make it past the first 20 minutes, I felt so bad for all those guys. We don't know how lucky we are to have not been in that kind of situation. I think too many of us take our freedom way too much for granted, while so much of it is slowly being chipped away from you know where. I understand the next movement by or beloved leaders is the control/elimination of Christian media. Why not, after all, I believe a certain "leader" in the country quickly proclaimed "We're not a Christian Nation"....God help us all.
Ask someone young what today is. I am amazed how many do not know.
You're right Tim. My youngest grandson is a smart kid but his response would be "last day of school".
Also, little remembered now, is that on this same D day thousands of miles away in the Pacific the Fifth Amphibious Corps ,made up of the Fourth and Second Marine Divisions and the Army’s, 27th Division were steaming towards the Island of Saipan and the neighboring island of Tinian. So within a week of each other the two largest military invasions ever took place. Nearly 19 thousand thousand American causalities and thirty eight thousand Japanese killed on those two islands in little over a month of fighting…..
It never fails: some dork has to inject his political beliefs into these threads.
Thanks for the thread, Mike. My oldest brother landed with a Howitzer squad D-Day +5, and saw action to the end. Instead of continuing to Berlin, they waited days at Magdeburg for the Russians to arrive.
He has never received anything from VA, because there is no record of him serving. Records were destroyed in a fire about 30-40 years ago.
To morrow we have our T-Day,a day that we try to have model T's together. I came to the name T-Day because we do it the Saturday around the 6 of june . As a memory to the landing in Normandie.It is still unbelievable for me, that so many young boys give there live's for our freedom.
THANK YOU ALL.
Sadly my office manager age 41 had no idea what D day even was. I was reading a story about D day the brave young men and the horrible losses, and she asked when was that?
She asked me were in France Omaha beach was?. She then said she thought Omaha was in the US. Honestly she had no idea or knowledge of World War 2. How sad, and she is an intelligent woman who has lived in England and the east coast and she still had no idea of the history of the greatest war ever fought.
We all owe so much to so many, "the greatest generation" Those brave young men who so quickly took the challenge and signed up by the thousands to right the wrongs and turn back the horrors of that era. They did so without a second thought knowing that many of them may never return home or to family.
My wife and I have visited their graves to pay our respects, from France, Holland, Italy, Germany and Hawaii. When you look out over the sea of head stones and crosses you can not help but shed tears for them. From such a horrible time to the peace and tranquility of their final resting place, We salute you and honor your sacrifices.
My late neighbor with his head on the ammo box on Saipan, just before they went to Tinian and back. He was with Marine Intelligence (!)
Official Photo, USMC
June 6, 1944 to May 8, 1945. A lot of brave guys fought and didn't return. In 2006, Anja and I, along with our daughter and son-in-law, were in the Netherlands, Luxemburg and Belgium. We stopped at the American cemetery in Margraten, the Netherlands. In those pre-DNA days, not everyone was identified.
Until we get the federal government out of our schools, the kids probably won't know anything about D-Day!
Thank you to all those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. Rest in Peace. You did not die in vain.
Guys: Go to www.dday.org This is about the town of Bedford VA. We all need to read their story and remember it. If we do not, who will. Dan
My dad was drafted late and didn't ship over until September of 1944. The only birthday card I got from him was mailed from NYC which was his port of embarkation. My first birthday was September 8 of 1944 and dad was not able to make it but he sent me a card. I still have it. He wasn't able to make any other of my birthdays either. He was MIA on October 17th a few weeks later. He didn't come home until 1952 and I remember the funeral and how my mom cried. It is very hard for me to contain my anger at times when I see people trying to silence those who disagree with something. Good men died so that we still have the freedom to disagree - at least for now.
My condolences John. That card must be your most treasured possession.
Sgt. USMC (veteran)
Anyone who has not seen "Band of Brothers" about Company E and their exploits from boot camp to the night before D-Day to their fight across Europe and eventual capture of Hitler's Eagles nest, should. It is very well made and the fact it is true makes it all the more amazing what they did and that they survived to tell about it.
"Saving Private Ryan" is also a very well made fictional story that every veteran of D-Day who sees it, says it truly depicts what it was really like on the beaches of D-Day. The sounds, the fear, the confusion, the flying body parts and the shattered men screaming for their Mother's.
Check your TV listings. On such an important anniversary (70 years), both should be on TV over the next few days. I hope so, anyway. Jim Patrick
I saw Saving Private Ryan once. I don't think I want to see it again. I watch the various documentaries time and time again and wonder how anyone survived. Then I wonder how I would have reacted in that situation. Glad I didn't have to. My grandfather and my son both saw combat. My father and I, while both veterans, did not have to.
This is the motivation that won the war!
One of the airborne guys, now over ninety, made another jump. Somebody asked him if he was scared. He said, "Naw, nobody was shooting at me this time."
I'm fifty and have children aged 18 and 21 and my kids certainly know about D-Day. We have seen Omaha and Utah beach and have cried for the countless white crosses in the cemetery. None of my family where involved but you can't help being moved by the enormity of loss evident.
The only place I have been that is more distressing is the site of some of the concentration camps. The atmosphere is indescribable even the birds fly round these places!
Clever pictures here:
I had my flag out all day yesterday. I'm sure most people that drove by didn't know why.
Well my father enlisted on December 10th. 1941, he didn't really know what he was doing. He told me he thought he would be home for Christmas. Well , he was called in on December 24th and spent the evening trying to find his barracks at Fort Dix, NJ in a down pour of cold rain.
My late neighbor joined the Marines right after Dec 7, rather than go to flight training, as he thought the Japs would be whipped in six months.