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Thread: D-Day 72nd anniversary

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    D-Day 72nd anniversary

    I know of lot of you in the UK and France are more aware of today than the younger generations in the USA, but I have to give a shout out here to those in my family who all made it across and home:

    My father-in-law and his brother, MSGT and SGT, landed on Omaha Beach.
    Uncle John, a radar operator, landed Omaha Beach day two.
    Uncle Robert, 82nd airborne.
    Uncle Larry, flew many recons in a P-38 before and during the invasion.

    It's a day to remember to children and grandchildren, if only to plant a seed which will someday grow into understanding and appreciation.

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    What happened to them Southern? Did they all survive?

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    Yes, all my kin made it back, only one with a scratch: Robert, 82nd Airborne, broke his back in when his parachute failed, or was shot up, in a night jump.

    My father-in-law was lucky to survive battles like Arnhem Bridge.
    My uncle Larry went on to become a base commander in England in late 1950s.
    My father's college roommate made it back, wounded, the only survivor of his company.

    My father went to a military college, and only 38 of 442 in his class survived. He was busy that day bombing a Japanese shipping terminal in China, so they did not hear about France until the next day.

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    And meanwhile, from the other end... A month later, my mother was Born on the Fourth of July in Alsace during an American air raid. So thank you very much to the guys in the bombers for being careful with their aim!

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    My sons stand in granddad "Wil" was in 1para he was hit while trying with the rest to move up the lower Rhine to Arnhem with a groin wound he still managed to keep up, but lost his right nut and most of his man hood? and why he is my sons step in granddad and grandma the poor bugger couldn't have his own , at 76 we had to take his hand glider away as his wife hated the thought of him flinging himself off the kent cliffs now at just 92 he still drive's and is up for all kinds of jolly gapes .
    sharp as a pin and tough as old ammo boots he wont stay in even with real bad skin cancer from his time in Egypt .
    just got to hold your hand out to our forebears.
    Last edited by paul o'; 06-06-2016 at 17:08.

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    A bit of light hearted humour...I cant find the short clip, however min 25.15 always makes me chuckle.

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    lol very good but he's more like walker

    Quote Originally Posted by Tim.243 View Post
    A bit of light hearted humour...I cant find the short clip, however min 25.15 always makes me chuckle.


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    my great uncle was a civil engineer and a royal engineer in both WW1 and WW2 and ended up a Brigadier General. helped design the mulberry harbours used to very good effect on the 6th June and following days. Dont think he actually went ashore on d day though. Tough days for all those involved in the landings and I for one am grateful. regards SBM

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    Good friends living in Normandy near Utah beach/Saint Mere Eglise are actively engaged in entertaining the US veterans and their families since last weekend. Most turn up regularly and each year there are fewer veterans make the journey.
    The commemorations and celebrations are a major occasion in Normandy though. Lots of photo's of those who turn up with their militaria of the period.
    The Sainte Marie du Mont facebook site has lots of pics of the D Day attendees. My wife & I were there last year and it's a fantastic gathering.
    Last edited by deeangeo; 07-06-2016 at 04:50.
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    I'm in awe of all those who fought in WW2. Whether it was getting ashore on D day, the BEF before, or the fighting through Europe, on the ground, in the air and on the seas. We often speak about how society has deteriorated since and in a lot of ways it has, but we must be grateful that we don't have wars like we used to!

    it may seem a long time ago, but in my lifetime (60 years old), I have seen the last survivor of the American Civil War die (he was a drummer boy as I recall), the last Tommy of WW1 and WW2 veterans are now getting scarce. But only go back a generation or two and my grandfather, who was gassed in the trenches could well have rubbed shoulders with soldiers from the Napoleonic Wars. So to have gone 70+ years with no (major) conflicts is good. Long may it continue.

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