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“This photo, taken in the summer of 1944, in Sainte-Mère-Église, Normandy, shows Mrs Simone Renaud (wife of Alexandre Renaud, Mayor of Sainte-Mère-Église) laying flowers on the grave of General Theodore Roosevelt, Jr.”

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“This American hero was the oldest man (56 years old) and the only General to participate in the first wave of landings on D-Day. In order to reassure, inspire and guide young soldiers, he decided to be among the first men landing on Utah Beach, and confronted German forces with them. General Theodore Roosevelt, Jr. died of a heart attack five weeks later (July 12, 1944) and was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor. He is now resting in peace at the Normandy American Cemetery next to his younger brother, 2nd Lt Quentin Roosevelt, who was killed in action in France during the First World War.”

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I just found this…

 

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A promising U.S. Army pilot, Lieutenant Quentin Roosevelt made his first confirmed kill on July 10th. But just four days later, the 20-year-old was surrounded by German planes and shot down.

When German forces realized that they had killed the son of a president, they took the extraordinary step of holding a military funeral for him. More than 1,000 German soldiers reportedly looked on as Roosevelt was buried under a wooden cross that was held together with wire from the wreckage of his plane. Meanwhile, in the United States, the Roosevelts mourned their loss and the country grieved alongside them — with one town in Pennsylvania even changing its name to Quentin in honor of the fallen soldier.

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Just adding on with more trivia. 
 

TR never got over Quentin’s death and died not long after in 1919 after his ill-fated exploration of the River of Doubt. 
 

Eddie Rickenbacker served as a pilot in the same unit as Quentin. He stated that Quentin and others with similar backgrounds who’d volunteered were elitist snobs toward him and others with lesser pedigrees. 


One of TR’s other sons also died during WWII. Depression ran deep through the Roosevelt family and son Kermit committed suicide while stationed in Alaska. 
 

Second son Archie served in both world wars and was severely wounded in the same knee in each war. He’s the only soldier to have been given a 100% disability from two wars. 

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22 minutes ago, Abilene Slim SASS 81783 said:

Huh?

Not big on comprehension.  You are whatever you may consider yourself to be. All of that family were magnitudes larger.  

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34 minutes ago, Rip Snorter said:

Not big on comprehension.  You are whatever you may consider yourself to be. All of that family were magnitudes larger.  

Don't know where you get that I'm criticizing the family. It's just historical trivia. The Roosevelts were awesome.

 

Get a life. I'm outta here. 

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