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God bless those brave soldiers! :FlagAm:

 

https://apnews.com/article/dday-wwii-france-invasion-military-b02d03fa11f66767a521a3b01357a89a

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My uncle, Fred, hit that beach all those years ago! He survived and lived a long life.

 

Ten months later, to the day, my uncle Billy was killed in the first Kamakaze attacks off Okinawa.

 

 

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They were The Greatest Generation. I was fortunate enough to have a couple of them for good friends...gone now, but not forgotten.

 

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I had two uncles in that war, luckily they survived and both lived a pretty long life. My Uncle Jim got a Bronze Star. He never talked about it, we had to drag the story out of him!

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I had an Uncle who was on the USS Oklahoma at Pearl Harbor and a former Pastor who jumped into France the night of the 5/6th.

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Howdy,

US paratroops jump on June 9.  Each country gets a turn except Russia.

Russia was NOT invited this year....

My nephew is jumpmaster for our guys.

Hope all goes well.

I heard one of the old vets died on the flight over.  How sad is that.

Troops en transit are being applauded in airports....its about time.

Im getting great pix from Normandy.

Best

CR

 

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spent more than a moment pondering it today , and some other fays before as i imagine a few more after , 

 

i generally do it on aug 6th and 9th as well as my father was in the pacific on saipan , 

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When the 50th anniversary came around, they were offering special tours for veterans.  I asked dad if he wanted to go back.  The answer was quick,  "Hell no! I've seen enough of that place.". 

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i think that was common in that generation , i know my mother and father visited saipan in the 80s , but they didnt talk of that trip much more than they did the war years , 

 

funny thing is that most of my VN era friend dont say much either , got treated a lot worse and were thanked even less 

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Several years ago,  son Chris and wife Heather took a vacation in Europe.  They specifically visited monuments and cemeteries. Chris was impressed at the level of respect the local people had for the liberation efforts.  They visited Bastogne where they had many displays and museums.  Interpreters and guides.  Dad was in an Engineering Battalion attached to the 101. They were outside Bastogne during the Battle of the Bulge. He said they had one machine gun and wouldn't have been able to put up much of a fight had Bastogne fallen.

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