D DAY 74 YEARS AGO TODAY

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D DAY 74 YEARS AGO TODAY

#1 Post by JerryB » Wed Jun 06, 2018 9:09 am

Some thing to think about in these times here in America.
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#2 Post by gamekeeper » Wed Jun 06, 2018 9:29 am

A lot of very brave men and women died for our freedom, now a lot of very stupid men and women want to take that freedom away.

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#3 Post by Old No7 » Wed Jun 06, 2018 12:29 pm

JerryB wrote:
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Some thing to think about in these times here in America.
Yes, and in Western Europe too I'd say!

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#4 Post by Pitchy » Wed Jun 06, 2018 12:55 pm

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#5 Post by J Miller » Wed Jun 06, 2018 1:15 pm

My dad was a Navy crewman on an LST during the invasion. I have his military records, but he never talked about it while we were a family.

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Re: D DAY 74 YEARS AGO TODAY

#6 Post by Ray » Wed Jun 06, 2018 2:12 pm

A neighbor, Mister Cronan was at omaha beach.....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M_ylKgyRy7A
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#7 Post by Bill in Oregon » Wed Jun 06, 2018 2:19 pm

You know, when a kid in the 50s and 60s, there were more than a few "just dads" in the neighborhood who were involved in Operation Overlord, but no one talked much about it like it was something terribly special. Of course, it seemed like all the dads had been in the war. I wasn't the only one playing army in the local backyards while wearing his father's issued Eisenhower jacket.
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"Invasion: They're Coming," by Paul Carell

#8 Post by Naphtali » Wed Jun 06, 2018 3:02 pm

A book that few will have read is Invasion: They're Coming, by Paul Carell. This fascinating book is D-Day through the fall - that is, libration of - Paris from the Wehrmacht's [/i]point of view. It is written in the manner of Ryan's book with substantial input from surviving Wehrmacht staff and command officers. What intrigued me most was that despite several errors at the time, those interviewed believed strongly that the D-Day invasion through the first several days could have been - should have been - an Allied debacle.
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#9 Post by jeepnik » Wed Jun 06, 2018 3:26 pm

On this day in 1944 my Dad was crossing the channel. Meanwhile his brother was on a ship heading for Saipan. A world apart, neither knowing the danger awaiting the other. So many families had such stories, yet it seems important, maybe even more important as time passes, to remember and thank God for such men.
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#10 Post by KeithNyst » Wed Jun 06, 2018 10:51 pm

Eisenhower’s
letter to the D-day forces.
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#11 Post by Old No7 » Thu Jun 07, 2018 7:41 am

KeithNyst wrote:
Wed Jun 06, 2018 10:51 pm
Eisenhower’s letter to the D-day forces.
Thanks for sharing that! I'd heard quotes from it over the years, but had never read it word-for-word as I did just now -- it "gave me chills", even as I sit in the comfort of my home office many thousands of miles away and 74 years later...

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Re: D DAY 74 YEARS AGO TODAY

#12 Post by gamekeeper » Thu Jun 07, 2018 8:45 am

That's quite a document, thanks for posting it.
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Re: D DAY 74 YEARS AGO TODAY

#13 Post by Aussie Chris » Fri Jun 08, 2018 8:14 am

By coincidence I was watching operation Overlord on netflix WWII in colour not even realising the date!

Brave men that saved many. Imagine how the war may have turned out if Overlord failed.
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#14 Post by Griff » Fri Jun 08, 2018 12:55 pm

Tuesday, during our ship's reunion in New Orleans we (as a group), toured the WWII Museum there. It, in itself, was worth the drive down there. The time spent with former shipmates, and others who served aboard her at different times during her service (1959-1982), was refreshing. We talked of other shipmates who we missed and would like to know what became of them, ate meals, enjoyed a few adult beverages, and generally enjoyed the freedom to be able to do so.

If you haven't seen the museum... I highly recommend it. We were there for 5 hours... and I didn't get to see it all. It covers 5 buildings, all stuffed full of memorabilia, there's a great film on the war, with an introduction by Tom Hanks. Our group (along with many other civilians), filled the theater. It's located downtown, near the French Quarter, with LOTS of great hotels and restaurants nearby. Did I say I really, really recommend it?
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#15 Post by JerryB » Fri Jun 08, 2018 1:00 pm

Griff, I'm sure that was a great time and seeing all the sights.
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Re: D DAY 74 YEARS AGO TODAY

#16 Post by Ray » Fri Jun 08, 2018 9:25 pm

On medcruise 1987 while in uncle's yacht club i could not finagle the 3 days off for the welfare and recreation tour to Paris and Normandy which included a visit to two of our cemeteries ....but when in Tunisia i did get to see the North African Campaign cemetery at carthage......sombre and eerie even on a bright sunny day with no background noise from birds or insects.....absolute quiet......

MR 1 Jaansen had bought a bottle of absinthe and had a psychotic break of sorts on the bus ride back and conversed with the "black dog" most of the way.....It was kind of spooky!
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Re: D DAY 74 YEARS AGO TODAY

#17 Post by Ray » Mon Jun 11, 2018 6:21 am

Almost forgot to mention that my son served on the USS Normandy, CG 60 from 2012 to 2016.....
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Re: D DAY 74 YEARS AGO TODAY

#18 Post by Ysabel Kid » Thu Jun 14, 2018 8:46 pm

gamekeeper wrote:
Wed Jun 06, 2018 9:29 am
A lot of very brave men and women died for our freedom, now a lot of very stupid men and women want to take that freedom away.

Lest we forget.
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My Uncle was there - Omaha Beach on D-Day. He's still with us!

This was an interview of him 5 years ago...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EsBwQWvrA7I
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