06-06-2018, 02:41 AM
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D-Day, 6 JUN 1944. “The eyes of the world” will not forget those brave souls who embarked on the great crusade, marching toward “nothing less than full victory.” – Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower (Photo courtesy of @USARMY)

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I pray we never forget.

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 06-06-2018, 02:56 AM
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I won’t forget them or my father, God bless him.. He landed on Juno Beach and fought all the way into Holland. He served in Europe from October 1939 to January 1946.

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 06-06-2018, 03:17 AM
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Thank you for reminding us Johnny.

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 06-06-2018, 03:20 AM
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My Dad was in the 15th Army Air Corp.  Was the radio man and side gunner on a B-17 and flew bombing runs.  Based in Foggia, Italy.

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 06-06-2018, 03:22 AM
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I'm in Normandy for the 74th Commemoration of D-day.  We did the memorial jump Sunday onto Drop Zone D which the 101st used by Ste. Mere Eglise.  Being here this week is amazing.  I've met a lot of vets and it's great to hear their stories.  The middle  picture[Image: UAssB80.jpg] is an American and German Paratrooper who both fought in Carentan meeting each other.[Image: DN5EKP0.jpg][Image: BbusPzl.jpg]

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 06-06-2018, 03:22 AM
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Great post Johnny. Thats a powerful photo.

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 06-06-2018, 03:55 AM
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(06-06-2018, 03:22 AM)DannyZ Wrote: I'm in Normandy for the 74th Commemoration of D-day.  We did the memorial jump Sunday and I earned Dutch wings.  Being here this week is amazing.  I've met a lot of vets and it's great to hear their stories.[Image: BbusPzl.jpg] [Image: UiFFlKR.jpg]

Thank you for your service Danny.

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 06-06-2018, 05:24 AM
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Thank you Ricardo.  My Papa was a AA gunner on USS San Francisco;  my Uncle Joe was a gunner on a B-17.  The vets I've talked to here are all in their 90s.  It' sad to know that in a few years, almost all of them will be gone.  They truly were The Greatest Generation.

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 06-06-2018, 09:20 AM
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I just found out from the Wausau Historical Society that the man pictured above Eisenhower's hand is from Wausau, WI.  There is a full story about him along with a statue at our Historical Society location.  Learn something new everyday.


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 06-06-2018, 04:02 PM
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(06-06-2018, 02:41 AM)Johnny Wrote: D-Day, 6 JUN 1944. “The eyes of the world” will not forget those brave souls who embarked on the great crusade, marching toward “nothing less than full victory.” – Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower (Photo courtesy of @USARMY)

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I pray we never forget.

Johnny, I'm afraid the forgetting is already happening. A congressman down here in Georgia tweeted a "thanks and never forget" message this AM. There was a photo in the tweet. It was of German WWII troops (looks to be on the East front). The story is the image was provided by a young staffer at a media firm the congressman uses. Search on Georgia congressman tweets Nazi troops and you should be able to find it.

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 06-22-2018, 02:21 AM
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(06-06-2018, 03:20 AM)Johnny Wrote: My Dad was in the 15th Army Air Corp.  Was the radio man and side gunner on a B-17 and flew bombing runs.  Based in Foggia, Italy.

Johnny, I'm just now seeing this post, my uncle and godfather held the same position. Flew a load of missions and some decades ago "loaned" his flight jacket and helmet to the Smithsonian.  The jacket, the back of which is covered with mission logos, is not currently on display  but the helmet is, or at least was last time I knew. He flew out of England and I believe  was part of the first groups to fly daytime bombing missions over Germany.  My father slogged it out in the Pacific for 4 years. One of my other uncles, brother to the above mentioned  also flew in the European theatre and another a sailor on a battleship in the Pacific theatre.

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 06-22-2018, 05:35 AM
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This is the first I'm seeing this also.

You can be sure the French haven't forgotten what was done for them on D-Day. I was a young paratrooper in '71 visiting the airborne museum in St. Mere-Eglise and when the ladies "manning" the museum realized what we were they about embarrassed their undies. The French definitely remember, or they did back in '71.

For those who have never seen what those soldiers went to war in, it's very educational to see the gliders (pipe and fabric) or the bombers that put almost nothing between the crew and a German 20mm cannon. Those folks had huge spheroids.

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