God bless the GREATEST generation! 69th anniversary D-day.

God bless the GREATEST generation! 69th anniversary D-day.

PostBy: SMITTY On: Thu Jun 06, 2013 1:41 pm

God bless these guys. THANK YOU - and may the ones no longer with us rest in peace.

:cheers:

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/06 ... -of-d-day/
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PostBy: freetown fred On: Thu Jun 06, 2013 3:20 pm

Nice John :cheers: back at ya :)
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PostBy: buffalo bob On: Thu Jun 06, 2013 3:55 pm

thank you...u guys really had it rough..tks fm a vn vet
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PostBy: Hambden Bob On: Thu Jun 06, 2013 9:39 pm

Everything I've had,well,I owe it to them and every ass-kicker/nice guy that's worn a uniform since. A debt that I can never repay.....Stand Down/Rest Easy :notworthy:
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PostBy: Freddy On: Fri Jun 07, 2013 5:53 am

Bless all the men & women that gave that day and especially those that gave their lives.
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PostBy: franco b On: Fri Jun 07, 2013 8:19 pm

The oldest man to land in the first wave on Omaha beach was General Teddy Roosevelt Jr. He was 56 and his son also landed. They were about a mile away from where they were supposed to land and the General gimped his way with a cane under heavy fire to find the correct position and guide the men to it. He had severe arthritis and a bad heart. He was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. He died a few months later of a heart attack.
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PostBy: NoSmoke On: Sat Jun 08, 2013 8:13 pm

My Grandfather was there that day.

He loved guns and wanted to be a gunsmith and was going to school in CT when Pearl Harbor broke out, but because of his college he was sent to Fire Control on the USS NEVADA which was at the D-Day Invasion. Growing up we actually tape recorded his account of being there because his job was to line up the big 14 inch guns as the marines called in the positions to shell. It was really an interesting account.

I was telling this to the guys at work though and they kept rolling their eyes and did not sound like they believed me. It is all true though, I guess today with everyone bragging about this and that, no one believes anything anymore. i can't blame them...a lot of crazy stories at work from too many guys that smoke their breakfast and lunch...then get the munchies.

It was the greatest generation for sure though!
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PostBy: lsayre On: Sat Jun 08, 2013 8:15 pm

Greater than the generation that spawned the Founders and our very Nation?
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PostBy: freetown fred On: Sat Jun 08, 2013 8:18 pm

In our time? You betcha:) Note Topic Heading Larry---69th Anniversary D-DAY
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PostBy: warminmn On: Sun Jun 09, 2013 12:46 am

I would be speaking German now if not for these men. I dont remember the numbers but the amount of soldiers, airplanes, ships involved in the landing are just amazing. Yes, God bless them.
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PostBy: lsayre On: Sun Jun 09, 2013 6:45 am

warminmn wrote:I would be speaking German now if not for these men. I dont remember the numbers but the amount of soldiers, airplanes, ships involved in the landing are just amazing. Yes, God bless them.


You were far more likely to be speaking Russian. By the time we entered WWII the Russians had already turned the tide big time and were rapidly pushing the Germans back along the entire Russian front. For the most part, all of the largest and best divisions and most battle trained personnel and most modern and heavy equipment of the German army were dedicated to the dreaded Russian front. Europe would all be under the Soviet umbrella if we had not entered WWII and saved a good part of it from this fate.

Knowing this, General Patton wanted to invade Russia as soon as the Germans surrendered, and that has long been suspected to be the reason why he was taken out.
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PostBy: franco b On: Sun Jun 09, 2013 9:29 am

We had already been at war for over a year before the German defeat at Stalingrad.

Patton was alone in the back of his limo when it struck a truck that turned into the path of the limo. He was not "taken out". His recommendation was that we arm the German pow's and send them to fight the Russians, not invade Russia.
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PostBy: lsayre On: Sun Jun 09, 2013 9:49 am

franco b wrote:We had already been at war for over a year before the German defeat at Stalingrad.

Patton was alone in the back of his limo when it struck a truck that turned into the path of the limo. He was not "taken out". His recommendation was that we arm the German pow's and send them to fight the Russians, not invade Russia.


By January 23rd of 1943 the Germans were whipped and defeated in Stalingrad, and were in terminal retreat from the Russians. The US invasion of Sicily began on July 10th of 1943, and the invasion of mainland Italy began on Sept. 3rd. 1943. Granted we were at war since Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, but our involvement in the European theater came much later.

And if the Russians knew that Patton was invading their nation with USA re-supplied Germans, they would not justifiably declare war against the USA as a result? Our troops assuredly would have been involved at some juncture.
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PostBy: waldo lemieux On: Sun Jun 09, 2013 9:57 am

To go charging onto that beach , knowing what was waiting takes something that I dont believe I have. Maybe its my age but those guys were different. Any person anytime, any conflict, that shows that kind of bravery has my undying respect and especially gratitude. These men and today women, should never want for anything. We should have built them a house put a car in the driveway and wished them a happy life. The reality is that they have had to fight to get decent health care. That makes me sadder than all the loss of life as its over for the dead and these guys are still fighting.......

Thanx to all that have ever served,anywhere

The Waldens
Jeff, Shara, Grace and Trevor
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PostBy: franco b On: Sun Jun 09, 2013 10:10 am

That was an offhand remark by Patton and I doubt if he took it seriously.

The German retreat was hardly a rout as it took another two years to be defeated.

We could have been in Berlin before the Russians but did not because of agreements at Yalta by Roosevelt.
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