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Old 3 June 2019, 20:25
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D-Day symposium

My place of work is hosting a D-Day symposium on Thursday at 1030 aboard the USS Yorktown in Mt Pleasant SC. Weíre honored to have nine D Day veterans join us, with a presentation given by LTG (ret) Paul Mikolashek. I met Mr. Johnnie Hill today and got to look over his artifacts from his service with A Company 5th Ranger Battalion. The man is 96 years old and made out of saddle leather and baseball stitching; tough SOB.

Itís free to the public, but if anyone can peel away let me know and Iíll hold a seat.
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Old 3 June 2019, 20:27
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For some reason I canít upload more pics. Some incredible war trophies in Mr. Hillís possession.
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Old 3 June 2019, 20:33
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Reduced in size, loaded fine. The group photo was taken in September 1945 and were the only remaining members of A Company 5th RGR BN.
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I'm in the area and wish I could attend, but I have to work.
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I wish that I had some vacation time left. Would love to attend.
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Old 4 June 2019, 11:17
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We understand the time of day is an issue with many folks- (1030) -- but the 'youngest' veteran is 95 and we have one gentleman attending who is 101 years old; they wouldn't make it through a 90 minute presentation in the early evening.

Below is the livestream link that you can check out on Thursday morning starting at 1030 EST if you have the opportunity.

https://patriotspt.org/DDayPatriotsPointLive
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A buddy of mine is over there for the commemoration this year and he just sent me this this morning.
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Old 4 June 2019, 14:15
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A buddy is a local HS teacher; he is taking some students and two D-Day vets over there this week. Living history that will soon be gone.
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Old 4 June 2019, 14:55
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Reduced in size, loaded fine. The group photo was taken in September 1945 and were the only remaining members of A Company 5th RGR BN.
Do you have picture of the folding knife open or any details?

The handle design is not something Iíve seen.

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Old 4 June 2019, 15:32
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Do you have picture of the folding knife open or any details?

The handle design is not something Iíve seen.

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I'll take more pictures on Thursday and try and get a little more information-- Mr. Hill took it home with him.

But it was taken from an EKIA some 75 years ago; not sure if it was an issue item or just a personal pocket knife.
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Old 4 June 2019, 15:50
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Please post more pictures.
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That pic in the 1st post is cool as fuck. Thanks.
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Old 8 June 2019, 17:15
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^^ They look like hard mo-fos!

Stretch, I'm guessing that knife is a hawkbill, or folding pruner. Would seem odd to be part of a front-line load-out.

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Old 8 June 2019, 18:59
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Hereís the backstory on that pocketknife.
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Old 9 June 2019, 19:10
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The symposium is the first video top left; we had about 1100- 1200 people show up. The rest of the vids are the D-Day vets. Johnnie Hill is the gent with the eye patch.

https://m.facebook.com/PatriotsPoint...=page_internal

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