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Old 9 June 2013, 20:49
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Some years ago at the American Legion that I was a member of there was an old timer who fought at Normandy. He went in on D-Day+3 and would often bring pictures and tell stories over beers. One story that I will never forget is when he said that the Germans would shoot at our medics regardless of them being identified with red cross armbands. I asked him what they did when they saw German medics in the field and he replied "we shot their asses".
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Old 10 June 2013, 16:47
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agonyea.....Outstanding photos! Thanks for sharing them.
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Old 11 June 2013, 10:00
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My grandfather was a paratrooper and jumped in on D-Day. Landed in St. Mere Igles...way off target. I heard some cool stories from family, read his letters home and read a book that detailed those days. His letters home almost matched the stories in the book. It was pretty amazing.
I had the distinct honor of pinning his original wings on my uniform when I graduated Basic Airborne in Ft. Benning. Since then, my younger brother graduated and I sent him the wings for his pinning ceremony as well. Quite a nice piece of military tradition being passed down.
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Old 11 June 2013, 13:53
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^ Very cool story, I respect the fact you sent the wings on to your brother, Way cool thing to do !
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Old 12 June 2013, 22:04
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X18-met a soldier last year,Omaha D+1,I looked at his discharge papers,quite impressive(he was 2nd ID)
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Old 6 June 2016, 14:49
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Old 6 June 2016, 15:57
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Old 6 June 2016, 20:29
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Lest we forget. Thank you to the Greatest Generation.

Off to go see my neighbor, Robert Windoffer (thank you for your service), who was a pilot during WWII & served under Maj Gen Charles W. Sweeney & were great friends until the General's death. I love living history. Haven't heard one of his stories of real life history in awhile, ashamed to say I haven't seen him in a month or so.

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Old 6 June 2016, 22:26
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I always check on my relative,Carl Proffitt;K Co,116th Inf Reg,29th ID
He died June 2015, didn't know that;DSC,SS,Brz,3PHs
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Old 7 June 2016, 20:34
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He supposedly had tears in his eyes when the planes took off.
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Old 6 June 2018, 14:51
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June 6, 1944

Tio Sam, I still remember...
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Old 6 June 2018, 21:40
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This is the grandfather of a person I work with whom I got to meet- we had a small ceremony at work today aboard the USS Laffey which is only one of two ships remaining afloat that took part in the Normandy invasion.

Mr. Johnnie Hill, Company A, 5th Ranger Infantry Battalion and veteran of Omaha Beach. At 96 years old he still moves his own grass here in South Carolina. What a privilege.
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Old 6 June 2018, 21:59
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Now that's back when it was "hard".

Salute! RLTW
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Old 6 June 2018, 22:02
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This is the grandfather of a person I work with whom I got to meet- we had a small ceremony at work today aboard the USS Laffey which is only one of two ships remaining afloat that took part in the Normandy invasion.

Mr. Johnnie Hill, Company A, 5th Ranger Infantry Battalion and veteran of Omaha Beach. At 96 years old he still moves his own grass here in South Carolina. What a privilege.
Amazing. Thank you for sharing that with us!
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Old 8 June 2018, 20:09
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He supposedly had tears in his eyes when the planes took off.

Touching, but unless you have a reference for that it sounds like typical Internet glurge. The first Pathfinders crossed the Channel and began dropping at 0015 hours of the 6th of June. The official 82d history of OVERLORD has the "A" Force planes taking off at 2315 local time. It's highly unlikely that with everything else going on that Ike was standing there from his daylight visit until then to watch the planes take off. He did have other things going on at the time.
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Old 8 June 2018, 22:25
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On the morning of June 9 - 1944, D-Day +3 the crew of the Naughty Angel will embark on a mission to Munich, they will not make it. My pop is back row far right - he would spend the rest of the war interned in Stalag Luft III and then marched/rail car to Mooseburg until Patton liberated the camp. Growing up I never saw him afraid of anything - go figure.

Brave men hit the beach and the skies and ultimately secured victory.

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Old 8 June 2018, 22:43
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^^^ Thank you. You included some history that must be preserved.
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Old 8 June 2018, 23:06
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One of the most significant disappointments in my life is that I was unable to get my father, who participated in the D-Day invasion, the march to Germany and was then sent to the Pacific Theater, to share any of his experiences. I remember seeing his Ike jacket as a boy, but didn't at the time understand the significance of the 3 rows of ribbons, the badges and the patches. And he never opened up about it.
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