View Full Version : OT-Back from Normandy

06-08-2009, 04:23 PM
Just got back from Normandy tonight-was there for the 65th anniversary commemorations. My squadron does the flyovers and drops paratroopers on the actual zones around Ste. Mere Eglise. I mentioned in an earlier thread that Id post some pix-Hope you like them.
Utah Beach
The US airborne arrives in Saint Mere Eglise
Pointe Du Hoc from my plane
The C-47 memorial at Picauville
The US cemetery at Colleville

Irish Stout
06-08-2009, 04:28 PM
Very very cool! Thanks!

06-08-2009, 04:30 PM
That's awesome! Thank you.

06-08-2009, 04:32 PM
Card at the cemetery
The Iron Mike DZ troop drops
Fly by at Point du Hoc Ranger memorial
Omaha beach

06-08-2009, 04:36 PM
Good stuff Herc thanks!

06-08-2009, 04:36 PM
A SIlver Star winner from CO-I left him my CO flag from my uniform
St Mere Eglise

06-08-2009, 04:40 PM
If someone hasn't been there, go, and you will not be disapointed. Truly inspirational.

06-08-2009, 04:42 PM
Impressive pics. Thanks!

06-08-2009, 04:46 PM
Awesome pics, must have been amazing to be there.

06-08-2009, 05:00 PM
Truly amazing. More pics please.

06-08-2009, 05:05 PM
Great Pics Herk and looks to be a great experience. I hope to get there one day myself.

06-08-2009, 05:36 PM
Incoming 6 ship to the DZ-LOTS of French support. People here are VERY apprieciative of the US, great folks here.
Gun at Point du Hoc
Iron Mike. Parachutists memorial near Picauville. Many planes with troopers shot down here
Mont St. Michel flyover
Obstacles at Utah beach

06-08-2009, 05:39 PM
I got chills looking at the pics. I can't imagine what it must have been like to observe it all. Thanks

06-08-2009, 05:55 PM
Awesome stuff. Just re-watched the whole thing on the History Channel...unbelievable what they did under fire.

bronco militia
06-08-2009, 06:01 PM
thanks for sharing

Los Broncos
06-08-2009, 06:19 PM
Awesome photos thanks for sharing sir.

06-08-2009, 06:20 PM

wait a second...Ha!

Thanks for sharing, great pics!

06-08-2009, 09:14 PM
when I went to normandy I had eaten bad escargot the night before and I was booting my brains out and felt like crap....I think it added to the experience.

06-09-2009, 01:22 AM
Herk, thanks for the pics. I like to see stuff like this all the time, and see what a true natural monument a place can be. It's so weird seeing the nice, pristine beaches, and think of the turmoil and bloodshed that happened there. It's just hard to fathom.

Our next trip to France will definately include a drive up to the north coast.

06-09-2009, 01:23 AM
I got chills looking at the pics. I can't imagine what it must have been like to observe it all. Thanks

me too. I know if i went i would be crying. Our greatest generation loses hundreds from that war everyday. My grandpa died last year and my other one (who fought for Canada) is approaching 90 next month. If you ever see one of these old vets, tell them thank you as they might not have heard it in awhile. Herc, was there any guys from 101 Airborne (band of brothers) or 89 there?

06-09-2009, 07:03 AM
Quite a few vets everywhere, some of the BoB guys were there (only a few) and they were always surrounded by people. I was in the church in St Mere Eglise when some came in. You'd have thought the president was there by all the handlers, both French and American. Met quite a few guys this weekend. I was at the cemetery and got some pix with about 20 or so Brit Gentlemen that were at Sword and Gold beaches. Also met some former Brit Paras that landed at Pegasus bridge that first night. Just intense guys.

06-09-2009, 07:25 AM
Thanks for sharing these pictures. AWESOME!

06-09-2009, 07:28 AM
Thanks for the pictures...I will one day make it there to see that site...but won't be for a while. Had to be pretty cool to see everything on the day its remembered.

El Guapo
06-09-2009, 07:33 AM
Wow, very cool pictures. Thank you for sharing!

Garcia Bronco
06-09-2009, 07:44 AM
I can't imagine what it would have been like to storm that beach with a dug in opponent. God Bless those boys. They had no illusions.

06-09-2009, 08:14 AM
Was there last June 6th, very moving. My father was in a B-17 squadron and shot down over the German-Belgium border and rescued by the Belgian underground. Driving down from Amsterdam to a nice B and B near Honfleur in three weeks. Lovely part of France

06-09-2009, 11:58 AM
Pegusus bridge is basically where it all started. First agenda and results were plus one for the good guys. I believe it was the first casualty, a brit captain, who had the first kill too. Without holding that bridge, things could have been much different. Those guys jumped in and saved hundreds of lives holding the German reinforcements off of the beach. I would have loved to talk to those guys.

06-09-2009, 01:24 PM
You'd have thought the president was there by all the handlers, both French and American.

He was


Anyway, great pics, I was there last September, it is a site to see.

06-09-2009, 04:15 PM
Thanks for sharing, these are great!

06-09-2009, 04:56 PM
D-Day was a perfect example of the art of war playing out.

Troops who felt a morale obligation to duty

Troops who were stuck, no retreat available, no plan but to fight forward or die.

You try and watch movies, historic accounts, but really none of us will ever really comprehend how horrid those places like Utah beach were.

Some of the beaches weren't too bad, like Sword, Juno. The Canadians at Juno were actually the only troops to meet there d-day objectives. The British at Sword met little resistence.

Then you get the guys at Omaha that were unlucky and had to go up against a whole crack German regiment. The 352 infantry division had been moved there and no one knew. They were battle hardened, seasoned troops and by far put up the most resistance of any beach.

06-09-2009, 08:18 PM
Those are some awesome pics! It's really neat you got to be there during an anniversary. I was actually Omaha Beach when the first plane struck one of the twin towers on September 11th. Ironically I too was living in Ramstein, Germany when I visited and my dad was actually a C-130 pilot... (I hear you guys have a mega mall now ><!!!).

Thanks for bringing back some memories with your post!

06-09-2009, 11:04 PM
Sweet pics, thanks for sharing.

Thanks Herk!

My dad was with the 9th Armored. We visited Normandy and other areas that he fought from France to Germany - Ardens, Battle of the Bulge, Bridge a Ramagen, etc. about 10 years ago. It was very difficult from him, but it brought us close for the first time since I was a kid.

Last Saturday he was a little blue and I asked him why. He reminded me that it was the anniversary of D-Day. I apologized to him for forgetting. He said that it's ancient history now, and most people have forgotten. I assured him that he was wrong and many people do remember the sacrifices our vets have made in all the wars. I don't care if it's a 19 year old kid that's about to ship out to Iraq or Afghanistan or a little old man with a VFW hat - ALWAYS REMEMBER TO THANK A VET!

P.S. Dad turns 84 on July 4th. I greatly appreciate the sacrifices of his comrades that made it possible for me to be born and have the last 42 years with him!