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Old 06-06-2012, 04:00 PM   #1
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In memory of all those who stormed the beaches of Normandy. IMO the bravest Americans in history.

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we should watch the longest day and saving private ryan again just to remind ourselves how much courage it took to land a beach like that. if you're not scared ****less you're not alive.

but bravest? every generation of Americans, when called, has been the bravest. Valley Forge? Chosin Reservoir? Khe Sahn? Gettysburg? Belleau Wood? Mogadishu? every generation has patriots who answered the call and gave all.
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Awesome, it gives me chills just thinking about it.

They are playing the footage of it on TV here.
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What those men did back in '45 is amazing. Took a lot of guts just to board the boats.

I read both the "Longest Day" and "With the old breed at Okinawa and Peliu" and not sure what I would have done if faced with those options.
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Old 06-06-2012, 06:21 PM   #7
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The courage of those men is difficult to find in the hearts of men of our time. Time has dulled our memory to the full impact of their actions that day. My generation called them grandfather. My children know little if anything of their sacrifice and the many friends who never returned to enjoy the bounty of this great Nation. God bless them all.
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we should watch the longest day and saving private ryan again just to remind ourselves how much courage it took to land a beach like that. if you're not scared ****less you're not alive.

but bravest? every generation of Americans, when called, has been the bravest. Valley Forge? Chosin Reservoir? Khe Sahn? Gettysburg? Belleau Wood? Mogadishu? every generation has patriots who answered the call and gave all.
True enough, though unloading from those floating tin can coffins at Omaha beach on 6-6-44 with a horde of MG-42s and MG-34s pouring hellacious rates of fire into those crates when the front draw dropped down near the beach scored a 10+ on the sphincter suction-to-inner lips pucker factor for sure!

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Old 06-06-2012, 07:42 PM   #10
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My grandpa was at Omaha beach. Second wave I believe. He made it through the war, but died in '75, over a decade before I was born.

My dad said he never really talked about the war, which isn't shocking whatsoever. God bless him and all other veterans.
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What those men did back in '45 is amazing. Took a lot of guts just to board the boats.

I read both the "Longest Day" and "With the old breed at Okinawa and Peliu" and not sure what I would have done if faced with those options.
Actually it was in "44" a typo I assume.
As for what you would have done you would probably volunteered for one of the service branch's, and when the time came you would've prayed to your diety, stod up and walked into the guns, like every generation of AMERICAN'S have always done.
As for the people asking what about this generation? I cite an nfl player who volunteered and served and died for our nation. Sgt Pat Tillman US Army Ranger. HOOOAAHHH!
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Actually it was in "44" a typo I assume.
As for what you would have done you would probably volunteered for one of the service branch's, and when the time came you would've prayed to your diety, stod up and walked into the guns, like every generation of AMERICAN'S have always done.
As for the people asking what about this generation? I cite an nfl player who volunteered and served and died for our nation. Sgt Pat Tillman US Army Ranger. HOOOAAHHH!
It is tough getting old and I was in a hurry to leave the house.

If they would have taken me I likely would have done like you said.
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we should watch the longest day and saving private ryan again just to remind ourselves how much courage it took to land a beach like that. if you're not scared ****less you're not alive.

but bravest? every generation of Americans, when called, has been the bravest. Valley Forge? Chosin Reservoir? Khe Sahn? Gettysburg? Belleau Wood? Mogadishu? every generation has patriots who answered the call and gave all.
And the soldiers at Huertgen Forest, St Vith & Bastogne, the fliers of Torpedo 8 at Midway, the destroyermen of Taffy 3 at Leyte Gulf.....the list goes on and on. I'm in awe of all of them.
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My grandpa was at Omaha beach. Second wave I believe. He made it through the war, but died in '75, over a decade before I was born.

My dad said he never really talked about the war, which isn't shocking whatsoever. God bless him and all other veterans.
Yep my dad passed away last year was in a tank in WWII came home and never spoke about it. The memories haunted him his whole life though.
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What those men did back in '45 is amazing. Took a lot of guts just to board the boats.

I read both the "Longest Day" and "With the old breed at Okinawa and Peliu" and not sure what I would have done if faced with those options.
Your duty, Steven. To your buddies.

Add "Helmet For My Pillow" by Robert Leckie to Eugene Sledge's "With the Old Breed: At Peleliu and Okinawa" to fill out the USMC perspective on the Pacific.

As for the difference between the those who served on D-day and in WWII, and today's service members.....Chesty Puller put it best: "Old Breed? New Breed? There's not a damned bit of difference, so long as it's the Marine Breed." Same for all of the branches, then and now.
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Your duty, Steven. To your buddies.

Add "Helmet For My Pillow" by Robert Leckie to Eugene Sledge's "With the Old Breed: At Peleliu and Okinawa" to fill out the USMC perspective on the Pacific.

As for the difference between the those who served on D-day and in WWII, and today's service members.....Chesty Puller put it best: "Old Breed? New Breed? There's not a damned bit of difference, so long as it's the Marine Breed." Same for all of the branches, then and now.
My Dad served under Chesty on Guadalcanal. For WWII that was just frickin amazing. My Dad NEVER spoke about it. All I know is that he got 2 purple hearts and malaria.
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And the soldiers at Huertgen Forest, St Vith & Bastogne, the fliers of Torpedo 8 at Midway, the destroyermen of Taffy 3 at Leyte Gulf.....the list goes on and on. I'm in awe of all of them.
Grandfather was in Battle of Bastogne. I get choked up watching Band of Brothers thinking what my grandpa went through, like others on the board he never talked about it and I was too young to appreciate what he'd done in life. Wish I had an afternoon now to talk to him about it. Thanks for all you did guys.
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I've been to Normandy and walked Omaha beach. It's a seriously amazing experience for anyone with an appreciation of WWII.
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