D Day

I was reflecting on this this morning, as I had a cup of coffee at dawn, at peace on my deck overlooking the water. Sixty-six years ago – the soldiers interviewed here are now in their late 80’s – they were twenty-year-old kids this day, back then. Good God.

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  1. Old Coot

    God bless every one of them.

  2. Walt

    Dude –
    And Google chooses to ignore it, as if it never happened, or is not worth remembering. There is not even a mention of it on there news page.
    That is a disgrace, because if not for what those men did, there wouldn’t be a Google.
    Your Pal,
    Walt

  3. Old Coot

    Walt: Probably would have been a Google, but only available in German and Japanese.

  4. Anonymous

    eff the ^%$#!@#(*&#@ commie progressives and google.

    we’ll keep the story alive.

  5. Retired IB'er

    Father was a Medic in the paratroopers (13th Airborne) during the War. Hated the sight of blood and became an engineer after the War… go figure.

  6. Mr. Independent

    In 1942, the battle of Midway was also raging on these same dates. Our schools put more time discussing the meaning of Lady GaGa than studying this period that saved our liberty.

    We still have similar heroes, but not even a fraction of the political leadership— either in the U.S., or anywhere else in the world for that matter.

  7. Priapus

    I’ve often wondered if the NY Slimes today would “out” the D Day invasion plan if they got the scoop before hand. Then I woke up and realized, of course they would, the scum sucking swill buckets there. For a spine tingling experience, walk the beaches in Normandy some foggy morning, gaze up at the cliffs and imagine. After seeing a history channel story once, i did just that, drawn like Close Encounters to the site. There is still rusted metal crumbled on the beach and appreciative French people there. Worth the trip, bien sur. My personal and eternal gratitude to the selfless men and women of the greatest generation.

    And to think that markets remained open in lLondon and rallied while the Nazis marched on Moscow. Proof, we really are soft.

  8. Peg

    My dad is one of those who served. I spent the last four days with him in Florida, trying to help my folks as my mom had to undergo surgery.

    At 89, Dad still cares for my mom, serves in his association and does volunteer work, and gets in a few rounds of golf every week.

    Where would America be if it weren’t for this generation? Where would the world be? My thanks to Dad, and to the many, many others who served – and to those who gave all.

  9. pulled up in OG

    End of an era: Pearl Harbor veteran dies at 92

    http://bit.ly/cYk0T4

  10. Riverside Dog Walker

    This is a bit alarmist, but makes a lot of good points. It is long, but interesting.

    It is sad what our government and their enablers (including the voters) have done with the bounty bequeathed them by the Greatest Generation.

    And while you and your seeming ‘base’ of readers scream about democrats and liberals, you and they might consider that in the past 30 years, we have had, what, 9 years with a Democrat as President and supposedly setting the country’s agenda.

  11. ajnock

    The stripes underneath the C-47’s were to prevent allied ships from shooting at our own planes carrying paratroopers. In the Sicily invasion, navy ships mistook our planes and shot down a number of troop carrying C-47’s.

    Great pictures of an historic event.

    http://blogs.denverpost.com/captured/2009/06/05/the-65th-anniversary-of-d-da

    The great lesson…is that the sacred is in the ordinary, which is to be found in one’s daily life,
    in one’s neighbors, friends, and family, in one’s backyard.

  12. Battle of Britain

    What took you so long?
    Thank you all the same.

  13. Cal

    My father was one of those who landed on Omaha Beach. Didn’t talk about it much. I guess that is pretty much the norm for real heroes. Compare that to the armchair generals (e.g., William Kristol) who are more than happy to send other people’s children off to war.