Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by SMLE, Jun 5, 2008.
Thanks to the Greatest Generation for your selflessness and sacrifice.
Mom and I were talking ay noon and she said he didn't have to go to the Pacific after Germany because he had enough "points". I never realized some who fought in Europe went on to the Pacific after VE day.
An uncle by marriage was in the second wave to hit Omaha beach. He said were so many dead soldiers on the beach it was impossible to run ashore without stepping on them.
He must have fought with my old regiment, the 505th PIR. God bless him.
He was in one of the first five boats that hit the beach. Those poor boys didn’t stand a chance. To my knowledge only 12 men survived. We will never forget them.
A tip of the glass to all of these, and to all veterans, of all wars. Thank you. Thank you.
Rest in Peace Norm
One of my favorite post. Posted by another THR Member. Rest In Peace Norm and thank you for your Service.
Keep it going
We should have a few more posts than this each year on D-Day and Memorial Day and Veterans' Day. The Des Moines Register today ran an article in which the paper had interviewed 6 Iowans who had been on the Normandy Beaches that day 68 years ago. One remembered that the bullets coming in on the Allied Forces were so thick it looked like it was raining on the water with all the little splashes. Imagine having to go into something like that! We owe those troops an immeasurable debt!!
Even if the news does not post anything or say anything its important that we do.
Thank you to all the men and woman for your service.
I hope France remembers this was the second time we saved their butts.
For those that did not return, or have since passed on to their eternal reward, a moment of silence.
There is a fitting tribute on the Army website:
Also, do a search for "D-Day images" on your favorite search engine. Some remarkable photos to be seen . (yes, they are firearms related )
To those that served on that Day; June 6, 1944: Thank You.
A friend of my folks "Ray" died June 4th, he was 95 years old.
Ray was born in December of 1916.
He grew up in Slayton, Minn. Before joining the Army Air Corps in 1940.
While stationded at Sheppard Field in Wichita Falls, Texas, he married his wife after a whirlwind romance of one month.
Ray served his country in the Pacific Theater during WWII, and then in the Korean conflict. After retiring from the Air Force in 1963, he became a teacher and taught at the local High School.
Later he taught at the local College and became a department head.
Ray served at local, state and national levels for various civic, charitable, and educational organizations. In 2010 he received the Humanitarian of the Year award from the local Camber of Commerce.
My hat is off to this veteran and his family for his many years of service not only during the war years but his service to his community as well.
From North Africa to the Hip of the Boot in Italy. He always groused a little on June 6th as if it was the only Beach head in Europe. Truth be told there were Multiple Beaches and he was part of at least two Salerno and Anzio.
I never understood what he meant when he said he was a Forward Observer until I served over Thirty years after he did. When in and odd moment I told my DI that Dad landed at Salerno and spent a good part of the Italian Campaign as a FO my DI said my Dad was a real hero, I was just a ragbag trianee and to tell my Dad what a hero he was the next time I wrote home.
My Dad spoke little of his time there. It really scarred him emotionally, but as I learned little bits I was horrified to think of what he actually did experience. I was never a very good soldier, but my Dad survived things I can only begin to imagine.
To paraphrase Gen Patton,
"We should not mourn those who have died, We should thank God they lived".
If you are out there thank you to all who served and blessed us with the sacrifices you have. Thank-you to the Families who wait at home a pray for news your loved ones are safe. All who serve and all who wait at home are the true heroes, Thank you.
My wife's grandfathers both served in the Pacific Fleet. One was a navigator on a PB4Y, and was shot down over the Sea of China. Got hurt pretty bad, but got better and went back to flying until the end of the war. The other served on a battleship, and was the scout aircraft mechanic. He flew them a bit, too, and nearly got shot down when he and the normal pilot were out spotting artillery positions above one of the islands. But they got the flames in the engine (!) to go out, and made it back to the ship.
One of my buddies got a rifle delivered today from the CMP, a Springfield M1. He ordered one with a new barrel, stock, and internals, and we ran it out to the canyon and shot some rounds through it. Those were my first rounds ever through an M1, and the first time I've ever heard an enbloc ping in my face. The thing was smacking rocks at 200 yards.
I liked it. I want one. I want to remember these things.
I need to call my grandpa.
Survivors from a sunken Allied troop transport wade ashore.
After the successful capture of a beachhead the Allies begin a massive buildup of men and supplies to "break out" of the beachhead.
Grateful French civilians place flowers on the corpse of an American soldier killed inland soon after D-Day.
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