A salute to our D-Day heroes. Our thanks again to the heroes of D-Day, June 6, 1044. Brave men who kicked the German’s asses 74 years ago. Interesting interview here with 2 men who won the Medal of Honor that day.

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Everybody concentrates on the war in Europe so much that sometimes we forget we were fighting with Japan too.

Over 108,000 Americans lost their lives, 248,316 wounded and missing. What many don’t know is the Navy/Coast Guard lost more men than any other branch of service. 31,485 sailors lost their lives. Next, of course, is the Marines who lost 19,733.

Years ago I met a couple of those old sailors and the stories they told would make a strong man cringe.

https://www.bing.com/images/search?q=pictures+of+landing+on+iwo+jima&id=3C63D5832FF21A2BF6489AB66E4014B3434B52CC&FORM=IQFRBA

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There are very few left from that day. Thank all of you. Those who are buried on foreign soil, those who came home, we the baby boomers and all others owe so much to the Greatest Generation.

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My dad went ashore at Omaha Beach but not until June 17th. They were stuck out in the Channel with bad weather preventing them from landing for over a week. Even after that delay, the fighting at the beach was still ferocious, with German planes strafing and bodies floating in the water all over the place. The ship that carried them across the Channel was so overloaded that men were sleeping everywhere, and of course puking everywhere because the weather was so bad. Dad slept on deck, figuring the fresh air was worth the price of being rained on. As they were getting ready to disembark, Dad watched a returning LCT strike a floating mine and disappear, with a geyser of water and some pieces going about a hundred feet into the air. Then when Dad was still waiting his turn, the merchant mariners, apparently being union men, announced that they were done for the day and left them all sitting there. Finally they found someone else to take them to the beach… where of course, thanks to those asshole union guys, they had a helluva time finding the guys in their battalion who had landed earlier. Maybe that’s where Dad got his lifelong aversion to unions.

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The few men I was able to talk to about it said the entire landing was a clusterfuck. My wife’s uncle was in the first wave of paratroops and they were dumped off at night, something that had never been done before. Apparently those guys were scattered out all over the place and it was night time? Nobody could see shit much less find each other to get formed up and come up with a plan of attack. All they could do was hunker down and wait for sunup. Wandering around at night was a good way to run into a German soldier. And those old veterans I was privileged to meet told me some stories that were unbelievable. As far as your father not liking unions, I am the same way. I never saw the need to pay some asshole for him to tell me I had the right to work or I should get more money. If I wasn’t getting paid enough I went down the road and found another job.

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I wonder how many schools teach that we were the invaders if they even teach history anymore? God these guys were amazing. I can’t imagine being 19 or 20 and storming a beach with people shooting at me. We will never know just how brave these guys were since we were not there…God Bless them all.

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whiskeyriver
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156,000 troups landed on the beachs and that is not including the 13,000 paratroopers who landed there ahead of them. My ex-wifes uncle was one of those paratroopers. He was killed 30 days later.

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I can but I was not in as bad a situation as those brave men were. Normandy, Guadalcanal, Iwo Jima, Okinawa, those men saw some shit no human should see. And the average age of the men who served was 26 years old. Can you imagine the FUBAR that would happen if the government rounded up a bunch of 26 year old kids today and sent them into combat?