U.S. Dept of Defense — 75 years ago, Allied troops embarked on D-Day, the greatest military mission in history. Thousands of brave Americans never came home. For those who did, the decades that have passed haven’t diminished their memories.
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President Trump and The First Lady Participate in the 75th Commemoration of D-Day
When I was stationed in Germany in the late 70’s I met an old German fellow who was a wireman/communications guy in the War. He was captured about a month after D-Day. He said that while being moved back to the beach to be evacuated to England, he and his fellow POWs watched the Army move ashore. They were stunned at the never-ending line of trucks and supplies going forward. He said he had never seen so many trucks. He knew then the war was lost.
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My dad landed at Omaha. He never spoke of it. He did tell me about a French family he stayed with, and that he gave them his rations because they were hungry.
in 1985, I was studying in Paris, and had a weekend trip to Normandy and Bretagne. We were at Omaha, walking along the beach when an older couple came up to me and asked if I knew (my dad’s name.) They pulled his picture from 1944 out of the gentleman’s wallet, and showed me. “You look just like him, but prettier!” the lady said. They told me that he had been billeted with them, and that some Americans weren’t very nice, but he made sure they and their children ate before he took a bite. He protected them, helped them with rebuilding their house when he wasn’t on duty, and apparently learned to speak pretty good French when he was with them.
It was a tremendous moment for me, to see how my dad affected someone I never imagined meeting. Also taught me that kindness is an incredibly valuable commodity.
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The Boys of Pointe Du Hoc (40th Anniversary D-Day Tribute) – Ronald Reagan
On June 6, 1944, Allied forces stormed the beaches of Normandy in northern France. Their goal: to liberate Western Europe from Nazi tyranny. From a distance, it might seem that victory was pre-ordained, but no one felt that way at the time. British military historian Peter Caddick-Adams tells the incredible story of what happened on that monumental day.
US Veteran Parachutes in D-Day Ceremony
VOA News — Parachutists are jumping over Normandy again, just as soldiers did 75 years ago for D-Day – but this time without being shot at. C-47 transporters dropped string after string of parachutists, a couple hundred in all, including a D-Day veteran, Tom Rice. “It went perfect, perfect jump,” the 97-year-old said afterward. “I feel great. I’d go up and do it all again.” (AP)