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Old 06-05-2019, 03:46 PM   #1
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Before the day goes by completely I felt it should be mentioned that 75 years ago today Allied Forces landed on the beaches or Normandy. Many made the supreme sacrifice, many were wounded but fought on and the ones who were “lucky” fought on with what we know now as PTSD for the rest of their lives. I thank these men and the families, wives and girlfriends who supported them back home for as long as they lived. I’ve met a few D-Day, “Day one” veterans and many more who landed in the next few days. I salute them all.
Here’s my mom and dad in 1943 before he shipped out from Indian Town Gap, near Harrisburg PA with the Third Armored Division (Spearhead), 32nd Armored regiment , company B (Oriole). Their motto: “Victory or Death”.
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Old 06-05-2019, 04:05 PM   #2
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My Dad's POW metal. He was the pilot of The Dutchess, a B-24 Liberator and part of the 34th Bomb Group in preparation of Normandy when his plane was shot down. He came home with some serious health issues from his time as a POW and I feel certain those health issues hastened his death at age 60. I'm forever grateful, not just for my Dad's service, but all those that served. Grateful forever and ever.


I've erased his last name. You don't know mine, you aren't going to know his either. Just think of him as with MANY that served to keep the world free. THIS day we commemorate the anniversary of D-Day.... NOT celebrate.
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Old 06-05-2019, 05:37 PM   #3
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Dave, Indiantown Gap military reservation is about an hour away from me and there are some nice cg's in the area. If you ever venture this way would love to camp next to you
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Old 06-05-2019, 05:54 PM   #4
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Hi Jim, sorry I got the date off by a day. Regardless, they were all heroes, including those in the factories in the United States and Canada. With 32,000 miles on the Highlander in 13 months you never know when we will be in Pennsylvania or anywhere else. My folks were married in Harrisburg in 1943 before my dad shipped out. I have a couple great lithograph postcards from Pennsylvania here somewhere including a
Train on Horseshoe Bend. I think that’s in PA Isn’t it?
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Yeppers, near Altoona- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Horses..._(Pennsylvania)
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Old 06-06-2019, 09:33 AM   #6
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My father (now aged 91) was too young to serve (he was 16 at the time), but just yesterday he told me that he distinctly remembers being in the garden of his house in Hounslow, West London. and looking up and seeing a very large number of aircraft flying in a southerly direction, most were Spitfires. He said that he called to his mother saying that something was happening. It was only later on the BBC Radio evening news that there was an announcement to say that the invasion had started. What he also did not know on that day 75 years ago was that his brother (pictured in a British Royal Navy uniform in an attached family photo from the time), had landed on Sword Beach as part of Royal Naval Party 1569. He was involved in mine and bomb clearance, including clearing houses of Nazi dirty tricks and booby traps. Fortunately, he survived, but never talked about it. My father, the youngest is top left in the photo.

It is a day to be thankful for all those that served.
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...He came home with some serious health issues from his time as a POW and I feel certain those health issues hastened his death at age 60. I'm forever grateful, not just for my Dad's service, but all those that served. Grateful forever and ever.
My father as well was a WWII combatant who died too early at 64. He sustained a wound in combat so was a Purple Heart recipient and was awarded three Bronze Stars. I think of him often as well as my older brother who served two combat tours of duty in Vietnam. My brother is 100% service-connected disability and has the lasting legacy of PTSD, cancer and heart disease from Agent Orange exposure.

And now we have another generation of wounded warriors.
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Because my Dad was an officer, his 'job' as a POW was to escape. And he did, three times. Twice he was recaptured and I can't imagine the horrors that were inflicted on him. He would never talk about it. The third time he made it back to the Allied lines and even though his body was broken, he wanted back to pilot a plane and continue the fight. By time his body was healthy enough, the war was over. Five years later, he was sent to the Korean conflict. WAR IS HELL!
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Grandfather was Navy, served in the Spanish American war through WWII. He was a midshipmen on wooden ships, served on battleships and commanded aircraft carriers. He finished his career in Washington during and after WWII.
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