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Old 06-06-2009, 06:23 AM
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Today is the 65th anniversery of the Normandy landings. Those landings at Utah, Omaha, Juno, Sword, and Gold beacheads paved the way for the liberation of Europe from the Nazis. I salute those men who sacrificed their lives in the name of freedom so that others may also be free. And I just want to say, thank you for your sacrifice, millions of people are now enjoying the freedom that you have given to their grandparents and great-grandparents.
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My uncle was there, and lived to tell the tale. He also was at the liberation of a camp -Buchenwald, maybe? - and he said seeing that was worse that being on the beaches.
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What beach was he on, or was he one of the airborne forces?
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My Grandfather was there, but was on a ship during the attack.
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My Grandfather, who we lost in January of 2005, landed at Normandy on D+11, eleven days after D-Day. He drove an Army ambulance across France and Belgium ferrying wounded from both sides from the front to hospitals. His brother, my Great Uncle was also a WWII veteran, an artilleryman who served in North Africa and Sicily, he died back in the early 1990's.
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What beach was he on, or was he one of the airborne forces?
Airborne. He ended up retiring as a Command Sergeant Major.
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Airborne. He ended up retiring as a Command Sergeant Major.
Sweet, was he in the 82nd, or 101st?
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The 101st.
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Without getting into historical nitpickings, but how is D-Day seen in America? Obviously each ally will play up its own side, but when Sarkosy invited Obama and not the Queen to the D-Day 65th, there was a lot of incredulity (not at the Americans) that perhaps the French thought of D-Day as solely as US operation.

So just interested to hear an American perspective.
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I've always liked this particular bumper sticker...


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