Re: June the 6th 1944 D Day Honor Thread.
posted at 6/6/2013 9:31 AM EDT
In response to Hammah29r2's comment:
In response to illinoisredsox's comment:
69 years ago today, a bunch of very scared, seasick and incredibly brave men from America, Canada, England, and other Allied countries went ashore off the Normandy coast to assault Hitler's Fortress Europe ... we owe them much.
We forget, too, that these guys weren't John Wayne; many were a year or 2 out of high school. They were kids, and many left their youth behind forever.
I think it should be a prerequisite to graduate high school, get a drivers license, become a citizen or for anyone whining to just watch the first 15 minutes of "Saving Private Ryan". Can you just imagine the door dropping on those Higgins boats knowing what you where about to face. Those guys were the greatest generation for a reason.
Most never talked about it. My Dad graduated high school a few days after D-Day and immediately entered the Navy. His older brother was among those who landed in Normandy that day and survived. We never heard stories about the war until the final couple weeks of his life. He just wouldn't talk about it. Neither would my uncle.
Several years ago, one of my sons had a school assignment to interview a grandparent. One of the questions was the old standard, what did you dream about doing after high school. His reply shocked us. He said he had no dreams. He went on to explain that he knew he would be going to war, and that he did not expect to come home, and that most of the boys in his high school had the same expectation. Can you imagine going through your teenage years with that in the back of your mind?
As we lose more and more of them each year (the youngest are now in their late 80s), we have to remember them.
Amen! My dad passed two years ago at age 87. he just turned 21 when he flew the D day mission as a right waist gunner on a B-24 Liberator stationed in England. He never spoke to me about his experiences until I came back from south east asia in 71. But you are right. not many of em left. I always make it a point to say hello to a WW2 vet when I come across them.
That's a duty not meant for the faint of heart, Hammah.
Props to your dad and sorry for your loss.
I've watched Saving Private Ryan once.
Great movie, but I can't bring myself to watch it again.
I agree. Everyone should see the first 15 min.