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PostPosted: 06 Jun 2018 2:33 pm 
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On this date 74 years ago the brave men of America's "greatest generation" stormed ashore the beaches of Normandy. So much went wrong it's almost a miracle the landings succeeded. They did so mostly because of the incredible courage and tenacity of American fighting man. We should remember them all and honor them in our thoughts today.

Also 37 years ago today, the exact mid-point from D-Day, a brilliant and beautiful woman married me.
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PostPosted: 06 Jun 2018 3:59 pm 
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Also on this day, in 1918, at dawn, 1st Battalion, 5th Marines—advanced with fixed bayonets across an open wheat field in the Battle of Belleau Wood. Legend has it that this action led to the Marine's moniker of "Devil Dogs."

Congratulations on you anniversary!
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PostPosted: 06 Jun 2018 9:38 pm 
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My high school math teacher jumped in as a lieutenant with the 82nd early that day. He made the drop safely, linked up with his unit and several miss-dropped paratroopers and fought for several days to widen the Allied foothold. Then one day he crawled up to the top of a hedgerow and remembered looking across a farmer's pasture. The next thing he remembered was waking up in a German hospital in Cherbourg after surgery with a steel plate covering the spot where a sniper's bullet tore off part of his skull. He was exchanged back to the Allies via the Red Cross, and was evacuated State-side.

He was also our defensive coordinator and violently despised excuses. His "old-school" corrective techniques would not be tolerated in today's school systems, but I certainly benefited.
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PostPosted: 13 Jun 2018 12:35 pm 
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My Dad did not make it ashore until D-Day +4 at Utah. They were still shelling and strafing the beach. He was the S-1 of the 237th Independent Engineering Battalion charged with building bridges all the way to Breast. Later in the war, he was the beach master for the the amphibious assault across the Rhine River. It was to have been the first assault but the Remagen was captured about fifty miles away from them. None the less Dad directed the construction of the longest bridge built under enemy fire from the far side in the history of the US Army. The record still stands today.
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