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"It is 110 yards from the "E" ring to the "A" ring of the Pentagon. This section of the Pentagon is newly renovated; the floors shine, the hallway is broad, and the lighting is bright. At this instant the entire length of the corridor is packed with officers, a few sergeants and some civilians, all crammed tightly three and four deep against the walls......
"10:36 hours: The clapping starts at the E-Ring. That is the outermost of the five rings of the Pentagon and it is closest to the entrance to the building. This clapping is low, sustained, hearty. It is applause with a deep emotion behind it as it moves forward in a wave down the length of the hallway.
"A steady rolling wave of sound it is, moving at the pace of the soldier in the wheelchair who marks the forward edge with his presence. He is the first. He is missing the greater part of one leg, and some of his wounds are still suppurating. By his age I expect that he is a private, or perhaps a private first class.
“We like to say that dependability is more important than ability,” Bill Belichickism....
They serve for us, and when they fall they fall for us... ultimately they follow "our" orders, for our benefit. May we never put them in harm's way lightly or in vain, and may we always remember they're the ones that bring their courage to the table... and that the wisdom is supposed to be on all of us.
This is true, I wrote it while daydreaming of days gone by.
He Was Just A Little Kid.
My boyhood friend.
Antonio C. Simone
Private, U.S. Army
Service # 31422998
116th Infantry Regiment, 29th Infantry Division.
Entered the Service from: Massachusetts
Buried at: Plot H Row 18 Grave 5 Brittany American Cemetery
St. James, France
Awards: Purple Heart
This is one of my boyhood friends, I met him when we were 5 years old, when he came home from basic training in 1944 we hung around together for 3o days, the night he left to return to Camp I rode into South Station in Boston from Cambridge on the subway with him to see him off, when he got on the Train I said “see you when you get back”, then we laughed and I said “give em hell” I never saw him again, he was only 18 years old.
I have just spent two hours on the Internet reading about the 116th Infantry Regiment, 29th Infantry Division, this was the Division portrayed in the movie “Saving Private Ryan” these were my friend Tony Simone's "Band Of Brothers"
My friend Tony Simone from Greasy Village in Cambridge survived the D-Day Landing of Normandy on June 6 1944, after the invasion his outfit then worked their way up to Brest in Brittany, he died on September 4, 1944 during the Battle For Brest in Brittany France. He lived for three months after the invasion of Normandy,
He is buried in the American Brittany Cemetery St James, France.
When we were 9 or 10 years old we used to “Play War” with old broom sticks for rifles in the backyards of Cambridge, I wonder if Simone ever thought of that when he was doing “The Real Thing”?
My son and his wife travel a lot, they have already been to France but I had no idea at the time where Simone was or was killed.
If my son in his travels ever goes to France again I would like him to put a flower on this grave for me and tell Tony that he is “Red's Son”
We lost 10 young men from my old Cambridge corner during WWII we lost 1 in Korea and 3 in Viet Nam (sons of my friends)
God Bless Them All
Harry Boy (Genius)
In The Absence Of Law And Order Society Will Surely Destroy Itself