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Here dead we lie
Because we did not choose
To live and shame the land
From which we sprung.
Life, to be sure,
Is nothing much to lose,
But young men think it is,
And we were young.
- AE Housman
Don't much matter who you are or what your politics, those that served and especially those who fell deserve our respect and our gratitude. Any one of them should be enough for us to limit war to only what has to be done... but it is never enough. I don't mean this politically, I mean this on human grounds. Let's all remember we can argue what constitutes "what has to be done..." but we can't forget the terrible price the bravest pay.
A name I never read before today, Jack Lummus, played for the NY Giants and earned the Medal of Honor while dying on Iwo Jima.......
>>>>>>>>..Lummus was in the first wave of troops to land at Iwo Jima on D-Day, February 19, 1945. He landed at 9 a.m. on the beach known as Red One. He and his platoon spent the next two weeks incessantly fighting the dug-in Japanese.
His initial duty was a liaison officer for the Second Battalion, spotting targets on the slopes of Mt. Suribachi for artillery and air strikes. On March 6, he was given command of Company E's third rifle platoon. On March 8, his platoon was spearheading a final assault on an objective east of Kitano Point, near the northern edge of the island. Despite minor wounds received from grenade shrapnel, Lummus knocked out three enemy strongholds, well-fortified positions arranged to defend each other, which were preventing his platoon from reaching its objective. Following this action, he stepped on a land mine and was mortally wounded, losing his legs. While lying on the ground, he urged his platoon on, until he was carried off to an aid station.
At the aid station, he famously told the doctor, Thomas M. Brown, "Well, doc, the New York Giants lost a mighty good end today.". He was transferred to the field hospital, where he underwent surgery and a transfusion of 18 pints of blood, but died of internal wounds on the operating table. He was buried in plot five, row 13, grave 1,244 in the Fifth Division Cemetery. His body was later moved to Ennis, Texas.<<<<<<<<
And then there is the personal....the men that none but family knew or long remembered but whom, nevertheless, lived and died in brief 20 year time spans and whose bodies were never recovered. They, too, were loved, they, too, were heroes. They, too, are not forgotten. My son, born 40 years after his death, wears his dog tags along with his grandfather's dog tags and cherishes their medals - his son will wear their dog tags and cherish their medals. God willing, someone will always wear their dog tags and cherish their medals.
1926 - Age 3
First log book issued - August 1943
FIrst mission listed - September 1, 1943
Last mission listed - December 25, 1943
M.I.A. notice in local paper January, 1944
Purple Heart letter received by family in September, 1946
This website was created by a 17 year old boy ... Ricky Gillelan. He photographs the front and back of tombstones at Arlington National Cemetery. His web site is a virtual place for loved ones to visit and reflect on the sacrifice of their loved one or anyone listed at the site. Many of the names are also linked to a story of the person at www.militarytimes.com
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 Cambridge Mass 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 told him I would like him to put a flower on this grave for me and tell Tony that he is “Harry Boys Son”
I lost 10 other very close friends in WWII
Why Do Intelligent Human Beings Have Wars And Kill Each Other...
Harry Boy (Genius)
In The Absence Of Law And Order Society Will Surely Destroy Itself
The goal of most who fight in wars is that their efforts will mean others won't have to fight in the future.
"Some guys play in all-star games, some guys don't. I don't know who picks all those all-star teams. In all honesty, I don't know who picks the combine, for that matter," Belichick said. "How does (Miami-Ohio offensive lineman Brandon) Brooks not get invited to the combine? How did Vollmer not get invited to the combine? I don't know. We can't really worry about that. We just have to try to evaluate them the best we can."