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  1. reflexblue

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    #91 Jersey

    I just want to say thank you to all the brave men and women (kids really) that put their lives on the line sixty five years ago today to end the greatest threat to freedom in the history of mankind.
    They are all HERO'S....AMEN

    I will forever marvel at their courage.
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    Word...........

    Their courage was unimaginable

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    Their sacrifice was unforgettable

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    When you read about the accounts of D-Day, it seems like fiction. Imagine pulling it off today! Imagine finding that many kids with that kind of love for their country and sense of selflessness now.

    Imagine the shock of the Germans when it succeeded!
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    After the last 6 years i can say i think we could find the kids if the threat was great enough, but not the casualties. I don't think the general public could deal with the number of killed and wounded in these types of battles. We're use to dozens not thousands.
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    When my parents got married, my father's best man had been in D-Day. In the early '40s, he had gotten arrested for manslaughter and put in prison. He was given his freedom in exchange for being on the front line in the invasion of Normandy. He was one of those guys who parachuted down. I don't think there can be many experiences more harrowing than that.
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    God bless them all. I couldn't imagine finding the courage to rush that beach. Sadly, as the years pass on, fewer of these hero's remain with us.
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    And they talk about taking away the drivers licenses from old folks here in Mass. I guess if you physically can't do it, fine. But what do you say to a guy who stormed the beaches of Normandy? "Sorry, gramps, thanks for having the balls to save the entire world, but we have to take your drivers license because we think you're too old". Meanwhile, we let people text and talk on the phone. I wonder how many Normandy vets use a cell while driving?

    Sorry to get off the path...just a pet peeve of mine.
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    This Was A Boyhood Friend Of Mine, I Think I Put This On Here Before, I Originally Put It On A Friends Blog.

    He Was Just A Kid:
    Simone:
    My boyhood friend.

    Antonio C. Simone
    Private, U.S. Army
    Service # 31422998
    116th Infantry Regiment, 29th Infantry Division.
    Entered the Service from: Massachusetts
    Died: 4-Sep-44
    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 Nov 1943 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 “Harry's Son”
    Author: Harry
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    #12 Jersey

    Thank you to all of them. :americaflag::ukflag::canadaflag:
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    If you want a taste of what it was like, see Saving Private Ryan. Also Band of Brothers. The prices paid for a better world.



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    I was thinking along those lines last evening, but about the paratroopers who landed the night before the invasion.

    Just considering the risks; landing at night, in enemy territory, and survival depending on a seaborne invasion that may not succeed. I think I would have cracked sometime during the afternoon of the 5th.

    Anyway, I always thought a good read on the invasion was Max Hastings' "Overlord."
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    The greatest thing our Army will ever do and that's saying a lot.

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