Discussion in 'Political Discussion' started by wistahpatsfan, May 25, 2009.
Daniel Rubin: Shot down, survivor ever dutiful to crew | Philadelphia Inquirer | 05/25/2009
Godspeed to all our men and women in danger in foreign lands.....
I posted this before.. it is as telling when posted in '07, but as pertinent now as it was then..
A must-read for Memorial Day, 5/23/07 | McClatchy
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 â€śsee you when you get backâ€ť, then we laughed and I said â€śgive em hellâ€ť 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 â€śSaving Private Ryanâ€ť 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 â€śPlay Warâ€ť with old broom sticks for rifles in the backyards of Cambridge, I wonder if Simone ever thought of that when he was doing â€śThe Real Thingâ€ť?
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 â€śRed's Sonâ€ť
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
Never forget the hell they endured for us.
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