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#10899519 - 06/06/15 01:04 PM Normandy pics
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Took these last year. Just uploaded the ones from the better camera today. I posted some cell pics from there last year. There's a lot of stories behind these pics worth reading about. If we don't keep the stories alive, their memories just drift away. When you see a name or place in these photos I'm posting. Do a search, share the info with your kids or a young person. Of course some of you I know are history buffs and going to recognize the names and places.

Let's begin with one of my favorite stories, Pegasus Bridge, Hold until relieved.


















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#10899533 - 06/06/15 01:17 PM Re: Normandy pics [Re: SheldonS]
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#10899535 - 06/06/15 01:18 PM Re: Normandy pics [Re: SheldonS]
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This was where the first breakthrough on Omaha occurred, right up this draw, led by a General Norman Cota. Check out that story.

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#10899536 - 06/06/15 01:19 PM Re: Normandy pics [Re: SheldonS]
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Imagine climbing that out there under fire. Pointe du Hoc.

















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#10899537 - 06/06/15 01:19 PM Re: Normandy pics [Re: SheldonS]
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#10899540 - 06/06/15 01:20 PM Re: Normandy pics [Re: SheldonS]
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Look up John Steele Paratrooper



This is the glass in that church. Lots of memories and thanks for our sacrifices in WWII there.



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#10899543 - 06/06/15 01:20 PM Re: Normandy pics [Re: SheldonS]
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Now for some Airborne history.





Remember in Band of Brothers when Winters led a group to take out that artillery? This is the trench serving that arty they ran down through and assaulted the German guns.









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#10899544 - 06/06/15 01:21 PM Re: Normandy pics [Re: SheldonS]
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Read about this guy.



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#10899545 - 06/06/15 01:21 PM Re: Normandy pics [Re: SheldonS]
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And some more really interesting history to check out like the Filthy 13, Coles Bayonet Charge, etc.












And that's it for now. Hope you enjoyed.
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#10899593 - 06/06/15 02:05 PM Re: Normandy pics [Re: SheldonS]
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This is one of those little known really interesting stories about D-Day that was a real gem to visit.

http://www.normandythenandnow.com/the-scars-of-angoville-au-plain/

Screaming Eagles

On the night of 5/6 June the 101st Airborne division parachuted in behind Utah beach. One objective was to destroy a route essential to the German forces, the Cherbourg to Paris road near tiny Angoville-au-Plain. Surrounded by the infamous ‘bocage’, a flattened countryside that hid bogs, dips and snipers, Angoville became the centre of intense battle before being briefly captured by the Americans.

Two medics of ‘Screaming Eagle’ 101st Airborne, Robert Wright and Kenneth Moore, with Lieutenant Ed Allworth, quickly went into action setting up an aid station inside the 11th century church at Angoville-au-Plain. They braved open countryside to search for the injured, taking them back to the church to carry out life saving aid.

Shortly afterwards the Americans were forced to withdraw from the village. As the battle intensified Lt Allworth left the medics, aware that as a soldier if he stayed he would endanger the medics, and those in their care.

Kenneth Moore described that first evening:

“By the evening we had 75 of them (wounded personnel and one local infant, in the church). Our own folk had come to tell us that they could not stay any longer. So we we’re left with the wounded. A German Officer soon arrived and asked if I could tend to his wounded too. We accepted. During the night the churchyard was the scene of another battle. Two of our casualties died. But among those I could tend, none lost their lives. I tended all sorts of wounds, some were skin deep but others were more serious abdominal cases.”

The battle for Angoville-au-Plain raged around the church for three days, with possession lurching back and forth between the two sides. At one stage German troops forced their way in, but seeing the medics were impartially treating injured from both sides, withdrew and placed the international symbol of medical aid on the church door. The red cross flag.

A mortar hit the building causing further injuries but the medics struggled on. To their shock on 7 June two German observers surrendered to them, after hiding all that time in the church tower! By 8 June the battle was finally over and Angoville-au-Plain became the established headquarters of Robert F Sink, the officer in command of the 506th PIR Robert and Kenneth had a well earned sleep.

Today across from the church, like so many villages in once ravaged Normandy, is a war memorial with two flags. One French and one American. Unusually this memorial is not carved with a long list of dead; it is a celebration of lives saved.

‘In honour and in recognition of Robert E. Wright, Kenneth J. Moore. Medics 2nd Bn 501 PIR 101st Airborne Division. For humane and life saving care rendered to 80 combatants and a child in this church in June 1944.’

Inside the Church the shattered glass has been replaced, thanks to kind donations, and remembers the bravery of 101st Airborne Division. The windows illustrating parachutists, and of course an eagle, are unlike any we have seen before in a Normandy church.

One of the bloodstained Pews is in the pic below. The bloody scars of Angoville-au-Plain. All war leaves scars. Many can be hidden by time, some cannot. The scars of Angoville-au-Plain are in the church. They are not the bullet holes or the windows showing soldiers and battle. They are the still blood-stained pews that served as hospital beds for 80 brutalised casualties of war.

It is impossible to calculate how many people, then and now, owe their lives to Kenneth and Robert’s bravery. We do know that for their efforts in saving 80 lives under atrocious conditions, Kenneth and Robert were both awarded the Silver Star.

















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#10899617 - 06/06/15 02:16 PM Re: Normandy pics [Re: SheldonS]
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#10899691 - 06/06/15 02:55 PM Re: Normandy pics [Re: SheldonS]
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coolphotos One AWESOME POST! Thanks for sharing. cheers




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#10899715 - 06/06/15 03:13 PM Re: Normandy pics [Re: SheldonS]
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A fine post and a great tribute to our fighting men and women of WWII.

Thank you so much for sharing.

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#10899736 - 06/06/15 03:23 PM Re: Normandy pics [Re: SheldonS]
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#10899741 - 06/06/15 03:26 PM Re: Normandy pics [Re: SheldonS]
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IT WAS D-DAY plus five (June 11, 1944) when Robert Cole, a 29-year-old lieutenant-colonel with the 101st Airborne Division, found himself leading a column of 250 paratroops under heavy fire across Normandy’s bocage country. His objective: The Nazi-occupied town of Carentan. The Allies had been trying (without success) for two days to secure the village. And now, with German mortar and artillery rounds falling as thick as rain, something needed to be done – and fast – to break the impasse before Cole’s detachment was completely wiped out. That’s when the Texas-born career soldier hatched what some might consider a foolhardy plan. The young commander called in a smoke barrage right in front of the German positions and then, to everyone’s astonishment, ordered his men to fix bayonets and charge. Nearly half of the Americans were mowed down by machine gun fire as they darted across a patch of open ground on the edge of the town, but more than 100 of Cole’s men did manage to reach the German lines unscathed. With the “Screaming Eagles” suddenly in their midst, the Axis defenders panicked and fled for their lives. Allied generals rushed in reinforcements to hold the captured ground and by the next day, Carentan was safely in American hands. The brazen attack would go down in history as “Cole’s Charge”. For his part, the young commander would win the Medal of Honor. Sadly, he’d be killed in combat before the citation could be presented. To this day, the action is remembered as one of the few bayonet attacks of World War Two.
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#10909486 - 06/10/15 06:27 PM Re: Normandy pics [Re: SheldonS]
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Great post, thanks for sharing. This description too often gets overused in my opinion but Sacred Ground immediately came to mind looking at these photos. Evidence of bravery beyond reproach.
The Greatest Generation.

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#10912883 - 06/12/15 11:02 AM Re: Normandy pics [Re: SheldonS]
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#10913402 - 06/12/15 02:57 PM Re: Normandy pics [Re: SheldonS]
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Wow. Thank you for uploading these pictures and stories.

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#10913529 - 06/12/15 03:51 PM Re: Normandy pics [Re: SheldonS]
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My dad was in the middle of it as he was on that beach. I can't wait to show him these pics and here some stories. These will jog his memory and I will hear stories never told before. He can't hardly get around but his memory is amazing. Thanks for sharing. PM sent.
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#10913613 - 06/12/15 04:23 PM Re: Normandy pics [Re: SheldonS]
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#10914079 - 06/12/15 08:51 PM Re: Normandy pics [Re: SheldonS]
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very nice, I was in Cherbourg once & have kicked myself ever since for not going to Normandy
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#10914344 - 06/12/15 11:29 PM Re: Normandy pics [Re: SheldonS]
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Great post as always sir.

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#10914692 - 06/13/15 10:31 AM Re: Normandy pics [Re: SheldonS]
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#10927162 - 06/18/15 09:56 PM Re: Normandy pics [Re: SheldonS]
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Good pics and I would love to see Normandy before I leave this planet.

That was the Great Generation!
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#10927385 - 06/19/15 12:08 AM Re: Normandy pics [Re: SheldonS]
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Very cool photos...an amazing place.

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#10927481 - 06/19/15 06:02 AM Re: Normandy pics [Re: SheldonS]
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#10943780 - 06/27/15 03:43 PM Re: Normandy pics [Re: SheldonS]
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This is a memorable post. I will probably never get there to see it in person. Thanks for that.
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#10947543 - 06/29/15 06:14 PM Re: Normandy pics [Re: SheldonS]
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Oh my Sheldon....I really am at a loss as to what to say.

My Grandfather after who I am named made it across this beach on the second day - eventually blown up in the Black Forest and came home to die from a bad blood transplant as a result of his injuries.

Your pictures just made it perfectly clear to me that I have to go see this for myself.

Thanks brother - awesome pictures and more importantly an awesome Memorial.
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#10947625 - 06/29/15 07:19 PM Re: Normandy pics [Re: SheldonS]
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Very cool post. My grandmothers brother was part of the 101st Airborne. He was killed during Operation Market Garden. He was one of the guys who was in the Gliders. I have tried to find information on him but have never been able to find any.

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#10947824 - 06/29/15 08:55 PM Re: Normandy pics [Re: SheldonS]
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These are the coolest photos ive ever seen! I need to get there, thanks to those who sacrificed.
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#10950733 - 07/01/15 08:22 AM Re: Normandy pics [Re: SheldonS]
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wow, thank you for sharing these amazing photos. I have learned a lot this year about the battles that took place along this stretch of France, but seeing these photos kind of makes me feel like I was along for the trip. God bless the souls of those who fought for freedom and justice in WWII
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#10950751 - 07/01/15 08:35 AM Re: Normandy pics [Re: SheldonS]
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Just curious how many here can name all 5 beacheads?
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#10960874 - 07/07/15 01:48 AM Re: Normandy pics [Re: SheldonS]
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Sheldon,

I'm new around here, but I've been bitten by the photo editing bug lately (as everyone will find I'm quite good at), which I also greatly enjoy doing. I'm also a huge WWII buff, myself, and I have very much enjoyed looking through the photos and reading the stories from your trip.

Just for fun, I did some post-production work on the first one:



I did have to make it slightly smaller than the original, due to the size limit where I typically store photos.

Note, after clicking the thumbnail, you can click the photo again for full size.

If you like it, and with your permission, I'd like to do more of these and post them here for you.

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#10960878 - 07/07/15 02:32 AM Re: Normandy pics [Re: SheldonS]
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Sure you are certainly welcome. Nice way to honor their memories.
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#10961001 - 07/07/15 07:30 AM Re: Normandy pics [Re: SheldonS]
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Thank you for posting this.

I'm 49 years old as of June. My father was a B-24 Liberator Engineer who participated in D-Day on his birthday (June 6). His mission was to try and bomb the beach to make fox holes for the men to take some cover in. Unfortunately, the weather was so bad and overcast that day, the flight crews' efforts were largely ineffective. I am proud of my father's involvement in D-Day, and have his many medals the wall of my office. He bombed Berlin later in the war with great success, in addition to many other targets. So many men came away from that war with lasting trauma, and they were the 'lucky ones'.




I will be sure to visit Normany before I leave this World. We should never forget their sacrifices.



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#10977774 - 07/14/15 11:41 PM Re: Normandy pics [Re: SheldonS]
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Very cool photos, that generation is disappearing very fast and we all need to remember the sacrifices on the beaches, battlefields and at home. We spent a day at the WW 2 Museum in Bew Orlean last week and what a beat place that is. Anytime you get a chance to go see that place it is highly recommended. Thanks for posting the photos.

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#10977775 - 07/14/15 11:41 PM Re: Normandy pics [Re: Scott in Flower Mound]
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#11002462 - 07/27/15 04:41 AM Re: Normandy pics [Re: SheldonS]
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Great pics shared

and just one thing in mind right now


why wars!!!!

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#11011185 - 07/30/15 10:55 PM Re: Normandy pics [Re: Gamblinman]
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A fine post and a great tribute to our fighting men and women of WWII.

Thank you so much for sharing.

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If you ever are in New Orleans and get a chance to see the WWII museum down there it is worth your time. Thanks to a fading generation of men and women who gave to this country during that time.

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#11011717 - 07/31/15 10:25 AM Re: Normandy pics [Re: SheldonS]
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Great photos...what an inspirational place, and a key component in the fight against the spread of fascism.

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#11013085 - 07/31/15 10:22 PM Re: Normandy pics [Re: SheldonS]
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Since I lost my Dad January 12th 2000 on June 6th I always say I know where Peavy(my Dad) was on this
day in 1944. My Dad was in the 2nd Ranger Battalion. He had some really fascinating stories to tell
about that day and the ones that followed until he got back to Texas in 1945.

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Edited by machinist (07/31/15 10:23 PM)
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#11016462 - 08/03/15 08:08 AM Re: Normandy pics [Re: SheldonS]
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thanks for the pics. It is awesome. My dad did not fight on D-Day but fought in the battle of the bulge. He was 17th Airborne at the time. He lost half his buddies of the first drop.
My dad was shot also but was not killed.

We need a another great generation like that to stand up again.

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#12770342 - 05/26/18 10:14 AM Re: Normandy pics [Re: SheldonS]
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i just thought this would be a good time to revisit this since it is Memorial Day weekend
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#12776823 - 06/01/18 01:39 PM Re: Normandy pics [Re: SheldonS]
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Great post, thanks for sharing. My grandfather was at Normandy on Omaha Beach on D Day. He will be 93 in October
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#12776907 - 06/01/18 02:42 PM Re: Normandy pics [Re: SheldonS]
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My dad was there in a second wave.He said the shooting had pretty much stopped but they had not had time to clean up the mess.
He said body parts were everywhere.

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#12776982 - 06/01/18 04:00 PM Re: Normandy pics [Re: SheldonS]
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There is no way we can ever thank those guys enough for what they did for us.
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#12777287 - 06/01/18 08:48 PM Re: Normandy pics [Re: SheldonS]
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Thanks for posting. Enjoyed very much.
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#12784597 - 06/08/18 06:02 AM Re: Normandy pics [Re: SheldonS]
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#12784644 - 06/08/18 07:06 AM Re: Normandy pics [Re: SheldonS]
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#12784743 - 06/08/18 08:20 AM Re: Normandy pics [Re: SheldonS]
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#12784749 - 06/08/18 08:24 AM Re: Normandy pics [Re: SheldonS]
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I remember reading this post and looking at all the wonderful pictures several year ago. Out off all the post I have seen on the TFF this post has stood out for me the most! I wish all of the teenagers in our country would see and read this post! It's great living in the Land Of Freedom! flag "God Bless America"! flag

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#12784844 - 06/08/18 09:37 AM Re: Normandy pics [Re: Laker One]
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Originally Posted By: Laker One
I remember reading this post and looking at all the wonderful pictures several year ago. Out off all the post I have seen on the TFF this post has stood out for me the most! I wish all of the teenagers in our country would see and read this post! It's great living in the Land Of Freedom! flag "God Bless America"! flag





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#12784845 - 06/08/18 09:39 AM Re: Normandy pics [Re: SheldonS]
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Thank you Sheldon! I remember when you 1st posted this, i read through the whole post, as i just did once again!

Again, Thank you sir!
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#12784970 - 06/08/18 11:16 AM Re: Normandy pics [Re: SheldonS]
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Amazing Pics!! My grandfather was a member of the 82nd Airborne Paragliders. Instead of jumping he opted for a few more dollars and go in on what basically was a paper airplane. He was one of the few lucky ones that lived through those things. Went on to fight with the 82nd until the end of the War.


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#12784987 - 06/08/18 11:26 AM Re: Normandy pics [Re: SheldonS]
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Responded to this post three years ago! One of the BEST post I have ever had the honor to read! flag One GREAT HISTORY lesson right here on the TFF! thumb Reading this post again along with all of the replies makes this thread one SUPER post! cheers God Bless all the members of the Armed Forces and all the ones who made the ultimate sacrifice to keep us free! flag soldier "GOD BLESS THE USA"! angel2
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#12789931 - 06/12/18 06:55 PM Re: Normandy pics [Re: SheldonS]
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#12789991 - 06/12/18 07:51 PM Re: Normandy pics [Re: SheldonS]
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#12801210 - 06/21/18 09:51 PM Re: Normandy pics [Re: SheldonS]
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Wow!! Great post. Very educating, I've watched "The Longest Day" a hundred times and never knew the scene with Red Buttons was real incident. Great Pictures. Thanks for posting.
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#12802570 - 06/22/18 10:17 PM Re: Normandy pics [Re: SheldonS]
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Wow, one of the best posts I've ever seen. Thank you. That would be an awesome place to visit and I bet you can feel the weight of just being in that place.

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#12802642 - 06/22/18 11:40 PM Re: Normandy pics [Re: SheldonS]
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One of my favorite times in history! Loved the read!
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#12802935 - 06/23/18 12:58 PM Re: Normandy pics [Re: SheldonS]
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Thanks for posting.

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#12808916 - 06/28/18 11:21 AM Re: Normandy pics [Re: SheldonS]
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Wow. Great pictures and a ton of history there. I did a lot of research on the people and battles you mentioned and it really made it all sink in
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#12809002 - 06/28/18 12:40 PM Re: Normandy pics [Re: SheldonS]
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I can't thank you enough for this "gift" so close to July 4th weekend. It is an amazing story, and there were no actors, all true soldiers there for the same reason.
Thx again
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#12809543 - 06/28/18 07:48 PM Re: Normandy pics [Re: SheldonS]
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My wife and I were fortunate to spend four days in the Normandy area last year. Two days were spent with a guide that was well versed in events leading up to and following D Day. He led us through the events and locations that focused on Easy Co. as depicted in the movie “Band of Brothers”. It was one of the most humbling experiences of my life. Getting to stand in a bomb crater on Pointe Du Hoc still gives me chills. And the American cemetery at Omaha beach is one of the most beautiful, but sad, places you’ll ever see. I would highly recommend that you put a trip to Normandy on your bucket list. And I would also suggest that you hire a guide for at least part of your trip. There’s so many hidden, out of the way, things to see that you might otherwise miss.

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#12829263 - 07/15/18 03:16 PM Re: Normandy pics [Re: SheldonS]
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Great pics and great stories. Thanks for sharing.

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#12837512 - 07/22/18 11:12 AM Re: Normandy pics [Re: SheldonS]
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Thanks for sharing. I would love to make that trip someday when my kids are old enough to appreciate the history. It would be an experience that they, nor I, would ever forget.
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#12840679 - 07/24/18 07:30 PM Re: Normandy pics [Re: SheldonS]
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I know the John Steele story, although I couldn't have told you his name. But I recall the later reports of that "poor dead American soldier" hanging by his chute from the church steeple, so effective he was at playing dead. If I remember correctly, he described seeing paratroopers exploding from their ammo loads being hit while still descending. Others were being gunned down as they hit the ground and were still tangled in their chutes.

I wouldn't wish that on anyone.
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