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  • 'A true American hero': 99-year-old WWII veteran who enlisted at AGE 15 and stormed the beaches of Normandy on D-Day becomes an unlikely TIKTOK star by sharing his incredible wartime stories

    06/06/2022 11:19:40 AM PDT · by DFG · 18 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 06/06/2022 | LILLIAN GISSEN
    A 99-year-old World War II veteran who became a viral TikTok star while opening up about his wartime experiences has made an emotional return to Normandy in order to honor the thousands of his fellow soldiers who died on D-Day. Jake Larson joined the National Guard when he was only 15 years old - more than 80 years ago - and participated on the June 6, 1944, battle on Normandy beach in France which saw the 'land, air, and sea forces' come together for the 'largest invasion in human history' according to - also known as D-Day. Now, the...
  • D-Day: The Allies Invade Europe [June 6th, 1944]

    06/05/2022 1:14:01 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 28 replies
    The National WWII Museum | New Orleans ^ | after June 6th, 1944, but before June 6th, 2022 | unattributed
    Personnel and equipment arriving at Normandy by air and sea following the D-Day invasion in 1944.National Archives and Records Administration, 26-G-2517
  • Let Us Remember and Honor World War II Rangers With the Congressional Gold Medal

    11/11/2021 12:40:43 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    Yahoo News! ^ | Wed, November 10, 2021 | Marsha Henry Goff
    Veteran’s Day is here and descendants of World War II Rangers are working to have a Congressional Gold Medal awarded to them. Of 16 million American military in World War II, just 7,000 were Rangers who spearheaded multiple invasions from Africa to D-Day Normandy. Today, only 19 of those Rangers are living. The U.S. Senate has already passed bipartisan legislation that will award the medal. HR3577 will do the same in the House if it gains sufficient co-sponsors. Sen. Jerry Moran was a co-sponsor on the Senate bill, but as of yet, only Congressman Tracey Mann — one of four...
  • D-Day Veteran Tom Rice Parachutes Out Of A Plane To Celebrate His 100th Birthday

    08/18/2021 7:51:30 AM PDT · by DFG · 10 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 08/18/2021 | DAVID HOOKSTEAD
    WWII veteran Tom Rice celebrated his birthday in epic fashion. According to First Coast News, Rice wanted to do something a little extra special to celebrate his 100th birthday and that meant parachuting out of an airplane. Rice, who jumped into Normandy on D-Day with the 101st Airborne, parachuted out of a vintage WWII plane and landed at the Coronado Hotel in San Diego over the weekend for his birthday. The WWII veteran is from San Diego and lived there when Japan attacked Pearl Harbor, according to the same report. You can watch the awesome moment unfold below.
  • June 6: A walk across a beach in Normandy

    06/06/2021 8:08:06 PM PDT · by Rummyfan · 22 replies
    American Digest ^ | 6 June 2021 | Vanderleun
    Today your job is straightforward. First, you must load 40 to 50 pounds on your back. Then you need to climb down a net of rope that is banging on the steel side of a ship and jump into a steel rectangle bobbing on the surface of the ocean below you. Others are already inside the steel boat shouting and urging you to hurry up. Once in the boat, you stand with dozens of others as the boat is driven towards distant beaches and cliffs through a hot hailstorm of bullets and explosions. Boats moving nearby are, from time to...
  • D-Day by the numbers: Here's what it took 76 years ago to pull off the biggest amphibious invasion in history

    06/06/2021 5:27:37 PM PDT · by Libloather · 38 replies
    Business Insider via Yahoo ^ | 6/06/21 | Ryan Pickrell
    The Allied invasion of Normandy, France on June 6, 1944 was the largest amphibious invasion in history. The scale of the assault was unlike anything the world had seen before or will most likely ever see again. By that summer, the Allies had managed to slow the forward march of the powerful German war machine. The invasion was an opportunity to begin driving the Nazis back. The invasion is unquestionably one of the greatest undertakings in military history. By the numbers, here's what it took to pull this off. Around 7 million tons of supplies, including 450,000 tons of ammunition,...
  • Native American former US Army medic, 96, is the sole veteran to attend D-Day memorial event in France due to Covid travel restrictions

    06/06/2021 10:32:55 AM PDT · by DFG · 15 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 06/06/2021 | Rory Tingle
    A 96-year-old former US Army medic was the only veteran to attend two D-Day memorial events in France to mark the 77th anniversary of the historic invasion of Europe. Charles Shay, a Penobscot Native American, was the sole former combatant at Friday's ceremony in Carentan, where paratroopers landed in the early hours of D-Day, and at a commemoration at the American Cemetery later in the day in Colleville-sur-Mer, on a bluff overseeing Omaha Beach. The cemetery contains 9,380 graves, most of them for servicemen who lost their lives in the D-Day landings and ensuing operations. Another 1,557 names are inscribed...
  • Normandy Commemorates D-Day With Small Crowds, but Big Heart

    06/06/2021 3:51:35 AM PDT · by Dacula · 7 replies
    AP ^ | June 6, 2021 | AP
    77th anniversary of D-Day
  • MSNBC’s Williams Touts Lincoln Project Ad Comparing WWII Soldiers to Antifa

    06/05/2021 12:07:33 PM PDT · by rktman · 46 replies ^ | 6/5/2021 | Ian Hatchett
    On Friday’s broadcast of MSNBC’s “11th Hour,” host Brian Williams touted an ad by the Lincoln Project comparing American soldiers in World War II to Antifa. After noting that the anniversary of the Normandy landings is this weekend, Williams said, “If it wasn’t our finest hour, it’s hard to say what was. And the folks at the Lincoln Project are out with a reminder to all.” Williams then played the ad, which begins, “Who is Antifa? They stormed the beaches of Normandy, parachuted into the French countryside, and gave their lives to face down and fight back against fascism. They...
  • Band of Brothers showing on History Channel

    11/27/2020 8:25:54 AM PST · by linMcHlp · 44 replies
    History Channel ^ | today | Hanks - Spielberg
    Band of Brothers is showing on the History Channel
  • Exeter's last D-Day hero has died aged 100

    09/04/2020 10:51:48 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    Geoffrey Pyne was the last of his generation - he will be greatly missed but never forgotten.The last post has sounded for a World War II soldier who was thought to be Exeter's last D-Day veteran. Geoffrey Pyne served with the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers and stormed the Normandy beaches in 1944. The proud soldier celebrated his 100th birthday last year but has lost his final battle against old age, his family has confirmed. Geoffrey's funeral will be attended by a standard bearer of his old army corps which says it is 'immensely proud' of Geoffrey and his generation...
  • A 101st Vet Remembers Operation Overlord - D Day

    08/08/2020 6:35:01 AM PDT · by dmam2011 · 14 replies
    Clarksvillian Underground ^ | August 8, 2020 | Dave McGuire
    (CU News) - When it comes to D-Day, if you were there, only one word was necessary – Utah. It was such a life changing event that a young soldier, named Ed Manley, returned years later to mark the 50th anniversary by parachuting the beach and retracing that fateful day to honor the memory of his fallen friends. Over the years, WW2 veteran Ed Manley has taken the time to relate his experiences and perspectives on the D-Day invasion. For this mission, the pre-invasion planning included teams such as Manley’s group. As a demolition man, Manley and eleven other soldiers...
  • FDR's D-Day Prayer

    06/06/2020 2:50:18 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 7 replies
    PBS ^ | June 6th, 1944 | FDR
    With Thy blessing, we shall prevail over the unholy forces of our enemy. Help us to conquer the apostles of greed and racial arrogancies. Lead us to the saving of our country, and with our sister nations into a world unity that will spell a sure peace -- a peace invulnerable to the schemings of unworthy men. And a peace that will let all of men live in freedom, reaping the just rewards of their honest toil. Thy will be done, Almighty God. Amen.
  • History D-Day June 6

    06/06/2020 6:45:30 AM PDT · by ealgeone · 28 replies features ^ | 06-06-2020 | various
    The Normandy beaches were chosen by planners because they lay within range of air cover, and were less heavily defended than the obvious objective of the Pas de Calais, the shortest distance between Great Britain and the Continent. Airborne drops at both ends of the beachheads were to protect the flanks, as well as open up roadways to the interior. Six divisions were to land on the first day; three U.S., two British and one Canadian. Two more British and one U.S. division were to follow up after the assault division had cleared the way through the beach defenses.
  • Ukraine agrees to hold OSCE-supervised elections in Donbas

    10/02/2019 6:21:13 AM PDT · by mac_truck · 8 replies
    UA Wire ^ | 10/2/2019 | Staff
    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky announced during a press conference that Ukraine has approved the Steinmeier Formula, which was the “final obstacle” to a new Normandy Format summit. He said that the Steinmeier Formula consists of several provisions. Approving these terms assumes that a special manner of local self-governance will be implemented in several Donbas regions and that elections will be held there. The details of the implementation of this plan will be formulated during the Normandy Format summit and included in a new law on the special status. “The temporary law on the special manner of local self-governance in the...
  • 'It’s the best country in the world': D-Day veteran reflects on July 4

    07/04/2019 5:38:54 AM PDT · by DFG · 2 replies
    WFAA (DFW) ^ | 07/03/2019 | Lauren Zakalik
    There are heroes among us — American heroes who’ve fought to keep the freedom we cherish so dearly. Heroes like George Spears. And in his 97 years (almost 98), Spears has seen more and done more for this country than most of us could imagine. “I landed on Omaha Beach on D-Day, within the first hour,” Spears said. The Fort Worth native was just 22 years old, a U.S. Army staff sergeant serving in Europe, when he found out he’d be a part of the forces that would land on Omaha Beach in Normandy, France on June 6, 1944, better...
  • Pelosi on Trump attacks: 'I'm done with him'

    06/11/2019 10:28:24 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 53 replies
    The Hill ^ | 06/11/19 | Naomi Jagoda
    Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Tuesday said that she doesn't want to spend much time discussing criticisms President Trump made about her while he was overseas last week, saying that doing so would give Trump a win."I'm done with him," she said at an event on fiscal policy hosted by the Peter G. Peterson Foundation. "I don't even want to talk about it." The Speaker added, "My stock goes up every time he attacks me." During a Fox News interview last week while in Normandy, France, to commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day, Trump called Pelosi a “nasty, vindictive, horrible...
  • As Living Memory Fades, Our Words Keep D-Day’s Sacrifice Alive

    06/07/2019 11:52:25 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies ^ | June 7, 2019 | Sean Spicer
    Seventy-five years have passed, but the heroism of the men who stormed the beaches of Normandy still resonates as strongly as it did that June Tuesday in 1944 when America awoke to the news.This will almost certainly be the last time our country will be able to commemorate such a milestone anniversary while the heroes who participated in the D-Day invasion are still here with us on Earth. Even the very youngest World War II veterans are now well into their 90s.The country and the world are blessed that more than 180 D-Day veterans were able to join President Trump...
  • Drive-By Media Couldn’t Go Whole Day Without Ripping Trump

    06/07/2019 1:48:24 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Rush ^ | June 7, 2019 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Sound bite number 1 is a montage of the media unable to go the full day yesterday without ripping Trump. You know, they praised his great speech at Normandy, but then he did the interview with Laura Ingraham and started calling Pelosi insane and a lunatic with the cemetery in the background, and they’re just outraged. We’ll go ahead and play it. This is the Drive-By Media criticizing Trump for ripping Pelosi and Mueller with the Normandy cemetery as the backdrop. AMANDA CARPENTER: You look at the shot (dramatic pause) and what I see, just as an American, is...
  • [D-Day + 3] Airborne at La Fière: Slugfest in Normandy

    06/07/2019 1:28:03 AM PDT · by topher · 10 replies
    Warfare History Network ^ | December 20, 2018 | By Flint Whitlock
    The night of June 5, 1944, and the morning of June 6 were without a doubt some of the most pivotal hours in the history of the 20th century. In the vanguard of the massive Allied effort to wrest the European continent from the murderous grip of Nazi Germany, the Western Allies had crafted Operation Overlord, a combined air and sea invasion that relied on secrecy, stealth, surprise, deception, and violence to punch through German defenses along the northern coast of France. The planners at SHAEF (Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force) had always seen the invasion being launched with a...