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Vincine 12-28-2012 12:11 AM

Another WWII vet has died
I'm surprised one of you guys hadn't already posted this. From the NYT 12/26/12:

Then came World War II, and he enlisted in the Army. His combat experiences were harrowing. He was in the first wave of troops to land on Omaha Beach on D-Day and his unit’s lone survivor of a machine-gun ambush. In Belgium he was stabbed in hand-to-hand combat with a German soldier, whom he bludgeoned to death with a rock. Fighting in the Battle of the Bulge, he and the rest of his company were captured and forced to march through a pine forest at Malmedy, the scene of an infamous massacre in which the Germans opened fire on almost 90 prisoners. Mr. Durning was among the few to escape.

By the war’s end he had been awarded a Silver Star for valor and three Purple Hearts, having suffered gunshot and shrapnel wounds as well. He spent months in hospitals and was treated for psychological trauma.

Charles Durning, Actor, February 28, 1923, December 24, 2012, Age 89.

dog2000tj 12-28-2012 12:22 AM

RIP and Godspeed sir ... thank you for your service and the entertainment :)

CA357 12-28-2012 01:10 AM

I had no idea. Rest in peace Mr. Durning.

Vincine 12-28-2012 01:12 AM


Originally Posted by CA357 (Post 1068689)
I had no idea. Rest in peace Mr. Durning.

He didn't like to talk about it.

shadecorp 12-28-2012 07:02 PM

Rest in Peace Soldier.

PC167 12-29-2012 12:13 AM

Rest in peace!

alsaqr 12-29-2012 01:05 AM

Rest in Everlasting Peace, Mr. Durning.

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