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Old 06-06-2009, 06:43 AM   #1
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This D-Day documentary was produced by an 8th-grader (jpkeenan24) two years ago and has had 346,557 views.


If you have kids in school ask them what happened on June 6, 1944. I'm willing to bet 95% will not have a clue. This is due to the revisionist liberal control over the curriculum and text books used in today's American education system! Wouldn't want to traumatize and embarrass the little ones while we give trophy's to both winners and losers of the T-Ball game!

Better men than I were charged with this task!

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Why have we let this noblest of efforts become a long and intentionally lost memory??

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60+ pounds of gear and many didn't even know how to swim!

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My Dad went in on Utah Beach and said he fought a life-time just to get to Ste-Mere-Eglise.

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"As our boat touched sand and the ramp went down I became a visitor to hell." Pvt. Charles Neighbor, 29th Div.

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God Bless every hero involved.

Thank you for your service.
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Old 06-06-2009, 07:39 AM   #2
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Great post Cane.

I recall HS history class very vividly. In the 4 yrs of HS only 1 teacher spent any amount of time on WWII. He had an uncle that was lost on the Arizona and to hear him speak of the events would nearly break me down to tears in class. Some people get it, most don't. Thankfully those that do fight for us.

Although I never served I do have the utmost respect for those that have and do. I have no previous kin that have served either. I spent this past Memorial weekend bbq'ing, rewatching BoB and saying thanks to all those that have and do fight for us. God bless.

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The man I posted about a week or so ago who got robbed while he was in the hospital was a D-day vet himself. I think he went in at Omaha Beach. He never talks about that part but boy he can tell you some stories of France and the people there.

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Thanks for finding this one Cane, good reminder to all of us. I agree, the revisionists "Im OK, you're OK" proponents water down what we have done in our past. Those things that make us who we are as a country. Damn shame. I wont let my son forget where we came from. You are right, most wouldn't have that date (or any other significant one) in their minds. To a lot of people they think of D Day as a black and white movie that Hollywood made up. Same with modern events; they think that evil is just something on TV and can't touch them. Guess the footage of the towers just seems like something that happened to someone else. Apathy at its best.
Thanks again for putting this one up.

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My Father passed three and a half years ago. He was Army/Air Corps and road the Burma Road, (CBI) theater. My Mothers first husband was shot down over Italy, the only one of his bomber crew not to make it back to our lines. He was injured while leaving the plane and although helped by the resistance, he was captured by the Germans and executed as a spy.

In spite of those who say they are against War, there are times when there is no alternative. I believe that had the Nations of the World acted when Hitler first began his expansion instead of being isolationist, many young men would have been saved.

How soon we are lulled into complacency by the liberal treatment of our most trying times.

Great Post +10 Canebreak!!

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Thanks Canebreak. Great post. God bless America.

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Some gave all, all gave some. Rest in peace gentlemen.

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Utah Beach Looking West D-Day Morning June 6, 1944 ^

The aircraft engine nacelle and propeller are top right. Dark patches are cloud shadows. German flooding of the low pasturelands immediately west of the beach was planned to limit American accessibility to the higher ground. Further west along the top of the photo can be seen the flooded Merderet River valley, also a defensive tactic that caused grievous losses to the 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions. On the beach, landing craft are bringing in General Barton's 4th Infantry Division. Two causeways carry vehicles and men westbound to relieve the paratroopers holding the causeways western exits.

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The sinking Coast Guard manned USS LCI(L)-85 comes alongside another ship to transfer her survivors, after she was hit by German shells off "Omaha" Beach on "D-Day", 6 June 1944.
Note casualties on deck, including a man on a stretcher (left center) whose face has been obscured by wartime censors.
Also note binoculars atop a chart in the LCI(L)'s conning tower (upper right) and life raft (at left) with paddles secured to its side.

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Great post Cane of great men.

In the mid-80's I travelled to N. France. I stayed in an old hotel in Caen. I visited the memorial. I stood on the untouched land on the northern coast that still has German bunkers and huge craters from the shelling. I stood on the cliffs and tried to imagine what it would have been like. No idea of what it took for those men to even get inland. It was very sobering and humbling.

Walking through some of the smaller towns and villages, there were still plenty of older people there that were alive then. I did not meet one older French person there that had anything bad to say about the allied forces. They liked to practice what little English they knew and most would even say thank you even though they knew I was way too young to have been there. One elderly French man made sure I knew to thank my grandfather's generation and to never forget what tyranny can do. I had a nice conversation with him. He showed me the farm where his father and uncle were both killed by the Germans so they could take over the farm house.

The younger French people were a different story, ingrates!


If anyone ever has the chance to visit the D-Day Memorial in Northern France, I highly reccommend it. Rows and rows of white crosses that seem to go on forever. The crosses are markers, and little crosses for the Christians and little Stars of David for the Jewish soldiers. The land is US soil to this day.

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