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Old 06-06-2010, 06:09 PM   #11
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don't forget the canadians.my dad is gone now but my uncle frank is still alive.he was flying lancasters as a flying sgt.
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The British, Canadians and Australians.
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Avatar changed accordingly. Those brave men headed into hell that day to fight for the world's freedom. Around 10,000 of them never made it inland.
NORMANDY AMERICAN CEMETERY COLLEVILLE SUR MER







At the conclusion of the fighting in Normandy, there were more than ten American cemeteries on the battlefield, with hundreds of small burial grounds and isolated graves. The American Battle Monuments Commission (AMBC) repatriated at least 60% of these burials back to the United States, and concentrated the remaining casualties into two main cemeteries; one
in Normandy and another in Britanny.

To a size of 172.5 acres, the Normandy American Cemetery has 9,387 burials of US service men and women. Of this number, some 307 are unknowns, three are Medal of Honour winners and four are women. In addition there are 33 pairs of brothers buried side by side. It is the largest American Cemetery from WW2, but not the largest in Europe: that is the Meuse-Argonne Cemetery from WW1 with more than 14,000 burials.

The main body of the cemetery is rectangular with the main paths laid out in the pattern of a Latin cross.

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I will always remember the heroes that have fought, and died, for freedom throughout the world. My Father was in the Pacific Theater during WWII in the Marine Corps. He was also in Korea with Chesty Puller's bunch. And 2 tours in Vietnam. My Father is my hero and to me, he represents those of his generation that did so much for this country.



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Those cemeteries are considered American soil, and our tax dollars are put go good use for the upkeep. Someday I will locate some of the pictures I took when there, and post some. Most of the areas of landing remain untouched. Huge craters, German bunkers and other evidence of battle have been left as they were (sans the artillary) after the Allied forces captured them. It is hard to just stand there and look at the area without allergies getting the best of you.

I have met a few vets over the years who were ther , and I have told them of the metting I had with the older Frenchman in Caen. I have never gotten through the whole story without welling up. I hope I have always conveyed the sincere manner in which he meant.

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