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Old 06-06-2020, 04:43 AM
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Location: Ashe Co. NC
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76 yrs ago today at this hour the invasion of Europe by Allied forces begun. 2 of the best movies ever made "The Longest Day" and "Band of Brothers" would be good to watch. http://www.dday.org

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Old 06-06-2020, 07:03 AM
 
Location: Texas
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Never forget!

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Old 06-06-2020, 09:01 AM
 
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Old 06-06-2020, 10:50 AM
 
Location: San Diego CA
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Greatest Generation. Will never forget your sacrifices.
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Old 06-06-2020, 03:14 PM
 
Location: Spring, Texas
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Thanks to the veterans of D-Day and WW2; and all the veterans since who have served and/or are on active duty - Thank you

ms gamboolgals father was in the 101st and jumped in at Normandy. Mr. Beam said that when they were in the plane over Normandy that the sky was lit up bright as day from German gun fire and all he wanted to do was to get out of the plane.

Mr. Beam was the 501 PIR HQ3 3rd Battalion of the 101st. He was with the original group from Toccoa, Georgia and was in all of the major battles that the 101st was in. He was never wounded.
He never talked to us of the killing. He did say that he had utmost respect for the German soldiers and that they were excellent killers. He said that he had a pencil shot out of his hand one time and had his web gear shot off of him.
Mr. Beam was on Eisenhower's Honor guard, and he was a guard at Nuremberg. He said he walked several of the high ranking Nazi's to/from the trials and also to the gallows.

We lost Mr. Beam in 2008. He was a father to me and I miss him to this day.

We lost Mrs. Beam in Nov 2019. She had been active in the wives and families 101st organization and thru her we were also. When our son was around 7 years old in 1992, Mr. and Mrs. Beam took him to the 101st reunions and did so for several years. Our son got to meet all the paratroopers and was privileged to meet these great men.

Mr. Beam is pictured in the lower right
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Old 06-06-2020, 05:41 PM
 
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Thanks to the veterans of D-Day and WW2; and all the veterans since who have served and/or are on active duty - Thank you

ms gamboolgals father was in the 101st and jumped in at Normandy. Mr. Beam said that when they were in the plane over Normandy that the sky was lit up bright as day from German gun fire and all he wanted to do was to get out of the plane.

Mr. Beam was the 501 PIR HQ3 3rd Battalion of the 101st. He was with the original group from Toccoa, Georgia and was in all of the major battles that the 101st was in. He was never wounded.
He never talked to us of the killing. He did say that he had utmost respect for the German soldiers and that they were excellent killers. He said that he had a pencil shot out of his hand one time and had his web gear shot off of him.
Mr. Beam was on Eisenhower's Honor guard, and he was a guard at Nuremberg. He said he walked several of the high ranking Nazi's to/from the trials and also to the gallows.

We lost Mr. Beam in 2008. He was a father to me and I miss him to this day.

We lost Mrs. Beam in Nov 2019. She had been active in the wives and families 101st organization and thru her we were also. When our son was around 7 years old in 1992, Mr. and Mrs. Beam took him to the 101st reunions and did so for several years. Our son got to meet all the paratroopers and was privileged to meet these great men.

Mr. Beam is pictured in the lower right
Very cool. I had an uncle that was in the 101st ( I have to say I think that's what it is, but I am going on memory - maybe 82nd). Interesting history as he was an immigrant from Poland in 1938 to the US and you know he was ready to kill Germans after they invaded Poland. Got a Mohawk haircut and all that as he passed on several years ago. Don't know much of the history beyond that except that I had another uncle, his brother (big Polish family you understand) that was also in the war and they met each other on leave just by accident in some France town. He has also passed. These were immigrants, eager to fight for there new country and also to get payback for the old country. The Greatest Generation.
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Old 06-06-2020, 05:57 PM
 
Location: Parts Unknown, Northern California
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Among the 74,000 allied soldiers to land in Normandy on June 6th, 16 were awarded the Medal of Honor, nine of those posthumously. The best known among those so honored was Brigadier General Theodore Roosevelt Jr.

Another was:
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T/SGT Frank D. Peregory

Landed at Omaha Beach

Medal of Honor Action: June 8, 1944

On 8 June 1944 Peregory, on his own initiative, advanced up the hill under ire, and worked his way to the crest where he discovered an entrenchment from which machine gun fire was holding up his units advance. He attacked a squad of enemy riflemen with hand grenades and bayonet, killing 8 and forcing 3 to surrender. His offensive did not stop there. Peregory single-handedly forced the surrender of 32 more riflemen, captured the machine gunners, and opened the way for his battalion to advance.
https://mohmuseum.org/medal-of-honor...ts-from-d-day/

The link features a short description of the actions of the 16 winners.
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Old 06-07-2020, 01:04 AM
 
Location: Here or There
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76 yrs ago today at this hour the invasion of Europe by Allied forces begun. 2 of the best movies ever made "The Longest Day" and "Band of Brothers" would be good to watch. http://www.dday.org
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Old 06-10-2020, 08:14 AM
 
Location: Tucson AZ & Leipzig, Germany
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Here's a link to an article that appeared in June 1954 in Stars and Stripes featuring a return to Omaha Beach by two D-day veterans. It's a good first hand account by the two sergeants when the memories were relatively recent and some remnants of the battle were nearly intact. The author of the article also was in the D-day landings.

https://www.stripes.com/news/two-vet...-coast-1.34040
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Old 06-11-2020, 05:59 AM
 
Location: The North Star State
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A couple of notes.

First, liberating began well before June 6th. Well before 1944, in fact.

Second, a good portion of Europe was not liberated. Fascist regimes continued long after World War II in both Spain and Portugal. And much of what had been controlled by the Nazis was simply transferred to Stalin's control. No, no, I'm not taking issue with the fact that the Western Allies didn't liberate Iberia and Eastern Europe and bring them liberal democracy, because that was not the goal of the war. The goal of the war was to put an end to a regime against which normal deterrence did not work. And, no, I'm not complaining that more 'liberating' was not done. War was pursued to what was seemed the obtainable interests of the U.S. and the UK.
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