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Old 06-05-2019, 05:34 PM
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Not a snowflake to be found in any of these pictures.Just tough,dedicated young men doing what they were sent to do.Heroes,every single one of them.It's humbling to even look at these pictures.I marvel at their deeds and am eternally grateful for every single one of them.The greatest generation,indeed.
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Old 06-05-2019, 06:04 PM
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Old 06-05-2019, 06:08 PM
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Yes, tough, men's men all of them with nerves of steel and a wheelbarrow to carry their huge brass balls. A crisp hand salute and a heart felt thank you to each and every one of them!
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Old 06-05-2019, 06:35 PM
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My uncle was there in the Army. He never talked about it.
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Old 06-06-2019, 05:20 AM
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thank you for sharing this,rest in peace to all those that died
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Old 06-06-2019, 05:24 AM
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Do millennial's have any understanding what these men did for their country and families?
I don't even know and I'm ALOT older than a Millennial.
My gosh, the sacrifice.
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Old 06-06-2019, 05:35 AM
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Originally Posted by Blazer7420 View Post
Do millennial's have any understanding what these men did for their country and families?
I don't even know and I'm ALOT older than a Millennial.
My gosh, the sacrifice.
Many of the millennials know exactly what these men did for their country, in fact about 10,000+ millennials have died in the last 18 years doing the exact same thing.

Millennials grew up in a generation of war & have watched many of their classmates & friends go off to die or be severely injured in the Middle East.

Always amazes me how many boomers praise the greatest generation for their service & for some reason feel compelled to slam millennials, without realizing the sacrifices their generation has made.
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Old 06-06-2019, 05:42 AM
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Originally Posted by Cobia 217 View Post
There was a news clip of a 97 yr. old veteran who did a parachute jump there today (with help). Unbelievable. A guy I used to work with who passed away about 9 yrs. ago was a member of a glider crew that got shot down during the invasion. He has a nasty shrapnel scar but he never talked about it.
I had seen the old timer make the jump earlier in the day and it brought tears to my eyes. Last night family was gathered around the dinner table and the story came on again. I stopped the conversation and made everyone listen. A few comments about how amazing that a 97 year old man could do that and how he carried himself so well at such an age.

I reminded all, that when that old man was a young man, he was one of the fittest and most highly trained individuals this Country could produce at the time, a BADASS from head to toe! No surprise that he remains a badass at 97.

My Father was not a Ranger but fought in the Pacific and my older kids all remember him fondly, they also all remember “living on base” when I was in and one of my son’s is a veteran himself. There is no lack of military appreciation in the family. Having me call that old timer a BADASS brought many smiles around the table and for the second time in the day, my voice quivered a bit and my eyes got moist again as I said it.

As a kid growing up, seemed like everyone of my Old Man’s friends had served one way or another in the War and the same for most of my uncles, not a one of them still alive.

It will be a very sad day when all of those men who served in World War II are gone...
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Old 06-06-2019, 05:54 AM
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Originally Posted by Fractured but whole View Post


Many of the millennials know exactly what these men did for their country, in fact about 10,000+ millennials have died in the last 18 years doing the exact same thing.

Millennials grew up in a generation of war & have watched many of their classmates & friends go off to die or be severely injured in the Middle East.

Always amazes me how many boomers praise the greatest generation for their service & for some reason feel compelled to slam millennials, without realizing the sacrifices their generation has made.
You are exactly correct, and my apologies to those that have served in that time.
I was looking at it from a different perspective, the wrong perspective.
I am sorry to those I have offended with my comment.

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Old 06-06-2019, 06:28 AM
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Originally Posted by Fractured but whole View Post


Many of the millennials know exactly what these men did for their country, in fact about 10,000+ millennials have died in the last 18 years doing the exact same thing.

Millennials grew up in a generation of war & have watched many of their classmates & friends go off to die or be severely injured in the Middle East.

Always amazes me how many boomers praise the greatest generation for their service & for some reason feel compelled to slam millennials, without realizing the sacrifices their generation has made.
Amen To that!
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I couldn't even imagine...
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Old 06-06-2019, 07:37 AM
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Originally Posted by Fractured but whole View Post
Many of the millennials know exactly what these men did for their country, in fact about 10,000+ millennials have died in the last 18 years doing the exact same thing.

Millennials grew up in a generation of war & have watched many of their classmates & friends go off to die or be severely injured in the Middle East.

Always amazes me how many boomers praise the greatest generation for their service & for some reason feel compelled to slam millennials, without realizing the sacrifices their generation has made.
I think it's a world of difference.

The guys that signed up in WWII joined KNOWING they were going directly into war with minimal training or practice. They weren't signing up with the promises of college educations and worldwide travel with the CHANCE of being in a war zone. Doesn't have to diminish the respect for folks signing up today, because there is always that risk that they will be on the front lines somewhere, sometime, and they're also now heavily restrained from doing what's necessary by some political or administrative restrictions that weren't present decades ago.

What happened at Omaha or Midway or Iwo Jima were also definitely critical points in the worlds future and failures there (or in many other battles) would have changed life on the planet immediately in serious ways, especially for life here in the USA. I don't think the same could be said for Afghanistan or Iraq. While those places were certainly impacted by what was/is going on there, the end results either way would have a very limited impact on life in the USA.
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Old 06-06-2019, 08:03 AM
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My Dad's Army Air Force Pilot Logbook has this written at the bottom of his logbook after he completed his Basic Pilot Training (in BT-13s) and before he went on to Advanced Training (in T-6s) in July, 1942.

In his own writing:

"On to Advanced--Tokyo--Here I Come!"

He was barely 20...........

Every guy back then was Gung Ho!
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Originally Posted by km1125 View Post
I think it's a world of difference.

The guys that signed up in WWII joined KNOWING they were going directly into war with minimal training or practice. They weren't signing up with the promises of college educations and worldwide travel with the CHANCE of being in a war zone. Doesn't have to diminish the respect for folks signing up today, because there is always that risk that they will be on the front lines somewhere, sometime, and they're also now heavily restrained from doing what's necessary by some political or administrative restrictions that weren't present decades ago.

What happened at Omaha or Midway or Iwo Jima were also definitely critical points in the worlds future and failures there (or in many other battles) would have changed life on the planet immediately in serious ways, especially for life here in the USA. I don't think the same could be said for Afghanistan or Iraq. While those places were certainly impacted by what was/is going on there, the end results either way would have a very limited impact on life in the USA.
As the grandson of a combat veteran of WWI , the son of a WWII combat veteran, the father of veteran of GWOT and a former Marine myself, I don’t think that I have ever read a more disrespectful post in my life.

You SUCK.

Let me take a wild guess on your days of active military service , I say

ZERO?

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Originally Posted by Mpellet View Post
As the grandson of a combat veteran of WWI , the son of a WWII combat veteran, the father of veteran of GWOT and a former Marine myself, I don’t think that I have ever read a more disrespectful post in my life.

You SUCK.

Let me take a wild guess on your days of active military service , I say

ZERO?
With that "resume", I can't believe you're diminishing what happened back then.

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Was watching the D-day ceremony early this morning on fox news and thought Trump delivered a good speech.
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Yes, he did.
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Wonder how many "kids" landed on those beaches? Lots of stories of 15-17 year olds serving. Don't know how many, but anyone that has/currently defends freedom is a hero. And I am also thankful for the millions of people who are/were back home supporting them.
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Thank you for sharing. My grandfather was in the 4th marine division. Growing up, I once asked him why he would NEVER go into water, whether it was a pool/ ocean/ lake, nothing. He told me that he spent 3 days in the water in the war and didn’t need to go in the water again.
He also told me a story of how he used to wrap electrical tape around his hand grenades so that he didn’t blow himself up accidentally. So he was in a fox hole and tossed a hand grenade. A minute went by and he realized what he had done. The grenade did not explode he left the tape on. The grenade was then thrown back into the fox hole where he was. He realized the tape was still wrapped around it. I asked him “wow, so what did you do papa!!”..... well I unwrapped the tape and tossed it again. The grenade didn’t come back!
There were a lot of stories that he never would talk about until he was in his later years. Unimaginable to most 17 year old kids now a-days.
Now that's a man's man!!!
Thanks for sharing!!
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With that "resume", I can't believe you're diminishing what happened back then.

Go to Arlington on Memorial Day and tell some 30 year old widow with couple of little kids with a dead Father, that their Dad was not as much of a Patriot or his sacrifice was not as great as someone who died in WWII.

You’re an idiot and your lack of a response to my question answered it loudly.....
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