D-Day today 80 years ago

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D-Day today 80 years ago

Post by Klaas » Thu Jun 06, 2024 4:10 am

Time to remember all those that fought 80 years ago for our freedom today!
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Re: D-Day today 80 years ago

Post by sjalbert » Thu Jun 06, 2024 4:46 am

I salute all those who participated in the liberation of Europe.
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Re: D-Day today 80 years ago

Post by Steve Webb » Thu Jun 06, 2024 11:10 am

Some may call this juvenile but to me it is not. Out of the mouths of babe's

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Re: D-Day today 80 years ago

Post by sjalbert » Thu Jun 06, 2024 11:47 am

Steve Webb wrote:
Thu Jun 06, 2024 11:10 am
Some may call this juvenile but to me it is not. Out of the mouths of babe's

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Not at all juvenille
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Re: D-Day today 80 years ago

Post by Nightstalker86 » Thu Jun 06, 2024 6:50 pm

What a day to remember. I was lucky enough to get to go to Normandy for the 40th anniversary. I was stationed with the 295th Aviation Co. out of Mannheim Germany at the time and we flew 5 CH-47’s to the celebration. They set us up in a girls school on Gold beach. We flew recon the first day and did a lot of great sightseeing from the air. The next couple days we flew VIP’s and Veterans around. I will never forget that experience but really didn’t understand how lucky I was. I was 20 at the time and was an Avionics mechanic.
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Re: D-Day today 80 years ago

Post by sjalbert » Fri Jun 07, 2024 5:06 am

Nightstalker86 wrote:
Thu Jun 06, 2024 6:50 pm
What a day to remember. I was lucky enough to get to go to Normandy for the 40th anniversary. I was stationed with the 295th Aviation Co. out of Mannheim Germany at the time and we flew 5 CH-47’s to the celebration. They set us up in a girls school on Gold beach. We flew recon the first day and did a lot of great sightseeing from the air. The next couple days we flew VIP’s and Veterans around. I will never forget that experience but really didn’t understand how lucky I was. I was 20 at the time and was an Avionics mechanic.
I was also 20 and was offshore on the USS Eisenhower on 6 Jun 1984. We were there to show up over Reagan's shoulder as he mentioned General Eisenhower. We pulled into Brest a day or two later. Public affairs encouraged us to wear our uniforms (not required for E-4 & above in most ports). The warmth and affection that the locals had for American servicemen was not to believed. None of the places that we ate would let us pay. An old guy (probably about the age I am now) in Ste Mere Eglise tried to give me his Jeep. It was either Saturday or Sunday and we were sailing the next day. I had no way to arrange shipping :(

The ship ran several busses a day over to the invasion coast and I visited all the sites. The American Cemetary was sobering. I didn't know it at the time, but both my parents had cousins who were buried there. Point Du Hoc was intimidating.

We owe a huge debt of gratitude to the soldiers, sailors, airmen and partisan's who made that invasion a success.
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Re: D-Day today 80 years ago

Post by Nightstalker86 » Fri Jun 07, 2024 10:38 am

Wow Seth we may have crossed paths. Did you go over to the airfield? They had a nice little set up of old aircraft. We did go out one nite to a local club called NewAge which was fun.
The Presidential limo was at a hanger and we got the secret service driver to show us all the crazy gadgets they had. Pretty impressive.
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Re: D-Day today 80 years ago

Post by sjalbert » Fri Jun 07, 2024 11:45 am

It's possible that we crossed path's. I remember seeing the CH-47's. I recall one display of old aircraft (one of my other passions). We didn't get to stay late enough to go to any clubs. IIRC the last bus back to Brest was at 2000 (and if you weren't in the queue by 1900 you were probably going to pay for a cab ride if you could find one).
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Re: D-Day today 80 years ago

Post by Nightstalker86 » Fri Jun 07, 2024 4:24 pm

That’s awesome! Hopefully we will cross paths again some day and get to talk a bit. I hope to live long enough to make it back to Normandy and show the wife and kids around.
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