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Title: D-day 1944
Post by: Arlen Vander Hoff on June 06, 2010, 11:26:00 AM
Today in 1944 Pattons armies landed on the beaches of Normandy France and went on to free Europe form German rule,My Dad was there fighting for his life and our freedom so take a minute today and remember the people that give us our freedom in the past and today!!!! And thank God for them!!!
Title: D-day 1944
Post by: Stan Paralikis on June 06, 2010, 12:12:03 PM
My dad was there.  To his dieing day, he refused to talk about it.
After he died, I asked his closest friend, who was also there, why he would never talk to me about it.  He said, 'Stan, we just don't talk about some things..."
After the war, My dad spent the rest of his entire life as a quiet and modest accountant.
Commando12010-06-06 17:17:54
Title: D-day 1944
Post by: Steve on June 06, 2010, 01:03:34 PM
Hear Hear!  Good Call Doggy. 

I've been remembering all day
So Stan. . .what happened to you?
Title: D-day 1944
Post by: Tom Dawson on June 06, 2010, 04:08:45 PM
I was watching The Band of Brothers on Memorial Day, what a group of guys, in fact one of the Easy Company guys lived right here in Penn Hills and past away last year, his last name was Foley. A few of the older gentleman in my church, one past a few years ago and another who survived the West Nile Virus(he got shot running up the beach in the leg and did not know it until he stopped) were there for the longest day.

Title: D-day 1944
Post by: Arlen Vander Hoff on June 07, 2010, 01:11:48 AM
Yeah my Dad didn't talk much about it either. He would tell funny stories about his time in the army but never said too much about that day.
Title: D-day 1944
Post by: firedome on June 07, 2010, 11:10:54 AM

My Dad was in the Pacific theatre below decks in Kaiser built escort carrier CVE-57
keeping the engines going from Mar 42 until after the end of the war...
they survived a direct hit by a torpedo and later a kamikaze plane that
went thru the deck. He was at Midway, Guadalcanal and Saipan. He also
wouldn't talk, until a couple of years before he died when he did us
about losing many of his pilot friends and about going thru a typhoon
that almost sank her. To the end of his days he hated the color gray
and anything Japanese, especially Jap cars.
firedome2010-06-07 16:12:35
Title: D-day 1944
Post by: Marc on June 08, 2010, 05:54:40 AM
My Gradpa flew a glider over the Rhine on D-day. It was a training flight and mission all in one. He was lucky and does tell the stories about that day as he was not a fighting man but just a pilot.
Title: D-day 1944
Post by: Tom Dawson on June 08, 2010, 03:43:19 PM
One of my grandfathers was in the south Pacific(my dads dad) never told any one about it, did hear a story about him shooting 3 Jap prisoners that tried to escape, but, was never able to confirm the story, he was just a mad drunk, was that before the war and worse after.

Title: D-day 1944
Post by: Snotty on June 09, 2010, 10:40:31 AM
One of my past church members once remarked, "The guys who talk about combat did not experience it."  I find that to be true, but even that man shared some with me.  I have had many conversations with men of WWII, Korea, and Viet Nam.  It could be that I'm a Pastor, but maybe not....
One of my Uncles who flew 30 missions in a B-17 once told me quite a lot of his experiences; I was 19 at the time.  His wife, my Aunt, said later when he was not in the room, "We've been married for over 40 years and I've never heard him tell a single story."  I felt honored.
When "Saving Private Ryan" was first released I suggested to our Men's Group that we go and watch it.  They refused.  One man, a ETO Veteran, confessed that he can't even watch reruns of Hogan's Heroes.  He said he felt silly about that, but just the images brought up bad memories.
I think Harrold Moore said it best in his book, "We Are Soldiers, Still."  The last comment he makes is that it is soldiers who desire peace more than any other single group on the planet, because they have seen the cost of war and desire to never see it again.  In my opinion it is the soldier that lives up to Matthew 5:9; in the desire for "peace" they took up a rifle.  (Law Enforcement Officers do the same.)
Yet, it was the soldiers that were spat upon by the Viet Nam Protesters.   It is my opinion that they need to apologize to every Nam Vet they come accross.  These Vets know a horror I will never know; they have earned my respect regardless of their condition!
Title: D-day 1944
Post by: Arlen Vander Hoff on June 11, 2010, 11:13:11 AM
Amen brother Scott!!! Amen on ALL things you said!!!! God bless our troops past and present.