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The Greatest Generation, D-Day, June 06,1944:

Matt In West Virginia


76 years ago today young men mostly 16 to 22 left their farms, cities and everywhere in between to fight for the Freedoms we enjoy today.


The high cliffs and Beaches of Normandy France would bring obstacles unheard of. Many of the youngsters would drown, be hung by their own parachute or shot down before ever reaching the Normandy shore. The sheer weight of backpacks and weaponry sent many of these young men to a watery grave. As the beach water turned into a grotesque mix of Blood and Body parts the Greatest Generation fought on till the battle was over.


God Bless the young men who would never set their young feet on American soil again after D-Day. Although it seems we losing the Freedoms these men fought for on a Daily basis. These men did not die in Vain.


Let us never forget June 6th 1944.

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My father and his six brothers all joined the military on the day after Pearl Harbor.  Three of them served in the Pacific (one uncle of mine was a Marine and saw every major battle in that Theater of  War).  Dad and his other brothers all served in Europe.  All of those who went to Europe, except one uncle (he was a cook), went ashore on D-Day.  We didn't lost one of them, which was something of a miracle, in and of itself.  Knowing the horror of war, my father did not want me the join the Army, but he was proud that I did.


One of Dad's greatest fears was being captured by the Germans.  He had black hair, dark skin, and brown eyes.  His fear was that the Germans would decide he was Jewish (he was one-half Comanche).  Let's say the he had heard stories of the Germans working GI's who they THOUGHT were Jewish to death in slave labor factories.


There are few of these heroic men left, today, and they are quite elderly.  As for me, I've lived long enough to see the Spanish-American War & Great War veterans all die off.   Now, the Second World veterans are very old, and we veterans of Vietnam are in our 70's and 80's (I'll be 71, next month).  And no, I didn't forget the mostly forgotten men who fought the mostly-forgotten war in Korea.  God bless them all ...

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Todd A. Slee


     My Mother's Mom's Brother and Cousin died at Normandy, nine days apart. Many died there and elsewhere.

     Let's not allow a one of them to have died in vain!


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