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Heirs keeping the D-Day stories alive
Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | Thursday, June 6, 2013, 3:01 AM | George R. Carter

Posted on 06/06/2013 1:39:15 AM PDT by Olog-hai

At the Vineland (N.J.) Veterans Memorial Home, assistant business manager William H. Palmer Jr. has a special bond with the 175 or so World War II veterans who live there. His father, Ensign William H. Palmer, was part of a secret mission during the D-Day invasion that delivered messages from the command ship Ancon to the shore during days of radio silence. …

Just like Butch Maisel, a Baltimore history teacher whose father landed on D-Day, Palmer is determined to carry forth the legacy. “I went to find out what my father did on D-Day,” he said, and the research led him to write two books, one about the “Rocket Men” and the other about his father’s secret duty. “I was always interested because my father told me he had almost drowned at Utah Beach.” …

(Excerpt) Read more at philly.com ...


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Education; History; Military/Veterans
KEYWORDS: anniversary; dday; godsgravesglyphs; naziregime; veterans; warstories; ww2

1 posted on 06/06/2013 1:39:15 AM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

I think D-Day is one of the five most defining moments of American history. In the weeks after Normandy....as they advanced across France...French women wept, French men offered wine, and French kids were stood there in awe of a bunch of unshaven tough American guys with determination written all over their faces. History shifted, because of D-Day.


2 posted on 06/06/2013 1:51:54 AM PDT by pepsionice
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To: pepsionice
"I think D-Day is one of the five most defining moments of American history."

I agree.
It was totally in GODS hands and it worked. It gives me hope for our country today. We need GODS perfect hands again. . .

3 posted on 06/06/2013 1:57:01 AM PDT by DeaconRed (I sure hope ZERO doesn't get thrown in jail. (OK I am trying reverse osmosis here) LOL)
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To: Olog-hai

Sad that after giving so much to fight tyranny abroad, we’re all but welcoming it here at home.


4 posted on 06/06/2013 2:57:55 AM PDT by RWB Patriot ("My ability is a value that must be purchased and I don't recognize anyone's need as a claim on me.")
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To: RWB Patriot
Sad that after giving so much to fight tyranny abroad, we’re all but welcoming it here at home.

Of course, not all of us, but just enough.

5 posted on 06/06/2013 3:20:50 AM PDT by luvbach1 (We are finished.)
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To: pepsionice

Nothing I love more than WW2 history. I love to hear stories from the folks who were there...how honorable and distinguished these men and women were! The greatest generation.


6 posted on 06/06/2013 4:00:45 AM PDT by 4everontheRight (And the story began with..."Once there was a great nation......")
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To: Olog-hai
My dad's ship had just landed in England a few days before. He wasn't there long but long enough to track down his brother who was a pilot and would return to England a couple days later.

Seven brothers were in the service at the seven time and also my mom's two brothers.

My father's parents had watched all their sons go to war...and by God's will, they all came home.

7 posted on 06/06/2013 4:12:14 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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the D-Day keyword.
8 posted on 06/06/2016 3:29:40 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (I'll tell you what's wrong with society -- no one drinks from the skulls of their enemies anymore.)
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To: Olog-hai; StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; decimon; 1010RD; 21twelve; 24Karet; ...
Note: this topic is from Thursday, June 6, 2013. See the full list in the preceding reply. Extra to the Digest list. Thanks Olog-hai.

9 posted on 06/06/2016 3:30:26 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (I'll tell you what's wrong with society -- no one drinks from the skulls of their enemies anymore.)
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To: 4everontheRight
"Nothing I love more than WW2 history. I love to hear stories from the folks who were there...how honorable and distinguished these men and women were! The greatest generation."

Me too. I get at least one WW2 themed calendar, book and etc as a Christmas gift each year.

10 posted on 06/06/2016 4:54:37 AM PDT by blam (Jeff Sessions For President)
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To: Olog-hai

Several years ago the Russians, began something called, “The Immortal Regiment”, a march on VE-Day where thousands march in the street carrying pictures and mementos of their relatives who fought during WWII.

Wish this country could adopt something like that.


11 posted on 06/06/2016 4:58:04 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: SunkenCiv

Thanks for the ping!


12 posted on 06/06/2016 5:05:59 AM PDT by sneakers
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To: pepsionice

Oddly enough, this morning, The History Channel is showing actual history.

Great D-Day program. Glad I have the day off and can watch.


13 posted on 06/06/2016 5:12:32 AM PDT by Gamecock ( Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul...Matthew 10:28)
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To: sneakers

My pleasure. Nearly everyone I’ve known from that generation is gone now, and it happened quickly.


14 posted on 06/06/2016 5:38:02 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (I'll tell you what's wrong with society -- no one drinks from the skulls of their enemies anymore.)
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To: Gamecock

What....is this one of the four days a year where the History Channel actually shows history shows? Or did they run out of fake lumberjack shows?


15 posted on 06/06/2016 5:43:05 AM PDT by pepsionice
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To: pepsionice

I, too, agree with you. But I also think you can add that to the most defining moment list for the history of the world.


16 posted on 06/06/2016 6:41:40 AM PDT by submarinerswife (Allahu FUBAR.)
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To: Olog-hai

Sorry, I don’t know how to transfer my “Share” from FaceBook, but there is an article about my dad in SeaBee Magazine:

Opening Omaha Beach: Ensign Karnowski and NCDU-45

“Omaha Beach, afternoon of June 6, 1944. In the background are examples of the beach obstacles which confronted the men of GAT-10. The wooden poles frequently had German Teller mines wired to them intended to impale and then detonate on the hulls of landing craft. Just forward of the poles are a few… “

seabeemagazine.navylive.dodlive.mil


You can see references to Ensign Karnowski at the SeeBea museum in Port Hueneme, CA and the WWII museum in New Orleans, I believe.


17 posted on 06/06/2016 7:16:01 AM PDT by married21 ( As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.)
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To: Olog-hai

“Yogi Berra will be remembered by many for his light-heartedness and goofy sayings, but the Hall of Fame catcher participated in one of history’s most storied battles while still a teenager.

Seaman Second Class Lawrence P. Berra was on a rocket boat stationed off the coast of Normandy on June 6, 1944, barely three weeks after his 19th birthday. He and the other six men in the 36-foot craft provided fire support for the invasion that came to be known simply as D-Day and remained in the area for nearly two weeks after the initial landings.

As recounted last year in The Jersey Journal by his longtime friend Ed Lucas, Berra was an 18-year-old playing Class B ball in Norfolk, Va., in 1943 when his draft number was called. Rather than taking his chances in the Army, Berra enlisted in the Navy at Norfolk.

After going through basic training, the St. Louis native found a niche for himself almost by accident.

“They asked for volunteers to go on a rocket boat,” he told YES Network in 2009. “I didn’t even know what a rocket boat was.”

But Berra learned how to crew the small boats, saying the hardest part was learning to handle the twin .50-caliber machine guns in heavy seas: “You ever try shooting a machine gun on a 36-footer? You could shoot yourself.”

He eventually got the hang of it, though, and found himself in the middle of the action for Operation Overlord, the invasion of Europe. The rocket boats were carried across the English Channel on a larger ship and lowered over the side before their crews jumped in. The small boats moved in close to the coastline off the beach code-named Utah and were told to be on the lookout for German planes.

“We were told to shoot anything that moved,” Berra told author Gary Bloomfield in “Duty, Honor, Victory: America’s Athletes in World War II.”

“I am not sure if he said ‘moved’ or ‘any plane below the clouds,’ but we all shot at the first plane below the clouds and we shot down one of our own planes. The pilot was mad as hell, and you could hear him swearing as he floated down in his parachute. I remember him shaking his fist and yelling, ‘If you bastards would shoot down as many of them as us, the goddamn war would be over.’”

That was a relatively light moment, but it was the exception during Berra’s time in combat. One of his boat’s crew members was killed after going on shore in France, and he witnessed numerous other deaths — not to mention the damage he inflicted while manning the boat’s machine guns.

Berra and his crew also participated in Operation Dragoon, the invasion of southern France, in August 1944. He wasn’t discharged from the Navy until 1946, when he resumed his nascent baseball career.

The diminutive catcher made his big-league debut with the Yankees on Sept. 22, 1946 — 69 years to the day before he died Tuesday at age 90. He always remained thankful for the opportunity to live the life he did when so many of his peers never got the chance to do so.

“I’m proud of it,” he told YES in 2009. “I’m still alive to see it, still alive to hear about it.”

http://www.sportingnews.com/mlb/news/yogi-berra-d-day-world-war-ii-us-navy-service-new-york-yankees/t3brmqyrlmxv1ebav9smxjpmm


18 posted on 06/06/2016 7:21:02 AM PDT by Pelham (Barack Obama. When being bad is not enough and only evil will do)
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To: Olog-hai
Thanks for posting this. I had the privilege of visiting the cemetery and landing beaches at Normandy in 2006. It was quite a moving experience. Bing.com has a nice aerial photo of Pointe du Hoc as their home page today.

Pointe Du Hoc

19 posted on 06/06/2016 8:36:39 AM PDT by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: Pride in the USA; Stillwaters

Today is the 72nd anniversary of D-Day.


20 posted on 06/06/2016 11:34:06 AM PDT by lonevoice (Life is short. Make fun of it.)
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To: Olog-hai

My dad’s brother was killed during the Normandy invasion, near Cherbourg on 29 June, a day after that city fell to allied troops, and about a month before the “breakout.” All the Army ever told the family was that he died when his tank hit a mine. Always wanted to find out more (did he land on D-Day or come in later?, did his tank hit the mine on 29 June, or did he die of injuries he got earlier in a tank?, etc.). He was a radio operator in an infantry unit. What was he doing in a tank? So many questions.


21 posted on 06/06/2016 4:59:40 PM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: married21

Here it is.

http://seabeemagazine.navylive.dodlive.mil/2014/06/06/opening-omaha-beach-ensign-karnowski-and-ncdu-45/


22 posted on 06/06/2016 5:05:39 PM PDT by abb ("News reporting is too important to be left to the journalists." Walter Abbott (1950 -))
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To: married21


23 posted on 06/06/2016 5:08:55 PM PDT by abb ("News reporting is too important to be left to the journalists." Walter Abbott (1950 -))
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To: abb

Thank you so much for posting this.


24 posted on 06/06/2016 6:48:21 PM PDT by married21 ( As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.)
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