Skip to comments.Gerald McRaney Tells Story of WWII Vets, D-Day Ranger Leonard Lomell
Posted on 05/26/2014 7:33:48 AM PDT by Rufus2007
During Sunday nights PBS telecast of the annual National Memorial Day concert from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol, television star Gerald McRaney told the story of World War II veterans, highlighting one in particular the heroic actions of former United States Army Ranger Leonard G. Bud Lomell.
Lomell, a 24-year-old staff sergeant and platoon leader with the Armys 2nd Ranger Battalion, trained to scale the 100-foot-high cliffs of Pointe du Hoc on the coast of Normandy in northern France during the D-Day invasion and disable the German Armys five 155-millimeter guns, which would save countless lives.
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Many of the WWII vets refer to these acts of heroism as “We had a job to do and we did it.” I get misty eyed thinking about these ordinary men doing extraordinary acts of valor.
The really sad commentary is most of these great soldiers of that era are gone with few remaining. All those who served in WW2 in my family are gone, the last being my uncle a flier.
McRaney is one of the few Hollywood types that respects and appreciates the military. When I was in Somalia, he came over and visited the troops and traveled thoughout the countryside to see the troops in action. He told us how much he supports us and trys to take every opportunity to tell everyone the great job our military is doing.
Truly, the Greatest Generation. I pray that this battle is not remembered by history as the “high water mark” of the United States of America.
My dad flew C-46 cargo airplanes in the China-Burma-India Campaign.
He was a civilian pilot in the Army Air Force.
BUMP for later
Mr. McRaney is another one of Hollywood’s good people.
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