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A D-Day Veteran Politely Declines Obama Invitation
National Review Online ^ | 6 June 2014 11:08 AM | John Fund

Posted on 06/06/2014 9:10:10 AM PDT by topher

Brix, France — Some of the veterans attending the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings here in France have fascinating stories.

Take George Ciampa, the most vibrant and spry 89-year-old I have ever met. In 1944, he landed in Normandy as a soldier assigned to the 84th Graves Registration Unit. “I spent the next few years going from France to Germany helping to bury people,” he told me. He was involved in setting up the temporary military cemeteries in Normandy that have now become stirring memorials to our fallen dead.

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TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: dday; dday70thanniv; ddayanniv; ddayanniversary; ddayveterans; ddayvets; obama; va
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The article says that quite a few of the D-Day Veterans have issues with Obama, and do not want to meet with him...
1 posted on 06/06/2014 9:10:10 AM PDT by topher
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To: topher

“The article says that quite a few of the D-Day Veterans have issues with Obama, and do not want to meet with him...”

That’s because they are STILL serving with Honor and Distinction.


2 posted on 06/06/2014 9:13:26 AM PDT by paterfamilias
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To: topher
Well why would they?

Obama is everything they fought against 70 years ago.

3 posted on 06/06/2014 9:13:45 AM PDT by grobdriver (Where is Wilson Blair when you need him?)
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To: topher
i ave no use for zees hobama faylow




4 posted on 06/06/2014 9:14:06 AM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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To: topher

They don’t take too kindly to traitors, especially those that bar them from a WW2 memorial.


5 posted on 06/06/2014 9:15:19 AM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (Hitlery: Incarnation of evil.)
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To: MeshugeMikey

Damn he looks pretty good for 89. My father looks older than him and he’s only 74.


6 posted on 06/06/2014 9:17:01 AM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (Hitlery: Incarnation of evil.)
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To: topher
” he landed in Normandy as a soldier assigned to the 84th Graves Registration Unit. “I spent the next few years going from France to Germany helping to bury people,” “

A near and very dear friend was assigned to Graves Registration while in Korea. I can not imagine a worse job.
Even a PLO as Will Stockdale was would be preferable.

7 posted on 06/06/2014 9:17:42 AM PDT by Tupelo (I feel more like Philip Nolan every day)
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To: MeshugeMikey

Wow, he looks amazing for 89.


8 posted on 06/06/2014 9:17:51 AM PDT by sinsofsolarempirefan
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To: topher

Obama had to be in Normandy today.

Reminds me of a song.

“You’re where you should be all the time

“And when you’re not you’re with

“Some underworld spy or the wife of a close friend....


9 posted on 06/06/2014 9:19:33 AM PDT by P-Marlowe (There can be no Victory without a fight and no battle without wounds)
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To: topher

Who would shake the enemy’s hand?


10 posted on 06/06/2014 9:21:18 AM PDT by onedoug
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To: sinsofsolarempirefan

Im not certain of the age of the photograph but he looks remarkably healthy robust and of “good cheer”.


11 posted on 06/06/2014 9:22:20 AM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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To: paterfamilias
Nah, it's because they're old racist white men going extinct.

/sarc /sarc /sarc

I get in SO much trouble for not giving sarcasm notice.

12 posted on 06/06/2014 9:22:47 AM PDT by heartwood
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To: P-Marlowe

Boy, does it ever.


13 posted on 06/06/2014 9:23:22 AM PDT by beelzepug (You can't fix a broken washing machine by washing more expensive clothes in it.)
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To: GrandJediMasterYoda

I look as “mature” as he is,.... and Im only 68!


14 posted on 06/06/2014 9:23:33 AM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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To: topher
To Honor our Veterans, this deserves to be Frontpage News
15 posted on 06/06/2014 9:26:38 AM PDT by topher (Traditional values -- especially family values -- which have been proven over time.)
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To: topher

http://www.normandytothebulge.be/GeorgeCiampa.html

great photos!!


16 posted on 06/06/2014 9:26:53 AM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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To: topher
THIS! “It’s not that we don’t want to respect the commander-in-chief,” one told me sadly. “It’s just that he makes it so hard to do so.”
17 posted on 06/06/2014 9:27:01 AM PDT by An.American.Expatriate (Here's my strategy on the War against Terrorism: We win, they lose. - with apologies to R.R.)
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To: topher

The IRS will be visiting him soon.


18 posted on 06/06/2014 9:27:27 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; We need a second party!)
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To: sinsofsolarempirefan

these photos were taken way..back in 2012 ;-}

http://www.normandytothebulge.be/GeorgeCiampa.html

he is truly remarkable


19 posted on 06/06/2014 9:27:56 AM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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To: Tupelo

A friend of mine served in Korea during the Vietnam War and when he rotated back to the States, he was assigned to a Guard unit in Virginia, and his duty was to accompany Chaplains when they went to notify families of their KIA and or MIA sons and daughters. I would not have been able to handle that duty.


20 posted on 06/06/2014 9:27:57 AM PDT by billhilly (Its OK, the left hated Bush.)
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To: topher

> as a soldier assigned to the 84th Graves Registration Unit

Maybe he thinks that Obama is going to address him as “corpse man”.


21 posted on 06/06/2014 9:28:20 AM PDT by glorgau
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To: MeshugeMikey

I’m getting there myself. Did you see this guy from last week? 102 years old. I know 40 years old who look worse than him. Incredible, just think: When Kennedy was assassinated this guy was already 52.

http://pix11.com/2014/05/27/102-year-old-miguel-cruz-tells-us-some-of-his-secrets-to-living-a-happy-and-healthy-life/


22 posted on 06/06/2014 9:29:17 AM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (Hitlery: Incarnation of evil.)
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To: GrandJediMasterYoda

“His secret? “Be active.””

theres a big big part of it!!!


23 posted on 06/06/2014 9:33:03 AM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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To: MeshugeMikey; Tupelo; GrandJediMasterYoda; sinsofsolarempirefan
There is this picture from his website that might be from 2001 when he went to Belgium with his daughter.

I believe the picture believe the picture below is from 2001...

Maybe there will be some pictures today in the news of him...


24 posted on 06/06/2014 9:36:33 AM PDT by topher (Traditional values -- especially family values -- which have been proven over time.)
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To: topher
An historic video showing an old French man standing on the side of a street was in tears as he watched the German military move through the streets of Paris after France was lost to the Nazis in WW2. As long as the fraud obozo remains in the WH and I'm sure I'm not alone, but I can certainly relate to how that old man felt.
25 posted on 06/06/2014 9:36:59 AM PDT by drypowder
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To: topher; ken5050; george76; Joe 6-pack; TigersEye; Old Sarge; trisham; Darksheare; Chode; bray; ...
God bless these aging Vets.



WE'LL MEET AGAIN

WHITE CLIFFS OF DOVER

YANKEE DOODLE DANDY


27 posted on 06/06/2014 9:38:30 AM PDT by potlatch ("Dream as if you'll live forever...Live as if you'll die today")
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To: topher

Yes, and that spinning sound you heard was from the vicinity of Patton’s grave ...


28 posted on 06/06/2014 9:39:10 AM PDT by Fast Moving Angel (It is no more than a dream remembered, a Civilization gone with the wind.)
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To: topher

I cant see how he’d not be featured in a number of articles!!
Thank you


29 posted on 06/06/2014 9:40:15 AM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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To: potlatch

Nice work


30 posted on 06/06/2014 9:41:20 AM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: potlatch

You did a beautiful job, potlatch. :`)


31 posted on 06/06/2014 9:42:54 AM PDT by TigersEye ("No man left behind" means something different to 0bama.)
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To: B4Ranch

Apparently pretty much none of that is true. Marvin was wounded at Saipan and received the Purple Heart. Captain Kangaroo wasn’t an NCO buddy of his, and Mr. Rogers never served in the military.


32 posted on 06/06/2014 9:43:17 AM PDT by Future Snake Eater (CrossFit.com)
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To: topher
Yet another fine photo!!


33 posted on 06/06/2014 9:44:36 AM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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To: george76

Thank you George!


34 posted on 06/06/2014 9:47:49 AM PDT by potlatch ("Dream as if you'll live forever...Live as if you'll die today")
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To: TigersEye

Thank you T.E.
Made it years ago - important to always repost it.


35 posted on 06/06/2014 9:49:53 AM PDT by potlatch ("Dream as if you'll live forever...Live as if you'll die today")
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To: B4Ranch

Keeshan, Marvin, Mr. Rogers...all urban legend.


36 posted on 06/06/2014 9:51:15 AM PDT by ErnBatavia (It ain't a "hashtag"....it's a damn pound sign. ###)
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To: Fast Moving Angel

I know Gen. Patton was buried in the Third Army Cemetery in Luxembourg originally. But I thought I read somewhere that he was eventually reinterred in the United States. Anyone know anything about that?


37 posted on 06/06/2014 9:52:34 AM PDT by IronJack
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To: potlatch

Beautiful post, Potlatch. Those songs make me tear up every time.


38 posted on 06/06/2014 9:55:10 AM PDT by ntnychik
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To: Tupelo
My neighbor was assigned to Graves Registration in France near the end of WWII, after training as a paratrooper at the age of 17 in the summer of 1944. By the time he made it to Europe, replacements were being sent where needed regardless of MOS. He was part of a team that disenterred bodies from combat grave sites to be placed in designated cemetaries in France and Belgium. The were issued daily whiskey rations and fresh uniforms on a regular basis to deaden the gruesomeness and get rid of the stench of death. He was there until 1947.

When the Korean War broke out, he was recalled to active duty and was told that he was being assigned to Graves Registration, based on his prior experience. His reply- "No way in hell will I do that again". The Army's reply- " Well, then we'll send you to the stockade". His reply- "Fine by me..." . He was assigned to the Infantry instead, which was what he was trained for originally anyway. He went on to serve in combat in Korea for 13 months and got to meet the Chinese up close and personal.

39 posted on 06/06/2014 9:57:46 AM PDT by TADSLOS (The Event Horizon has come and gone. Buckle up and hang on.)
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To: ErnBatavia; Future Snake Eater

I sent a request for it to be pulled. Still waiting on the Mod to follow up.


40 posted on 06/06/2014 9:59:55 AM PDT by B4Ranch (Name your illness, do a Google & YouTube search with "hydrogen peroxide". Do it and be surprised.)
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To: Tupelo
I can not imagine a worse job.

I am retired from the NJ National Guard, where career advancement and promotions were few and far between for the enlisted. My unit received a slot for Graves Registration which required six weeks of MOS school, which would not have been a problem. The slot was two grades above me, which would have been sweet but, I declined due to the nature of the position, even though this was after the first Gulf War and before Operation Enduring Freedom.

41 posted on 06/06/2014 10:06:55 AM PDT by capydick (''Life's tough.......it's even tougher if you're stupid.'')
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To: topher

Amazing, if I didn’t know his age I would swear he was in his 60s.


42 posted on 06/06/2014 10:11:55 AM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (Hitlery: Incarnation of evil.)
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To: topher
Personally I wish that our D-Day vets WOULD show some disrespect to the RAT bastard 0dumb0! Maybe just turn their backs on him. They survived the Nazis, they will survive a punk narcissistic petulant 0dumb0. The vets have more courage & integrity in their right little toenail than 0dumb0 & his entire traitorous administration have.
43 posted on 06/06/2014 10:13:35 AM PDT by rcrngroup
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To: potlatch

Great pics, potlatch. Thank you!


44 posted on 06/06/2014 10:14:19 AM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: IronJack

General Patton is buried in Luxembourg. They moved his grave to a different location because of the heavy traffic. Mrs. Patton’s ashes were scattered over his grave by family members.


45 posted on 06/06/2014 10:16:24 AM PDT by laplata (Liberals don't get it .... their minds are diseased.)
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To: topher

Now will Obama or his functionaries be so stupid and petty as to give these Veterans problems with the IRS,VA, TSA or whoever?


46 posted on 06/06/2014 10:16:29 AM PDT by Truth29
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To: trisham

You’re very welcome Trisham, thank you for your reply.


47 posted on 06/06/2014 10:17:27 AM PDT by potlatch ("Dream as if you'll live forever...Live as if you'll die today")
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To: ntnychik

Hi my ‘best friend’. This all has special meaning for you because of your Dad, I can understand the tears.

Went to my grandson’s graduation, got sick on Sunday and today’s the first ‘good’ day I’ve had. I owe you letters!!


48 posted on 06/06/2014 10:21:05 AM PDT by potlatch ("Dream as if you'll live forever...Live as if you'll die today")
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To: MeshugeMikey

My DIL continues to go to the ever smaller reunion of her grandfather’s outfit. It is an interesting connection to the memory of a young man who was KIA within days of joining the outfit as a replacement just after D-day. The anniversary of his death is just days away from now. He never knew his daughter or her daughter or any of the others who were born after his young life ended.

My old friends that helped raise me are almost all gone. The last two are 90 and 93. One was a seaman in the Pacific and became an outstanding engineer. The other was a Marine pilot at Pelileu and other terrible places of the time. He retired as chief pilot of a large corporation. Both of these men continued to work for some 30 years after they retired the first time. Their minds are still sharp but they get tired. They both remain gracious, kind and carry themselves with the honor, integrity and strength of real men.

I’m looking at the picture of my father when he was a teenager on the beach while in flight training at Pensacola. Full of energy and ready for adventure. That is the way he and so many of these men lived their entire life, looking from one adventure to another. Sometimes they were adventures of their own making and made only in their own minds. It was their way to stay motivated and to live as completely as they possibly could. Almost every day with Dad was an exciting adventure. He made life an event.


49 posted on 06/06/2014 10:28:29 AM PDT by Sequoyah101
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To: Sequoyah101

God Bless You and your Dad!!

America needs far more men like your Dad!


50 posted on 06/06/2014 10:33:39 AM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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