Skip to comments.A D-Day Veteran Politely Declines Obama Invitation
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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“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.
Obama is everything they fought against 70 years ago.
They don’t take too kindly to traitors, especially those that bar them from a WW2 memorial.
Damn he looks pretty good for 89. My father looks older than him and he’s only 74.
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.
Wow, he looks amazing for 89.
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....
Who would shake the enemy’s hand?
Im not certain of the age of the photograph but he looks remarkably healthy robust and of “good cheer”.
/sarc /sarc /sarc
I get in SO much trouble for not giving sarcasm notice.
Boy, does it ever.
I look as “mature” as he is,.... and Im only 68!
The IRS will be visiting him soon.
these photos were taken way..back in 2012 ;-}
he is truly remarkable
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.
> as a soldier assigned to the 84th Graves Registration Unit
Maybe he thinks that Obama is going to address him as “corpse man”.
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.
“His secret? Be active.”
theres a big big part of it!!!
I believe the picture believe the picture below is from 2001...
Maybe there will be some pictures today in the news of him...
Yes, and that spinning sound you heard was from the vicinity of Patton’s grave ...
I cant see how he’d not be featured in a number of articles!!
You did a beautiful job, potlatch. :`)
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.
Thank you George!
Thank you T.E.
Made it years ago - important to always repost it.
Keeshan, Marvin, Mr. Rogers...all urban legend.
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?
Beautiful post, Potlatch. Those songs make me tear up every time.
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.
I sent a request for it to be pulled. Still waiting on the Mod to follow up.
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.
Amazing, if I didn’t know his age I would swear he was in his 60s.
Great pics, potlatch. Thank you!
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.
Now will Obama or his functionaries be so stupid and petty as to give these Veterans problems with the IRS,VA, TSA or whoever?
You’re very welcome Trisham, thank you for your reply.
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!!
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.
God Bless You and your Dad!!
America needs far more men like your Dad!
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