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D-Day veteran reported missing by care home staff is found in Normandy
UK Daily Mail ^ | 06/06/2014 | Sophie Jane Evans

Posted on 06/06/2014 1:09:51 PM PDT by DFG

A D-Day veteran who was reported missing from a care home has been found in Normandy after travelling to France to mark the invasion's 70th anniversary.

Bernard Jordan, 89, a former mayor of Hove, sneaked out of The Pines nursing home in Furze Hill yesterday after being told by staff he could not make the trip to Normandy.

Donning his war medals under a raincoat, the Royal Navy veteran joined his former comrades on a coach, before arriving at a hotel in Ouistreham, northwestern France, 12 hours later.

(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...


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KEYWORDS: bernard; dday; ddayanniversary; normandy
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Title shortened from: Bernard's Great Escape: D-Day veteran, 89, who was reported missing by care home staff is found in Normandy - after escaping to join his former comrades
1 posted on 06/06/2014 1:09:51 PM PDT by DFG
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To: DFG

These old men don’t know the meaning of “can’t”!


2 posted on 06/06/2014 1:10:52 PM PDT by uncitizen
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To: DFG

The sly old fox did it! Good to see these men still have a sense of fun and adventure.


3 posted on 06/06/2014 1:11:37 PM PDT by lee martell
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To: DFG
My hero.

/johnny

4 posted on 06/06/2014 1:12:51 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: DFG

God bless you, Mr. Jordan.

You’re a hero still.

Cheerio!


5 posted on 06/06/2014 1:14:10 PM PDT by exit82 ("The Taliban is on the inside of the building" E. Nordstrom 10-10-12)
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To: lee martell

The Great Escape


6 posted on 06/06/2014 1:14:37 PM PDT by molson209 (Blank)
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To: DFG

sneaked? Wouldn’t it be snuck? Either English is going to pot or I am....


7 posted on 06/06/2014 1:15:23 PM PDT by napscoordinator (Governor Scott Walker 2016 for the future of the country!)
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To: napscoordinator

“Sneaked” is correct. “Snuck” is a Southernism.


8 posted on 06/06/2014 1:16:33 PM PDT by AnAmericanMother (Ecce Crucem Domini, fugite partes adversae. Vicit Leo de Tribu Iuda, Radix David, Alleluia!)
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To: DFG

Are you listening, Hollywood..?

Great story.


9 posted on 06/06/2014 1:17:26 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: molson209

Someone is probably already planning a movie about this guy and his escape.


10 posted on 06/06/2014 1:17:43 PM PDT by nomorelurker
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To: AnAmericanMother

Well I do love the South!


11 posted on 06/06/2014 1:18:45 PM PDT by napscoordinator (Governor Scott Walker 2016 for the future of the country!)
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To: nomorelurker

It would make a wonderful premise for a movie!


12 posted on 06/06/2014 1:19:02 PM PDT by beaversmom
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To: DFG
Dear Mr. Jordan,

Bravo!
13 posted on 06/06/2014 1:19:14 PM PDT by novemberslady
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To: DFG

Thanks for posting this! Best story I have seen in a long time!


14 posted on 06/06/2014 1:19:21 PM PDT by beaversmom
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To: gaijin

BUMP


15 posted on 06/06/2014 1:19:49 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (The new witchhunt: "Do you NOW, . . . or have you EVER , . . supported traditional marriage?")
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To: nomorelurker

Someone is probably already planning a movie about this guy and his escape.

Na, Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon are long gone


16 posted on 06/06/2014 1:20:50 PM PDT by molson209 (Blank)
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To: DFG

As I read somewhere today about this story, he went AWOL to join his Unit at the Front. You can’t help but admire this guy and all the rest of them...


17 posted on 06/06/2014 1:20:56 PM PDT by Afterguard (Liberals will let you do nything you want, as long as it's mandatory.)
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To: DFG

In dedication for Mr. Jordan:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B6PI09LcuHo


18 posted on 06/06/2014 1:22:25 PM PDT by beaversmom
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To: DFG

I am in tears, but because I am laughing so hard. What a great story!


19 posted on 06/06/2014 1:22:36 PM PDT by rey
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To: DFG
Well done, sir!


20 posted on 06/06/2014 1:23:22 PM PDT by AnAmericanMother (Ecce Crucem Domini, fugite partes adversae. Vicit Leo de Tribu Iuda, Radix David, Alleluia!)
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To: molson209

Matthau and Lemmon came to my mind, too, but we need British. O’Toole would have been good.


21 posted on 06/06/2014 1:24:51 PM PDT by beaversmom
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To: DFG

Way to go, Bernie!!!!


22 posted on 06/06/2014 1:25:00 PM PDT by dragonblustar ( Psalm 103, Psalm 37:7, Ephesians 6:12)
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To: DFG

God bless him.


23 posted on 06/06/2014 1:25:19 PM PDT by McGruff (What if I told you your leaders were lying to you?)
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To: DFG

good on him!


24 posted on 06/06/2014 1:28:48 PM PDT by latina4dubya (when i have money i buy books... if i have anything left, i buy 6-inch heels and a bottle of wine...)
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To: DFG

Good for him.

This story made my day.

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25 posted on 06/06/2014 1:30:09 PM PDT by Mears
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To: DFG

God bless that guy LOL!


26 posted on 06/06/2014 1:34:11 PM PDT by SevenofNine (We are Freepers, all your media bases belong to us ,resistance is futile)
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To: AnAmericanMother

That movie been on Ovation TV a lot lately


27 posted on 06/06/2014 1:34:35 PM PDT by SevenofNine (We are Freepers, all your media bases belong to us ,resistance is futile)
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To: DFG

“Bernard Jordan, 89, a former mayor of Hove, sneaked out of The Pines nursing home in Furze Hill yesterday after being told by staff he could not make the trip to Normandy. “

Were they keeping him prisoner?


28 posted on 06/06/2014 1:36:44 PM PDT by dljordan (WhoVoltaire: "To find out who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize.")
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To: gaijin

Weekend At Normandy’s.


29 posted on 06/06/2014 1:39:20 PM PDT by SoCal Pubbie
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To: DFG

Very cool...


30 posted on 06/06/2014 1:40:15 PM PDT by DoughtyOne
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To: JRandomFreeper

Mine too. Good show!


31 posted on 06/06/2014 1:43:04 PM PDT by TADSLOS (The Event Horizon has come and gone. Buckle up and hang on.)
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To: beaversmom

Both Richard Attenborough and David McCallum from the GREAT ESCAPE movie are still alive. Attenborough is 90 don’t know if he is still working but McCallum is. I could see either playing the part.


32 posted on 06/06/2014 1:44:09 PM PDT by nomorelurker
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To: nomorelurker

That just made my day!


33 posted on 06/06/2014 2:03:41 PM PDT by DocJhn
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To: DFG

How can the tell him where and when he can go? He’s not a prisoner, is he?


34 posted on 06/06/2014 2:05:50 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Haven't you lost enough freedoms? Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: DFG

35 posted on 06/06/2014 2:10:07 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: DFG

another successful invasion. good on him!


36 posted on 06/06/2014 2:27:11 PM PDT by sten (fighting tyranny never goes out of style)
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To: Blood of Tyrants

of course they can.

welcome to socialized medicine


37 posted on 06/06/2014 2:29:47 PM PDT by sten (fighting tyranny never goes out of style)
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To: napscoordinator

I THOUGHT THE SAME THING!


38 posted on 06/06/2014 2:55:38 PM PDT by autumnraine
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To: DFG

Brilliant!! God bless Bernard and his lovely wife, Irene.


39 posted on 06/06/2014 2:58:44 PM PDT by blueplum
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To: dljordan

If the Germans could not keep Bernard Jordan on the beach at Normandy, what made these nurses think they could keep him in the Vet home? Age does not affect determination.


40 posted on 06/06/2014 3:10:31 PM PDT by OldBullrider (if yur hurt, rub some dirt on it, and get back to work)
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To: DFG

Awe-inspiring! And I love thess line from the original article:

The mystery was solved when the care home received a phone call from another veteran saying he had met Mr Jordan on a coach on the way to France.

The caller said Mr Jordan would be coming home when he was ready


41 posted on 06/06/2014 3:41:49 PM PDT by Bigg Red (1 Pt 1: As he who called you is holy, be holy yourselves in every aspect of your conduct.)
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To: beaversmom

It would make a wonderful premise for a movie!

**
But, given the slime balls we have making movies today, the story would be ruined.


42 posted on 06/06/2014 3:43:49 PM PDT by Bigg Red (1 Pt 1: As he who called you is holy, be holy yourselves in every aspect of your conduct.)
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To: Bigg Red

thess line = these lines


43 posted on 06/06/2014 3:52:17 PM PDT by Bigg Red (1 Pt 1: As he who called you is holy, be holy yourselves in every aspect of your conduct.)
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It would be just too cool to find out that the old man was a pathfinder and sneaked into Normandy on the Fifth. The nursing home didn’t stand a a chance.


44 posted on 06/06/2014 4:07:03 PM PDT by Holdem Or Foldem (Life isn't fair, so wear a cup.)
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To: DFG

45 posted on 06/06/2014 5:14:45 PM PDT by Justice
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To: Bigg Red

Have to have an english outfit do it. I know a lot of them are liberal, but sometimes they are more endearing and intelligent than the ones over here.


46 posted on 06/06/2014 5:29:54 PM PDT by beaversmom
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To: AnAmericanMother
“Sneaked” is correct. “Snuck” is a Southernism.

You are correct. When I lived in Alabama I heard it all the time and it just sounds right even today. I don't hear it here in Virginia but I have doubts that this is a Southern state anymore, either.

47 posted on 06/06/2014 5:45:39 PM PDT by OldPossum ("It's" is the contraction of "it" and "is"; think about ITS implications.)
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To: Afterguard
Long English tradition of 'deserting to the Front' - thus Gunner Humberstall:

"‘Board or no Board, I ’adn’t the nerve to stay at ’ome—not with Mother chuckin’ ’erself round all three rooms like a rabbit every time the Gothas tried to get Victoria; an’ sister writin’ me aunts four pages about it next day. Not for me, thank you! till the war was over. So I slid out with a draft—they wasn’t particular in ’17, so long as the tally was correct—and I joined up again with our Circus somewhere at the back of Lar Pug Noy, I think it was.’"

- Kipling, "The Janeites"

One of Kipling's late short stories, notable for its sensitive treatment of PTSD (then known as "shell shock"), his use of the artifice of double stories-within-a-story, and his splendid command of dialect. And who else could tell a quite believable story about a former soldier in a Masonic Lodge, telling the narrator about his combat experiences in tandem with a Jane Austen appreciation society in a heavy artillery battery?

48 posted on 06/06/2014 6:11:04 PM PDT by AnAmericanMother (Ecce Crucem Domini, fugite partes adversae. Vicit Leo de Tribu Iuda, Radix David, Alleluia!)
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To: OldPossum
Virginia was never the Deep South, having much too close a connection with D.C. As D.C. became more powerful, Virginia was sucked into its orbit, with predictable results.

SW Virginia is still very Southern, but more Mountainy Southern (like North Georgia and Western Carolina).

49 posted on 06/06/2014 6:23:47 PM PDT by AnAmericanMother (Ecce Crucem Domini, fugite partes adversae. Vicit Leo de Tribu Iuda, Radix David, Alleluia!)
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To: AnAmericanMother

That is true. I never hear what I consider to be a Southern “accent” here in central Virginia, and of course, there is not a whiff of any Southern speech in northern Virginia (a definite Yankee enclave).

Those two areas of Virginia cannot be considered as part of the South, IMHO.

As an aside, when I lived in the True South we never thought of Florida as being a Southern state despite its obvious geographic location. The Panhandle was an exception, we concluded.


50 posted on 06/06/2014 6:58:55 PM PDT by OldPossum ("It's" is the contraction of "it" and "is"; think about ITS implications.)
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