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WWII Fighter Ace reunited with his P-51 (Good D-Day remembrance/Kleenex alert)
GrayEagles.org ^ | Chris Woods

Posted on 06/06/2010 3:07:52 PM PDT by bkopto

A film commemorating the WWII generation of soldiers, and in particular, a P-51 fighter pilot, who are slowly passing on.


TOPICS: Extended News
KEYWORDS: hero; mustang; p51; wwii

1 posted on 06/06/2010 3:07:52 PM PDT by bkopto
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To: bkopto

This is a good time for the people living in this country to ask themselves if we deserve what these Americans did for us.


2 posted on 06/06/2010 3:10:09 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer ("A Republic, If You Can Keep It" - Benjamin Franklin)
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To: bkopto

3 posted on 06/06/2010 3:10:27 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country! What else needs said?)
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To: bkopto

Thank you. This is an awesome video that I’ve saved since I received it months ago. It reminds me of my father who was a veteran of WWII (CBI).

Many of us are left with just our memories of our beloved heroes.


4 posted on 06/06/2010 3:10:52 PM PDT by ExTexasRedhead (Clean the RAT/RINO Sewer in 2010 and 2012)
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To: bkopto

Great stuff.

My dad, B-17 lead pilot with the 8th AAF, is still with us. I will share.

Thanks.


5 posted on 06/06/2010 3:25:30 PM PDT by SteveH (First they ignore you. Then they laugh at you. Then they fight you. Then you win.)
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To: bkopto

Man that is a tear jerking video and it would not matter if it was a P-51 or something else.


6 posted on 06/06/2010 3:33:02 PM PDT by valkyry1
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To: bkopto
My Dad is still with us. He was showing me a couple weeks ago the photos he took when MacArthur “returned” to the Philippines. He has some amazing photos that have never been made public.
7 posted on 06/06/2010 3:34:47 PM PDT by Kirkwood
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To: FlingWingFlyer
This is a good time for the people living in this country to ask themselves if we deserve what these Americans did for us

A slightly more useful way of putting that might be:

This is a good time for the people living in this country to ask themselves what we can do to deserve what this Americans did for us, and to insure that their sacrifices were not in vain.

8 posted on 06/06/2010 3:35:37 PM PDT by El Gato ("The second amendment is the reset button of the US constitution"-Doug McKay)
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To: bkopto

As a Mustang Fanatic I must have been cuttin onions again.....I Got to sit on the seat frame of a Scale Replica Stang’ at a major airshow as a real one and a P-38 taxied by, man I am blessed.


9 posted on 06/06/2010 3:36:28 PM PDT by taildragger ((Palin / Mulally 2012 ))
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You can’t post videos like that any more. It makes my screen blurry.


10 posted on 06/06/2010 3:39:21 PM PDT by Lancer_N3502A
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To: bkopto

What an absolutely great production...Very well done...

I am very glad those grandkids got to experience that in a way that will carry on what their grandfather did for ALL of us and our future...

I hope we can honor those sacrifices, by protecting those sacrifices...


11 posted on 06/06/2010 3:45:35 PM PDT by stevie_d_64 (I'm jus' sayin')
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A wonderful tribute to a remarkable machine, and to a man who certainly exemplifies the greatest generation!


12 posted on 06/06/2010 3:50:59 PM PDT by NCDragon (If you can't stand behind the troops, try standing in front of them!)
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13 posted on 06/06/2010 3:57:32 PM PDT by ErnBatavia (It's not the Obama Administration....it's the "Obama Regime".)
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To: bkopto
Thank You that was riveting.
14 posted on 06/06/2010 4:01:56 PM PDT by Cheetahcat (Zero the Wright kind of Racist! We are in a state of War with Democrats)
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To: bkopto

Truly inspiring.


15 posted on 06/06/2010 4:07:35 PM PDT by bitterohiogunclinger (America held hostage - day 393)
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In the movie "The Big Red One" there is a scene on the beach where Lee Marvin is calling numbers - the soldiers drew lots - for who was next to try to advance the explosives. These guys would run out one at a time after seeing each man before get cut down. The reality of that is incredibly sobering.

When I watch films like "Saving Private Ryan" and the "Band of Brothers" series that depict WWII combat accurately I marvel. Those men knew - they knew - that they were probably going to die. And yet they went.

God bless them and keep them.

16 posted on 06/06/2010 4:15:10 PM PDT by 70times7 (Serving Free Republics' warped and obscure humor needs since 1999!)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

Simply wonderful...thank you


17 posted on 06/06/2010 4:16:25 PM PDT by SpitfyrAce
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To: Kirkwood
 
 
Would that photo collection happen to have a shot of a sign that was tore down just prior to 'the return' that said
 
With the help of God and a few Marines
We made it safe in the Philippines
for MacArthur
 
If you do, would love to have a JPG of that one.
 
 

18 posted on 06/06/2010 4:17:15 PM PDT by lapsus calami (What's that stink? Code Pink ! ! And their buddy Murtha, too!)
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To: SpitfyrAce

You’re welcome and thank you.


19 posted on 06/06/2010 4:18:38 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer ("Bush made me do it!" - Barack Hussein Obama)
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To: Lancer_N3502A
You can’t post videos like that any more. It makes my screen blurry.

It must be an allergic reaction; I had the same symptoms plus my nose started running.

20 posted on 06/07/2010 9:30:59 AM PDT by dearolddad
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To: bkopto
Great story and video. Thanks for sharing it. My brother owns a PT-22 Ryan he just finished restoring. When he was polishing the fuselage he found where pilot cadets who flew the trainer had etched their names and or initials on the aircraft. Makes you wonder what aircraft they flew after basic flight training, what did they fly after basic primary and went on to fly combat in the war, did they survive and are any of them living today. My brother is attempting to find out but it may be impossible to obtain the original log books.

I always wanted to be a fighter pilot but had a heart murmur so jet flight was out. I did the next best thing and worked flight simulators and weapons trainers for the F/A-18 Hornet working for Hughes Aircraft company, culminating in training pilots up and through the gulf war. I did some training sorties operating the simulator for Scott Spiker "Spike" who was the first F/A-18 Navy Pilot shot down in 1991 and did not return home. That was twenty years ago and seems like yesterday. Young men are still training everyday for combat and flying fighters into harms way overseas day and night to protect our freedom still. Pray for them and their families.

21 posted on 06/07/2010 8:58:07 PM PDT by Mat_Helm
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