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  • Thank you for posting this. My grandfather was a glider pilot in the D-Day invasion and I am thankful that he is still living today. I think it is important that Americans never forget this incredible generation of military service people.

  • Thanks for posting this, PoP. Anyone interested in great books about what sacrifices were made on our behalf should read: Unbroken (by Laura Hillenbrand) or With the Old Breed (by Eugene Sledge). Both have powerful stories about the Pacific theater in particular, but they capture what soldiers and Marines were doing during the war in general.

    • I’ve found these three books on the Normandy D-Day landings best:

      Cross-Channel Attack: United States Army in World War II and the European Theater of Operations by Gordon Harrison (1951)

      The Struggle for Europe by Chester Wilmott, a fine Australian War Correspondent who died so young at 42 just two years after the publishing of his book in 1952

      Victory In The West Volume I: The Battle Of Normandy by British Major L. F. Ellis (1962)

      Of course there’s the more popular The Longest Day by Cornelius Ryan (1959) which was made into the star-studded 1962 war film of the same name, and the over publicized D-Day June 6, 1944 by Stephen Ambrose (1995), both of which are more oral history based accounts of assembled interviews than military history.

      It’s noteworthy that this White House continues absent without any statement, not a single word on the passing of yet another 6th of June, this the 68th anniversary of the greatest armada ever assembled in the history of the world in such a valiant victory, milestone defense of freedom and the Allied liberation of Europe.

      In that absence here’s one who always remembered, and in 1984 spoke at Normandy at the site “the boys of Pointe de Huc” took the cliffs, Ronald Reagan in his own words:



  • Never forgetting those who went before us, making my husband’s service seem so easy. What those men must have seen and felt in the service to our Nation, we will never be able to comprehend.

  • pablo .raw

    I was impressed with PBS Documentary “The War” directed by Ken Burns. I learned a lot watching it.

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