Today is the 75th Anniversary

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  1. USMCDOC

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    The greatest Naval incursion in military history by the greatest generation in American history! We must never forget their sacrifice!
     
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    If those soldier could come back today they’d cry. Still, they did the right thing and we must never forget the supreme sacrifice too many gave.
     
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    It was nice to see our President give these troops the respect they deserve on this great day!
     
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    I stand in aw of their bravery and sacrifice it literally gives me the shivers! Thank you to no doubt the “greatest generation”
     
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    My grandfather was one of the guys that stormed the beaches on D-Day at 29 years old. It still amazes me what he went through and he always said that joining the military in his late 20's was his responsibility because this country had given him such great opportunities and he thought it his duty to return the favor. I'm grateful that he survived several large battles over the 3.5 years he spent over there. He had many close calls, but had he not made it I wouldn't be around today. As a result of all of the horrors of war, he never talked much about what took place. We got the occasional story from him, but only a couple. He never talked about it, and I can't blame him. Being a Doctor myself now, I'm fairly certain that he and many others suffered from PTSD, but was never diagnosed, because it wasn't a thing back then.

    He has been gone now since 2005 and he was forever greatful and humble to have 4 children, 10 grand children, and several great grand children by the time he passed. I could write a book about everything he went through his entire life starting with loosing his mom at 3 and dad at 5, 7 of his 9 siblings at a young age, and his wife in his late 40's. When I think I have it tough, I think of him and realize that he had it much worse than many people and was able to climb through all the crap and come out on the other end a better man. I will be forever grateful for everything he did!
     
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    My Grandfather was in a forced labor camp in Germany. If it wasn't for the great effort by all I wouldn't be here.
     
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    Bless those that have gone before us.. i just hope that we have not let them down!
     
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    I don't believe its an exaggeration to say that a bunch of 17 to 20 year olds saved the human race from enslavement. God Bless those soldiers and their sacrifice - may be never forget.
     
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    downloadfile-33.jpeg That was my Uncles view, from his office.
    At 17 years old, he was a Navy Coxswain.
    His duties included delivering countless friends
    to that horrific environment.
    There are no words to describe their Bravery and Sacrifice . I Know what it has done to His life, all those years ago.
    He is still here with us today.
    I Thank Uncle Joe, and All who serve
     
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    With out doubt, OUR GREATEST GENERATION. GOD BLESS THEM.

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    This is exactly the same story about my grandfather. The greatest generation is not a misquote.
     
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    None are a match to those that fought on those beaches! God Bless Them All
     
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    I am going to state something here that is pure speculation, however, it goes to show the incredible importance of D-Day. What may have happened, if America did not enter the European theater? I believe Germany would have eventually defeated England. They may have temporarily called off the war with Russia in order to re-group. Re-grouping would have taken into account that Germany would now be in charge of almost ALL of Europe. Sooner or later Germany, which would now be almost all Europe, would begin to flex it's military muscle, with Hitler STILL in charge! What would happen after that would be anyone's guess! But America, with GREAT foresight, decided to enter the war. The genesis of the D-Day invasion was born out of the concept that America and Americans could do ANYTHING we put our collective minds to accomplish! It was the planning and determination, formed from that notion, that D-Day was what was necessary to ultimately win the war, thus stopping the most vicious and real threat to the freedom of the western world! It was American ingenuity and personal inner strength that set the stage for the inevitable fall of Hitler! Those young men gave everything they had WILLINGLY to stop that horrible threat to mankind! They truly were The Greatest Generation!
     
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    I truly believe they are this nation's greatest generation. They are my hero's. The WW2 Marines were the ones that I strived to be like when I was in the Marine Corps. I also truly believe that the left wing nut jobs of today are spitting on their sacrifice. And they don't realize that the freedoms they have because of the WW2 generation. Their sacrifice is what I think about when I hear the left talk. Not just the men that fought, but the way the whole country acted and did what needed to be done to defeat the evils that were trying to take over this world. Socialism and other left wing propaganda makes me think of Nazi Germany. I do not understand how they are not tried for treason. If we could bring that great generation back today, they would not recognize their country. I wonder if today the US would step up and do what they did back during WW2. Or if we were invaded if today's youth would fight or just conform.
     
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    My son graduated from high school yesterday. The Star Spangled Banner was played to a quiet and respectful audience. After the national anthem, the principal said some words of encouragement to the 292 graduates but did not forget it was the 75th anniversary of that historic day. He talked of sacrifice and duty and how us sitting there together in celebration was a result of those that came before us. Later on towards the end of the ceremony he named each graduate that is planning on going to the service. He had them stand and be counted to the applause of all that were in attendance.

    As a former Seabee and son of a WW2 dad, I sometimes get bogged down in what I see and hear on a daily basis as I am inundated with negativity, but yesterday evening it was reinforced to me that there is still hope. It made me proud to be there. The message was clear for those who still listen.

    All gave some, some gave all.
     
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    My grandpa and his brother didn't talk about the war. My grandpa was in the Pacific, his brother liberated Dachau. My grandpa said when they were reunited, he didn't know his brother anymore. My great uncle as I knew him was a very reserved and quiet man. As an adult, I can look back and infer why.

    The psychological scars and profound damage that war caused to everyone is hard to grasp. I am proud of them all and profoundly sad about the sacrifice that was made.

    I really appreciate that saying "All gave some, some gave all" and I'd add to it this one "No one returned. They all left something behind"
     
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