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MSG Glenn
06-04-2010, 03:54 AM
6 June 1944 saw the largest amphibious invasion in history. I've know 3 who were there on that day. One of them , my first 1SG when I enlisted in the Army was with "Easy" Company, 101st Airborne featured on the "Band of Brothers" series. All three of those heroes have gone on to meet their maker. There's a whole bunch of history that will never be published as personal as it is. Bob Wickham (HHC, 101st) spent a night in a culvert all alone after his jump into Normandy, alone & frightened with German troops walking overhead for hours at a time. You'll never read about things like that & very few veterans will even speak about it unless the conditions are exactly right. 1SG Norm Neitzke (Easy Co.) jumped out of his plane just as it exploded. He was the 4th & last jumper to make it out. Nice way to start a war. In one day he earned a Bronze Star, Purple Heart CIB & combat jump star on his jump wings. He, too was alone for most of the night & was nowhere near anything that he had been briefed on, completely lost. Mike Conners came to shore from a landing craft. He & 5 others were the only survivors of that platoon. At the end of the day he was the lone survivor. These Soldiers had no time to mourn the loss of their buddies, the ones they trained & fought with for several years. They were mourning after the war until the day they died.

When you realize that there were more KIA in the first hour at Normandy than the fatalities in the Iraqi & Afghanistan wars combined then you can put the magnitude of that invasion in perspective.

Blue Skies, Heroes! You are not forgotten. Ever.

CWO Sharkey
06-04-2010, 05:06 AM
AFN is showing a whole bunch of D-Day movies on June 6th which of course will include the un-edited version of Saving Private Ryan.

I have a pride being a combat vet of the 101st Airborne Division.

I just finished seeing Gen. Kip Ward.

myAFN - Schedule: Chart View (http://myafn.dodmedia.osd.mil/ScheduleChart.aspx)

All I see on the bases here in Europe are trips this weekend to Normandy. I went there last year before my deployment to Afghanistan. Here are my pics from Normandy.

http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f252/signalwarrant/IMG_0864.jpg

http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f252/signalwarrant/IMG_0865.jpg

http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f252/signalwarrant/IMG_0839.jpg

MSG Glenn
06-04-2010, 07:10 AM
I think the Military Channel or possibly the History Channel on cable TV has a full day of D-Day programming.

CWO Sharkey
06-04-2010, 08:13 AM
roger that. more pics from the trip...

http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f252/signalwarrant/IMG_0867.jpg
http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f252/signalwarrant/IMG_0852-1.jpg
http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f252/signalwarrant/IMG_0871.jpg
http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f252/signalwarrant/IMG_0873.jpg

CWO Sharkey
06-04-2010, 08:14 AM
http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f252/signalwarrant/IMG_0863-1.jpg
http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f252/signalwarrant/IMG_0862-1.jpg
http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f252/signalwarrant/IMG_0853-1.jpg

matt
06-04-2010, 08:25 AM
I have the pleasure of visiting Normandy a couple of years ago. There is a lot of history there, not just from D-Day. You can still see signs of the invasion all over the place.

Omaha Beach:
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/photos-ak-sf2p/v188/223/69/44104426/n44104426_31562972_1497.jpg
One of the exits off of Omaha:
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/photos-ak-sf2p/v188/223/69/44104426/n44104426_31562962_8019.jpg
Bunker:
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/photos-ak-sf2p/v188/223/69/44104426/n44104426_31562963_8349.jpg
View from a bunker:
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/photos-ak-sf2p/v188/223/69/44104426/n44104426_31562968_51.jpg

matt
06-04-2010, 08:26 AM
The famous church in St. Mere Eglise. A paratrooper was unfortunate enough to get hung up on the church.
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/photos-ak-sf2p/v188/223/69/44104426/n44104426_31563056_7861.jpg

Point Du Hoc
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/photos-ak-sf2p/v188/223/69/44104426/n44104426_31563018_6793.jpg

Memorial to some Easy Co. 506th Paratroopers and Pilots whose plane was shot down, including 1Lt. Meehan the then CO.
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/photos-ak-sf2p/v188/223/69/44104426/n44104426_31563063_4550.jpg6

Brecourt Manor, this is the field where LT. Winters let his assault to knock out the German Gun.
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/photos-ak-sf2p/v188/223/69/44104426/n44104426_31563070_8776.jpg

matt
06-04-2010, 08:26 AM
The actual Manor:
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/photos-ak-sf2p/v188/223/69/44104426/n44104426_31563075_7714.jpg

Road to Carentan:
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/photos-ak-sf2p/v188/223/69/44104426/n44104426_31563078_7145.jpg

matt
06-04-2010, 08:28 AM
Nice pictures Chief. All of the American Cemeteries in Europe are extremely nice and maintained really well.

MSG Glenn
06-04-2010, 09:54 AM
Thanks for posting those pics Chief & Matt!

Exo1
06-04-2010, 12:18 PM
Great posts guys, thank you for that, and yes, gone but never forgotten... they gave all so we could embrace freedoms grace... there sacrafice will never be forgotten!!..

CWO Sharkey
06-05-2010, 05:01 AM
you are welcome Matt

ArmyGirl4ever
06-06-2010, 05:19 AM
Amazing pics! Thanks so much for sharing!

Here is the Army's link for their D-day info...D-Day June 6, 1944 (http://www.army.mil/d-day/)

I am spending time today teaching my kids about what happened 66 years ago. Though I am proud of my boys because they always want to learn about wars past so this is nothing new for them.

CWO Sharkey
06-06-2010, 07:02 AM
awesome armywomanwifeforever lol. truly a day of remembrance.

CWO Sharkey
06-06-2010, 07:03 AM
armytimes article

Pointe du Hoc facelift preserving site, for now - Army News, news from Iraq, - Army Times (http://www.armytimes.com/news/2010/06/ap_d_day_anniversary_pointe_du_hoc_060610/)

Nightflyer
06-06-2010, 07:47 AM
Wow! thanks Top for sharing you're story. awesome pics. Thank you guys.

Exo1
06-06-2010, 11:43 AM
*2, thanks guys, great stories and pics...

expressmart
03-28-2011, 07:41 PM
thanks its cool

Exo1
03-29-2011, 08:48 AM
6 June 1944 saw the largest amphibious invasion in history. I've know 3 who were there on that day. One of them , my first 1SG when I enlisted in the Army was with "Easy" Company, 101st Airborne featured on the "Band of Brothers" series. All three of those heroes have gone on to meet their maker. There's a whole bunch of history that will never be published as personal as it is. Bob Wickham (HHC, 101st) spent a night in a culvert all alone after his jump into Normandy, alone & frightened with German troops walking overhead for hours at a time. You'll never read about things like that & very few veterans will even speak about it unless the conditions are exactly right. 1SG Norm Neitzke (Easy Co.) jumped out of his plane just as it exploded. He was the 4th & last jumper to make it out. Nice way to start a war. In one day he earned a Bronze Star, Purple Heart CIB & combat jump star on his jump wings. He, too was alone for most of the night & was nowhere near anything that he had been briefed on, completely lost. Mike Conners came to shore from a landing craft. He & 5 others were the only survivors of that platoon. At the end of the day he was the lone survivor. These Soldiers had no time to mourn the loss of their buddies, the ones they trained & fought with for several years. They were mourning after the war until the day they died.

When you realize that there were more KIA in the first hour at Normandy than the fatalities in the Iraqi & Afghanistan wars combined then you can put the magnitude of that invasion in perspective.

Blue Skies, Heroes! You are not forgotten. Ever.

Great write up Top... couldnt agree more.... the saved the free world literally and figuratively speaking...and thanks to them we have had the honour of growing up as free men and serving in the Armies of the free world....