This is what I would like to see on the news. I read through all of the posts. One Hell of a generation. People took pride in thier country. We quickly mobilized into an Industrious powerhouse. I love it.
Our younger generations have to wonder if we could keep up, let alone run with that gereation in it prime......
very good clip. my grandpa was in the Air Force during WWII, spent over a year as a p.o.w. in a jap p.o.w. camp before escaping. Would not eat oat meal or look at it, because they were forced to eat an oatmeal like cereal with maggots in it daily. Just wish he could have done this before he passed.
This is fantastic to see. Though it saddens me to remind me that we are a nation running out of heroes. As many young men go and do great things, more pass every day than are made. The only sadder thing is to imagine what would happen if those same events were had with the people around today. Thank you for posting this.
wished my father could have ssen, he died 2 years ago. Three days after he turned 19 he landed on the beach of the island of Saipan, right at the begining of the battle. It was just a little under 2 years before his death that he ever spoke of his experience, to me and his gramdson. I surmisize not because of the shrapnel penetrating his helment and being lodged in his brain (from the Jap bomb bursting in the palms) and that he crawled back hemiplegic to have the shrapnel pulled out. No it was the shame he felt for being one of the 1000 to survive out of a 100K of men, and his fellow soldirs who died. After 3 years plus of rehab, he went on to get a PHD in physics on the GI bill. He recived a purple heart for which little was spoke of. I am to this day grateful for his service and survival, and thank every serviceman I see, And appreciate the time the young marines took to give him a three gun salute ply taps and present my mother with the flag! For all who have served and are serving there are those of us who will always respect, admire and appreciate you service and dedication; THANK YOU
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: TOPO-sniper</div><div class="ubbcode-body">My father's oldest brother was a B-17 gunner in Europe, he's almost 90 and did this late last year. Great experience. It was the first time he had flown in a plane since his 50th mission in the Flying Fortress over 65 years earlier. You know that f-ed you up when you choose to drive anywhere you go the rest of your adult life. I asked him about that when I was young and he told me matter-of-factly: I used up all my luck over Germany, now I drive.
Talk about a generation of heros, they just did what they did because it needed done.</div></div>
my grandfather told me when i was younger that "i was not supposed to come back, all my friends didnt make it" I wish i had spoke to him more about his experiences flying bombers and later, P38's in northern africa, italy and on D day
his P38 was sabotaged with a atmospheric thermite bomb that was placed in the cockpit. he crash landed somewhere in italy.
he suffered massive burns to his legs and lower torso because he refused to eject, as his bombadier/gunner could not get out of his position. so he took the plane down and crash landed all the while being burned.
Thanks for posting that. WE all should be thankful, not only for the post but for all serving today. I currently have 2 sons deployed and support this country to the fullest. Thanks to all who have ever served this county I personally APPRECIATE ALL OF YOU!!!!!!!!!!
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: redirt78</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Woo, if watching that doesn't take your breath then you need a new country. Very cool to bring them together like that. </div></div>
Your breath, your pride, and anything else you thought you had, its gone now, it simply does not add to what those guys have done. That video is moving, touches the soul. These are some great people that made history in the best way history can be made. I stand humble against such stature.
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: BravoSector1</div><div class="ubbcode-body">We'll never fully understand...we'll never know. We can only hope that the lessons learned then, and now, are not forgotten...for the sake of the next generation.</div></div>
I often feel very out of place with my generation and wish I had been born half a century earlier. It often seems so many have forgot or just don't care.
Reminds me of my great uncle, he stormed the beach at Normandy, didnt meet his son till he was 3 yrs old. He passed away a few months ago. One of the most humble men ive ever known. Married to the same woman for 70 years. Said they never had a cross word and i believe him.
Awesome post. It's nice to see veterans being honored. It's makes my blood boil to see organizations like code pink disrespect those who serve. They call Afghanistan and Iraq unpopular wars because the media shows the gray area of war. If they want to hate the war, that's one thing, but don't take it out troops.
Thanks Chiller that was good. Like the Ted gundy video it brings tears to my eyes.
God it's sad to see them withering away like that though. As i said before and i'll say it again, best generation of men and women this country has seen IMO. I'm one of the lucky few to have known a couple of vets from WWII, and it's been one of the greatest privileges of my life.
That was very inspiring! Although my father never served in WW II (enlisted in the USAF in 1947), my uncle did, surviving countless kamikaze attacks in the Western Pacific. My father-in-law survived 66 missions as a B-25 pilot in North Africa, Italy, and southern Europe. The three of them are my heros. The least we can do is honor these great men that rose up to take on evil at its core. They gifted us and the free World with liberty and freedom from oppression. They are truly the Greatest Generation. Their gift to us should never be taken for granted and their accomplishments captured and shared for generations to come.
God bless them all and all those who serve our great country!
We just had a sendoff here in Bakersfield for 22 Vets on an Honor Flight this morning. They will be meeting up with Jeremy Staat and Wesley Barrientos as they conclude their "Wall to Wall" bike ride across America that started here in Bakersfield as well. Pretty awesome stuff.