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Old 06-06-19, 10:19 PM
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Who is the only President of the United States to receive a Purple Heart?
The answer is real easy.
What about the Medal of Honor (here's a hint; his son got one too)? As far as I know, no movie has been made.
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Old 06-06-19, 11:29 PM
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Teddy R got one, not so sure about his son.
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Old 06-07-19, 05:20 AM
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Teddy R got one, not so sure about his son.


Theodore Roosevelt Jr .received a MOH for his actions of directing the troops on the Normandy beach head ~
he was the only 'command' officer to go ashore with the troops on D-Day in a landing craft in the 1st wave.

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For gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty on 6 June 1944, in France. After two verbal requests to accompany the leading assault elements in the Normandy invasion had been denied, Brig. Gen. Roosevelt's written request for this mission was approved and he landed with the first wave of the forces assaulting the enemy-held beaches. He repeatedly led groups from the beach, over the seawall and established them inland. His valor, courage, and presence in the very front of the attack and his complete unconcern at being under heavy fire inspired the troops to heights of enthusiasm and self-sacrifice. Although the enemy had the beach under constant direct fire, Brig. Gen. Roosevelt moved from one locality to another, rallying men around him, directed and personally led them against the enemy. Under his seasoned, precise, calm, and unfaltering leadership, assault troops reduced beach strong points and rapidly moved inland with minimum casualties. He thus contributed substantially to the successful establishment of the beachhead in France
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Old 06-07-19, 05:32 AM
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What about the Medal of Honor (here's a hint; his son got one too)? As far as I know, no movie has been made.
Henry Fonda played TR Jr. in "The Longest Day".

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Brig. Gen. Theodore Roosevelt Jr.: As best I can figure it, we're on the wrong beach. The control boat must have been confused by the smoke from the naval bombardment. They landed us about a mile and a quarter south of where we were supposed to land. We should be up there.

Col. Caffey: I agree with you, but what are we gonna do now? Our reinforcements and heavy equipment will be approaching in a very few minutes. What happens if they land at the right beach?

Brig. Gen. Theodore Roosevelt Jr.: The reinforcements will have to follow us wherever we are. We're starting the war from right here. Head inland. We're going inland.

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A Mini-Series was a made about TR's Rough Riders (Titled the same)


For the youngsters...

Roosevelt's Rough Riders was....
A: An all volunteer cavalry group
B: The charge up San Juan Hill was on foot (sans horses) ~ most of the horses and pack animals
were left back in the States, there wasn't room on the ship.

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Old 06-07-19, 06:50 AM
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Theodore Roosevelt Jr .received a MOH for his actions of directing the troops on the Normandy beach head ~
he was the only 'command' officer to go ashore with the troops on D-Day in a landing craft.
And he did it with a game leg.
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Old 06-07-19, 08:41 AM
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Excerpts: "Honor The Brave" by Victor Brooks




I took a head count and there were only eleven of us
left, from the thirty on the craft.
~ A Sergeant recounting the D-Day landing

We yelled to the crew to take us in, we would rather
fight than drown. As the ramp dropped we were hit by
machine gun and rifle fire.I yelled to get ready to
swim and fight.
~ A Sergeant on the landing at Omaha beach on D-Day


The whole theory of mobility that we had been taught,
of our racing across the battlefield, seemed to have
gone up in smoke.
~ American Corporal in Normandy 1944

PS: the dust cover is from the painting by Norman Rockwell "To Make Men Free" (1943)

It depicted all the wars which the United States fought from the Revolutionary to her entry into WWII.


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Old 06-07-19, 09:10 AM
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Why D-Day Still Matters

From The Saturday Evening Post featured in the May/June 2019 issue

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Dead and Those About to Die: D-Day: The Big Red One at Omaha Beach with these words: “Desperate. Hellish. Disastrous. Catastrophic. Traumatic. Shocking. Bloody. Anyone who was at Omaha Beach on June 6, 1944 … is likely to have used one or more of those powerful words to describe it. At Omaha Beach, the stakes were so high, and the fighting so bitter, that the very name involves something legendary, even iconic.”

McManus reminds us that continuing to explore the events around that invasion reveals much about what has shaped our role in wars to come. With the help of years of research and personal interviews with those who fought, the author shares his thoughts with the Post’s West Coast editor.
https://www.saturdayeveningpost.com/...still-matters/

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Old 06-10-19, 08:37 AM
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"I'd like to tell you something about the beach...
if I knew the right words.As you lie on top of the cliff
looking down over the miles of white sand and water almost
as blue a Bermuda and the sun warm and clear. To go swimming
in that water and to lie in that sand were experiences long
to be meminisced. You forget, at a time like that, that the
water is probably mined in places, that there are still Germans
on that pretty little island that lies about six miles off
shore, that along the road where you walked down to the beach
a man was blown to death just a few short days ago.
Then there is another sensation which comes later as you prowl
through the deserted German dugout where the Nazis sat and
waited for D-Day to come. That is the sensation of fear. The
piles of ammunition which have been collected - all of it
deadly stuff that I want no part of. And I say prayers that
when Hallowell and Antonelli throw hand grenades that all may
be duds. The good Lord heard my prayers and they were duds.
The German trenches which they had fortified against the
invasion. The coops where in which they kept their police dogs
to be used in coastal defense, like those I saw on peaceful
Nantucket this time last year. The rounds and rounds of shell
fire stored away, but also with that not-yet-de-booby-trapped
look and I didn't want to linger one little bit. And I shall
try to tell you what I thought about as we rode along the
dusty roads of France that sunny Sunday morning. The French
people in their well worn clothes on their way to church.
The church in one town we went through which had been just
about cut in half and still the steeple stood. The cathedral
at Coustances - or is a cathedral? And why don't I know more
about the places I am seeing? And you realized the eternal
wrongness of war. God made the countryside green and beautiful
and even when men insist on tearing it up with shells and
bombs and flak, God goes right to work on healing the wounds;
and the grass and the flowers grow there and the trees spread
their boughs to cover the open places."

~ Anne McCaughey
a U. S. Army Red Cross aide on Utah beach: August 15, 1944

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Aug. 15, 1944...

Brittany has been secured / Patton's 3rd Army is rolling
in the 'breakout'...

... All German forces west of the Allied lines were now
dead or in captivity estimated 100,000 German troops escaped;
up to 50,000 German POW's taken / apx. 10,000 dead.
344 tanks and self-propelled guns, 252 artillery pieces were
abandoned and/or destroyed as well as 2,500 soft-skinned vehicles
(trucks/staff cars/Kübelwagens)

By the 25th August all 4 Allied armies (1st Canadian, 2nd British,
1st & 3rd U.S) involved in the Normandy campaign were at the river Seine.

a Kübelwagen (VW would sell in later years as "Thing" 1973-74)


Aug. 15, 1944...
Operation Dragoon commenced / Invasion of Southern France
one of the units involved here was the 3rd Infantry Division


As a part of this action Staff Sgt. Audie Murphy (3rd Inf.Div)...

Awarded the Distinguished Service Cross For action on 15 August 1944,
Headquarters, Seventh U.S. Army, General Orders No. 21 (1945).
~ The Nation's 2nd highest Valor award.

Awarded for: Extraordinary heroism not justifying the Medal of Honor; and the act or acts of heroism must have
been so notable and have involved risk of life so extraordinary as to set the individual apart from his or her comrades.

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After landing on Yellow Beach near Ramatuelle, Murphy's platoon was making its way through a vineyard when the men were attacked by German soldiers. He retrieved a machine gun that had been detached from the squad and returned fire at the German soldiers, killing two and wounding one. Two Germans exited a house about 100 yards (91 m) away and appeared to surrender; when Murphy's best friend responded, they shot and killed him. Murphy advanced alone on the house under direct fire. He killed six, wounded two and took 11 prisoners.
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Old 06-10-19, 04:25 PM
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Pretty sure Kilroy was there. At least, Dad says so...

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Old 06-21-19, 08:41 AM
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Interesting background to the film~The Longest Day



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