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Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
Topic Author's Original Post - Jun 6, 2014 - 11:27am PT
I've done some scary climbs but don't think I can imagine what it was like for a teenage kid to be in a vomit filled Higgens boat headed for Omaha Beach. They had to perform or die, and saw horrors that nobody should while doing so.

A friend of mine is in Normandy for the ceremonies, and wants to check out the cliffs our boys batmanned up at Point Du Hoc.
Looks like the weather is much nicer on this 70th anniversary.


Hats off to the greatest generation. I would never have had the wonderful life that I have enjoyed were it not for their courage and sacrifice.
How many kids these days even have a clue as too how much blood was spilled for the freedoms that they take for granted.

(ok, end of geezer rant)
Dave Kos

Social climber
Temecula
Jun 6, 2014 - 11:33am PT
Most kids today have played so much Call of Duty that they know the details of every battle in WWII, from the perspective of all sides.

Of course many of them don't comprehend that all of it really happened.



The water chute up the center goes at 5.6
pyro

Big Wall climber
Calabasas
Jun 6, 2014 - 11:37am PT
both my grandpa's did the deed for d day.
my uncle did an even bigger deed by fly'n the b24 and b17 over france at the time..uncle bruno didnt make it thru some akak..

happy doughnut day!
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Jun 6, 2014 - 11:46am PT
Today's LA Times tells the story of a lad who stepped off the LC ramp and went straight to the bottom with 90 pounds of gear on. He managed to wriggle out of his gear and make it to the
beach. That is known as making it out of the frying pan and into the fire. My dad did that at Guadalcanal. That wasn't as hotly contested on the beach but it wasn't exactly beach blanket bingo, either.
Mungeclimber

Trad climber
Nothing creative to say
Jun 6, 2014 - 12:03pm PT
thx Toker for the Du Hoc reference


from Wikipedia...



2 days after





Demo of type of ladders used.
neversummer

climber
30 mins. from suicide USA
Jun 6, 2014 - 12:04pm PT
Credit: neversummer
Seamstress

Trad climber
Yacolt, WA
Jun 6, 2014 - 12:09pm PT
Found myself tearing up on the morning drive in, listening to D Day memories. From the father-in-law who was liberated, to my mom's friend who endured bobings in Nazi Germany and deep shame for her nation when migrated to the US with a GI husband, this war was very real. Changed history. Salute.
guyman

Social climber
Moorpark, CA.
Jun 6, 2014 - 01:23pm PT
We all owe far more then we can ever repay.

Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Jun 6, 2014 - 01:24pm PT
Day of days....when thousands, mostly boys, rose to the occasion when their country, and indeed the world, asked so much of them.....and by their actions, they became men....and those men saved the world from evil.

May we never forget.......

Credit: Cragman

Tami

Social climber
Canada
Jun 6, 2014 - 01:29pm PT
THanks to all who continue to serve...
clinker

Trad climber
Santa Cruz, California
Jun 6, 2014 - 01:35pm PT

Hats off to the greatest generation. I would never have had the wonderful life that I have enjoyed were it not for their courage and sacrifice.
How many kids these days even have a clue as too how much blood was spilled for the freedoms that they take for granted.

(ok, end of geezer rant)

Rant on Toker and may we never forget.
Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 6, 2014 - 02:11pm PT
The bitch about Du Hoc was that the guns had already been moved and replaced with dummy pipes.
Most of the mortar grappling hooks failed because they hadn't prevented the ropes from getting wet in the crossing, and nobody had factored in the heavier weight. Less than half reached the top.

It was totally sketched out, but somehow they topped out and fought off the emplaced and fortified germans.

There were a few skilled german MG42 gunners over on Omaha that accounted for hundreds of casualties each!

What carnage! But we actually did worse to the Iraqies hauling home booty from Kuwait on "the road of death". Fish in a barrel.

Too bad the amphibious tanks flubbed. (Or should I say blub blub)

Who was the officer that said, "Gentlemen, we are being killed on the beach. Let us move inland and be killed there."?
GDavis

Social climber
SOL CAL
Jun 6, 2014 - 02:32pm PT
Rick A

climber
Boulder, Colorado
Jun 6, 2014 - 03:12pm PT
My Dad went across the channel around the end of June 1944, part of the Third Armored Division, 1st Army. He was a second lieutenant in charge of moving wounded tankers from the front to field hospitals via stretcher, jeep, and 3/4 ton truck ambulances.

Hard to imagine the suffering he must have seen.





donini

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Jun 6, 2014 - 03:15pm PT
Heard about the preparations and tried to inlist but, even though I was a big 10 month old, they turned me down.
gunsmoke

Mountain climber
Clackamas, Oregon
Jun 6, 2014 - 03:24pm PT
Hard for those us born after the war was long over to imagine what they faced. Too bad that the Google logo is silent about this day, just as it was for the 60th anniversary a decade ago. By the next decade anniversary there will be almost no survivors left.
guyman

Social climber
Moorpark, CA.
Jun 6, 2014 - 03:36pm PT
Who was the officer that said, "Gentlemen, we are being killed on the beach. Let us move inland and be killed there."?

Norman Cota .... A leader of men.
Sierra Ledge Rat

Mountain climber
Old and Broken Down in Appalachia
Jun 6, 2014 - 03:39pm PT
Not many people understand what it feels like to be sent on a mission that it surely suicide.

While there is some nervousness, there is also a profound acceptance of your own impending death. You can't understand that unless you've felt it yourself.
mtnyoung

Trad climber
Twain Harte, California
Jun 6, 2014 - 05:12pm PT
On June 4th, 1944, Rome fell to American forces breaking out from Anzio.

On June 15th, 1944 American Marines stormed ashore at Saipan in the Pacific (also called then, as was every amphibious assault of the time "D-Day").

All during June 1944, British and American forces were fighting the Imphal/Kohima battles and striking toward central Burma.

On June 22, 1944, the Red Army launched Operation Bagration (timed to be on the fourth anniversary of the German invasion) which eventually gutted the German Army Group Center.

So much concentrated fighting during that time, and all the then-Western Allies celebrate in a big way now is the invasion of Normandy.

That doesn't seem necessarily inappropriate, but to those of us who study history, it does seem a little odd. I suppose that "D-Day" has come to be the one overriding symbol of that war, and of what one of America's greatest generations did.

Thank goodness we do at least that.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Jun 6, 2014 - 06:10pm PT
Estimates vary, but at this point there may be fewer than 5,000 living people who could tell you what it was actually like to land or parachute into Normandy on D-Day, according to the National World War II Museum in New Orleans.

Which means the rest of us, on the 70th anniversary Friday, have to get our impressions of that bloody, momentous day when 156,000 Allied soldiers landed on the beaches of France from a different theater of war: the movies.

http://www.northjersey.com/arts-and-entertainment/movies/on-d-day-s-70th-the-longest-day-other-movies-provide-a-sense-of-the-moment-1.1029710

In 1960 I read Cornelius Ryan's book, The Longest Day. Two years later I saw the movie, which had The Duke, among others, in the cast. And let's don't forget the TV series, Combat. All three shaped my view of the invasion and the aftermath.

It was very satisfying to see the movie Saving Private Ryan managed a more humane perspective while still making oodles of money. I saw it twice on the big screen. Hats off to Spielberg.

And a salute to the remaining vets of the landings all over the world.

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