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D-Day + 69 years
« on: June 06, 2013, 07:25:42 pm »
So in celebrating arguably the most important military event in history, here's a little known fact about the U.S. 2nd Infantry Division.

Today is the 69th anniversary of D-Day in Normandy. That day, the airborne had made their night jumps and were enthusiastically disrupting the enemy's lines of communications, reinforcements, etc. while the assault troops hit the beaches at daylight (British at Gold and Sword, Canadians at Juno, and Americans at Omaha and Utah) with French commandos going in with the British. As we know, Omaha Beach was a bloodbath.

The men of the 2nd Infantry Division monitored the battle from their transports anchored off shore. They were scheduled to land as follow-up troops as the beachheads were developed.

MORINING REPORT, Company G, 38th Infantry reads that same as the previous day: "At sea awaiting landing orders." ....they too listened as the battle raged.

However, this company, as others of the division, was represented on Bloody Omaha by men selected to make the D-Day assault in the first waves to provide covering fire for assault engineers tasked with clearing beach obstacles.

At least three men of Company G, 38th, went in with the 146th Engineer Combat Battalion that day: S/Sgt. William Christensen, S/Sgt. Humberto Proo, and Pfc. Dallas Burchett. Christensen died later from wounds; Burchett was also wounded; Proo survived that fateful day and would rejoin Company G on June 14.


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A battalion commander of the 23rd Regiment 2nd Infantry Division reported during Operation Cobra, the long awaited breakout from St. Lo (July 1944):

"I have no water, I have no chow, I have no batteries for my radio, I have no communication. My men are dead dog tired. I repeat, my men are dead dog tired. I have been given an order to attack. I am about to comply with this order. End of message."

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    Re: D-Day + 69 years
    « Reply #1 on: June 06, 2013, 09:13:38 pm »
    My grandfather was 1st Infantry Division (Big Red 1), 16th Infantry. They had some fun on the beach.

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    Re: D-Day + 69 years
    « Reply #2 on: June 06, 2013, 11:26:10 pm »
    A big ol salute to your Grandad, Mike. I hope he made it back ok.


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    Indiana"Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum"
    If you wish for peace, prepare for war.

    A battalion commander of the 23rd Regiment 2nd Infantry Division reported during Operation Cobra, the long awaited breakout from St. Lo (July 1944):

    "I have no water, I have no chow, I have no batteries for my radio, I have no communication. My men are dead dog tired. I repeat, my men are dead dog tired. I have been given an order to attack. I am about to comply with this order. End of message."

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    Re: D-Day + 69 years
    « Reply #3 on: June 07, 2013, 08:48:16 am »
      At work only 2 people knew the significance of this date in history.... :facepalm.
    One of them should have known better, (an Army vet) so I threw a Krispy Kreme doughnut at him, hitting him in the head.
    He promptly remembered, exclaiming " D-Day!" and thanked me "For reminding me in your own special way, you little Bastard". His words, not mine.  :rotfl

    So, for all D-Day Vets, deceased and still with us, THANK YOU!! :thumbup1  :clap
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    Re: D-Day + 69 years
    « Reply #4 on: June 07, 2013, 08:57:25 am »
    I've won the prize in the office once or twice for being the only one who could answer the question on the spot. And I'm active duty.

    This year, I'm working nights, so my calendar days are a little off in my head. I thought I forgot it for a minute because people on the east coast were already saying things about D-Day when it was still D-Day -1 where I am.
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