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June 7th, 2009
04:00 AM ET

WWII Vet Remembers D-Day

No one remembers D-Day like the veterans who were there. The men who stormed the beaches of Normandy can still hear the gunfire of June 6, 1944. Guy Whidden was a paratrooper that day. He jumped out of one of the first planes to fly over the shore.

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  1. chuck

    One of the problems that we have in America is that we fail to remember the lessons that war teaches. I worked with a gentleman who fought in the Battle of the Bulge in Patton's army. Until his dying day, he would not speak at any length of his experiences, yet the look on his face when the subject came up spoke volumes. My uncle fought at Iwo Jima. My Dad was a diver for naval intelligence in the Pacific. Both of them didn't speak of the evil that they witnessed. Rather, they were more interested in relating the friendships that they formed with their fellow servicemen. My point is that our forefathers fought to keep us free. Their sacrifices made America the defender of freedom that it is. When I look at the lack of compassion that is so often seen today it makes me think that we owe these veterans an apology for being selfish and inconsiderate of the suffering that exists in our nation. It is past time that we start caring more for each other and ensuring that opportunities exist for all Americans to have a fair shot at a job with real benefits and a real future. Will history show that we needed our own D-day to liberate us from ourselves?

    June 7, 2009 at 7:04 am |
  2. Joan Hosman

    My husband, Jack Hosman, had two brothers that were in the D-Day
    battles. One of them, Earl Franklin Hosman was gun powdered and killed in the D-Day invasion.

    He was burried in the national cemetery near Cherburg, France.
    my husband jack Hosman wanted to see where his brother was burried. Thus Jack and I and our oldest daughter and went from
    England across the channel and to Cherburg then to the cemetery.

    It is a beautiful thing they do there at the cemeter with the Holly trees.

    They take a bucket of wet sand to the gravesite of ones loved one and
    put over the indention of the name of ones loved one. Then leave the family members or friends for a time of returning grief of the lost one.

    it is an experience I shall never for get. Joan Hosman

    June 7, 2009 at 8:55 am |
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