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    My father, a Staff Sergeant in Company C, 505th of the 82nd Airborne Division, jumped out of a C-47 over France with the squad radio and 165lbs of equipment, ammo, and food, somewhere near St. Mere Eglise as a part of the opening moves of the Normandy Invasion.

    I just thought it should be remembered.

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    To your Father!



    Did he make it out?
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    :Salute:


    My mother's husband was in a group of men on their way to the invasion when they had to be isolated in Scotland for hepatitis. Lucky him.
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    Good of you to mention it, count.

    My dad was too young, but I had two uncles in the second wave and another uncle in the merchant marine because he was too young to enlist.

    And, come to think of it, this is my mother's birthday. I better call her.
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    To your Father!



    Did he make it out?
    Yes he did. He made all four combat jumps in WWII (Sicily, Italy, Normandy, Nijnmagen), and fought in all seven major combat actions where the 82nd Airborne was involved.

    Among others, he earned a Bronze Star and a Combat Infantryman's Badge. The latter of which, I'm told, had to be earned during WWII and was the equivalent of earning a second Bronze Star at that time.

    He died in 1976 at the age of 54 (cancer).

    My sister put together a medal case with all of his decorations. I'll try to scrounge up a picture.

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    My father, a Staff Sergeant in Company C, 505th of the 82nd Airborne Division, jumped out of a C-47 over France with the squad radio and 165lbs of equipment, ammo, and food, somewhere near St. Mere Eglise as a part of the opening moves of the Normandy Invasion.

    I just thought it should be remembered.

    BTW...his discharge card (which I have) lists him at 5'8", 145lbs.

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    And thanks to all of the others that have fought, then and now...(lest they think I forget)

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    To all of the brave soldiers out there that gave the ultimate sacrifice and those that lived to fight another day.

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    Here's the case for Dad:




    The patch in the upper right hand is the current one, not the one he would've worn (the four stripes were added post WWII for the four jumps, as well as the wings on top, but I think the H-Minus would've been there), and the Jump wings should have four stars on them. These are replacements as all of the originals were lost in a fire years ago. (And the red parachute patch would not have had the glider on it.)
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    Nuntius was right. I was wrong. Frank Vogel has retained his job.

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    Very nice case Count. Awesome display of awards for a soldier.

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    Here's the case for Dad:




    The patch in the upper right hand is the current one, not the one he would've worn (the four stripes were added post WWII for the four jumps, as well as the wings on top, but I think the H-Minus would've been there), and the Jump wings should have four stars on them. These are replacements as all of the originals were lost in a fire years ago. (And the red parachute patch would not have had the glider on it.)
    Hey that's cool.

    I'm sure you are very proud of your father.

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    Salute

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    My father, a Staff Sergeant in Company C, 505th of the 82nd Airborne Division, jumped out of a C-47 over France with the squad radio and 165lbs of equipment, ammo, and food, somewhere near St. Mere Eglise as a part of the opening moves of the Normandy Invasion.

    I just thought it should be remembered.
    Thank you for sharing!

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    Default Re: Sixty Four Years ago today (June 6, 1944)

    That's really neat count. I too salute your father and all others that have served.

    Thanks!

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    To your father and all his comrades: Thank you and well done!


    I literally get goose bumps when I think about things like this. Caught a little bit of the Battle of the Bulge on TV the other day - got goose bumps thinking about the 101st at Bastogne.



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    Default Re: Sixty Four Years ago today (June 6, 1944)

    That's great.

    My great-grandfather was waiting on a boat off the coast of Japan waiting to invade, but then they dropped the atomic bomb. Before, he had seen quite a bit of action in the Pacific, especially in the Phillippines. He wanted to become a venture capitalist there after the war, but my great grandmother would have nothing of that.

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    :Salute:


    My mother's husband was in a group of men on their way to the invasion when they had to be isolated in Scotland for hepatitis. Lucky him.
    Your father?

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