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Normandy 2

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May 27, 2024, 3:13 PM
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Since you all seemed to like the pictures of Normandy, here are a few more.

This is one of the many graves of Americans in Normandy. Many of these graves are tended by locals who are grateful for what our soldiers did for their country. I assume the coins are donations of visitors in appreciation for the effort of the person(s) who tend that particular gravesite:


A monument at Utah Beach:




A monument with a Higgins boat:





A monument to "The Lone Sailor":




An M4A1 Sherman with single piece cast hull:


A Martin B-26 - a.k.a Widowmaker, Flying Coffin, B-Crash or Flying Prostitute (so-named because it was fast and had no visible means of support - referring to small wings) in one of the many museums:


A later model Sherman - looks to be a mid-production M4A2:


A squad inside a glider in another museum:



Loading a C-47 Dakota for a jump:





A Piper L-4 Grasshopper observation aircraft:


Looks like this didn't end well for the Gremans inside:


A monument at Omaha Beach in tribute to the "Big Red 1" (First Infantry Division):



Les Braves sculpture on Omaha Beach:



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May 27, 2024, 3:36 PM
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A thumbs up seems so inadequate. Thanks for this

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May 27, 2024, 3:47 PM
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Wow! So touching. God bless America!

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Bonus Pics

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May 27, 2024, 4:13 PM
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Every soldier who landed on Normandy and survived, plus all of the machinery they brought with them (also that survived) traveled across this bridge to get to Bastogne and further into Europe and eventually Germany. A man and his sister who were along on my tour suddenly started crying uncontrollably as they heard that story and realized that their father had crossed that bridge on the way to Germany 79 years previously:





Town pictures - a beautiful place:




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May 27, 2024, 4:25 PM
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Thank you for sharing!

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May 27, 2024, 5:07 PM
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Thank you so much for sharing these amazing photos.
I have my uncle's bayonet and pocket Bible he had with him in Normandy on that fateful day. He made notes to his family before landing on the beach and while pinned down. I treasure these items as much as anything I own.

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May 27, 2024, 6:16 PM
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Thank you for sharing. My father came ashore on D+ a few days with the armor. He was in 3rd Army. I have his bayonet and several other items. Prayers to the greatest generation ever!

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May 27, 2024, 7:43 PM
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I had the privaledge of visiting Normandy last summer. As the son of a WWII vet and a USAF vet (via Clemson ROTC) I can say that anyone who considers himself even remotely patriotic should visit the Normandy beaches. Plan on spending more time there than you think you should. We made Bayeux our base . The people were wonderfully hospitable and the food was excellent.

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May 27, 2024, 8:09 PM
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Thank you for posting such moving photos. The coins typically have a meaning when left at the gravestone.

A penny means someone visited.
A nickel means the visitor was with them at boot camp.
A dime means the visitor served with them at some other point in their career.
A quarter means the visitor was present when the veteran died.

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May 27, 2024, 8:57 PM
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Awesome post?!

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May 27, 2024, 9:06 PM
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Thank you for sharing. What hallowed ground. My emotion would overtake me if I were to visit. What a generation of men.

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