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Re D-Day 1944

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Posted: Jun 5, 2019 11:08 AM
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Tomorrow is the 75th. Anniversary of D-Day. Some of you are probably aware that Wright Bryan, a 1926 graduate of Clemson College was the first to report an eye witness account of the invasion. I did not hear his initial broadcast but heard a recording later in the day. Sometime later, Bryan was captured by the Germans and was a POW in Poland before being rescued by Russian troops. Bryan was the son of Arthur B. Bryan, former English professor at Clemson College. Some of the real oldsters on this board may have had him as a professor while at Clemson.

Bryan was a former editor of the Atlanta Journal and the Cleveland Plain-Dealer. From 1963 to 1970, he was Vice President of Development at Clemson. I had the privilege of knowing both Wright and his Dad and was privy to many interesting stories.

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Re: Re D-Day 1944

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Posted: Jun 5, 2019 11:33 AM
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Joe21® said:

Tomorrow is the 75th. Anniversary of D-Day. Some of you are probably aware that Wright Bryan, a 1926 graduate of Clemson College was the first to report an eye witness account of the invasion. I did not hear his initial broadcast but heard a recording later in the day. Sometime later, Bryan was captured by the Germans and was a POW in Poland before being rescued by Russian troops. Bryan was the son of Arthur B. Bryan, former English professor at Clemson College. Some of the real oldsters on this board may have had him as a professor while at Clemson.

Bryan was a former editor of the Atlanta Journal and the Cleveland Plain-Dealer. From 1963 to 1970, he was Vice President of Development at Clemson. I had the privilege of knowing both Wright and his Dad and was privy to many interesting stories.


Wright Bryan also won the Pulitzer Prize for journalism. I don't remember if this came later or was in some way connected with the D-Day reports. He told me he was on the first paratrooper plane that crossed the channel and that is how he made the first report on the invasion.
Just thought I'd add that.


His broadcast

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Posted: Jun 5, 2019 11:35 AM
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l_tciiqsDUQ

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Posted: Jun 5, 2019 4:16 PM
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Thanks. Enjoyed listening to the broadcast.


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Posted: Jun 5, 2019 9:37 PM
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Posted: Jun 5, 2019 7:34 PM
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I'd not ever listened to that and thoroughly enjoyed it. I have to say, it put me in the moment and I felt quite a bit emotional listening to the names of the young men who put their lives on the line. Just truly heroic and amazing.

I sent the youtube link and some of the details from this post to my family that they could hopefully enjoy and appreciate the moment. It's hard to reach back 75 years and make history real, but this certainly did it for me.

Thank you, gentlemen.

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Posted: Jun 5, 2019 9:54 PM
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Joe21, it is a privilege having you as a member on Tigernet. May God continue to bless you!

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