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Remembering "The Greatest Generation" June 6, 1944 - D-DAY
Date: June 06, 2018 12:46PM

The Allies invasion of Normandy "Operation Overlord" began today.
Thousands made the ultimate sacrifice. Tens of Thousands succeeded in the largest amphibian/air surprise assault in military history.

Plenty of great info on D-DAY available on the internet these days.

I commend to you this personal account by:
Wesley R Ross
SN 0-472141
O.I.C. Gap Assault Team #8, that landed on Omaha Beach at dawn on D-Day;
later Platoon Leader 3rd Platoon, B-Co, 146ECB--France, Belgium, Germany
and Czechoslovakia.

This young engineer is the heart and soul of the Greatest Generation.


Dan Davis ~ Pierce County, WA ~ CORSA Western Director + Corvairs NW + North Cascades Corvairs + Corvanatics
1966 Corsa Turbo coupe ~ ~ 1966 140 Corsa ~ ~ 1965 Monza 140/4 'Vert Sierra Tan/Fawn ~ 1964 Monza 'Vert (SOLD) ~ 1960 Monza Ermine White/Red PG ++ ~ 1965 Monza 140/4 Evening Orchid w/ ivory/black interior ~ 1962 Monza Wagon 102/4 ~ 1963 Rampside/Scamper ~ 1963 Red/Greenbrier ~ 1969 Ultra Van #468

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Re: Remembering "The Greatest Generation" June 6, 1944 - D-DAY
Posted by: MtnVairMike ()
Date: June 06, 2018 12:58PM

Had two in my neighborhood until late last year.
According to projections by late 2021 they will all be gone....sad smiley

Mike

1966 Monza Convertible, 140HP-4 speed, Ermine White

Others in the menagerie...
72 Corvette Stingray, 58K miles, owned since 86
72 MGB, 112K miles, bought from original owner in 09
78 Chevy pickup, 124K miles, bought new in 78
93 Corvette, LT1/6spd, 210K miles, daily driver since 96



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Re: Remembering "The Greatest Generation" June 6, 1944 - D-DAY
Posted by: krfjkm ()
Date: June 06, 2018 07:54PM

Had my phone ring tonight and it was an older gentleman who had dialed the wrong number...he said “well that is what happens when you are 99 yrs old”. I said that it was fine and he mentioned that he was a veteran from WWII and fought in Europe. I was so excited to talk with him that we sat for 15 minutes as he told me about his time in an Army Infantry unit — his whole squadron was lost.

I figure he was about 22 yrs old when that was happening.

It is kind of funny how a wrong number can give you perspective on what makes for a tough day.

They were/are the greatest generation.

KRFJKM
Charlotte NC
1965 Corvair Corsa

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Re: Remembering "The Greatest Generation" June 6, 1944 - D-DAY
Posted by: gmgmtl ()
Date: June 06, 2018 08:33PM

Always watch the second episode of "Band of Brothers" today.


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Re: Remembering "The Greatest Generation" June 6, 1944 - D-DAY
Posted by: glivorsi ()
Date: June 07, 2018 07:34AM

A few months back I read E.B. Sledge's "With the Old Breed". It's one of the books that the HBO "Pacific" miniseries was based on. It's a gripping firsthand account of life in the Pacific Theater. There's no glory in it. He goes into great details about the dehumanizing effect of war, but also the incredibly camaraderie and true spirit of the Marine Corp. I would encourage anyone that is mildly interested in military history to read it. I would also encourage anyone to read it who thinks they are having a bad day!

Greg in Wildwood, MO (part of the St. Louis urban sprawl)

1965 Monza Vert 110PG, Crocus Yellow with black interior and top

2014 Honda Accord V6 (DD)
2017 Honda Pilot (wifemobile)
2012 Chevy Sonic 1.8L (kid's car)
1997 Honda CBR1100XX
2006 Mazdaspeed 6 (no longer own)

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Re: Remembering "The Greatest Generation" June 6, 1944 - D-DAY
Posted by: BobV66Vair ()
Date: June 07, 2018 08:45AM

Some still believe that if we never fight a war, things will work out great. I am not in that camp. It's a nice dream but has been proven to be fantasy every time it has been tried. I say that if you believe that, go to some of the other countries that start wars and get them to try it. Then have your family post a memorial for you.

Freedom is not free.

Bob Vinnacombe
Sandy, Oregon
1965 Corsa 140 stock
1966 Monza Soon to be race car
1968 Monza Parts for now

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Re: Remembering "The Greatest Generation" June 6, 1944 - D-DAY
Posted by: American Mel ()
Date: June 07, 2018 09:57AM

Well said, Bob.
We should run our Country the way we run our lives.
Live peaceably with all men,
but stand-up for what is right, and always defend the innocent.
How did that old country song go?
"Sometimes you gotta fight when your a man."

.
-----------------------------------------------
WA. state, 1 mile south of the Canadian border,
I am not at the end of the world, but you can see it from here.
'66 Monza Coupe - 4spd, 140 Daily driver beater
'67 Monza Vert. - PG, 140 Daily driver beater

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Re: Remembering "The Greatest Generation" June 6, 1944 - D-DAY
Posted by: 2ragtops ()
Date: June 07, 2018 05:57PM

I will support what Greg said about the book he read.

I just finished reading "Helmet for a Pillow" by Robert Lacki] also from the Pacific series}

Excellent read, and right from the horse's mouth,

It supported what my Father said about the war, "it's hard to believe what one man can do to another"

Bob Bauer

Show-Me Corvairs

1966 Monza Convert 140 P/G with A/C, plastic wheel with tele-column am-fm posi-traction
1966 Corsa Convert 180 wood wheel tele-column am-fm sport steering posi-traction
1965 Corsa Coupe Crown V8 mounted mid-body temporarily red lined for repair
House Springs, Missouri

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Re: Remembering "The Greatest Generation" June 6, 1944 - D-DAY
Posted by: Richard ()
Date: June 09, 2018 01:10PM

One of my all time favorite movies. It isn't really a war movie, but more about how those returning, stood up on their own feet and put their lives back together. There weren't the multitude of support organizations like today.
If you recognize the Greatest Generation, then you'll understand that is movie is about an important part of their story.



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Re: Remembering "The Greatest Generation" June 6, 1944 - D-DAY
Posted by: Darrin ()
Date: June 10, 2018 06:05AM

Thanks for the link Dan. Just finished reading Wesley Ross’s account of D day and the rest of the European campaign. Fascinating.

Darrin Hartzler
Bethesda, MD

Corvairs in two states of the Union and varying states of disarray.

Northern Virginia Corvairs & Group Corvair

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Re: Remembering "The Greatest Generation" June 6, 1944 - D-DAY
Posted by: 67 airvair ()
Date: June 10, 2018 06:41AM

A brother in my Masonic Lodge was part of the D-Day invasion. He's now 93 and still active. His most cherished memory of his service is that he never actually shot anyone in combat, not that he couldn't have done so, but that he didn't have the "opportunity" make him shoot someone. Remarkable!

And he's full of other wonderful stories!

-Mark

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