June 6, D-Day in art

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HONOR A VETERAN — FLY YOUR FLAG

D-Day memorial, Beford, VA

D-Day memorial, Beford, VA

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The 116th on Omaha Beach by K. Sean Sullivan

The 116th on Omaha Beach by K. Sean Sullivan

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A recent new book release, something I don’t normally do in a post, caught my eye this week…

“The Girls of Atomic City” by Denise Kiernan

An intriguing tale of women who worked under top security conditions and sworn to secrecy. Now in their 80’s and 90’s finally have their story related. Under eminent domain, the government seized 60,000 acres in East Tennessee and created a massive industrial complex that would not be located on any map. The girls in this atomic city worked to create the atomic bomb without any knowledge of the drastic effects of the plutonium radiation. This is an unknown (in some cases forgotten) chapter of American history. The women of WWII, usually portrayed as ‘Rosie the Riveter’ or military nurses can now add the names of those from the cramped encampments of Oak Ridge.

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This explains why I am always asking my readers to get as many stories down for future generations…

Farewell Salutes….

Clair Glen Andersen – Navy, Combat Communications Team, Bronze Star for combat on Guam

Robert Lee Bechtel – Army Air Corps, radio operator

Irving Ritz – Navy, USS Hilo in Pacific Theater

Charles F. Anderson II – Navy, South Pacific

Quareno “Pete” Colantonio – Army Air Corps, 3 Bronze Stars for Normandy and Central Europe

Peter P. DeLucia – Army, Battle of Normandy

Alvin L. Gitlitz – Army Air Force, radio operator

Robert J. Donoghue Sr. – Navy, USS Enterprise CV-6 and CASV #2

Parker A. Gitschier – Army

Seymour J. Eisen – Air Force, B-24 pilot, shot down over Adriatic Sea & saved 3 crewmates, Purple Heart, Soldiers Medal

John G. Talcott Jr. – Army, 1st Lieutenant in Overseas Supply Division

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Good news –

When John Dodds found a WWII bomber jacket in a thrift store, the Air Force lawyer found the original owner’s name still emblazoned on the chest: “Robert G. Arand” Within little more than a day, the now 90-year-old Arand was located. He had flown more than 40 missions in New Guinea, the Philippines and Japan during WWII. The retired major will now get his jacket back that has been lost for over 60 years.

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Resources: “The Palm Beach Post;” “The Week” magazine; http://www.army.mil/d-day/; lookingglassreview.com; KSean.com; http://www.second-world-war.com; Wikipedia

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About GP Cox

Everett Smith served with the Headquarters Company, 187th Regiment, 11th A/B Division during WWII. This site is in tribute to my father, "Smitty." GPCox is a member of the 11th Airborne Association. Member # 4511 and extremely proud of that fact!

Posted on June 6, 2013, in Uncategorized, WWII and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 163 Comments.

  1. wow. these are so cool. love these parts of history

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  2. Just saw this book in the bookstore yesterday. Plan to put it in my Nook to read as soon as I read the six books I have lined up now! It looks like a good read.

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  3. This artwork is really cool. I just finished reading LIFE Magazine’s special edition on D-Day. It is interesting to compare artistic visions of the event and the actual photographs.

    I was born in 1974. Learning about what Americans and other Allied forces went through during the war has really moved me. Thanks for making this available.

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    • I am so glad you not only enjoyed my post, but that you have enough interest in this remarkable era to look into further resources. Terrific! Thank you for stopping in to visit and read today.

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  4. Love your blog! Love studying this time period and respect so much the men and women who were willing to serve. Great reading!

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  5. Hi – I like the first image on this post – do you know if there’s a copyright on it? Thanks!

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  6. This is a great blog. Remembering is a vital part of living a good life. Thanks for stopping by The Brass Rag. Come back and see us often. Your comments would be much appreciated.

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    • Thank you for stopping back to see this site, especially during Military Appreciation Month. You are correct, Cheri – Remembering is vital!

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  7. Thank you for your like of my page, “About Equipping The Saints.” You are a great source of encouragement. I greatly appreciate people, such as you.

    Senior Pastor/Equipping the Saints
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  8. Thank you for your like of my post on “Armed Forces Day.” You are very kind; may our Lord Jesus richly bless you.

    Senior Pastor/Equipping the Saints
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  9. GP, Again! Thanks for “Liking” “France 2013” & your comment which I replied to on excuseusforliving.com Phil

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  10. Reblogged this on Rick McBee's Writings and commented:
    Take a look at another keen sight on WWII, Great Job!

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  11. GP, Fantastic backstory of how you got into this with your Dad’s Scrapbook. I have a similar story re my Dad’s WWII memorabilia I kept over the years & turning it over to my nephew who worshiped my Dad who was his grandfather. He now has an entire room dedicated to all my Dad’s collection. Oh, & thanks for “Liking” my “Christie: The End” post on excuseusforliving.com Phil

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    • No need to thank me, I’ve enjoyed your site. Have you thought about putting a post (at least one) together about your dad and pictures of the collection your nephew is keeping?

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  12. GP, WONDERFUL website content you have!!! Best wishes for continued success. Thank you for the “like” for my “Distaters” post on my website excuseusforliving.com Phil

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    • I’m very happy to hear you’re enjoying the site. To think it all started because my father’s scrapbook was falling apart and I wanted to get things documented. It just continued to grow…..
      Thanks for coming by Phil, I think you’ll find a wonderful group of folks here as well. I’ve made some outstanding friendships!

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  13. Thank you for your like of my post on, “A Proven Formula For Success.” I appreciate your kindness very much.

    Senior Pastor/Equipping the Saints
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  14. Gpcox, You have visited again thank you, I am glad you continue to find posts from my blog to be of interest. Please take care, Bill

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  15. Old enough to remember WWII, though only a child then, I remember many a story told by members of the VFW.

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    • The veterans only are willing to really open up amongst themselves, right? I manage to get some answers, but you can still see them holding back. Thanks for coming by today, Thom.

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