From D-Day, to the Rhine, to Korea: Roy Rushton

A great war post from Dan Bjarnason.


Seventy years ago, Roy Rushton peered through a hole in the floor of his vibrating aircraft as it swept over the Normandy coast. Just below, he saw German flak ripping the sky apart.

It didn’t look good; and Roy’s day was just beginning.

Rushton was heading into his first battle, in his first war. There would be more of each. Wherever Roy Rushton turned up, exciting, noisy, dangerous things always seemed to happen.

tmpC172 Roy Rushton, as a sniper in Holland, January 1945 © Roy Rushton

It’s tough to imagine a soldier who’s been through more perilous moments than Roy Rushton. But he is neither a brooder; nor a gasbag. He’s a level-headed, laid-back fellow, with a wry sense of humour, but with no sense at all of self-importance. Quite the guy.

At 11 p.m. on the 5th of June, 1944, Rushton and ten other Paratroopers in that plane, watched England…

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About GP

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

Posted on June 27, 2014, in Uncategorized, WWII and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. Great story, really shows the stamina and integrity of these great servicemen.


  2. Thanks for reblogging this.


  3. The world was a much tougher place than we have experienced for the last 40 years. If ear it’s getting tough again. Lots of people fighting mad at each other.


    • I know I’m seeing a lot of ranting on the blogs, a lot of this one suing that other one in court, wars just inching to get started and the nightly-news full of awful stories – is that what you mean?


  4. This is a great story; I’m glad you shared it. 😄


  5. That’s quite the story of perserverance and luck.


    • Then you can see just why I reblogged it. There are so many good posts out there that I wish I could reblog – but I only have so much time and do not wish to overload my readers. Glad you enjoyed it, Swabby.


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