4. juli – Flyvergrav Jack D. Hodge

READERS: This is the first time I have reblogged a post in a language other than English. Please use the translate bar, and Please give  Henry Hogh a grand welcome. He shows us how much others appreciate what our veterans did for them, in this post and many others.  Thank you.

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Mange danskere fejrer den amerikanske nationaldag 4. juli ved at deltage i Rebildfesten, der er den største fejring af USAs nationaldag udenfor USA.

1280px-American_1902_Fourth_of_July_fireworksI USA fejres nationaldagen 4. juli traditionelt med masser af fyrværkeri, som vist her i en tegning fra 1902.

Da vi har mange venner i USA ville vi gøre noget særligt ud af 4. juli. Under 2. verdenskrig 1940-1945 styrtede 91 amerikanske fly ned over Danmark.  Mange mistede livet og 138 flyvere blev begravet i Danmark, efter krigen blev 133 taget hjem. Der er stadig 5 amerikanske flyvere begravet på danske kirkegårde.  På Øster Starup kirkegård ligger Jack D. Hodge begravet og ham ville vi ære på den amerikanske nationaldag ved at placere en dekoration på hans grav.

Placering af dekorationen med det amerikanske flag og valmuer på flyver Jack D. Hodge grav.

Historien om Jack D. Hodge. –  Uddrag fra Øster Starup lokalarkiv:

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Posted on July 29, 2017, in Uncategorized, WWII and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 31 Comments.

  1. I thought I had added a comment…but WP seems to have swallowed it.

    That was a super post which Leo – who is Flemish – could understand well enough to translate for me.

    The appreciation could take other forms: a Resistance group operating in the area in which we lived while in France had been supplied by a Lysander whose pilot was usually the same man.
    After the war they discovered that he and his family were in need following his incapacity folowing injuries and set up a fund to give assistance, which went on down the years to the point of helping his daughter through university.

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    • Every effort such as this [IMO] is a terrific thank you for the help that generation gave to other countries! Thank you too for supplying the story, Helen!!

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  2. Welcome Henry…..Herzlich willkommen

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  3. Thanks GP. Because I have a fair amount of Danish blood I was very happy to go to the original and comment. Thanks again.

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    • And I greatly appreciate that, Paol! Frankly, I am pretty disappointed in the turnout at Henry’s site. I thought we would show a better welcome and appreciation of our vets than they did.

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  4. Thank you for opening our eyes to Henry’s site and his honoring of our US.

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  5. I have loved John Magee’s poem since I was a boy. This was a beautiful post and Thanks to Beetleypete for the translation

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  6. Very interesting to see how our Independence Day, and WWII veterans are honored in Denmark. The translator bar works well too. At least well enough for me to figure out the content, in spite of the differences in grammar between the two languages..

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  7. That’s amazing! I didn’t know that they still took care of the graves of fallen heroes. Quite stirring, really! 🙂

    Do you speak Danish?

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    • I thank you very much for going to the original site and reading the post. I have been very disappointed in many others!! It appears the Europeans wish to thank our veterans more than we do!!

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  8. Thanks for re blogging this and providing the translation tool. Great to know US WWII efforts are still appreciated and not forgotten in Denmark.

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    • I’m surprised that so few did actually go to the original site to read the story. I have 100 Likes but there are only 16 at his – sad. I was expecting more out the English speaking community.

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  9. “He rests among friends”

    Nothing more needs to be said.

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  10. This was very touching indeed, GP. Not only the way that the local people took care of Jack during the war, but the way that his grave is maintained and respected by the people there today. I think it is right and proper that he remains in Denmark, as a reminder of those who came from all over the world to free Europe.
    In a Lincolnshire village cemetery are the graves of five German airmen, from a shot-down bomber. They are tended with the same care and respect as our allied graves there.
    http://www.rodcollins.com/wordpress/scopwick-war-graves-john-magee
    Best wishes, Pete.

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  11. Thank you for re-blogging my husband’s post. We both enjoy blogging and the the importance of honouring the heros from WWII who we owe our freedom

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    • It has always warmed my heart to hear stories such as these and when I came up on Henry’s post, I was surprised that I had not read his website before this. I did not know that he was your husband, but you sure got a good one there, Maria. Reblogging this was MY pleasure.
      Have a great weekend.

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