06 June 2016

D-Day: "Somebody Had To Do It"

“Lieutenant Welsh remembered walking around among the sleeping men, and thinking to himself that ‘they had looked at and smelled death all around them all day but never even dreamed of applying the term to themselves. They hadn’t come here to fear. They hadn’t come to die. They had come to win.” ~ Stephen E. Ambrose, Band of Brothers: E Company, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne

And this from the man who commanded the D-Day invasion:
From deep conviction, I simply say this: a nation of men of Lee’s calibre would be unconquerable in spirit and soul. Indeed, to the degree that present-day American youth will strive to emulate his rare qualities, including his devotion to this land as revealed in his painstaking efforts to help heal the Nation’s wounds once the bitter struggle was over, we, in our own time of danger in a divided world, will be strengthened and our love of freedom sustained. Such are the reasons that I proudly display the picture of this great American on my office wall. ~ Dwight D. Eisenhower

And, in unrelated news, I'll soon address some rather misleading comments made about Stonewall Jackson's black Sunday school class.


Jim McGhee said...

And the Virginians, and others, of the Blue and Gray Division, paid a fearful price on that day. Peace to their ashes.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...


Jorge Maspons said...

I work as a volunteer at the WW2 Museum in New Orleans. I tell visitors about the 'Bedford Boys" also the title of a book by Alex Kershaw. It's the story of the 116th VIRGINIA INFANTRY, they were the first to land at Omaha Beach and had a very high casualty rate. All members of the 116th were from Bedford, Virginia where there is a memorial to these soldiers of the Virginia National Guard.
God Blesss them