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Hogman    Posted 06-06-2002 at 19:18:07       [Reply]  [No Email]
I flew a mission as Engineer Gunner on a Bomber to distroy a German comunication center on Cherburg behind UTAH Beach. It was D-Day 1944.
It saddens Me that there is so little notice of this date now. True it was a long time ago and most of Us that were there are gone, but all tha same it hurts.

Bye tha Bye, I'll be back Sat? tha good Lord willin. More pokin'n prodden and who knows.

Scott(MO)    Posted 06-07-2002 at 21:51:58       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hogman, Just want to say " THANKS " for your service and not to you only but to everyone who wore the uniform. D-DAy was about 25 years before I was born but I have read a lot of books and watch a lot of documentary's on D-day and I stand in awe at what was done! I was fortunate enough not to have had to serve ,but my Dad's brother served in the pacific in WWII and my Dad served In Korea during that conflict. I was always raised to Love the Lord , Honor the flag and Respect the Veterans. I'm truly sorry we as a nation haven't always treated our veterans with the respect they deserve.
I was really thrilled when last year my sons school had the kids to bring a veteran to school with them. They had a big ceremony to honor the Vets . They gave them a certificate to Honor them. Then they took them all in a room off to themselves and provided them with a huge feast, all they could eat. It was nice , but it was sad that it took some of these guys/gals 30-40-50 or 60 years to get the recognition they deserved.
Well , enough rambling. God Bless you all who wore the uniform for the RED,WHITE,&BLUE!!


Alvin-Va    Posted 06-07-2002 at 20:03:07       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hogman,Iffn you would SIR,please accept my thanks for all you and many others did on this and many other days like this for us.
On Wed.the 5th. I had to visit a man near town on business,trip took me past the D-Day memorial.I always get kinda goose-bumpy when I look up at the memorial,especially that day,what with the bunting draped over it for the ceremony the next day.
As I was talking to the fellow,his son came by,in on leave from the Navy,been in the Persion Gulf.When I shook his hand I thanked him for his service,looked at me like,'dang ain't nobody ever said that before'. Wonder if we shouldn't do this more often,to the current as well as the ex service people.
Sorry I didn't get around to reading your post before you left on your journey to the 'pokey doc'prayin all is well and see you Satiddy.
Iffn I can get this link thingy to work,please realize everyone hasn't forgotton.

Hogman    Posted 06-08-2002 at 12:17:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
Bless You Alvin truer words were never spoken. Tha woods are full ta overflowin with People who deserve thanks and thanks again. I think more of tha ones from Nam after tha way They were treated and continue to be even today.

RE Tha pokin'n proddin with only a glass of warm water after supper, We headed for Springfield. Things got underway at 08:45 and was unplumbed at1845 and wheeled out to tha car. They did bring Me a tray at 1630 hrs bless Em and it was pretty good for Hospital grub or mabe it was just starvation induced taste. Will get results mabe Tue PM. A lot of Radiology stuff etc.
Had no idea what a PET was befor,shoot Ya full of radioactive sugar and stick Ya in a machine for an hour lookin for hot spots that would indicate spread of Them stinky,sneaky bugs. Gal asks if I have ta go "p" cause once in it (tha machine not tha "P" there was no gettin out. Bout half way thru I felt a tick crawlin along My side prospectin,started gnawin,She'd said no squirmin er nothin. I'm thinkin that thing is gonna be radioactive and who knows what kinda mutation's gonna be there time I can get to it. Turned out harmless, anyway Maw Hog slayed it without too much trouble. Wheeled Me out of that one to tha Pulmanary test thing a little late,got thru tha huffin'n puff'n and straight from there to tha heart'n lung garage,right on in and hooked up to another IV that stayed with Me till released.
They got tha samples with the needles,told Wife They had just about gave up which would have ment cuttin a window. Hadnot been told this is a scary proceedure. Team Chief said about one in five go haywire and the lung colapses meaning 2 or 3 days in hospital. They did all this talkin Ta Maw ,She says how many since tha last one'n He said 7. But it went OK.
Kinda stretched this inta a tome,sorry

One last thing,the People,every one of Them at St Johns in Springfield Mo were wonderful.

Scott(MO)    Posted 06-08-2002 at 19:18:10       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Do you live close to the Springfield area?


bob ny    Posted 06-07-2002 at 04:56:55       [Reply]  [No Email]
thanks to all who served and to you hogman i served in korea 51 and 52 and things like this post still bring tears for friends who did not come back my grandfather once said as long as there are three people on earth it will be two agianst one sorry about the ramble but you started it

DHunter    Posted 06-07-2002 at 04:12:54       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thanks Hogman and to everyone else who took part in that memorable event. I was 9 years old at the time but remember it well from the news on the old battery powered radio in the living room. We remember it here in New Orleans more than most folks; in fact, this is the home of the D-Day museum. For anyone that hasn't visited it, you should. It's very good. They are opening a Pacific theatre addition across the street soon.

Hogman*** THANKS FAMILY    Posted 06-07-2002 at 02:50:33       [Reply]  [No Email]
Lord love You all.

I'm about midstream in this thing,gotta get Maw up in another 15 minutes so She can haul Me 80 miles the Hospital for what We hope is tha last bit of probin'n pokin. Get a PET whatever that is, a Pullmanary hootinnanny and a couple of Biops and mabe some answers as ta which'n what.

Mark Hendershot    Posted 06-06-2002 at 22:51:02       [Reply]  [No Email]
That was one heck of a war to have fought in!! Glad you are still kicking and remembering it too! I come from a different forgoten war Vietnam. Seems like yesterday but it was 30+ years ago! Us Vets still have our memorys to live and deal with. Dates just don't get forgot around here and my American and POW Flags fly high over my place 365 days a year not just after 9/11 either. I was proud befor and after that date! From a family of Vets, WWI, WWII and Vietnam! Mark H.

LH    Posted 06-06-2002 at 22:25:15       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thanks Hogman, we all appreciate your service. While you fellas were at Normandy, my dad was still on the ground in the fighting at the Anzio, salerno, sicily front in Italy.He was a tank destroyer operator and landed with the first US forces during the North African desert campaign. Thanks to you and all who served.

DeadCarp    Posted 06-06-2002 at 21:14:12       [Reply]  [No Email]
There's still a few oldtimers around Hogman, here's a story Aarre told from those days. Many other good memories around, yessir! Yup, you boys done good!
I might mention that Aarre and his Dorothy are alive and pretty well, enjoying their retirement after a career writing for a Duluth paper. I'm sure they'd like to hear from you. :)

D.J.-EAST TEXAS    Posted 06-06-2002 at 20:38:49       [Reply]  [No Email]

Glyndal Cowan    Posted 06-06-2002 at 20:32:00       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I was still 3 months from being hatched in June, 1944. We owe you and your generation a great debt of gratitude for a job well done in WW2. I have nothing but respect and admiration for the members of the military both past and present.

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