Monday, 09 June 2014
Two D-Day Octogenarians
Actually, they are nearly nonagenarians. Both men are 89 and they made big news for themselves on D-Day last week.
Jock Hutton was among the first wave of Allied troops who parachuted into Normandy in 1944. He repeated the jump last Friday landing in the same field as 70 years ago. Here's a video report from The Telegraph.
My favorite of Hutton's comments to the media was this: "At my age life tends to get a wee bit boring. So you've got to grab at any chance at excitement!"The Telegraph reported that
”After D-Day, Hutton was involved in the Battle of Normandy until June 22, when injury forced him to return to Britain.
“After recovering, he returned to the western front and advanced with his battalion through France to the Netherlands.”
If you want to know more about Hutton, just search his name. He made a lot of news over the weekend.
And so did fellow 89-year-old British D-Day veteran, Bernard Jordan, an “escapee” who had been reported missing from his care home in Sussex.
Jordan had attended anniversary services in Normandy last year and wanted to be there again this year but was denied due to the request being made at the last minute. Refusing to be deterred, he made his own way across the channel neglecting to tell anyone at The Pines residence where he lives with his wife that he was leaving.
Here's a report of Jordan's adventure from ITV:
You can read more about Bernard Jordan here and file these two stories under you're never too old: I think these guys are terrific.
At The Elder Storytelling Place today, Clifford Rothband: Fate and Destiny in My Hands