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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.


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Ya gotta love it! Good for them. Too bad the care home didn't just make arrangements for Mr. Jordan no matter how late his request. If he did it, so could have they. It would have been a more generous response. But he took care of himself. Bravo!

Fewer and fewer of these guys left. Thank heavens for the History channel and others for keeping their story alive. I often wonder what is being taught in schools about WW2 and the contribution of women to the war effort.

The first video has been removed, but I enjoyed seeing Bernard Jordan and his ability to make his wish come true. Good for him for not taking "no" for an answer.

The days grow short when you are 89 or 90 and we don't have time for the waiting game. (To quote from the September song).

I lost a class mate in the D-Day invasion and it is always a personal day of remembrance for me.

I visited Omaha beach on a very rainy stormy day like the day of the invasion and it showed me what terrible things these poor servicemen went through. A very bloody day, indeed.

I saw the parachute jump on CNN or somewhere else. Would have sworn they said he was 90 or 91. In any case, my jaw dropped.

We must never, ever forget what these men did for us and the world.

These WWII stories are so interesting. I'm particularly curious about the reluctance of some veterans to discuss their experiences, while others seem to relish the opportunities to share and reflect. My father in-law, who passed away three years ago at the age of 90, served as a tailgunner during that war. He never spoke about his wartime experiences with us, had no wartime memorabilia of any kind, and would not watch movies, documentaries or television shows about WWII, yet he was very active in AMVETS and a staunch patriot to his last days. He did, however, become a critic of how the government handled later conflicts, primarily Vietnam.

Darlene and others...
For whatever reason the BBC removed the first video of Jock Hutton I posted. I've inserted a replacement.

One wonders if their children and grandchildren would listen if they chose to talk about their war experience. Each generation seems to forget what prior generations went through.
One of the things I really love about Obama is that he 'gets' the tragedy of war. Bush clearly didn't.

My uncles rarely spoke about the war......one uncle was in the Pacific during the Japanese invasion. The other gave my kids some photos of Pearl Harbor where he was stationed during the attack. But he didn't elaborate. We still have the pics.

It's very hard for me to look at the news/history channel about the war.......I get teared up & depressed & then I go immediately to thinking about Viet Nam....more tears. The world has been mad forever!

Love those 2 videos. Those are wonderful people who are not part of the madness:)Dee

I think they are terrific too.

When I heard the story of the gentleman who ran away from his assistive living home I immediately thought of the book, "The 100-year-old man who climbed out the window and disappeared," by Jonas Jonasson. It's a laugh-outloud read.

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