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    Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen of the Allied Expeditionary Force! You are about to embark upon a great crusade, toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you. The hopes and prayers of liberty loving people everywhere march with you. In company with our brave Allies and brothers in arms on other fronts, you will bring about the destruction of the German war machine, the elimination of Nazi tyranny over the oppressed peoples of Europe, and security for ourselves in a free world.

    Your task will not be an easy one. Your enemy is well trained, well equipped and battle hardened, he will fight savagely.

    But this is the year 1944! Much has happened since the Nazi triumphs of 1940-41. The United Nations have inflicted upon the Germans great defeats, in open battle, man to man. Our air offensive has seriously reduced their strength in the air and their capacity to wage war on the ground. Our home fronts have given us an overwhelming superiority in weapons and munitions of war, and placed at our disposal great reserves of trained fighting men. The tide has turned! The free men of the world are marching together to victory!

    I have full confidence in your courage, devotion to duty and skill in battle. We will accept nothing less than full victory!

    Good Luck! And let us all beseech the blessings of Almighty God upon this great and noble undertaking.

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    A momentous day back then...
    May the FORCE be with you!
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    Quote Originally Posted by SarasotaRepub View Post
    A momentous day back then...
    And 2 years earlier on the other side of the globe as well:

    Battle of Midway

    Date: 4–7 June 1942

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    28°12′N 177°21′WCoordinates: 28°12′N 177°21′W

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    Decisive American victory

    The Battle of Midway in the Pacific Theater of Operations was one of the most important naval battles of World War II. Between 4 and 7 June 1942, only six months after Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor, and one month after the Battle of the Coral Sea, the United States Navy (USN), under Admirals Chester W. Nimitz, Frank Jack Fletcher, and Raymond A. Spruance decisively defeated an attack by the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN), under Admirals Isoroku Yamamoto, Chuichi Nagumo, and Nobutake Kondo on Midway Atoll, inflicting irreparable damage on the Japanese fleet. Military historian John Keegan called it "the most stunning and decisive blow in the history of naval warfare." It was Japan's first naval defeat since the Battle of Shimonoseki Straits in 1863.

    The Japanese operation, like the earlier attack on Pearl Harbor, sought to eliminate the United States as a strategic power in the Pacific, thereby giving Japan a free hand in establishing its Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere. The Japanese hoped that another demoralizing defeat would force the U.S. to capitulate in the Pacific War and thus ensure Japanese dominance in the Pacific.

    The Japanese plan was to lure the United States' aircraft carriers into a trap. The Japanese also intended to occupy Midway as part of an overall plan to extend their defensive perimeter in response to the Doolittle air raid on Tokyo. This operation was also considered preparatory for further attacks against Fiji, Samoa, and Hawaii itself.

    The plan was handicapped by faulty Japanese assumptions of the American reaction and poor initial dispositions. Most significantly, American codebreakers were able to determine the date and location of the attack, enabling the forewarned U.S. Navy to set up an ambush of its own. Four Japanese aircraft carriers—Akagi, Kaga, Soryu and Hiryu, all part of the six-carrier force that had attacked Pearl Harbor six months earlier—and a heavy cruiser were sunk at a cost of one American aircraft carrier and a destroyer. After Midway and the exhausting attrition of the Solomon Islands campaign, Japan's shipbuilding and pilot training programs were unable to keep pace in replacing their losses, while the U.S. steadily increased its output in both areas.
    Battle of Midway
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    I seriously doubt this country would ever see it's citizens unite like that again.

    We seem to have as many enemies within our borders, as we do outside them.
    Obama isn't the problem. The problem is an electorate that would vote a man like him into office.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dori View Post
    I seriously doubt this country would ever see it's citizens unite like that again.

    We seem to have as many enemies within our borders, as we do outside them.
    And they vote and they procreate (even while they tell you the world cannot support the population it has)
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    It's an inspiration to see the veterans on the TV and at the memorials today. Absolutely the Best Generation.
    It's not how old you are, it's how you got here.
    It's been a long road and not all of it was paved.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dori View Post
    I seriously doubt this country would ever see it's citizens unite like that again.
    We did for about 30 seconds on 9/11. How about this video from a few years ago which was a satirical view on how the modern MSM would have covered this event:

    The Obama Administration: Deny. Deflect. Blame.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dori View Post
    I seriously doubt this country would ever see it's citizens unite like that again.
    We don't have the political leadership today to take such an enormous risk and I question if today's military leaders would be willing to take the fall for such daring plan.

    Eisenhower had penned a letter claiming full responsibility for the failure in the event the D-Day invasion flopped. http://www.archives.gov/education/le...d-day-message/

    Fortunately for this Nation, he did not have to release that letter.
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    Can you imagine how todays media wiuld have covered the initial landings?

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    Quote Originally Posted by txradioguy View Post
    Can you imagine how todays media wiuld have covered the initial landings?

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