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Capt O! That is a superb photo. Says a lot about the man. I can see he spread a lot of love and joy in his time. :heartpump::armata_PDT_01:

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Great photo of Jim Hennessey taken in the states after the war (1949). Just love this one. :wub:

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Ok guys

 

the photo shows the German Strongpoint WN65 on Omaha Beach and is situated north of the D514 in the village of Laurent-sur-Mer. This is a well know picture of troops of the 2nd US Inf. Div. walking of the beach. The Bunker is a H677 type. Inside is only one of two ORIGINAL remaining guns in casemates on this beach. The gun is a 5cm KwK gun. The other original is an 88mm gun at WN72, north of the D514 at Vierville-sur-Mer.

 

 

he other big guns is from the Longues battery. Longues-s-Mer Just to the west of Arromanches, the Battery is signposted from the D 514. the first photo shows one of Casemates Gun number 1 at Longues. In the German war journals there is an entry that this gun had, the day before D-day, a minor hit in front of the gun, during an air raid. This small damage was not discovered. So on D-day while fighting the allied warship Ajax and more ships, a shell exploded in the chamber of the gun, and a barrel burst happened. The blast went backwards to the ammunition rooms and blew out the back of the bunker

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After the war, every town or village Mayor in the battle torn parts of Normandy and France was allowed by the government to remove any metal, equipment, food, materials, etc. and sell/use the items for the well of his people. The mayor of Longues-sur-Mer decided to keep the guns inside, to be a memorial of a bloody and hostile time ion the past.

 

 

Tthe observation bunker also called "B-Stelle" of Longues-sur-Mer Battery became famous . It was also the location of the film "The Longest Day" when Pluskat saw the allied ships coming out of the fog on June 6 1944.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

:unsure::unsure:

 

 

This LCI was not taking us on a Whale Watching Trip:-

 

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This is where they dropped us and went back to their ship and England:-

 

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This is what the Krauts were planning to surprise and hurt us with:-

 

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Didn't matter we got up the hill anyway and then made them sorry for being Badies!!

 

Sgtleo :armata_PDT_37:

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James Hennessey - -87th Inf Div - Go Irish

 

Jim, thanks for this one. It's a beauty. :drinkin:

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Here are two photos of Dick Fietz, 370th Combat Engineer, at this daughter's wedding this summer. Looking pretty handsome there buddy! :pdt20:

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Jim,

 

Love that photo of you in Notre Dame fan attire! 2 of my cousins are Notre Dame alum,

but I went to Boston College (go Eagles!).

 

I assume that Our Lady Of Grace is near the TV in order to lend her support to the Fighting Irish. I think that may be an unfair advantage Ha! :lol::D for the Irish!

 

mary ann

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Here is a picture of my grandfather, his lovely bride, and me at their house in St. Petersburg, FL. It was in 1999 I believe. Fotunately they are together again, and this time eternally.

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Todd: Papa O'Brien (alias the Colonel) sure had a BIG, hearty smile. You know when I looked at that photo, I could still see the young man in the 540th. You can see the resemblance from the early photos.

 

That is the first time I've seen Mama O'Brien. They look like such a lovely and happy couple. That's a great pic of the three of you. One to treasure forever.

 

Larry: Bet they didn't want to go back...

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"Larry: Bet they didn't want to go back..."

 

I bet they didn't , they left the US on 30 Nov and got back to 7th Army area in France on 23 Dec `44. cold...snow...Vosges mountains...major german offences .... you know they didn't

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Talk about sh---y timing! EGAD!

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Two more of Rocky. I'll let him tell the story! :armata_PDT_01:

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Two more of Rocky. I'll let him tell the story! :armata_PDT_01:

 

Pic. on left was taken inside an Apache Hilo. That was quite and experience to look inside and picture all the men

that rode in there going to a jump off point somewhere in the jungle in Vietnam.

Not much to say about the other pic. The stewardess spotted me and saw my cap, WW11 so shecame over

and gave me a hug and said sweetly,"Thank you for your service", so Being a gentleman I hugged her and for

a minute I couldn't breathe. That plane flew in WW11 to different places selling WAR BONDS.

This was at an Air Show in Kansas City,Mo. One thing that shook the crowd was when a P-51 Mustang flew

by the grandstand at top speed and just underneath this fighter jet flew just barely above stalling speed.

QUITE A SHOW THAT WAS. AND THE PERFUME WAS TERRIFIC. THIS "OLE DOGGIE" WUZ IN HEAVEN FOR A SHORT.

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Being a gentleman I hugged her and for a minute I couldn't breathe. . . THIS "OLE DOGGIE" WUZ IN HEAVEN FOR A SHORT.

 

Sir! You better be careful - at your age, that much excitement, and you may be in Heaven for longer than just a short while!

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Sir! You better be careful - at your age, that much excitement, and you may be in Heaven for longer than just a short while!

 

WHAT A WAY TO GO !!!! HELL AT MY AGE, I KNEW TRICKS THAT I WON'T WRITE ABOUT. OR SAY AFTER THIS PIC WAS TAKEN.

EXCEPT A BUTTON POPPED AND HIT ME ON THE MOUTH, 'NUF SAID. thisoledogfacestillhaswhatis needed. The Rock

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You're my hero, you ol' doggie!!

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Rocky ! you are very HANDSOMEST :rolleyes: !! And in very good company !!

 

 

VEE ;)

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Posting for Rocky...

 

Martha got me drinking coffee after the,"Hispanic Day", Parade.

the Parade was about a mile long. Oct. 17 Rocky

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If I look as good at your age, I'll be a lucky man!

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Rocky,

 

I think you must be lying to us about your age. You look a LOT younger than you say you are! WOW!! You put a lot of 20 & 30 year olds to shame.

 

I ditto Vee - now THAT'S a HANDSOME fellow! :theman:

 

m2

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ALL I CAN SAY IS---THE WORLD CHAANGED ON AUG.22 1922

DON'T KNOCK "THE ROCK"

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Jim Hennessey just sent me this photo.

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More photos of Jim Hennessey. The second one is just a riot. Love that backdrop! :drinkin:

 

Jim says...

 

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The vets on the flanks are Navy vets.

The one next to me Al Zakre was wounded at the Rapido River-Italy-34th Inf.Div.

Lost an eye.

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Watson sent me these today. Here ya go, my friend:

 

A PICTURE OF ME TAKEN OF ME FEB.25 1945, IN FLORENCE, ITALY.

 

THE OTHER PICTURE IS MY JEEP, WHICH I JUST GOTTEN OUT OF, WHEN GERMAN ARTILLERY SHELL HIT DIRECTLY INTO IT. THEN IT WAS RUN OVER BY A TANK. I CAN'T REMEMBER THE PLACE WHERE IT HAPPENED. JUST THOUGHT YOU LIKE TO SEE THEM. THE GUY STANDING THERE WAS AN ARMED GUARD THAT RODE WITH ME EVERY WHERE I WENT, NAMED CLARK, IS ALL I CAN REMEMBER. ROCKY WAS ALSO IN MY COMPANY 135TH BN. 34TH RED BULL DIV.

 

TAKE CARE

WATSON JONES

HAMLET, NORTH CAROLINA

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