Men of Valor

Of the more than 160,000 men who took part in D-Day, twelve were awarded the Medal of Honor, nine received it posthumously, three in person.

Brigadier General Theodore Roosevelt,Jr was the oldest man and the highest ranking officer making the first wave of the invasion. Roosevelt was in such poor health that he had to walk with a cane, yet he insisted on being in the first wave.

He went around the president and appealed directly to General Eisenhower for permission to lead his men. He believed with all his heart that if anyone could get them safely to shore, he could.

Even though they landed off course, he directed the battle from where they were and saved thousands of lives. They said he took his cane and punched the men, ordering them to follow him to the beach. He lost fewer men on his beach than any of the other beaches the Americans charged.

It was said by many that his was the greatest act of bravery they had ever witnessed. He died in July of 1944 of a heart attack before receiving the medal.

I knelt at his grave in the American Cemetery at Normandy and gave thanks to the more than 10,000 men buried in that American soil. His brother’s body, who had been killed in France in the First World War, was buried beside him.

All of those who object to living in America should have to stand on that sacred soil and weep the tears which I did for so many who gave so much.

Published in: on June 3, 2015 at 11:22 pm  Leave a Comment  

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