Friday, June 6, 2014

Come on, you sons of bitches, do you want to live forever?

Today is the 70th anniversary of D-Day.  Remember the men who waded ashore through machine gun fire to assault the Atlantic Wall.


Today is also the 72nd anniversary of Midway where the tide was turned in the war in the Pacific.  The torpedo bomber squadrons sacrificed themselves to a man, but that gave the dive bombers unmolested opportunity to rip the heart out of the Imperial Japanese carrier fleet.


It is also the 96th anniversary of the battle of Belleau Wood, one of the costliest days in Marine Corps history, but one where they blunted the German advance towards Paris.  Their spirit was captured precisely by Gunnery Sergeant Dan Daly, in the quote that makes this post's title.

A bloody day, one filled to overflowing with sacrifice and well worth our remembrance.  Hoist a beer to their memories sometime today.