This year marks the 74th anniversary of the end of World War II, a war that took the lives of between 50 and 80 million civilians and over 16 million Allied soldiers.  More than 407,000 were Americans.  After nearly three-quarters of a century, even among those who made it home alive, there are fewer and fewer remaining with each passing year.  That’s why it’s so important to talk to them and preserve their stories for posterity while we can.

 

One of those heroes is Navy veteran Jack Gutman, who was only 18 when he went ashore on the beaches of Normandy on D-Day.  He was a Corpsman, there to provide emergency medical aid to soldiers who were wounded and dying all around him.  He later served in Okinawa.  After he came home, he suffered PTSD and flashbacks that he tried to self-medicate with alcohol for 66 years before finally turning to the VA and fellow veterans for help, something that he now urges all wounded warriors to do.  This year, at age 93, he is finally returning to Normandy for the first time since D-Day. 

 

At the link is the full story, which I urge you to read.  And please watch the video.  I promise you, it’s one of the most moving interviews you are ever likely to see.

 

https://www.foxnews.com/us/veteran-of-d-day-okinawa-recalls-fight-with-ptsd-as-he-prepares-to-travel-back-to-normandy

 

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  • Stephen Russell

    05/27/2019 01:59 PM

    Been 2 Normandy: 2004: Saw all the beaches, & Ste Marie Eglise & mannequin jumper on roof,
    many bunkers, bridge taken in Brit beaches, then Hi rise bunker in same area, then later drove to Verdun 2 sample WW1 history.
    Loved Caen museum & Utah beach area.
    Omaha was pure beach, no unique villages behind beach seen aside US Cemetary for Omaha.
    Verdun was creepy, spooky, very misty weather, ruins everyplace & signs denoting what would be towns.
    & yet still active mines & explosives in area.
    Why cant US & NATO forces clear mines ,etc for training for troops.
    Huge PR for US & NATO forces.
    Went in Fall 2004.
    Must see both battlesites.
    Odd Normandy was in sunlight, clear skies, Verdun cloudy, misty.

  • rodney burke

    05/27/2019 01:31 PM

    sadly the LAST war we fought with the full and only intent of winning. Not a good legacy to have as a nation. everything we've done since was a waste of manpower, money and time. There was too much politics and mostly we can blame democrats for that. No, Nixon didn't help in viet Nam Bush got us into the Gulf war and Slick didn't didin't get us out nor did Barry. i am furious about that as a citizen AND a vet. It is inexcusable.

    As for Nadler, No he WON"T get on with the people's business. He is like too many other communists, blinded by hate. The only solution, is get him out. I pray with declas and the OIG coming out that will begin. The communists have waged war ever since July of 2016. they only had one intent, Hilary as president so she could finish what barry started. We as conservatives, sadly, have yet to face that in too many cases. I don't know what Nadler is guilty of, I just know how he has talked and behaved and that is against America at every hand.