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#4479723 - 06/24/19 12:35 PM Re: The Passing of The Greatest Generation. [Re: F4UDash4]  
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This thread has been a very sobering read.


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Originally Posted by PanzerMeyer
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This thread has been a very sobering read.


And it contains only a small fraction of the 400 or so WWII veterans we loose every day in just the US.

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AMERICA REMEMBERS -- It is with great sadness, we have learned that WWII Veteran George Haines, one of Rochester's most visible and vocal World War II veterans, has died. He was 94.

Haines, who lived in Greece, was among the veterans of Rochester's that have been involved with The Greatest Generations Foundation programs in recent years.

He served in the U.S. Army 24th Division in the Pacific and saw two years of combat. His story was recorded and now sits in the Library of Congress.

"I saw a lot, and we just...it's something you don't tell spread out, but it's in your mind all your life," Haines said.

Known for his ability to live vivaciously and always have many irons in the fire, his service to our country and creation of cross-stitched flags that he gave away.

Family members said fellow WWII veteran and TGGF Ambassador Pete DuPre was at Haines' bedside Wednesday night, playing hymns on his harmonica as his friend passed away.

"Every Day is Memorial Day"
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LIFE REMEMBERED: William Tully Brown, one of the last Navajo Code Talkers, dies at 96, leaving only five living Navajo Code Talkers.

Brown was born in Black Mountain, Ariz., on the Navajo Nation and enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1944. He served at the battles of Iwo Jima and Guadalcanal, and received several commendations including the American Campaign and World War Two Victory medals. He was honorably discharged two years later.

The Code Talkers used their native language to create an unbreakable code that stumped the Japanese and helped turn the tide in the Pacific during World War II.

Brown is the third Navajo Code Talker to die in the past month following New Mexico State Sen. Jonn Pinto.

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LIFE REMEMBERED: ROY M.HANNA, JR., World War II veteran, Member of the famed 82nd Airborne Division has passed away. Mr. Hanna was 102.

Raised on a dairy farm in central Pennsylvania, Mr. Hanna attended Penn State University where he was a member of Sigma Chi and the Penn State Boxing Team, winning the Intercollegiate Golden Glove championship in the Light Weight Division in 1939. In 1940 he volunteered for military service.

During World War II, First Lt. Roy Hanna was a platoon leader in the 3rd Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry, 82nd Airborne Infantry Division. In addition to the Distinguished Service Cross, Hanna went on to receive 10 other citations for his service in the Second World War. After leaving the Army, Hanna had a successful career in the dairy industry. A Pennsylvania native and centenarian, Hanna’s called Pinehurst home now for 36 years.

In 2009, Mr. Hanna made the return back to Holland for the 65th Anniversary of Operation Market Garden with The Greatest Generations Foundation. Hie will be remembered by so many. RIP Mr. Hanna.

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AMERICA REMEMBERS: World War II veteran Mr. Joseph Iscovitz, one of few remaining Pearl Harbor survivors has died. He was 103.

On the morning of December 07, 1941, Joseph Iscovitz picked up a machine gun to defend his country against attacking Japanese planes on a date that lives in infamy. It was still a defining moment in his 103-year life when he died Tuesday.

Joseph Iscovitz was among the oldest survivors of the Pearl Harbor attack that brought the United States into World War II, a 25-year-old Army Air Corps sergeant stationed at Fort Shafter on the island the morning of the surprise attack, reports the Sun Sentinel.

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LIFE REMEMBERED: Dorothy Dwyer, who worked for Gen. Dwight Eisenhower as one of the first women shipped overseas during World War II, has died. She was 98.

Dwyer’s family will remember her for her loving, adventurous and humorous spirit, as well as for her love for gardening and serving her country.

In an recent interview, Dwyer shared a few of her photographs and memories from her military service, including a snapshot of Winston Churchill and the time she literally ran into French Gen. Charles de Gaulle in a hallway.

Dwyer was part of the first step in the offensive against Hitler’s European fortress, when the Allies moved their forces into North Africa in 1943.

At that point, she was working in the nerve center of the Allied effort in Europe and Africa.

“Churchill was there a lot to meet with Eisenhower,” she told The Columbian. “I was going around a corner and walked into the stomach of Gen. de Gaulle,” who stood about 6-foot-5.

“I saluted and left.”

Back then, she was Dorothy Grassby, and had enlisted Oct. 1, 1942, in the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps — forerunner of the Women’s Army Corps (WACs).

Dwyer was previously part of the Boston area’s aircraft warning system, where she would listen for airplane engines and report anything that didn’t sound like an American plane. She also registered military-aged men for the draft. That’s when she started thinking about joining herself.

“I was four months short of 21, but they needed us,” she said in 2009. “Dad said it was too dangerous. I went anyway.”

She completed basic training at a former Army cavalry post, Fort Des Moines, Iowa. In the summer of 1943, Dwyer’s unit boarded the SS Santa Rosa, an ocean liner that had been converted into a troop ship. They landed at the Mediterranean port of Oran, Algeria, on Aug. 21, 1943, then boarded a train for Algiers.

Later in her career, Dwyer joined the staff of Gen. Benjamin Chidlaw, deputy commanding general of the 12th Tactical Air Command. Her job was to write letters home to the families of people killed or missing in action.

“No two letters could be the same,” she remembered. “It was a hard job. Another GI and I did that.”

Dwyer served until June 1945, according to her family.

May God welcome you into your Eternal Rest, Mrs. Dorothy Dwyer, we humbly thank you for your bravery, dedication and leadership during your service in World War II. The world owes you a great debt of gratitude.

R.I.P., Mrs. Dwyer. Truly one of Our Greatest Generation.

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AMERICA REMEMBERS: World War II veteran Mr. Edward Haight has died at age 94.

A Chicago native, Haight enlisted in the Navy in October 1942 at age 19. On D-Day — June 6, 1944 — he was stationed on the flying bridge of the minesweeper USS Raven off Utah Beach as it provided support for landing craft that invaded France to attack Axis troops.

Haight gathered sonar readings and called out instructions to others aboard the 220-foot vessel, a role that earned him the nickname “Ping.”

Last month, Haight recalled that the D-Day invasion was postponed one day because Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, the Allied commander in Europe, determined that rough weather made crossing the English Channel too risky. Haight said the weather improved only slightly the next day, and he battled severe seasickness to carry out his duties on June 6.

On 5 June Raven proceeded to her assigned area off Normandy and participated in the sweep of the fire control area for Utah Beach. From this time until August she was active in clearing approach channels to the Normandy beachheads.

In August 1944 she sailed to Oran, thence to Naples, Italy. From then until June 1945 she performed sweeping and patrol duty in the Straits of Bonifacio, clearing the way for ships en route to the invasion of southern France, and sweeping off the French Riviera and Italian Riviera and off Corsica. During the entire European operation, including D-Day, Raven swept 21 German and Italian naval mines.

Asked if he incurred any injuries, Haight said, “I got hit a few times, but I didn’t get hurt. You can’t be where all that crap is and not get hit.”

Haight returned to Chicago after the war and operated a gas station for a time. He moved to Florida after his first marriage ended, and he married Geri Westphal, a former Cypress Gardens skier, in 1989.

Haight had a career as a salesman of plumbing parts and continued working until age 93. He received a Legion of Honor medal in 2011 from French military officers during a ceremony.

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