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#4489655 - 09/16/19 12:35 PM Market Garden Veteran to Jump Again  
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101st Vet Aged 98 To Jump Again in Operation Market Garden

If anyone can prove those adages to be true, it’s Jim ‘Pee Wee’ Martin, an American World War II 101st veteran who’s doing something many men half his age are too terrified to tackle.

They say you’re only as old as you feel, that age is just a number, and that growing older is best combated by thinking and acting young.

Martin is going to repeat a jump he first did in 1944 as part of an Allied mission Operation Market Garden to free parts of the Netherlands from the Nazis’ grip. Apparently, he doesn’t consider his age a deterrent in any way.


“Together, let us take up the challenge to reawaken America's religious and moral heart, recognizing that a deep and abiding faith in God is the rock upon which this great Nation was founded.” - Ronald Reagan, May 4, 1982
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#4489656 - 09/16/19 12:38 PM Re: Market Garden Veteran to Jump Again [Re: F4UDash4]  
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I follow him on FB and honestly I am astonished by this man's character and drive. I'm really in awe.


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#4489669 - 09/16/19 04:17 PM Re: Market Garden Veteran to Jump Again [Re: F4UDash4]  
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Good on him,

There are lots of celebrations going on here celebrating the liberation of Belgium, for our town it was on the 12 September when the Welsh Guards took the town from German hands
For those with Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Operatie-Market-Garden-2019-682699908601285/

Tomorrow night we are going to Sint Huibrechts Lille to go to a talk and walk about the occupation and liberation.

My mother in law was there during the war and this picture was taken there, she is the little girl on the right tending the graves of fallen British soldiers. The other pics are of the route the convoy is taking, on the tall pic my house is just to the right of the star beside the 09:00. smile

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“Together, let us take up the challenge to reawaken America's religious and moral heart, recognizing that a deep and abiding faith in God is the rock upon which this great Nation was founded.” - Ronald Reagan, May 4, 1982
#4489816 - 09/18/19 12:21 AM Re: Market Garden Veteran to Jump Again [Re: F4UDash4]  
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Great stuff.


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#4489844 - 09/18/19 12:29 PM Re: Market Garden Veteran to Jump Again [Re: F4UDash4]  
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God bless him. He has more guts than me


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#4490843 - 09/29/19 06:42 PM Re: Market Garden Veteran to Jump Again [Re: F4UDash4]  
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The Tank Museum has posted up a video of Operation Market Garden 75


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bKY6ms6V2FI

The video starts out not far from where I live, JOE's Bridge is in Lommel Barrier about 8 miles from here and close to where my wife's office is.
JOE's bridge is the nickname given to the bridge after Lt. Col. J.O.E. Vandeleur the commanding officer of the Irish Guards that took the bridge on 10 September 1944. He was played by Michael Caine in the film A Bridge too Far.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe%27s_Bridge
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe_Vandeleur


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#4490848 - 09/29/19 07:21 PM Re: Market Garden Veteran to Jump Again [Re: F4UDash4]  
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What a great video!... thoroughly enjoyed watching that.

#4490872 - 09/30/19 04:32 AM Re: Market Garden Veteran to Jump Again [Re: F4UDash4]  
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Enjoyed it quite a bit. thumbsup


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#4490879 - 09/30/19 10:33 AM Re: Market Garden Veteran to Jump Again [Re: F4UDash4]  
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To this day I believe "A Bridge Too Far" by Richard Attenborough is still the definitive film adaptation of the battle/campaign.


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