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GerryT
October 31st, 2009, 07:40 AM
My Dad worked in catering for the US Marines in the Beech HIll. That beautiful old house was their base as they prepared for going to invade mainland Europe.
In the months they had been billited there many of the Americans had fallen in love with the peace and beauty of the place. One Marine from Texas called Hank was so much in love with this part of Ireland he often told my Dad of his plans to make his home here when the war was over. Dad was always addressed to as "Irish" by the young American.

A few weeks after most of the Marines had been shipped out for the invasion Dad was coming up the stairs in the Beech Hill with Colonel Ladd's supper when he was greeted by "Hi Irish" as Hank came down the same stairs.

On serving the Colonel Dad commented that he had met Hank on the stairs.

The Colonel looked at Dad and quietly said that the group of Marines based in the Beech Hill had been in the first wave onto the beaches. They came under murderous fire and Hank was one of those who never made it alive onto the beach.

So if you ever have the privilage of staying in the Beech Hill and do meet a young Marine dressed in the uniform of the 1940's say "Hi Hank" from my Dad.

GerryT
October 31st, 2009, 07:42 AM
Two brothers both where in the army and fighting in the trench warfare of the First World War. They had been posted a few miles apart as the battle raged.
The younger brother was in forward observation position out in no man's land when a shell smashed into their position killing his comrades. When he recovered consiousness he discovered that the explosion had blinded him. He had to make it back to his own trenches if he was to survive his injuries. It was then that he heard the familiar sound of his older brother calling to him and giving him directions to crawl through hundreds of yards of
the mud and wire jungle to safety.

As he was being treated in the field hospital he told the nurse of how bravely his brother had crawled out into no man's land to guide him safely back to their trench.

The nurse first looked at the doctor and then to the dead body of this man's brother who had been killed a few hours earlier a few miles away in another part of the battlefield.

lofter1
November 1st, 2009, 11:49 AM
Seasonally appropriate, and way over the top (but crazy spooky) -- worth 10 minutes if some gory laughs are needed ...

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The Horribly Slow Murderer with the Extremely Inefficient Weapon (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9VDvgL58h_Y)

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