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“The troops, the air, and the Navy did all that bravery and devotion to duty could do. If any blame or fault attaches to the attempt, it is mine alone.” — Gen. Dwight David Eisenhower’s message in case of failure at D-Day

Over 25,000 of the nation’s finest lost their lives in the D-Day invasion. What a staggering loss. The enormity of it all — including Eisenhower’s willingness to embrace the responsibility for it — astounds me.

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  1. Vectorman Member

    A time when leaders would accept the consequences of their actions.


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    • May 28, 2018, at 3:48 AM PDT
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  2. Randy Webster Member

    The American dead on D-Day were about 2,500 (horrendous enough). Twenty-nine thousand would have been the total destruction of three divisions. The Fourth Infantry, landing at Utah, took few casualties. The First and Twenty-ninth, landing at Omaha, took the bulk of the casualties.

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    • May 28, 2018, at 4:01 AM PDT
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  3. AUMom Member
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    Randy Webster (View Comment):

    The American dead on D-Day were about 2,500 (horrendous enough). Twenty-nine thousand would have been the total destruction of three divisions. The Fourth Infantry, landing at Utah, took few casualties. The First and Twenty-ninth, landing at Omaha, took the bulk of the casualties.

    Never let a non-military historian report numbers. Thanks, Randy. 

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    • May 28, 2018, at 9:54 AM PDT
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  4. barbara lydick Inactive

    I can only think of a handful of presidents who would have uttered those words. What a fine leader Eisenhower was.

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    • May 28, 2018, at 5:30 PM PDT
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  5. Gary Robbins Reagan

    barbara lydick (View Comment):

    I can only think of a handful of presidents who would have uttered those words. What a fine leader Eisenhower was.

    I can think of a current President who would never have blamed himself for any failure.

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    • May 28, 2018, at 6:09 PM PDT
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  6. MarciN Member

    Dwight Eisenhower was buried as humbly as he lived:

    General Dwight D. Eisenhower was buried in his World War II uniform. It consists of “pink” trousers and the green “Ike” jacket that he made famous. Although he was one of the most decorated military men in history, his uniform had only the following medals: Army Distinguished Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters, Navy Distinguished Service Medal, and the Legion of Merit.

    There is a long-overdue effort to construct a formal memorial to Eisenhower in Washington, D.C. The groundbreaking was in October 2017. I do not like other buildings designed by the architect Frank Gehry. But perhaps this will turn out okay.

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    • May 28, 2018, at 7:09 PM PDT
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  7. Randy Webster Member

    MarciN (View Comment):

    I do not like other buildings designed by the architect Frank Gehry. But perhaps this will turn out okay.

    Not from what I’ve read.

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    • May 28, 2018, at 9:11 PM PDT
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