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Aug 6, 2022 17:47:52   #
Elwood Loc: Florida
 
AN OLD MAN AND A BUCKET OF SHRIMP...



This will take a couple minutes a true story... a wonderful story.

You will be glad that you read it, especially those who know Key Biscayne, Florida.

I hope you’ll pass it on.


It happened every Friday evening, almost without fail, when the sun resembled a giant orange and was starting to dip into the blue ocean.

Old ED came strolling along the beach to his favorite pier.

Clutched in his bony hand was a bucket of shrimp. ED walks out to the end of the pier, where it seems he almost has the world to himself. The glow of the sun is a golden bronze now.

Everybody's gone, except for a few joggers on the beach. Standing out on the end of the Pier, ED is alone with his thoughts ... and his bucket of shrimp.

Before long, however, he is no longer alone. Up in the sky, a thousand white dots come screeching and squawking, winging their way toward that lanky frame standing there on the end of the pier.

Before long, dozens of seagulls have enveloped him, their wings fluttering and flapping wildly. ED stands there tossing shrimp to the hungry birds. As he does, if you listen closely, you can hear him say with a smile, “THANK YOU. THANK YOU. THANK YOU. THANK YOU”

In a few short minutes, the bucket is empty. But ED doesn't leave. He stands there lost in thought, as though transported to another time and place.

When he finally turns around and begins to walk back toward the beach, a few of the birds hop along The Pier with him until he gets to the stairs, and then they, too, fly away.

And old ED quietly makes his way down to the end of the beach and on home.

If you were sitting there on the pier with your fishing line in the water, ED might seem like a 'funny old duck,' as my Dad used to say. Or, to onlookers, he's just another old codger, lost in his own weird world, feeding the seagulls with a bucket full of shrimp.

To the onlooker, rituals can look either very strange or very empty. They can seem altogether unimportant, maybe even a lot of nonsense.

Old folks often do strange things, at least in the eyes of Boomers and Busters.

Most of them would probably write Old ED off, down there in Florida. That's too bad. They'd do well to know him better.

His full name: EDDIE RICKENBACKER. He was a famous hero in WORLD WAR I, and then he was in WWII. On one of his flying missions across the Pacific, he and his seven-member crew went down. Miraculously, all of the men survived, crawled out of their plane and climbed into a life raft.

CAPTAIN RICKENBACKER and his crew floated for days on the rough waters of the Pacific. They fought the sun. They fought sharks. Most of all, they fought hunger and thirst. By the eighth day, their rations ran out. No food. No water. They were hundreds of miles from land, and no one knew where they were or even if they were alive.

Every day across America millions wondered and prayed that EDDIE RICKENBACKER might somehow be found alive.

The men adrift needed a miracle. That afternoon they had a simple devotional service and prayed for a miracle.

They tried to nap. EDDIE leaned back and pulled his military cap over his nose. Time dragged on. All he could hear was the slap of the waves against the raft. Suddenly EDDIE felt something land on the top of his cap. It was a seagull!

Old ED would later describe how he sat perfectly still, planning his next move. With a flash of his hand and a squawk from the gull, he managed to grab it and wring its neck. He tore the feathers off, and he and his starving crew made a meal of it - a very slight meal for eight men. Then they used the intestines for bait. With it, they caught fish, which gave them food and more bait...and the cycle continued. With that simple survival technique, they were able to endure the rigors of the sea until they were found and rescued after 24 days at sea.

EDDIE RICKENBACKER lived many years beyond that ordeal, but he never forgot the sacrifice of that first life-saving seagull... And he never stopped saying, ‘THANK YOU’. That's why almost every Friday night he would walk to the end of the pier with a bucket full of shrimp and a heart full of gratitude.

Reference: (Max Lucado, "In The Eye of the Storm", pp...221, 225-226)

PS:

* EDDIE RICKENBACKER WAS THE FOUNDER OF EASTERN AIRLINES.

* BEFORE WWI HE WAS A RACE CAR DRIVER.

* IN WWI HE WAS A PILOT AND BECAME AMERICA'S FIRST ACE.

* IN WWII HE WAS AN INSTRUCTOR AND MILITARY ADVISER, AND HE FLEW MISSIONS WITH THE COMBAT PILOTS.

EDDIE RICKENBACKER IS A TRUE AMERICAN HERO. AND NOW YOU KNOW ANOTHER STORY ABOUT THE TRIALS AND SACRIFICES THAT BRAVE MEN HAVE ENDURED FOR YOUR FREEDOM

As you can see, I chose to pass it on. It is a great story that many don't know. You've got to be careful with old guys, you just never know what they have done during their lifetime.



P.S. AND THE ROAD INTO KEY BISCAYNE IS THE RICKENBACKER CAUSEWAY

Correction:
Rickenbacker was not the founder of Eastern Airlines but was very influential in the General Motors acquisition of Eastern Air Transport, a compilation of North American Aviation and Pitcairn Aviation Company that was owned by Clement Keys. When General Motors acquired the company from Keys they renamed it to Eastern Air Lines. In January of 1934 Rickenbacker began his term general manager for Eastern Air Lines and later served also as the company’s president.

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Aug 6, 2022 17:56:36   #
Doctor Dave Loc: Madisonville, Tx.
 
Great story.

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Aug 6, 2022 18:01:17   #
Elwood Loc: Florida
 
Doctor Dave wrote:
Great story.


Sure is.

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Aug 6, 2022 18:03:38   #
Smedley_buzkill
 
Elwood wrote:
AN OLD MAN AND A BUCKET OF SHRIMP...



This will take a couple minutes a true story... a wonderful story.

You will be glad that you read it, especially those who know Key Biscayne, Florida.

I hope you’ll pass it on.


It happened every Friday evening, almost without fail, when the sun resembled a giant orange and was starting to dip into the blue ocean.

Old ED came strolling along the beach to his favorite pier.

Clutched in his bony hand was a bucket of shrimp. ED walks out to the end of the pier, where it seems he almost has the world to himself. The glow of the sun is a golden bronze now.

Everybody's gone, except for a few joggers on the beach. Standing out on the end of the Pier, ED is alone with his thoughts ... and his bucket of shrimp.

Before long, however, he is no longer alone. Up in the sky, a thousand white dots come screeching and squawking, winging their way toward that lanky frame standing there on the end of the pier.

Before long, dozens of seagulls have enveloped him, their wings fluttering and flapping wildly. ED stands there tossing shrimp to the hungry birds. As he does, if you listen closely, you can hear him say with a smile, “THANK YOU. THANK YOU. THANK YOU. THANK YOU”

In a few short minutes, the bucket is empty. But ED doesn't leave. He stands there lost in thought, as though transported to another time and place.

When he finally turns around and begins to walk back toward the beach, a few of the birds hop along The Pier with him until he gets to the stairs, and then they, too, fly away.

And old ED quietly makes his way down to the end of the beach and on home.

If you were sitting there on the pier with your fishing line in the water, ED might seem like a 'funny old duck,' as my Dad used to say. Or, to onlookers, he's just another old codger, lost in his own weird world, feeding the seagulls with a bucket full of shrimp.

To the onlooker, rituals can look either very strange or very empty. They can seem altogether unimportant, maybe even a lot of nonsense.

Old folks often do strange things, at least in the eyes of Boomers and Busters.

Most of them would probably write Old ED off, down there in Florida. That's too bad. They'd do well to know him better.

His full name: EDDIE RICKENBACKER. He was a famous hero in WORLD WAR I, and then he was in WWII. On one of his flying missions across the Pacific, he and his seven-member crew went down. Miraculously, all of the men survived, crawled out of their plane and climbed into a life raft.

CAPTAIN RICKENBACKER and his crew floated for days on the rough waters of the Pacific. They fought the sun. They fought sharks. Most of all, they fought hunger and thirst. By the eighth day, their rations ran out. No food. No water. They were hundreds of miles from land, and no one knew where they were or even if they were alive.

Every day across America millions wondered and prayed that EDDIE RICKENBACKER might somehow be found alive.

The men adrift needed a miracle. That afternoon they had a simple devotional service and prayed for a miracle.

They tried to nap. EDDIE leaned back and pulled his military cap over his nose. Time dragged on. All he could hear was the slap of the waves against the raft. Suddenly EDDIE felt something land on the top of his cap. It was a seagull!

Old ED would later describe how he sat perfectly still, planning his next move. With a flash of his hand and a squawk from the gull, he managed to grab it and wring its neck. He tore the feathers off, and he and his starving crew made a meal of it - a very slight meal for eight men. Then they used the intestines for bait. With it, they caught fish, which gave them food and more bait...and the cycle continued. With that simple survival technique, they were able to endure the rigors of the sea until they were found and rescued after 24 days at sea.

EDDIE RICKENBACKER lived many years beyond that ordeal, but he never forgot the sacrifice of that first life-saving seagull... And he never stopped saying, ‘THANK YOU’. That's why almost every Friday night he would walk to the end of the pier with a bucket full of shrimp and a heart full of gratitude.

Reference: (Max Lucado, "In The Eye of the Storm", pp...221, 225-226)

PS:

* EDDIE RICKENBACKER WAS THE FOUNDER OF EASTERN AIRLINES.

* BEFORE WWI HE WAS A RACE CAR DRIVER.

* IN WWI HE WAS A PILOT AND BECAME AMERICA'S FIRST ACE.

* IN WWII HE WAS AN INSTRUCTOR AND MILITARY ADVISER, AND HE FLEW MISSIONS WITH THE COMBAT PILOTS.

EDDIE RICKENBACKER IS A TRUE AMERICAN HERO. AND NOW YOU KNOW ANOTHER STORY ABOUT THE TRIALS AND SACRIFICES THAT BRAVE MEN HAVE ENDURED FOR YOUR FREEDOM

As you can see, I chose to pass it on. It is a great story that many don't know. You've got to be careful with old guys, you just never know what they have done during their lifetime.



P.S. AND THE ROAD INTO KEY BISCAYNE IS THE RICKENBACKER CAUSEWAY

Correction:
Rickenbacker was not the founder of Eastern Airlines but was very influential in the General Motors acquisition of Eastern Air Transport, a compilation of North American Aviation and Pitcairn Aviation Company that was owned by Clement Keys. When General Motors acquired the company from Keys they renamed it to Eastern Air Lines. In January of 1934 Rickenbacker began his term general manager for Eastern Air Lines and later served also as the company’s president.
AN OLD MAN AND A BUCKET OF SHRIMP... br br ... (show quote)


Really great story.

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Aug 6, 2022 18:05:00   #
Elwood Loc: Florida
 
Smedley_buzkill wrote:
Really great story.


I agree.

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Aug 7, 2022 18:26:34   #
Peaver Bogart Loc: Montana
 
Elwood wrote:
AN OLD MAN AND A BUCKET OF SHRIMP...



This will take a couple minutes a true story... a wonderful story.

You will be glad that you read it, especially those who know Key Biscayne, Florida.

I hope you’ll pass it on.


It happened every Friday evening, almost without fail, when the sun resembled a giant orange and was starting to dip into the blue ocean.

Old ED came strolling along the beach to his favorite pier.

Clutched in his bony hand was a bucket of shrimp. ED walks out to the end of the pier, where it seems he almost has the world to himself. The glow of the sun is a golden bronze now.

Everybody's gone, except for a few joggers on the beach. Standing out on the end of the Pier, ED is alone with his thoughts ... and his bucket of shrimp.

Before long, however, he is no longer alone. Up in the sky, a thousand white dots come screeching and squawking, winging their way toward that lanky frame standing there on the end of the pier.

Before long, dozens of seagulls have enveloped him, their wings fluttering and flapping wildly. ED stands there tossing shrimp to the hungry birds. As he does, if you listen closely, you can hear him say with a smile, “THANK YOU. THANK YOU. THANK YOU. THANK YOU”

In a few short minutes, the bucket is empty. But ED doesn't leave. He stands there lost in thought, as though transported to another time and place.

When he finally turns around and begins to walk back toward the beach, a few of the birds hop along The Pier with him until he gets to the stairs, and then they, too, fly away.

And old ED quietly makes his way down to the end of the beach and on home.

If you were sitting there on the pier with your fishing line in the water, ED might seem like a 'funny old duck,' as my Dad used to say. Or, to onlookers, he's just another old codger, lost in his own weird world, feeding the seagulls with a bucket full of shrimp.

To the onlooker, rituals can look either very strange or very empty. They can seem altogether unimportant, maybe even a lot of nonsense.

Old folks often do strange things, at least in the eyes of Boomers and Busters.

Most of them would probably write Old ED off, down there in Florida. That's too bad. They'd do well to know him better.

His full name: EDDIE RICKENBACKER. He was a famous hero in WORLD WAR I, and then he was in WWII. On one of his flying missions across the Pacific, he and his seven-member crew went down. Miraculously, all of the men survived, crawled out of their plane and climbed into a life raft.

CAPTAIN RICKENBACKER and his crew floated for days on the rough waters of the Pacific. They fought the sun. They fought sharks. Most of all, they fought hunger and thirst. By the eighth day, their rations ran out. No food. No water. They were hundreds of miles from land, and no one knew where they were or even if they were alive.

Every day across America millions wondered and prayed that EDDIE RICKENBACKER might somehow be found alive.

The men adrift needed a miracle. That afternoon they had a simple devotional service and prayed for a miracle.

They tried to nap. EDDIE leaned back and pulled his military cap over his nose. Time dragged on. All he could hear was the slap of the waves against the raft. Suddenly EDDIE felt something land on the top of his cap. It was a seagull!

Old ED would later describe how he sat perfectly still, planning his next move. With a flash of his hand and a squawk from the gull, he managed to grab it and wring its neck. He tore the feathers off, and he and his starving crew made a meal of it - a very slight meal for eight men. Then they used the intestines for bait. With it, they caught fish, which gave them food and more bait...and the cycle continued. With that simple survival technique, they were able to endure the rigors of the sea until they were found and rescued after 24 days at sea.

EDDIE RICKENBACKER lived many years beyond that ordeal, but he never forgot the sacrifice of that first life-saving seagull... And he never stopped saying, ‘THANK YOU’. That's why almost every Friday night he would walk to the end of the pier with a bucket full of shrimp and a heart full of gratitude.

Reference: (Max Lucado, "In The Eye of the Storm", pp...221, 225-226)

PS:

* EDDIE RICKENBACKER WAS THE FOUNDER OF EASTERN AIRLINES.

* BEFORE WWI HE WAS A RACE CAR DRIVER.

* IN WWI HE WAS A PILOT AND BECAME AMERICA'S FIRST ACE.

* IN WWII HE WAS AN INSTRUCTOR AND MILITARY ADVISER, AND HE FLEW MISSIONS WITH THE COMBAT PILOTS.

EDDIE RICKENBACKER IS A TRUE AMERICAN HERO. AND NOW YOU KNOW ANOTHER STORY ABOUT THE TRIALS AND SACRIFICES THAT BRAVE MEN HAVE ENDURED FOR YOUR FREEDOM

As you can see, I chose to pass it on. It is a great story that many don't know. You've got to be careful with old guys, you just never know what they have done during their lifetime.



P.S. AND THE ROAD INTO KEY BISCAYNE IS THE RICKENBACKER CAUSEWAY

Correction:
Rickenbacker was not the founder of Eastern Airlines but was very influential in the General Motors acquisition of Eastern Air Transport, a compilation of North American Aviation and Pitcairn Aviation Company that was owned by Clement Keys. When General Motors acquired the company from Keys they renamed it to Eastern Air Lines. In January of 1934 Rickenbacker began his term general manager for Eastern Air Lines and later served also as the company’s president.
AN OLD MAN AND A BUCKET OF SHRIMP... br br ... (show quote)


Those were the days when men were men.

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Aug 7, 2022 18:27:41   #
Elwood Loc: Florida
 
Peaver Bogart wrote:
Those were the days when men were men.


That they were.

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Aug 7, 2022 21:50:08   #
FallenOak Loc: St George Utah
 
Elwood wrote:
AN OLD MAN AND A BUCKET OF SHRIMP...



This will take a couple minutes a true story... a wonderful story.

You will be glad that you read it, especially those who know Key Biscayne, Florida.

I hope you’ll pass it on.


It happened every Friday evening, almost without fail, when the sun resembled a giant orange and was starting to dip into the blue ocean.

Old ED came strolling along the beach to his favorite pier.

Clutched in his bony hand was a bucket of shrimp. ED walks out to the end of the pier, where it seems he almost has the world to himself. The glow of the sun is a golden bronze now.

Everybody's gone, except for a few joggers on the beach. Standing out on the end of the Pier, ED is alone with his thoughts ... and his bucket of shrimp.

Before long, however, he is no longer alone. Up in the sky, a thousand white dots come screeching and squawking, winging their way toward that lanky frame standing there on the end of the pier.

Before long, dozens of seagulls have enveloped him, their wings fluttering and flapping wildly. ED stands there tossing shrimp to the hungry birds. As he does, if you listen closely, you can hear him say with a smile, “THANK YOU. THANK YOU. THANK YOU. THANK YOU”

In a few short minutes, the bucket is empty. But ED doesn't leave. He stands there lost in thought, as though transported to another time and place.

When he finally turns around and begins to walk back toward the beach, a few of the birds hop along The Pier with him until he gets to the stairs, and then they, too, fly away.

And old ED quietly makes his way down to the end of the beach and on home.

If you were sitting there on the pier with your fishing line in the water, ED might seem like a 'funny old duck,' as my Dad used to say. Or, to onlookers, he's just another old codger, lost in his own weird world, feeding the seagulls with a bucket full of shrimp.

To the onlooker, rituals can look either very strange or very empty. They can seem altogether unimportant, maybe even a lot of nonsense.

Old folks often do strange things, at least in the eyes of Boomers and Busters.

Most of them would probably write Old ED off, down there in Florida. That's too bad. They'd do well to know him better.

His full name: EDDIE RICKENBACKER. He was a famous hero in WORLD WAR I, and then he was in WWII. On one of his flying missions across the Pacific, he and his seven-member crew went down. Miraculously, all of the men survived, crawled out of their plane and climbed into a life raft.

CAPTAIN RICKENBACKER and his crew floated for days on the rough waters of the Pacific. They fought the sun. They fought sharks. Most of all, they fought hunger and thirst. By the eighth day, their rations ran out. No food. No water. They were hundreds of miles from land, and no one knew where they were or even if they were alive.

Every day across America millions wondered and prayed that EDDIE RICKENBACKER might somehow be found alive.

The men adrift needed a miracle. That afternoon they had a simple devotional service and prayed for a miracle.

They tried to nap. EDDIE leaned back and pulled his military cap over his nose. Time dragged on. All he could hear was the slap of the waves against the raft. Suddenly EDDIE felt something land on the top of his cap. It was a seagull!

Old ED would later describe how he sat perfectly still, planning his next move. With a flash of his hand and a squawk from the gull, he managed to grab it and wring its neck. He tore the feathers off, and he and his starving crew made a meal of it - a very slight meal for eight men. Then they used the intestines for bait. With it, they caught fish, which gave them food and more bait...and the cycle continued. With that simple survival technique, they were able to endure the rigors of the sea until they were found and rescued after 24 days at sea.

EDDIE RICKENBACKER lived many years beyond that ordeal, but he never forgot the sacrifice of that first life-saving seagull... And he never stopped saying, ‘THANK YOU’. That's why almost every Friday night he would walk to the end of the pier with a bucket full of shrimp and a heart full of gratitude.

Reference: (Max Lucado, "In The Eye of the Storm", pp...221, 225-226)

PS:

* EDDIE RICKENBACKER WAS THE FOUNDER OF EASTERN AIRLINES.

* BEFORE WWI HE WAS A RACE CAR DRIVER.

* IN WWI HE WAS A PILOT AND BECAME AMERICA'S FIRST ACE.

* IN WWII HE WAS AN INSTRUCTOR AND MILITARY ADVISER, AND HE FLEW MISSIONS WITH THE COMBAT PILOTS.

EDDIE RICKENBACKER IS A TRUE AMERICAN HERO. AND NOW YOU KNOW ANOTHER STORY ABOUT THE TRIALS AND SACRIFICES THAT BRAVE MEN HAVE ENDURED FOR YOUR FREEDOM

As you can see, I chose to pass it on. It is a great story that many don't know. You've got to be careful with old guys, you just never know what they have done during their lifetime.



P.S. AND THE ROAD INTO KEY BISCAYNE IS THE RICKENBACKER CAUSEWAY

Correction:
Rickenbacker was not the founder of Eastern Airlines but was very influential in the General Motors acquisition of Eastern Air Transport, a compilation of North American Aviation and Pitcairn Aviation Company that was owned by Clement Keys. When General Motors acquired the company from Keys they renamed it to Eastern Air Lines. In January of 1934 Rickenbacker began his term general manager for Eastern Air Lines and later served also as the company’s president.
AN OLD MAN AND A BUCKET OF SHRIMP... br br ... (show quote)


We didn't go to very many movies as I was growing up. My Dad thought they were a waste of money and my Mom thought the were a waste of time. We did go to see a movie about Captain Eddie Rickenbacker though. I don't remember the year but I do remember it was about the crash in the Pacific and the crew being on the life boat. The scene about the sea gull was in the movie also. I have always sort of linked Rickenbacker and Bly as they both survived their own hard voyage. Thanks for this story.

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Aug 7, 2022 22:37:07   #
elledee
 
That was an excellent history lesson.....I had no idea that Rickenbacker almost died at sea....Definitely the greatest generation...Thank for posting

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Aug 8, 2022 11:02:46   #
Elwood Loc: Florida
 
FallenOak wrote:
We didn't go to very many movies as I was growing up. My Dad thought they were a waste of money and my Mom thought the were a waste of time. We did go to see a movie about Captain Eddie Rickenbacker though. I don't remember the year but I do remember it was about the crash in the Pacific and the crew being on the life boat. The scene about the sea gull was in the movie also. I have always sort of linked Rickenbacker and Bly as they both survived their own hard voyage. Thanks for this story.
We didn't go to very many movies as I was growing ... (show quote)


My pleasure.

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Aug 8, 2022 11:03:13   #
Elwood Loc: Florida
 
elledee wrote:
That was an excellent history lesson.....I had no idea that Rickenbacker almost died at sea....Definitely the greatest generation...Thank for posting


You are welcome.

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Aug 8, 2022 11:30:55   #
TexaCan Loc: Homeward Bound!
 
FallenOak wrote:
We didn't go to very many movies as I was growing up. My Dad thought they were a waste of money and my Mom thought the were a waste of time. We did go to see a movie about Captain Eddie Rickenbacker though. I don't remember the year but I do remember it was about the crash in the Pacific and the crew being on the life boat. The scene about the sea gull was in the movie also. I have always sort of linked Rickenbacker and Bly as they both survived their own hard voyage. Thanks for this story.
We didn't go to very many movies as I was growing ... (show quote)


This is the movie……..A wonderful reminder of just one of so many true heroes that we must never forget!

https://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/title/70227/captain-eddie/#overview

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Aug 8, 2022 11:37:05   #
TexaCan Loc: Homeward Bound!
 
Elwood wrote:
You are welcome.


Thank you! I had never heard of this story. My Dad and my husband’s Dad both fought in WW11. I don’t know how I missed this movie….I thought I had seen all the war movies!

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Aug 8, 2022 11:44:32   #
FallenOak Loc: St George Utah
 
TexaCan wrote:
This is the movie……..A wonderful reminder of just one of so many true heroes that we must never forget!

https://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/title/70227/captain-eddie/#overview


Thank you.

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Aug 8, 2022 11:45:28   #
Elwood Loc: Florida
 
TexaCan wrote:
Thank you! I had never heard of this story. My Dad and my husband’s Dad both fought in WW11. I don’t know how I missed this movie….I thought I had seen all the war movies!


I missed it too.

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