UPDATE – As of 11/11/13 this photograph has had 1,900 views. Sadly, Bill passed away on 9/16/13, as there was nothing more that could be done for him, since his entire body was shutting down. So, this is yet another dedication to a man who did so much for his country, as well as for those of us who loved him dearly. I am a much better person for having him in my life and will miss his good natured spirit and the love that we shared…He may have left Earth, but he will always be deeply embedded in my heart and soul. I want to thank each and every one of you who left beautiful comments – they will always be cherished! Rest in peace dear Bill…
My Step-Dad, Bill, turned 85 this past Friday. Bill is a WWII Vet. He enlisted when he was 18 and was in the 28th Infrantry Division. This Division is the oldest Division in the history of the armed forces in the U.S., going back to 1879. Stationed at Normandy, he was part of a three man team that shot a Howitzer Canon. He explained to me how it worked. The guy on the left set the position using a guide to sight their target. The guy on the right then set the canon into the proper position, after being instructed by the sighter. The guy behind the canon would have previously loaded it and when all was set, he would be commanded to set it off. They were on the front line. They all took turns rotating jobs. After Paris was invaded and then taken back, Bill marched under Arc de Triomphe in Paris with the 28th Division from Pennsylvania, among tens of thousands other soldiers to celebrate their victory. While here at my parent’s house, I happened to find this picture of Bill in a Photo Album. I had it scanned in and then went on July 4th to a nearby helicopter Museum during the darkness of the night. Driving all over the grass to get the right lighting, I put on my high beams to capture this old Shawnee. Then I combined the two and framed it for Bill’s Birthday. He was so surprised and pleased!! Unfortunately, my Step-Dad is now riddled with Dimentia, however, he is still remembers World War II. This is a compilation of a helicopter that was photographed in West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA with a Canon 40D and a WWII photo of my Step-Dad added.
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American’s marching after fighting for 7 weeks in Normandy to celebrate their victory of reclaiming Paris: