Thursday doors…WW II door

Posted: October 15, 2015 in Thursday doors, Travel
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This door “adorns” a German WW II sentry box we saw while visiting Normandy’s Omaha Beach and environs some years ago. My f-i-l landed on Omaha Beach on D-Day.. Although in the Navy, he’d been assigned to a landing party that included his friend, who died in the water near their Higgins boat, a fate suffered by too many. My f-i-l was the only member of his group that made it to the beach.

Once off the boat, the men had to wade through a long stretch of shallow water under the eye of the Germans and their guns occupying the high ground ashore.  Those who made it to the wide, flat beach encountered not only gunfire but all sorts of mines and obstructions.  Seeing the peaceful beach today, it seems inconceivable that not only did men make it ashore, but that this day was one of the turning points of the war.

The visit was a once-in-a-lifetime experience, one that at one point or another brought tears to all of our eyes.  My f-i-l also served in the Pacific theater.

WWII doors copyright janet m. webb 2013

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Comments
  1. Sometimes we forget how amazing the loss of life in that conflict really was, the numbers are just too large to image. Growing up in a small town in Illinois the image of all the gold stars in each window of those country houses is an image I will always carry with me.

  2. Dan Antion says:

    This is a very special door, thanks so much for sharing it. The men who died on that beach need to be remembered. I am glad you had the opportunity to visit with someone who had been there and I thank you for sharing that visit with us.

  3. Norm 2.0 says:

    It must have been a very powerful and somber moment for you.
    It is so important to talk about stuff like this with younger generations – thanks for sharing it 🙂

  4. Janet, this door is without a doubt the most important one this week or lots of other weeks. WWII and the stories behind each one of those brave men is so important and should always be remembered. When you see your F-I-L the next time, please extend my sincere thanks to him for his service. Freedom is never free, and we owe so much to so many. Thank you for this post so we could all take a moment and remember.

    • Thank you, Judy. My f-i-l died some years ago and there aren’t many WW II vets left. “Freedom is never free” is such a profound statement, one that too many people don’t really thing about.

      janet

  5. Too many today either disregard or have forgotten our history and what made this country great. Many thanks to your f-i-l and all those who have served or are serving.

  6. Inger says:

    That is a door with a history to tell. It must have been a powerful moment, especially when you have heard stories and have someone close who was actually there. Makes it all feel much closer.

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