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(NBC News)   The last Medal of Honor recipient who stormed Omaha Beach on D-Day had passed (link corrected)   (nbcnews.com) divider line 40
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2014-02-20 09:01:28 PM  
Who moved Omaha Beach to Vietnam?
 
2014-02-20 09:19:37 PM  

dramboxf: Who moved Omaha Beach to Vietnam?


Maybe he still had sand in his shoes.

I was thinking of saying "They don't make his kind anymore", but then I remembered we're still making them.
 
2014-02-20 09:31:22 PM  
That's some serious fail, subby
 
2014-02-20 11:41:04 PM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: That's some serious fail, subby


Jesus, no kidding.

Subby sucks hard.

RIP Medal Of Honor winner.
 
2014-02-20 11:55:53 PM  
Died at 73. Wow. Dude not only stormed Omaha beach at the age of 3, but he won a medal for it!
 
2014-02-20 11:57:53 PM  
I stormed Omaha Beach last night on my video game and you don't see anyone mourning my passing.
 
2014-02-20 11:58:30 PM  
Is there a Helen Keller/Anne Frank joke there I'm missing, or did subby just really, really screw up?

Godspeed to the veteran, though.
 
2014-02-21 12:28:18 AM  
Whatever fail is contained within TFA, this man had titanium balls (as expected of a Medal of Honor recipient). Copied from his Wikipedia page:

Staff Sergeant Ehlers' official Medal of Honor citation reads:
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty on 9-10 June 1944, near Goville, France. S/Sgt. Ehlers, always acting as the spearhead of the attack, repeatedly led his men against heavily defended enemy strong points exposing himself to deadly hostile fire whenever the situation required heroic and courageous leadership. Without waiting for an order, S/Sgt. Ehlers, far ahead of his men, led his squad against a strongly defended enemy strong point, personally killing 4 of an enemy patrol who attacked him en route. Then crawling forward under withering machinegun fire, he pounced upon the guncrew and put it out of action. Turning his attention to 2 machineguns, S/Sgt. Ehlers led his men through this hail of bullets to kill or put to flight the enemy of the mortar section, killing 3 men himself. After mopping up the mortar positions, he again advanced on a machinegun, his progress effectively covered by his squad. When he was almost on top of the gun he leaped to his feet and, although greatly outnumbered, he knocked out the position single-handed. The next day, having advanced deep into enemy territory, the platoon of which S/Sgt. Ehlers was a member, finding itself in an untenable position as the enemy brought increased mortar, machinegun, and small arms fire to bear on it, was ordered to withdraw. S/Sgt. Ehlers, after his squad had covered the withdrawal of the remainder of the platoon, stood up and by continuous fire at the semicircle of enemy placements, diverted the bulk of the heavy hostile fire on himself, thus permitting the members of his own squad to withdraw. At this point, though wounded himself, he carried his wounded automatic rifleman to safety and then returned fearlessly over the shell-swept field to retrieve the automatic rifle which he was unable to carry previously. After having his wound treated, he refused to be evacuated, and returned to lead his squad. The intrepid leadership, indomitable courage, and fearless aggressiveness displayed by S/Sgt. Ehlers in the face of overwhelming enemy forces serve as an inspiration to others.

/salute
 
2014-02-21 02:38:27 AM  
The article is from 2011.

UPDATED: 08:53 EST, 6 June 2011
 
2014-02-21 02:40:23 AM  
Any man who stormed the beaches of Normandy on that June morning has balls of purest steel.
 
2014-02-21 02:43:29 AM  

grimlock1972: Any man who stormed the beaches of Normandy on that June morning has balls of purest steel.


www.bubblews.com
 
2014-02-21 02:45:12 AM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: That's some serious fail, subby

 
2014-02-21 02:46:43 AM  
Come on, subby, hundreds of thousands of people have trophied on Medal of Honor.
 
2014-02-21 02:50:40 AM  
I'm atrophied on Makers Mark. Anything new?
 
2014-02-21 03:05:34 AM  
Apparently subby farked up the link originally, gave us a 2-year old link to a story about him as a correction and then grammatically killed the use of the words had and has (as it should be in the headline)

Subby can go ahead and stop now.
 
2014-02-21 03:21:32 AM  

TV's Vinnie: grimlock1972: Any man who stormed the beaches of Normandy on that June morning has balls of purest steel.

[www.bubblews.com image 468x591]


Aye even that bonny scotsman. ( Via Canada)
 
2014-02-21 04:01:37 AM  
He had passed, but then he got better.
 
2014-02-21 04:28:47 AM  
Staff Sargent Ehlers did all that subby, and you can't seem to find the right tense for his headline.
 
2014-02-21 05:35:52 AM  
Sad news indeed. Also, can we now stop using the word "passed" like this? Either complete the phrase "passed away" or say died.
 
2014-02-21 05:53:07 AM  

Spuddy345: Sad news indeed. Also, can we now stop using the word "passed" like this? Either complete the phrase "passed away" or Just say died.

 
2014-02-21 06:37:56 AM  

RIP RONALD


animatedviews.com

 
2014-02-21 07:02:01 AM  
My grandfather stormed the beaches of Normandy.

Sure, he waited until 1973, but he sure caught those Frenchies by surprise!
 
2014-02-21 07:18:42 AM  

TommyDeuce: My grandfather stormed the beaches of Normandy.

Sure, he waited until 1973, but he sure caught those Frenchies by surprise!



Is this him?

i.imgur.com
 
2014-02-21 07:23:24 AM  
www.fortheretarded.com

/inconsolable
 
2014-02-21 07:31:34 AM  
So that's what Peyton Manning's "Omaha!" chants are about.
 
2014-02-21 07:36:23 AM  

DamnYankees: Died at 73. Wow. Dude not only stormed Omaha beach at the age of 3, but he won a medal for it!


Considering the artillery and air superiority off the Allies as well as the second-line troops manning the defenses it sounds rather feasible.
 
2014-02-21 08:20:28 AM  
You mean died?
 
2014-02-21 10:01:08 AM  
Thanks Obama
 
2014-02-21 10:23:51 AM  

BKITU: Whatever fail is contained within TFA, this man had titanium balls (as expected of a Medal of Honor recipient). Copied from his Wikipedia page:

Staff Sergeant Ehlers' official Medal of Honor citation reads:
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty on 9-10 June 1944, near Goville, France. S/Sgt. Ehlers, always acting as the spearhead of the attack, repeatedly led his men against heavily defended enemy strong points exposing himself to deadly hostile fire whenever the situation required heroic and courageous leadership. Without waiting for an order, S/Sgt. Ehlers, far ahead of his men, led his squad against a strongly defended enemy strong point, personally killing 4 of an enemy patrol who attacked him en route. Then crawling forward under withering machinegun fire, he pounced upon the guncrew and put it out of action. Turning his attention to 2 machineguns, S/Sgt. Ehlers led his men through this hail of bullets to kill or put to flight the enemy of the mortar section, killing 3 men himself. After mopping up the mortar positions, he again advanced on a machinegun, his progress effectively covered by his squad. When he was almost on top of the gun he leaped to his feet and, although greatly outnumbered, he knocked out the position single-handed. The next day, having advanced deep into enemy territory, the platoon of which S/Sgt. Ehlers was a member, finding itself in an untenable position as the enemy brought increased mortar, machinegun, and small arms fire to bear on it, was ordered to withdraw. S/Sgt. Ehlers, after his squad had covered the withdrawal of the remainder of the platoon, stood up and by continuous fire at the semicircle of enemy placements, diverted the bulk of the heavy hostile fire on himself, thus permitting the members of his own squad to withdraw. At this point, though wounded himself, he carried his wounded automatic rifleman to safety and then returned fearlessly over the shell-swept fie ...


Damn! No wonder he lived to 92, Death was afraid of him.
 
2014-02-21 11:40:26 AM  
I had the honor to meet this man at a local convention, among several other MOH earners.  RIP sir.
 
2014-02-21 12:29:52 PM  
He had died?  Then what happened?
 
2014-02-21 01:08:35 PM  
"After mopping up the mortar positions, he again advanced on a machinegun..."

The level of badassery this man demonstrated is incredible. Men of this caliber are few and far between.

A picture of the badass himself at his MOH ceremony:

dailycaller.com
 
2014-02-21 02:10:34 PM  
I don't have any words to express the level of gratitude that I have for this man and every other man/woman/child who gave their life to defend the freedoms that I currently enjoy.

thank you...

/dusty in here
 
2014-02-21 02:27:09 PM  

Rixel: Thanks Obama Omaha Manning.


FTFFM
 
2014-02-21 04:11:00 PM  
What was the original headline?

I agree about the use of 'passed'. Did he pass the grocery store, the bank, the finish line? I also hate the use of 'lost' (as a euphemism
 for died), did you lose them at the mall, the grocery store, the bank? The person died, just use the word.
 
2014-02-21 06:59:15 PM  

Spuddy345: Sad news indeed. Also, can we now stop using the word "passed" like this? Either complete the phrase "passed away" or say died.


Why even bother with the euphemism - dead is dead, died is died.
 
2014-02-21 07:04:34 PM  
thanks, grandpa

/he ate sand for six hours, he said
 
2014-02-21 07:22:55 PM  
He had discovered a few days after D-Day that his brother Roland had been killed on June 6th (the day the invasion began.)

He's appeared in several documentaries on the History Channel. Very self-effacing.

<salute>
 
2014-02-21 09:17:58 PM  
victorawards.org
made 2nd lt as well.

RIP sir
 
2014-02-21 09:23:27 PM  
Job well done, RIP sir.
 
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