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(Gizmodo)   While you were sipping on your "Baja Blast" Mountain Dew, this 93-year old paratrooper just recreated his D-Day jump   (sploid.gizmodo.com) divider line 48
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2014-06-05 11:41:34 PM
Yawn. The Germans weren't even firing their flak at him this time.
 
2014-06-06 12:19:42 AM
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2014-06-06 12:34:30 AM
So he's been living off of the money I pay into Social Security for my entire career.

/trollface off
 
2014-06-06 02:01:29 AM

Arkanaut: Yawn. The Germans weren't even firing their flak at him this time.


They were too busy planning the re-bombing of Pearl Harbor....

Good on the old guy tho!  I'll be happy to be 70% less sedentary when I'm 30 years younger than him!
 
2014-06-06 03:01:40 AM
Subby sounds mad his Taco Bell ran out of Baja Blast syrup tonight.
 
2014-06-06 03:05:31 AM
You don't know me, subby!

/ My Mountain Dew is all Code Red.
 
2014-06-06 03:07:57 AM
Why would he want to go back? War is the last thing any vet I've met wants to discuss
 
2014-06-06 03:08:44 AM
Not the same without AAA bursting around you
 
2014-06-06 03:09:38 AM
Mountain Dew is disgusting.
omnomnivores.com
I'm drinking Crab Juice.
 
2014-06-06 03:10:17 AM

Weatherkiss: Subby sounds mad his Taco Bell ran out of Baja Blast syrup tonight.


A greenlit story here on Fark a couple of months ago said Baja Blast was coming to stores soon and had alleged leaked photos of the bottles, do you remember that? What happened with that? I was excited I love Baja Blast
 
2014-06-06 03:12:36 AM
Did he get to shoot at anyone when he landed this time?
 
2014-06-06 03:13:12 AM

ransack.: Weatherkiss: Subby sounds mad his Taco Bell ran out of Baja Blast syrup tonight.

A greenlit story here on Fark a couple of months ago said Baja Blast was coming to stores soon and had alleged leaked photos of the bottles, do you remember that? What happened with that? I was excited I love Baja Blast


I've got a 12 pack downstairs in my fridge sooooo, I'm gonna go out on a limb and say they've got it out at least in some markets.
 
2014-06-06 03:21:24 AM

farkingismybusiness: Mountain Dew is disgusting.

I'm drinking Crab Juice.


Slurm, FTW
 
2014-06-06 03:38:48 AM
Wild Cherry Pepsi, actually.

I kick it old school.
 
2014-06-06 03:55:58 AM
One wonders just how the plane then and now managed to get airborne, carrying this guy's giant brass balls.   I saw video of his jump on the late night news tonight.  I'm impressed.

Twenty-six years ago, I worked in an office with a guy who was the pilot of a C-47 towing gliders in just ahead of the D-Day landings.  After a few drinks, he got to talking about that.  He related that just before take-off, he slipped a 3/4" steel plate in under the cushion of his seat.  He figured he could stop the bleeding if he got hit by flack most places on his body, but he wanted to make sure he didn't catch it in the balls, as he wanted to have kids after the war.  Well, he did.  I had worked with his son at my previous job.
 
2014-06-06 04:07:18 AM
I hope I get to do that when I'm his age.

Get strapped ass-to-groin to a much younger man and suspended in the air.
 
2014-06-06 04:51:25 AM

Millions_Knives: Did he get to shoot at anyone when he landed this time?


No, but France still surrendered.
 
2014-06-06 05:15:43 AM
Bah!  Drinking Mountain Dew is way more eXtrEEM!

/Just ask the advertising agencies...
 
2014-06-06 05:21:12 AM
Ive been contracting in Stuttgart for two weeks.  Learning about the modern german perspective of the war is interesting.

I'll be talking to my boss, who is the same age as me, and he talks about his mother hiding under tables as a child while the house was bombed, and how many people in his family were lost. This is between other small talk, generic topics. Then, driving around, he says "oh, here are the ovens we had here back then." the ones the jews were forced to build, and were many were killed.  The regret and sadness in his voice was palpable, as he told me their story, even though this all happened well more than a generation before he was born.

I like the germans. They are good people.
 
2014-06-06 05:25:45 AM
Didn't we just have a thread on this?
 
2014-06-06 06:13:57 AM
Son and I are going to watch "The Longest Day" today.  Could've been worse, doing it in the dark, with Flak all around.  One show, a part on Gliders, said there were no lights, when your transport disconnected,  you had eight minutes glide time, didn't see where you were going, just did it all in the dark.
/Looking forward to "Pluskat"? later today.
//Van josnson parachute hung up on top a church, Nazi's below.
/// Did a lot in the dark, didn't want to see what was going on in the light.
 
2014-06-06 06:23:04 AM
That photo of him in full gear. I have never seen such an old absolute badass.
 
2014-06-06 06:35:34 AM

Thomas Hertl's Playoff Beard: Ive been contracting in Stuttgart for two weeks.  Learning about the modern german perspective of the war is interesting.

I'll be talking to my boss, who is the same age as me, and he talks about his mother hiding under tables as a child while the house was bombed, and how many people in his family were lost. This is between other small talk, generic topics. Then, driving around, he says "oh, here are the ovens we had here back then." the ones the jews were forced to build, and were many were killed.  The regret and sadness in his voice was palpable, as he told me their story, even though this all happened well more than a generation before he was born.

I like the germans. They are good people.


Do not enter into drinking games with them . Ever.

/married to 1st generation german.
 
2014-06-06 06:48:20 AM
I guess Baja Blast is the newest soda to drink. My generously proportioned co-worker drank two cans of it during a lunch meeting yesterday. He said his wife bought four cases when she saw it in the store.  I'll just stick with coffee and Coke Zero.
 
2014-06-06 06:49:58 AM

Danger Avoid Death: Millions_Knives: Did he get to shoot at anyone when he landed this time?

No, but France still surrendered.


+1 internets to you!
 
2014-06-06 07:12:18 AM

Thomas Hertl's Playoff Beard: Ive been contracting in Stuttgart for two weeks.  Learning about the modern german perspective of the war is interesting.

I'll be talking to my boss, who is the same age as me, and he talks about his mother hiding under tables as a child while the house was bombed, and how many people in his family were lost. This is between other small talk, generic topics. Then, driving around, he says "oh, here are the ovens we had here back then." the ones the jews were forced to build, and were many were killed.  The regret and sadness in his voice was palpable, as he told me their story, even though this all happened well more than a generation before he was born.

I like the germans. They are good people.


Don't mention the war!
 
2014-06-06 07:18:34 AM

moothemagiccow: Why would he want to go back? War is the last thing any vet I've met wants to discuss


Us younger guys, sure, we'll skip talking about specifics and crap.  Once you reach 60-70, I've noticed that they talk about it a lot more.  I think as you get further away from it, you remember the adrenaline and cool shiat, and your brain causes the terror to fade away.  For younger guys, you still remember the pantsshiattingly terrifying fear a lot more clearly.
 
2014-06-06 08:05:48 AM

Arkanaut: Yawn. The Germans weren't even firing their flak at him this time.


Precisely. The only work being done this time around was by gravity.
 
2014-06-06 08:09:00 AM

Millions_Knives: Did he get to shoot at anyone when he landed this time?


If they dropped him into a Muslim immigrant  banlieue, the french might just let him shoot the first 10 people he meets.
 
2014-06-06 08:13:10 AM
I'm glad to see that he jumped on a tandem rig with a ram air chute.  At 93 I was concerned that his eyesight may not be the best & he'd mistime his PLF leaving him crumpled on the DZ with a broken hip/body....

Now that the snark is out of the way... very impressive, I only hope that I'm as spry at 53 as he is at 93 (because 46 really sucks but rehab should be done by the time 53 rolls around...).  To do what he & his comrades did 70 years ago just boggles the mind, I honestly can't see this (or my) generation stepping up to the plate like they did.  More US/Allied servicemen were killed on this one day than we lost in 10 YEARS of fighting in Afghanistan (if I'm remembering the stat I saw correctly).  They jumped into the night fully expecting 60-80% casualty rates & they did it anyway.  Greatest generation indeed.

/much respect from a broken down old REMF
 
2014-06-06 08:16:45 AM
How many people did he kill when he landed?
 
2014-06-06 09:40:55 AM
Yes subby, I am aware that I will never be as badass as my grandfather who landed at Normandy. Ever. I could be the first man to set foot on Mars and I would have more respect for what he did that I did.

It saddens me that while reputed as a war hero (Silver Star during hedgerows in the first couple days) he steadfastly refused to discuss his war experiences, even if to explain what he did. He simply wasn't interested. The only "war stories" we got were silly ones, like the one about the wiener dog he found trotting around a bombed out town, looking for food, and how it got violently seasick on the boat home so he had to smuggle it up to the deck in 10' seas inside his GI helmet to let it puke over the rail while he held on for dear life. Endearing and adorable.

The closest I got to hearing him talk about any action or the things he'd seen was a few years after Saving Private Ryan had come out, and he was actually interested in seeing it. The only thing he said during the entire movie or afterwards was during the opening sequence, when after the medic gets so excited about stopping the bleeding, then his patient gets shot in the head and he slams his helmet down in frustration.

He said "Yeah. That's how it was."

This past memorial day, I've taken it upon myself to track down his unit, his decoration, and his story. He may not have wanted to tell me as a way of avoiding reliving it in his mind, but I can't stand not knowing about brave, honorable action (likely taken to save the lives of others) he took in that campaign, and feel it's my duty to learn about it as a way of honoring his legacy.

/where'd this damn dust come from
 
2014-06-06 09:53:07 AM

Thomas Hertl's Playoff Beard: Ive been contracting in Stuttgart for two weeks.  Learning about the modern german perspective of the war is interesting.

I'll be talking to my boss, who is the same age as me, and he talks about his mother hiding under tables as a child while the house was bombed, and how many people in his family were lost. This is between other small talk, generic topics. Then, driving around, he says "oh, here are the ovens we had here back then." the ones the jews were forced to build, and were many were killed.  The regret and sadness in his voice was palpable, as he told me their story, even though this all happened well more than a generation before he was born.

I like the germans. They are good people.


Easy there Mr. broad brush.
I also work for a German owned company, and 2012 was the first year that it wasn't unofficially frowned upon to wear a poppy on Remembrance day. My German ex boss referred to Remembrance day as "the day Canadians celebrate killing all those Germans." And used to bombard us with stories about how his family had to eat horses' heads and eels to survive after the war. He did it with this tone that we should be ashamed for doing so much damage to Germany. Pathetic.
Could fill 50 fark posts with stuff that he and his countrymen have said to me while I've worked here.
 
2014-06-06 10:11:38 AM
My father was a B 26 pilot and flew on D Day. He had a  story about Flak coming through the windshield and sticking in his headrest right when he reached down to engage the superchargers after dropping the bomb load over Germany.
That was pretty much it for war stories. When asked, he would just smile and say "My crew and I survived"
 
2014-06-06 10:17:38 AM

amindofiron: ransack.: Weatherkiss: Subby sounds mad his Taco Bell ran out of Baja Blast syrup tonight.

A greenlit story here on Fark a couple of months ago said Baja Blast was coming to stores soon and had alleged leaked photos of the bottles, do you remember that? What happened with that? I was excited I love Baja Blast

I've got a 12 pack downstairs in my fridge sooooo, I'm gonna go out on a limb and say they've got it out at least in some markets.


Pics or it didn't happen.
 
2014-06-06 10:18:40 AM

DubyaHater: I guess Baja Blast is the newest soda to drink. My generously proportioned co-worker drank two cans of it during a lunch meeting yesterday. He said his wife bought four cases when she saw it in the store.  I'll just stick with coffee and Coke Zero.


What why is this not in my market???? IT'S MY BIRTHDAY I WANT BAJA BLAST
 
2014-06-06 10:29:26 AM

ransack.: DubyaHater: I guess Baja Blast is the newest soda to drink. My generously proportioned co-worker drank two cans of it during a lunch meeting yesterday. He said his wife bought four cases when she saw it in the store.  I'll just stick with coffee and Coke Zero.

What why is this not in my market???? IT'S MY BIRTHDAY I WANT BAJA BLAST


DubyaHater - It is not new by a long shot.  It is a flavor of Mountain Dew that you could only get at Taco Bell (for however many years it has been out - almost 10 actually)

ransack:  Just wait.  Saw it in 7-11 the other day.
 
2014-06-06 10:42:25 AM
CSB:

I went to Windsor, Ontario with some friends when I was 20 because of casinos and the marijuana stores and bars and 19 was the drinking age and strip clubs with fully nude ladies and no passport required and at the time a very favorable exchange rate. On the way there I took 85mg of hydrocodone and washed it down with a 32oz Baja Blast, and then I almost ruined the trip for everyone because we had to go to the courthouse and get our birth certificates and I was sweating profusely, unsteady on my feet, and barely conscious during that whole process. Then I fell asleep in the back seat and woke up four hours later on the Ambassador Bridge. It was an awesome weekend.
 
2014-06-06 10:51:17 AM
Did his gigantic brass balls have their own 'chute?
 
2014-06-06 10:58:53 AM
...

Okay subby, but Baja Blast is pretty epic in its own right, too.

/ 'bout equal, really
//no, not really
///mad respect
 
2014-06-06 11:03:51 AM

ransack.: Not the same without AAA bursting around you


Well, he would know.  And we all owe him a debt because he does.
 
2014-06-06 11:11:01 AM

grinding_journalist: Yes subby, I am aware that I will never be as badass as my grandfather who landed at Normandy. Ever. I could be the first man to set foot on Mars and I would have more respect for what he did that I did.

It saddens me that while reputed as a war hero (Silver Star during hedgerows in the first couple days) he steadfastly refused to discuss his war experiences, even if to explain what he did. He simply wasn't interested. The only "war stories" we got were silly ones, like the one about the wiener dog he found trotting around a bombed out town, looking for food, and how it got violently seasick on the boat home so he had to smuggle it up to the deck in 10' seas inside his GI helmet to let it puke over the rail while he held on for dear life. Endearing and adorable.

The closest I got to hearing him talk about any action or the things he'd seen was a few years after Saving Private Ryan had come out, and he was actually interested in seeing it. The only thing he said during the entire movie or afterwards was during the opening sequence, when after the medic gets so excited about stopping the bleeding, then his patient gets shot in the head and he slams his helmet down in frustration.

He said "Yeah. That's how it was."

This past memorial day, I've taken it upon myself to track down his unit, his decoration, and his story. He may not have wanted to tell me as a way of avoiding reliving it in his mind, but I can't stand not knowing about brave, honorable action (likely taken to save the lives of others) he took in that campaign, and feel it's my duty to learn about it as a way of honoring his legacy.

/where'd this damn dust come from


You talk to the vets and even now they talk about the fallen, not themselves.   the BBC article on the ceremony yesterday involved quotes from vets about "remembering the poor devils who never got off this beach"   or "the ones that never saw the White Cliffs of Dover again" not anything they did that day.  The most they would say were things like "we had a job to do, so we did it"

I was reading an Obit of the last of the Navajo Code Talkers and the two things that struck me were the fact that A) he grew up in a US Govt sponsored Indian foster home where the teachers did everything they could to stamp out the Navajo language including punishing kids who spoke it   and B) the Navajo people have a belief that the spirit of every dead body you encounter stays with you and will haunt you, and despite this, he and his fellow talkers served without complaint through the mass slaughter of US and Japanese forces that marked the Pacific campaign.
 
2014-06-06 11:16:56 AM

Magorn: ransack.: Not the same without AAA bursting around you

Well, he would know.  And we all owe him a debt because he does.


Agreed, my maternal grandfather was a Marine and stormed beaches at the Battle of Tinian and the Battle of Saipan.

I will freely acknowledge that I'm forever a total pussy compared to my grandpa Carson.
 
2014-06-06 11:21:42 AM

devildog123: moothemagiccow: Why would he want to go back? War is the last thing any vet I've met wants to discuss

Us younger guys, sure, we'll skip talking about specifics and crap.  Once you reach 60-70, I've noticed that they talk about it a lot more.  I think as you get further away from it, you remember the adrenaline and cool shiat, and your brain causes the terror to fade away.  For younger guys, you still remember the pantsshiattingly terrifying fear a lot more clearly.


The man who taught how to properly shoot a rifle when I was twelve was nearing 90 years old at the time and a WWI vet. Even at that age he was a crack shot who taught me (without know it himself) the Principles of Zen Archery (do not aim, do not concern yourself with the target, instead focus on making your form and your shot perfect- its why I am as accurate to this day not wearing my glasses as with them one and I'm 20/200 nearsighted).  He never really spoke of the war at all, but I learned later he'd been the WWI equivalent of a sniper, and he still kept his service weapon (a .303 Lee Enfield) pristine.

Now the guys who taught the high-power rifle class (which used US govt supplied ammo and weapons-thanks DCM) used M1 Garands and most of the men teaching the class were Korean war vets, and from them I heard a fair number of war stories, but I think it was just the sound of the rifle taking them back there, and them talking to one another,  I often felt like the sometimes forgot we kids were there even though they were sorts talking to us.  The longest story I got was when I was with one of the adults in a trench behind the target backstop resetting targets for the other shooters.  As you could hear the bullets shattering clumps of earth above us,  even at 12 I saw his eyes  go to someplace else and I heard a story about a rather nasty engagement not far from Chosin, and the origin of the term "Chinese dinner bell"
 
2014-06-06 11:27:41 AM

Ex-Texan: Son and I are going to watch "The Longest Day" today.  Could've been worse, doing it in the dark, with Flak all around.  One show, a part on Gliders, said there were no lights, when your transport disconnected,  you had eight minutes glide time, didn't see where you were going, just did it all in the dark.
/Looking forward to "Pluskat"? later today.
//Van josnson   Red Buttons' parachute hung up on top a church, Nazi's below.
/// Did a lot in the dark, didn't want to see what was going on in the light.


FTFY
 
2014-06-06 01:19:14 PM
Falling out of a plane is easy.
 
2014-06-06 01:39:02 PM

SpdrJay: farkingismybusiness: Mountain Dew is disgusting.

I'm drinking Crab Juice.

Slurm, FTW


I was gonna try that, but after the vending machine fell on me, I found that scorpion stings kick ASS!
 
2014-06-06 01:40:41 PM
I think it's cool that he did it, but I'd have been more impressed if it was a solo jump instead of tandem. I imagine, though, that I'd feel badly when all of the bones in his lower body snapped like toothpicks upon landing.
 
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