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(BBC-US)   89-year-old British veteran goes AWOL from his nursing home in order to attend D-Day commemorations in Normandy   (bbc.com) divider line 69
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2014-06-06 11:20:06 AM
Think it's great that an 89-year-old is bucking authority.
 
2014-06-06 11:21:32 AM

StrikitRich: Think it's great that an 89-year-old is bucking authority.


I like it.  Made my day.
 
2014-06-06 11:33:43 AM
"Sure, I'll storm the beaches into withering machine gun fire, but hospital administrators frighten me. NOT."
 
2014-06-06 11:35:19 AM
I like this guy.
 
2014-06-06 11:44:54 AM
No one puts D-Day veteran in the corner...
 
2014-06-06 01:15:32 PM
Deserter - draw straws for the firing squad.
 
2014-06-06 01:17:11 PM
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I wish John could celebrate D-Day
 
2014-06-06 01:17:32 PM
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2014-06-06 01:17:40 PM
AWOL? DESERTER!!! I say he knew his chances.

Isn't that what were supposed to do now?
 
2014-06-06 01:18:53 PM
Yeah. I've seen this flick. The karate kid takes him to Mississippi and cuts heads with Steve Vai, to help him get his soul back from the devil.

4.bp.blogspot.com
 
2014-06-06 01:19:51 PM
Please notify the nearest constable if you see this man.

www.sabotagetimes.com
 
2014-06-06 01:19:54 PM
He was kind of bookish and weird so they should just let the French keep him.
 
2014-06-06 01:20:15 PM
Bullocks! He deserted his unit to join up with the Jerries! He should hang!
 
2014-06-06 01:20:42 PM
www.orble.com
 
2014-06-06 01:22:10 PM
Just for the record if you read the article, he is free to leave the home at any time.  But he did not tell them he was heading to France instead of the local town.  So when he did not show back to the home at night they rightfully were worried.  They then called the police to ensure he was safe.

But I guess that makes a worse story than... Veteran defies Home goes back to France on his own.
 
2014-06-06 01:23:05 PM
Rumor has it he is carrying an adequate supply of candy bars and nylons to make it worth his trouble.
 
2014-06-06 01:24:40 PM
Usually he attends the D-day celebrations at the local strip club.
 
2014-06-06 01:26:30 PM
They made them hard in the UK.

Here's a link to the story of Piper Bill who went ashore on D-Day very very early while playing his bagpipes.

Millin is best remembered for playing the pipes whilst under fire during the D-Day landing in Normandy. Pipers had traditionally been used in battle by Scottish and Irish soldiers. However, the use of bagpipes was restricted to rear areas by the time of the Second World War by the British Army. Lovat, nevertheless, ignored these orders and ordered Millin, then aged 21, to play. When Private Millin demurred, citing the regulations, he recalled later, Lord Lovat replied: "Ah, but that's the English War Office. You and I are both Scottish, and that doesn't apply." He played "Hielan' Laddie" and "The Road to the Isles" as his comrades fell around him on Sword Beach. Millin states that he later talked to captured German snipers who claimed they did not shoot at him because they thought he was crazy.

Millin, whom Lovat had appointed his personal piper during commando training at Achnacarry, near Fort William in Scotland, was the only man during the landing who wore a kilt - it was the same Cameron tartan kilt his father had worn in Flanders during World War I - and he was armed only with his pipes and the sgian-dubh, or "black knife", sheathed inside his kilt-hose on the right side.



http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_Millin
 
2014-06-06 01:27:21 PM

Quinzy: Just for the record if you read the article, he is free to leave the home at any time.  But he did not tell them he was heading to France instead of the local town.  So when he did not show back to the home at night they rightfully were worried.  They then called the police to ensure he was safe.

But I guess that makes a worse story than
Veteran defies Home goes back to France on his own,

He trundled his walker into a stolen Renault van,
And drove to France as far as Sierra Leone.
 
2014-06-06 01:27:29 PM

Quinzy: Just for the record if you read the article, he is free to leave the home at any time.  But he did not tell them he was heading to France instead of the local town.  So when he did not show back to the home at night they rightfully were worried.  They then called the police to ensure he was safe.

But I guess that makes a worse story than... Veteran defies Home goes back to France on his own.


The article has been updated since it was submitted.  The first version did say he wasn't allowed to leave.
 
2014-06-06 01:29:42 PM

exparrot: AWOL? DESERTER!!! I say he knew his chances.

Isn't that what were supposed to do now?


Depends on if he left his post to attend a memorial celebration for him and the last remaining of his generation of brethren who stormed beaches to fight back against a superpower hellbent on world domination and genocide? Or if he left his post and wandered off base because he didn't apply for or get (not sure which) conscientious objector status for a war he disagreed with philosophically.

One man's a hero. The other got several of the search and rescue team sent to find him killed. I don't fault him for disagreeing with the war, I did/do too. But walking off post or off base in a combat zone in a hostile country because you disagreed with the politics or ideology behind the war is a stupid thing to do.
 
2014-06-06 01:30:01 PM
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2014-06-06 01:31:17 PM
I would be impressed if Fark didn't diminish the word "Hero" to every asshole that shows his dick on TV, but here we are.

/thanks fark
/this is why we can't have nice things
 
2014-06-06 01:31:55 PM
If he walked off on his own--even if he had permission to do so--then that makes him a deserter, a traitor, and subject to summary execution and vilification.

Why do you spit on the memory of REAL heroes who stay home and eat their oatmeal?
 
2014-06-06 01:32:05 PM
When do we change our tweets?
 
2014-06-06 01:34:10 PM
He's looking pretty dandy in that picture he's holding -- is that ceremonial garb that he wore as mayor, or was he a part of some special unit?
 
2014-06-06 01:34:13 PM
This guy once tore through the Atlantic Wall while it was defended by trained heavily armed killers.  Did they really think putting a buzzer on a door was going to stop him?
 
2014-06-06 01:35:51 PM

Charlie Crews' Zen Master: The other got several of the search and rescue team sent to find him killed.


yawn.
 
2014-06-06 01:37:24 PM
This story totally made my day. Bonus points for the proper use of "hero" tag.  :)
 
2014-06-06 01:38:06 PM

abhorrent1: I would be impressed if Fark didn't diminish the word "Hero" to every asshole that shows his dick on TV, but here we are.

/thanks fark
/this is why we can't have nice things


Well he was a decorated veteran who fought in the D-Day invasion and lived to tell about it, so that sort of does make him a hero, dontcha' think?
 
2014-06-06 01:39:08 PM
i.imgur.com
 
2014-06-06 01:41:37 PM
Are we holding any high ranking neo-Nazis or white supremacists that we can exchange for his return?
 
2014-06-06 01:41:42 PM

Cold_Sassy: Well he was a decorated veteran who fought in the D-Day invasion and lived to tell about it, so that sort of does make him a hero, dontcha' think?


Having the stones to get into the vehicle that would take him to that hell hole made him a hero in my book.

The fact he survived made him a bad-ass.
 
2014-06-06 01:42:36 PM

exparrot: AWOL? DESERTER!!! I say he knew his chances.

Isn't that what were supposed to do now?


I heard he converted to Islam and declared a Jihad against the guy who changes his sheets.
 
2014-06-06 01:43:27 PM
Obama has released four Gitmo prisoners to get him returned to The Home.
 
2014-06-06 01:44:42 PM

The Stealth Hippopotamus: Cold_Sassy: Well he was a decorated veteran who fought in the D-Day invasion and lived to tell about it, so that sort of does make him a hero, dontcha' think?

Having the stones to get into the vehicle that would take him to that hell hole made him a hero in my book.

The fact he survived made him a bad-ass.


Hero.
 
2014-06-06 01:45:52 PM

Slypork: Are we holding any high ranking neo-Nazis or white supremacists that we can exchange for his return?


Yes, there are five left in Guantanamo.
 
2014-06-06 01:46:32 PM

Quinzy: Just for the record if you read the article, he is free to leave the home at any time.  But he did not tell them he was heading to France instead of the local town.  So when he did not show back to the home at night they rightfully were worried.  They then called the police to ensure he was safe.

But I guess that makes a worse story than... Veteran defies Home goes back to France on his own.


Do you mean to say that Fark headlines are not accurate summaries of the articles linked?

Don't bust my bubble, bro.
 
2014-06-06 01:46:46 PM
The guy could have at least given some lessons while he was there. Like Trooper Stan W Scott, No. 3 Army Commando, did with a Fairbairn-Sykes fighting knife.

NSFW for grisly language

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uDGHKyB3T_U

NSFW for grisly language

/talking bears are the worst
/RTU means returned to (original) unit apparently
 
2014-06-06 01:48:37 PM

Cold_Sassy: abhorrent1: I would be impressed if Fark didn't diminish the word "Hero" to every asshole that shows his dick on TV, but here we are.

/thanks fark
/this is why we can't have nice things

Well he was a decorated veteran who fought in the D-Day invasion and lived to tell about it, so that sort of does make him a hero, dontcha' think?


Where does it say he fought at Normandy?
 
2014-06-06 01:53:58 PM

The Stealth Hippopotamus: Cold_Sassy: Well he was a decorated veteran who fought in the D-Day invasion and lived to tell about it, so that sort of does make him a hero, dontcha' think?

Having the stones to get into the vehicle that would take him to that hell hole made him a hero in my book.

The fact he survived made him a bad-ass.


Yes, you put it perfectly.
 
2014-06-06 01:58:10 PM

Misconduc: Cold_Sassy: abhorrent1: I would be impressed if Fark didn't diminish the word "Hero" to every asshole that shows his dick on TV, but here we are.

/thanks fark
/this is why we can't have nice things

Well he was a decorated veteran who fought in the D-Day invasion and lived to tell about it, so that sort of does make him a hero, dontcha' think?

Where does it say he fought at Normandy?


Right here:

"When he left, [he] had not told us he was still intent on trying to get to Normandy."
And he said staff at the company were "in awe" of the part Mr Jordan had played in the D-Day invasion."
 
2014-06-06 02:00:09 PM
The landings were the first stage of the invasion of Nazi-occupied Europe.

Hey, I'm a Daily Mail editor with no education, a deadline and my head up my ass, so eat a dick, Operation Husky.
 
2014-06-06 02:00:53 PM
The other got several of the search and rescue team sent to find him killed.

Nice try, but you're too late. We already know that's a lie
 
2014-06-06 02:01:13 PM

TheAlgebraist: The landings were the first stage of the invasion of Nazi-occupied Europe.

Hey, I'm a Daily Mail editor with no education, a deadline and my head up my ass, so eat a dick, Operation Husky.


Dammit, it's the BBC.  Oh well, my point stands and I refuse to apologise just because I'm a fark poster with no education, a deadline, and my head up my ass.
 
2014-06-06 02:02:53 PM

Cold_Sassy: Misconduc: Cold_Sassy: abhorrent1: I would be impressed if Fark didn't diminish the word "Hero" to every asshole that shows his dick on TV, but here we are.

/thanks fark
/this is why we can't have nice things

Well he was a decorated veteran who fought in the D-Day invasion and lived to tell about it, so that sort of does make him a hero, dontcha' think?

Where does it say he fought at Normandy?

Right here:

"When he left, [he] had not told us he was still intent on trying to get to Normandy."
And he said staff at the company were "in awe" of the part Mr Jordan had played in the D-Day invasion."


I actually just checked up on him - He served in the Royal Navy and no where near the Normandy Landing - he was stationed in Scapa Flow during the landing. Still a veteran, but the Hero tag needs to go.
 
2014-06-06 02:09:17 PM

Misconduc: Cold_Sassy: Misconduc: Cold_Sassy: abhorrent1: I would be impressed if Fark didn't diminish the word "Hero" to every asshole that shows his dick on TV, but here we are.

/thanks fark
/this is why we can't have nice things

Well he was a decorated veteran who fought in the D-Day invasion and lived to tell about it, so that sort of does make him a hero, dontcha' think?

Where does it say he fought at Normandy?

Right here:

"When he left, [he] had not told us he was still intent on trying to get to Normandy."
And he said staff at the company were "in awe" of the part Mr Jordan had played in the D-Day invasion."

I actually just checked up on him - He served in the Royal Navy and no where near the Normandy Landing - he was stationed in Scapa Flow during the landing. Still a veteran, but the Hero tag needs to go.


Well, my apologies - But it DID say it in the article.
 
2014-06-06 02:11:28 PM
I bet during his time in WWII, this guy went up alone against a War Wheel and single-handedly bit it to death.


 www.ourworlds.net
 
2014-06-06 02:12:11 PM
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2014-06-06 02:14:19 PM

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This.
 
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