75 years ago my good friend Henry Martin stormed his way onto Juno Beach with the Canadian Scottish Regiment. He told me "as we approached the beach I looked around the boat and found the biggest guy. I tucked in right behind him and when the doors | Utefans.Net
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75 years ago my good friend Henry Martin stormed his way onto Juno Beach with the Canadian Scottish Regiment. He told me "as we approached the beach I looked around the boat and found the biggest guy. I tucked in right behind him and when the doors

Posted By: GUBA
Date: Thursday, June 6, 2019 at 08:16 am

opened I just started yelling RUN, RUN, RUN!! We ran across the sand through a lot of machine gun fire until we made it to the sea wall." They rested in the shelter of the sea wall for a bit before they started fighting their way into the town. Later that day they found some wine in a cellar and got drunk. I think they earned it.

Later in the war he met his wife while training in Scotland. He got busted for being AWOL at one point because he had gone to go see her. He was wounded near Falaise and that was the end of his war.

He and Ann moved to Edmonton after the war and he had a successful business. They took a shine to my oldest son when he was little in part because their kids and grandkids didn't live very close by. Henry was a bit gruff but was a big teddy bear. He always had Werther's candies in his pocket for my son. They were very special people. He liked to talk about the early part of the war, training in Scotland, the fun times he had with buddies, but rarely spoke about getting wounded or the latter part of his war. The only thing I recall him saying was that he had never seen so many dead horses in his life.

I miss talking with Henry but I honor his service today. Rest in Peace.

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GUBA icon NEW: 75 years ago my good friend Henry Martin stormed his way onto Juno Beach with the Canadian Scottish Regiment. He told me "as we approached the beach I looked around the boat and found the biggest guy. I tucked in right behind him and when the doors
GUBA - -- Thursday 6 June 2019, at 08:16 am [ID# 1947808] [reply]
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Newbomb Turk icon NEW: I can't even fathom being on one of those Higgins' boats and having the bow ramp open up and getting strafed by machine gun fire. Those men were certainly brave. (nm)
Newbomb Turk - Top 25 Poster -- Thursday 6 June 2019, at 08:25 am [ID# 1947810] [reply]
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GUBA icon NEW: Henry said that the only thing missing from the invasion scene in Saving Private Ryan was the smell. He said it was the smell of death, cordite, rot, blood, seawater all mixed together. Even though he landed on a different beach it resonated with him (nm)
GUBA - -- Thursday 6 June 2019, at 10:26 am [ID# 1947818] [reply]
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