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OldNCranky
01-24-2013, 15:30
http://freebeacon.com/dirty-dozen-wwii-hero-dies/

James “Jake” McNiece, a World War II hero whose leadership inspired the 1967 film “The Dirty Dozen,” died Monday at the age of 93.


"Hours before the June 6, 1944, D-Day invasion, McNiece led 18 paratroopers behind enemy lines to destroy two bridges and control a third to prevent German reinforcements from moving into Normandy and to cut off retreating German troops. Sixteen of his men were killed during the 36-day mission, in which they also cut enemy communications and supply lines.

France presented McNiece with the Legion of Honor Medal, France’s highest order, in September.


“War is hell,” McNiece said in September after receiving the French medal. “We do not brag about winning the war, and we do not apologize. It was a thing that needed to be done, and we did it and we’re glad.” […]

By dawn on June 6, McNiece and his squad had destroyed their two assigned bridges and had a third wired for detonation. Their orders were to hold the bridge over the Louvre River and save it if possible so advancing Allied troops and tanks could use it. His men held the bridge for three days until American warplanes swooped down and bombed the structure."

RIP Sir.

Dusty
01-24-2013, 15:31
RIP, Warrior

Stiletto11
01-24-2013, 18:44
RIP

MR2
01-24-2013, 19:37
RIP

booker
01-24-2013, 20:22
Rest in Peace.

Joker
01-24-2013, 20:46
RIP Warrior.

DIYPatriot
01-24-2013, 21:16
What legendary badassery...RIP

Ret10Echo
01-25-2013, 05:21
Rest well...

The Greatest Generation continues to fade...

Thank you for your service.

doctom54
01-25-2013, 06:23
RIP

nousdefions
01-25-2013, 08:38
Rest in Peace, Warrior.

The land of the Free, because of the Brave

lovemycountry
01-26-2013, 07:58
Rest in Peace and thank you for your service.

LMC