"It's about the fellas no longer with us" - US coastguard veteran pays emotional return visit to Poole on D-Day

"It's about the fellas no longer with us" - US coastguard veteran pays emotional return visit to Poole on D-Day

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A UNITED States coastguard veteran who served during the Second World War’s bloody D-Day landings has paid an emotional return visit to Poole.

Jack Read, from Brooklyn, New York, was stationed in the town ahead of the Allied invasion of Europe in 1944.

The coastguard cutter he served on was assigned to escort and protect the Canadian troop ship Queen Emma as it landed infantrymen on Juno Beach.

Jack, 91, said: “I feel this is not about me but about the fellas no longer with us. I’m a survivor.

“In a way it was a just a job, hours of waiting doing nothing then two minutes of fear and agony. We didn’t know what was going to happen.”

Jack is due this year to receive the Legion d’Honneur, France’s highest decoration for foreign servicemen.

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5:39pm Fri 6 Jun 14

60plus says...

Bless him and thank you.Poole should have done more to commemorate these brave people.
Bless him and thank you.Poole should have done more to commemorate these brave people. 60plus
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12:16am Sat 7 Jun 14

Yankee1 says...

60plus wrote:
Bless him and thank you.Poole should have done more to commemorate these brave people.
There is a commemorative plaque honouring the USCG down by the old LifeBoat station. The USCG was in charge of Poole Harbour in the period leading up to the D Day invasion.

To that gentleman: We Honour your service, and those who cannot stand with you, who you stand for.

The Greatest Generation.
[quote][p][bold]60plus[/bold] wrote: Bless him and thank you.Poole should have done more to commemorate these brave people.[/p][/quote]There is a commemorative plaque honouring the USCG down by the old LifeBoat station. The USCG was in charge of Poole Harbour in the period leading up to the D Day invasion. To that gentleman: We Honour your service, and those who cannot stand with you, who you stand for. The Greatest Generation. Yankee1
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