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    D-DAY - ARMADA

    Rank after relentless rank they came,
    Facing guns, bombs and flame,
    Six thousand craft, ten lanes wide,
    Advancing in the ripping tide.

    Seven hundred warships too,
    Armed and set with a job to do
    Fast mine sweepers at the van,
    Fighter squadrons weaved and ran.

    Twenty miles across the beam,
    The greatest convoy ever seen,
    Endless columns of surging craft,
    Landing ships with shallow draft,

    Liners, ferries, packed with troops,
    Attack transports, army groups.
    Barrage balloons on display,
    Spread across this vast array,

    Red Cross vessels, laden tankers,
    Ancient tubs missing anchors.
    Coast guard cutters, motor boats,
    Painted out in grey topcoats.

    Channel steamers, out from Dover,
    Modern freighters steaming over,
    Winking lights as morse is spoke,
    Rusty coasters belching smoke,

    Swarms of tugs, rolling tramps,
    Packed with stores, guns and tanks.
    They sailed this day for liberty
    To crush the foe and set us free.

    Joe Earl
    "Our veterans did not forget about us .... Let's not forget about them." From Michael Levesque

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    MY PALS

    We sailed from old England across the grey sea,
    Gaining the beach at French Normandy,
    In a dip in the soil I looked around,
    Seeing our Fred smacked to the ground,

    Then I spied Harry bloodied and still,
    Alongside a mate, alas it's poor Bill.
    Shouting us on, our tough Sergeant Bruce,
    With holes in his helmet and arm hanging loose,

    Onward and upward we tried to gain cover,
    Hearing a young man crying for Mother,
    There were blinded and limbless spread on the sand,
    Some calling for medics to give `em a hand.

    Loaded with backpacks the going was tough,
    Shooting and running we made for the bluff,
    Soon I found Tommy shot through the neck,
    The havoc and carnage continued on yet,

    My colleagues, my friends, comrades in arms,
    Dropping like flies with guns in their palms.
    Too many men I have known for so long,
    Lay wounded or dead or simply just gone,

    We fought on the grounds - in from the sea,
    For freedom, for God, for whole victory,
    I do so remember - will never forget,
    My pals from old England - laying there yet.

    Joe Earl
    "Our veterans did not forget about us .... Let's not forget about them." From Michael Levesque

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