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Subscriber Special - Honoring Our World War II 'Boys of Fury'

May 30, 2016 10:11 AM
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 Tank commander Lt. John Howard's forceful order to my 
grandfather - Sgt. Donald Norris - saved his life during World War II.
 
MEMORIAL DAY 2016
 
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The 2014 film Fury starring Brad Pitt showcased the Sherman tank commanders of World War II in the European theatre.
 
The fight against Hilter's army was waged against long-odds...
 
They fought the Germans in the hedgerows of France. They were first-in at the Battle of the Bulge. They defended and crossed the Ludendorff Bridge over River Rhine at Remagen, Germany. 
 
This weekend, I learned many details of my grandfather's WWII deployment. Now, I want to learn even more.
 
 
My grandfather's commander was Lt. John Howard (Winnetka, Ill). Howard ordered all 'steel pot' helmets on heads, just moments before my grandfather was shot by a sniper. Thankfully, although the helmet dented, it held strong.
 
Lt. John Howard's timely order made possible the next 79 descendants of my grandfather and grandmother, Sgt. Donald and Marna Norris: 10 children, 23 grandchildren, and 46 great-grandchildren. 
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Today, on Memorial Day 2016, let's take time to remember with reverence the men and women who sacrificed and died for our freedom and liberty. 

May God Bless America.
 
 
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