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On This Day…October 17th

October 17, 2018 · in News · · 18 · 1.7K
This article is part of a series:
  1. On This Day…October 17th
  2. On This Day…October 18th
  3. On This Day…October 19th

The Enterprise arriving in New York City on October 17, 1945. She had just returned from Pearl to the US mainland with almost 1,500 servicemen for discharge, and was in the Big Apple for the upcoming Navy Day celebrations. It is very hard to imagine the joy those men were feeling.

A Sherman tank of 4th County of London Yeomanry fording the Volturno river at Grazzanise, 17 October 1943...

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18 responses

  1. Thanks for posting all the little history "tid-bits"...they've been most informative,

  2. Love your new "series" David.

  3. Love your comment, Jeff.


  4. Jeff, I have to say this. Whenever I think of you (which is actually quite often for a straight guy) I can’t stop thinking of George Bailey from ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’

    Just wanted to say that.


  5. "It's a wonderful life " Dave Listers favourite film.

  6. Love that Big E picture!

  7. You know, Robert, I love that photo - and the fact it was taken today (73 years ago) makes it even more special. I cannot imagine for a moment how those guys felt setting foot back on mainland USA after those years at war.


    • Agreed, David. I don't get overly serious often, but this is one time. For Desert Storm I was only away for a bit less than 6 months, but touching down back home was unbelievably wonderful. I can only imagine what all those WWII vets (not just on the "Big E") who were off to war for 'Who Knows How Long' or, as the US Military put it: "For The Duration" felt. Same for the guys from Korea or Vietnam. Hell, I came home to a 3-months old Daughter I'd never seen. What I experienced is nothing compared to guys who came home to a 2-to-4 year old son or daughter who has no idea who this strange man is who calls himself "Daddy!" It took a while for my baby girl to get used to me or ANY men, for that matter. All she knew was women!

      That photo of the Enterprise is just the first of what could be a whole series of photos - all "On This Day." (And it's a great photo, too!)

  8. Thanks for the post, Jeff. I’ve four children (three of them taller than me, now) and was lucky enough to be there at all their births. I just cannot imagine being away for that first part of their lives, let alone being faraway, fighting, with the possibility of never seeing them.


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