News RIP....Melvin Rector

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  1. Shithead

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    Fewer and fewer left of the great generation:flag:



    World War II veteran, 94, makes journey to revisit former base in England after 71 years, dies on his ‘final mission’ in London
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    Melvin Rector served as part of the U.S. Air Force during World War II in England. After 71 years, he decided to revisit his army base.
    (U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs via Facebook)
    Alfred Ng
    NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
    Thursday, May 26, 2016, 8:00 PM
    A 94-year-old veteran finally returned to the place he served in World War II, and died shortly after, in what his loved ones called his “final mission.”
    The last time Melvin Rector had seen England, he was a radio operator on B-17 Flying Fortress bombers in 1945.
    After 71 years of yearning to return, Rector made the pilgrimage across the pond, from Florida to London, according to the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs.
    The trip took six months of planning, and he arrived on May 6, in London for a tour of the sights and scenes he served in.

    He started the visit at the Battle of Britain Bunker, and was hoping to make a stop at his former base, at RAF Snetterton Heath in Norfolk.
    But as he walked out, Rector started feeling dizzy.
    “He walked out of that bunker like his tour was done,” Susan Jowers, who first met Rector in 2011 as his guardian on a trip to Washington, D.C., told Florida Today.
    Rector died quietly right outside the bunker, as he got to see the country he fought to save one last time.

    “He completed his final mission,” Jowers said.
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    Melvin Rector was a gunner on the iconic Memphis Belle, which served as a morale booster during its post-war run.
    (HENRY GRIFFIN/ASSOCIATED PRESS)
    Rector flew eight combat missions over Germany in the last years of WWII, and served as a gunner on Memphis Belle, the famed heavy bomber that was later used to boost morale for the U.S. Army, according to the Stars and Stripes.
    While his family in the United States was unable to make the trip for his funeral service, Rector received a warm send-off from his brothers in arms from both the Royal Air Force and the U.S. Air Force.
    “They just wanted something very simple, and when I found out a little background about Melvin, there was no way that we were just going to give him a simple service,” funeral director Neil Sherry told British ITV. “I wanted it to be as special as possible.”
    Rector’s life was celebrated in a room full of people he didn’t know, with military honors.
     
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    Goodbye funny man
     
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    A true bad ass.

    Thanks to guys like him, my country and continent are free of tyranny.

    We may need you guys again in the future when the muzzies start to get rambunctious, though.
     
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    another of the greatest generation gone. If you know someone who served in World War Two, you better talk to the then now. You might not have a chance later on.
     
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    I can't wait until we can say the same for the Vietnam generation. That generation is batshit looney and needs to go.
     
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    I took a ride in a B-17 a few years ago....Next to me was a guy in his 80's who was a ball turret gunner back then...His grandkids bought him the flight for his birthday....Aside from the history lesson of flying these things i asked him what they had to do when they had to take a piss on those long missions over Germany.....He said they just whipped it out and pissed on the floor.....He said it froze immediately anyways...Those things were tin cans
     
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    Rector




    Nearly killed er :c
     
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    They were tough as fuck.
    It'll be sad when they're all gone.
     
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    Thank you for your service to this country. :salute:

    :rip:
     
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    I bet those B17s didn't have safe spaces.

    My generation is such a fucking embarrassment. :facepalm:
     
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    Opened thread to see if anyone made that joke. Was not disappointed.
     
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    Back then, the only "safe space" for a B-17 was when it was back at it's base. :usflag:



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    They kicked the shit out of the enemy. Now a days not so. R.I.P. w w 2 hero.
     
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    And Obama is on an apology tour.
     
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    I bet Melvin was real fond of Bernie Sanders
     
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    That's a real man
     
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    We answered the call in WW1 and WW2 and when the shit hits the fan again, and it will, WE WIN. :usflag:

    Vietnam Nam, Iraq, Afganistan, we were held back. All out war will be a different story.
     
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    fuck off faggot
     
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    Obama: I just want to apologize to Germany on behalf of the United States for the asswhipping we gave you. It was uncalled for. Never mind the Nazi stuff or anything...we know now that you were just kidding.

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