Topics in this episode:
- The D-Day landing as told by Pulitzer Prize–winning American journalist and war correspondent Ernie Pyle.
- We owe our freedom and our second amendment to those who serve and sacrifice for the rest of us.
- About Ernie Pyle: Pulitzer Prize–winning American journalist and war correspondent
- Mr. Pyle’s column: https://www.clarionledger.com/story/news/local/2019/06/05/d-day-75th-anniversary-what-ernie-pyle-wrote-after-hitting-normandy-beach-june-6-1944/1290679001/
- My website: https://gunguy.tv/
- My Online Store: https://gunguy.tv/shop/
- Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/c/gunguytvprime
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GunGuyTV/
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/gunguytv
- Amazon Affiliate Link: https://www.amazon.com/?tag=gu033-20&linkCode=ur1
- Join NRA: https://gunguy.tv/join-nra-here/
- Practical Defense Systems: https://pdsclasses.com/
- Second Call Defense: http://www.secondcalldefense.org/?affiliate=20205
- OpticsPlanet: http://www.opticsplanet.com/?utm_source=youtube&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=ba-GunGuyTV
- P2K Shooting Range: http://www.p2krange.com/
- Sprague’s Sports:https://www.spragues.com/
Full episode auto-transcription
D-DAY & YOUR SECOND AMENDMENT RIGHTS EPISODE 50
00:00:01 – 00:05:13
Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition. It’s time for the GunGuyTV podcast. This is Joel Persinger. I’m the gun guy. Thank you very much for listening to Gun Guy TV and the audio podcast here. I’m grateful for the fact that you listen and for the growth we’re experiencing with the podcast cast which is really terrific. I mean it’s growing a lot. It’s not obviously as popular as the Youtube Channel because the youtube channel has been around a long time but the podcast is growing and I’m very very grateful. Thank you very much for your support. I do want to let you know that this podcast is one hour long typically and sometimes a little bit more sometimes a little less but basically it’s an our long the first half an hour of which is syndicated on your favorite podcast player. The next half hour is not syndicated that part is available will only on Patriot so if you would like to hear the entire podcast then I urge you to please join us on Patriot on and you can hear the whole thing thing which is kind of cool it also helps fund the podcast because I don’t make a living doing podcasts or Youtube despite what you might think people don’t it it become instant millionaires on Youtube or whatever this is basically funded by the small company that my wife and I own we do this as a labor of love so anything that you provide provide goes right into helping us get this done buying equipment doing the kinds of things that are necessary supplies and so on and travel or whatever to to produce videos on gun guy. TV’s YouTube Channel and also to produce this podcast. I urge you to check us out on Patriot on you could hear the entire podcast and it helps us out a ton. This is June fifth two thousand nineteen. I was going to have a podcast on a totally different subject and then. I thought you know what tomorrow uh-huh June sixth is the anniversary of the D Day landing the D Day invasion I had just recently run across an article written in by Ernie Pyle that he actually distributed or published on the twelfth of June nineteen forty four after he walked on the beach at Normandy now now he didn’t arrive with the troops scheduled in workout so that he could be there he arrived shortly thereafter and in case you don’t know who Ernie pyle was. He was a war correspondent and prior to that he had traveled the country reporting on the Great Depression and done a fabulous series of columns that were human human-interest columns on how people were surviving and what was happening to them. In the little stories behind the scenes of the Great Depression so Ernie Pyle was a columnist who was very well known to the American public back in the forties and he went with the military to report on the war. He wrote a column out of Normandy. Okay which again was sent on sent out on the twelfth of June nineteen forty four after the initial invasion what couple of things you’ve got to understand about the way things were done back then during the war there there were no not like today. We didn’t have the kind of technology they had back then and there were also sensors who had to read the stuff that these guys wrote it and approve it before it could be sent out so to some degree it needed to have a positive spin for the folks back home even though sometimes things were not looking all that positive or it was pretty bleak and miserable wherever Mr Pyle happened to be so as I go through this article with you which I’m going to read for you because I think it’s fascinating you get get to experience and see what the soldiers went through when they had to land on the beach in a very clear and graphic way understand Dan to that he couldn’t get too detailed about it because it never would have gotten past the censors so here’s the article written by Ernie pyle after he walked walked on the beach June twelve nineteen forty four Normandy beachhead due to a last minute alteration in the arrangements. I didn’t arrive on the beach chat until the morning after d day. After our first wave of assault troops had hit the shore by the time we got there the beaches had been taken and the fighting had moved who’ve couple of miles inland all that remained on the beach was some sniping and artillery fire and the occasional startling blast of a mind guys wearing brown sand into the air that plus a gigantic and pitiful litter of wreckage along miles of shoreline submerged tanks and overturn boats and burn trucks and shell-shattered jeeps and sad little personal belongings were strewn all over these Bitter Sans that plus the bodies of soldiers lying in rows covered with blankets the toes of their shoes sticking up in a line as though on drill and other bodies uncollected still sprawling in grotesquely in the sand or half hidden by the high grass beyond the beach that plus an intense grim determination of work wearied men then to get this chaotic beach organized and get all the vital supplies and reinforcements moving more rapidly over it from the stacked up ships standing in drove out to see now that it is over.
00:05:13 – 00:10:13
It seems to me a pure miracle that we ever took the beach at all for some of our units. It was easy easy but in this special sector where I am now our troops face such odds that are getting ashore was like my whipping Joe Louis Astound to a pulp in this column. I WanNa tell you what the opening of the second front in this one sector entailed so that you can know and appreciate and forever be humbly grateful to those both dead and alive who did it for you. Assure facing us were more enemy troops than we had in. Our assault waves saves. The advantages were all. There’s the disadvantages all hours. The Germans were dug into positions that they had been working on for months. Although these were not yet all complete a hundred foot bluff a couple of hundred yards back from the beach had great concrete gun emplacements built right into the hilltop these open to the side instead of to the front thus making it very hard for naval fire from the sea to reach them they could shoot parallel with the beach and cover every foot of it for miles with artillery fire then they had hidden machine gun nests on the forward slopes with crossfire taking in every inch of the beach. These nests were connected by networks of trenches so the German gunners could move about without exposing themselves. Josh throughout the length of the beach running zigzag a couple of hundred yards back from the shoreline was an immense v-shape ditch fifteen feet deep nothing could cross it not even men on foot until fills had been made and in other places at the far end of the beach where the ground is flatter. They had great concrete walls. These were blasted by our naval gunfire or explosives set by hand. After we got on shore our only exits that’s from the beach were several swailes valleys each about one hundred yards wide the Germans made the most of these funnel-like traps sewing them with buried good minds they contained also barbed wire entanglements with minds attached hidden ditches and machine guns firing from the slopes this this is what was on the shore but our men had to go through a maze nearly as deadly as this before. They even got ashore. Underwater obstacles were terrific like the Germans had whole fields of evil devices under the water to catch our boats even now several days after the landing we have cleared only channels. Dell’s through them and cannot yet approach the whole length of the beach with our ships even now some ship or boat hits one of these mines every day and is knocked out of commission. The Germans had masses of those great six pronged spiders made of railroad iron and standing shoulder high just beneath the surface of the water for our landing craft to run into they also had huge logs buried in the sand pointing upward and outward their top just below the water attached Gotcha. These logs were mines in addition to these obstacles they had floating mines offshore land mines buried in the sand of the beach and more minds and checkerboard rose in the tall grass beyond the sand and the enemy had four men on shore for every three men we had approaching the shore and yet we got on beach. Landings are planned to a schedule that is set far ahead of time they all have to be timed in order for everything to. Mesh and the following allowing waves of troops to be standing off the beach and ready to land at the right moment as the landings are planned. Some elements of the assault force are to break through quickly push on inland and attack the most obvious enemy strongpoints. It is usually the plan for units to be inland attacking gun positions from behind within within a matter of minutes. After the first men hit the beach. I have always been amazed at the speed called for in these plans. You’ll have schedules etchells calling for engineers to land at h hour plus two minutes and service troops at h hour plus thirty minutes and even for press sensors hers to land at H Hour plus seventy five minutes but in this attack on this special portion of the beach where I am the worst we had incidentally the schedule didn’t hold our men simply could not get past a beach. They were pinned down right on the water’s edge by an inhuman wall of fire from the bluff. Our first waves were on that beach for hours instead of a few minutes before they could begin working inland. You can still see the foxholes they dug at the edge of the water in the sand and the small jumbled rocks that form parts of the Beach Medical Cormon attended the wounded is best they could could men were killed as they stepped out of the landing craft.
00:10:13 – 00:15:03
An officer whom I knew got a bullet through the head just as the door of his landing craft was let down some men were drawn the first crack and the beach defences was finally accomplished by terrific and wonderful naval fire which knocked out the big in placements once they tell epic stories of destroyers that ran right up into shallow water and had it out point blank with the big guns in those concrete emplacements sure when the heavy fire stopped our men were organized by their officers and pushed on inland circling machine gun Nash’s and taking them from the rear as one officers said the only way to take beaches to face it and keep going it is costly at first but it’s the only way if the manner are pinned down on the beach dug in or out of action they might as well not be there at all they hold up the waves behind them and nothing is being gained are men were pinned down down for a while but finally they stood up and went through and so we took that beach and accomplished our landing we did it with every advantage on the enemy side and every disadvantage on ours in the light of a couple of days of retrospection we sit and talk and call it a miracle that are men ever got on at all array able to stay on before long it will be permitted to name the units that did it then you will know to whom this glory should go. They suffered casualties loyalties and yet if we take the entire beach at assault including other units that had a much easier time our total casualties and driving this wedge into the continent into Europe were remarkably low only a fraction in fact of what our commanders had been prepared to accept and these units that were so battered and went through such hell are still right at this moment pushing on inland without rest their spirits high there egotism and victory almost reaching the smart alecky stage. Their tails are up. We’ve done it again. They say they figure that the rest of the army is needed at all which proves that while their judgment judgment in this regard is bad. They certainly have the spirit that wins battles and even wars. You’re listening to the a gun guy. TV podcast. I’ve got to tell you that’s very cool column to read because it gives you the perspective of a war correspondent. Who was there a walking down. The beach afterward now admittedly had to get to column pass the censors so he couldn’t be you know to to descriptive of the horrors of it but there are parts of that column that I never knew I knew about the German defences to a degree but I didn’t know until very recently in in kind of studying a little bit about the crossfire that they had shut up. I didn’t know about the the mines and the obstacles that were under the water. I didn’t know about a lot of these kind of things with these. Men faced coming off the landing craft and trying to make it up the beach. I didn’t know for example that I really when you get right down to it. The first wave or two of soldiers darn near had no chance whatsoever. I I mean they they came off those landing craft and they had very little chance of survival and yet they did it anyway. I I’m I’m always encouraged edged by by going back and looking at that time because I see the greatness of our country in those men and I you see the greatness of those of the country in the in the in Rosie the riveter in the women that stay behind and built machinery and tanks and became welders. It wasn’t machinists whatever in order to bolster the war effort to fight for our country. I you know maybe that sappy or something something but I don’t think so I I come back from these things and I say well gee you know what when I was a kid as I said I’m in my sixties. When I was a kid I knew quite a number of people in my family who were World War Two veterans now they were you know older but not old at the time and I as a small all child have memories of sitting on on the porch swing with a couple of them and having them talk to me about humorous things that happen to them. During the war they didn’t talk about the battle so much if ever with me but they did talk about humorous things they talked about some of their buddies I can remember hearing them talk about their buddies and once in a while they would be talking about a buddy that who obviously didn’t make it and then the the emotion of that would hit them but that was in the time when men were taught.
00:15:03 – 00:20:17
You don’t cry don’t cry and so they would choke that back. You know they wouldn’t wouldn’t let that be seen in too much. I’m not sure that was terribly healthy for them but nevertheless that’s the way things were regardless though you know. I look at these guys from that time and every time time June sixth comes around. I’m I’m reminded of what an incredible thing d day was of how many amen were involved in it and how incredibly brave they were going to be terribly honest with you right here. I’m going to tell you that if I was in one of those landing craft at that time I would have been totally utterly petrified. I don’t know about you. I would have been absolutely petrified watching movies like saving private Ryan and watching some of these his world war two movies but I gotta be honest with you. Just the idea of being involved in that is horrifying. I’ve never I’ve never been in a war. I’m I I speak from the perspective of a non veteran. I’ve never been in a war zone. I’ve never been in the military so I’m a complete new here. I cannot on speak from experience about any of this so I’ve never been a soldier and in any case I probably don’t have the courage to be one. Maybe I don’t know but I am always I always marvel at veterans. I really do and then like I said it may sound campy but I have enormous warmest respect for people who serve in America’s military. I I really do I have enormous respect for the men and women who served during world were to they really were from the men and women who serve to the men and women who worked hard in the United States and sacrifice to make sure that those people had the supplies and equipment they need to to win the war. I am convinced having known many of them that they were were the greatest generation this country has ever had but that said on this anniversary of d day not today because this is the fifth after arguably but you may be listening to this later on I don’t know but I’m recording this on June fifth but tomorrow is the anniversary and when we think about these kinds of anniversary anniversary dates whether it’s The d day anniversary or December seventh nineteen forty one the anniversary of Pearl Harbor or we get into November. Remember we’re talking about the birthday ball for the Marine Corps and or Veterans Day Memorial Day or any of those kinds of things. We do ourselves a great harm. If we forget the incredible sacrifice of the people who fought for this country bled for this country and provided for us of freedom we wouldn’t otherwise have now admittedly we can talk about the Second Amendment and how those freedoms have been whittled away for many many years in the are. I’m in California. Trust me. I get it okay but we still have the freedom to fight for those. We still have the court system. We still have a political system wherein which we can we can vote. We can take steps to change those laws ause. We can work on those things and the reason why we have all of that and we don’t live in a dictatorship is because of veterans who have fought for this country in various places around the world now. I’m going to stop right here and I’m going to say this world war to make sense to most Americans I ever talked. They look at the reason for World War. Two the reason the American American got involved the reason why the US got involved in it make sense. We were bopping along. I’m trying not to be involved and then Japan attacked Pearl Harbor without provocation and so we got involved in the war and we set out some clear goals. It seems aims to me. One was to crush Japanese imperialism and the other was to destroy the Nazism and fascism coming out of Europe and we did those thanks I mean we didn’t do them just up the United States but along with our allies we accomplish those goals every conflict and war the country has been in it since in my lifetime and that includes the Korean War my father was a veteran in the air force during the Korean War all of of those have been sort of muddied as to why at least in the minds of Americans. WHY WERE WE IN KOREA. Why were we in Vietnam. My brother Rick for whom I have enormous. Respect is a military veteran from the army and served in combat in Vietnam. Why were we in those tanks. Why were we in Afghanistan. Why are we in Afghanistan. Why did we go to Iraq. All those things are kind of money but the one thing that is not money and must not be money and must be clear in our minds and hearts in every instance is that the men and women who served served they served with bravery with courage and with distinction some of us have got not to admit the fact that we might not have been brave enough to do it and hold those folks who did serve up and and look at them with admiration and respect saving the Second Amendment one episode at a time this is the gun guide TV podcast.
00:20:21 – 00:25:03
One of the things that has changed dramatically is the fact that because of medical advances many veterans who are injured today horribly horribly survive when back in you know the forties they didn’t they died and so we have a lot of veterans who’ve come home and they’re missing limbs. They’ve been horribly disfigured or they’re really horribly injured and here’s here’s where I think if I’m GonNa lay down a challenge here the day before the D. He Day anniversary among Second Amendment supporters is that we must not look away from our veterans simply because they’ve been horribly injured. I’ve seen people do that. I have personally seen people do that. Turn away. I will not do it. I I will not do it. these men and women have served their country whether I understand why they were where they were or not doesn’t doesn’t matter what matters is. They serve their country and they did that for me. I will never forget that I will always be grateful for that and at every opportunity ever given me I will express that to them. I routinely Ainley whenever I find out somebody’s a veteran or I see them wearing a wearing their uniform or whatever I walk up to them and thank them for their service if I have have an opportunity to buy their lunch their coffee their dinner whatever I will do it because they are doing something I’ve never done. I’ve never been the war as I said I’ve never been in the military so I cannot claim the valor that they that they own that they earn. I cannot claim the respect that they deserve so as we go you know today tomorrow or the next day in you know you think about June and you think think well you know back in nineteen forty four. That was a horrific day. You know it might be sunny and nice and San Diego. You might be barbecuing on the weekend or whatever but we gotta remember when these types of anniversaries come up whether it’s the D Day anniversary or Memorial Day or veteran’s Day day or the Marine Corps birthday ball coming up in November or whatever it’s important that we remember what has been done for us because okay look like I said you know we I. I’ve said this many times. I’ll say it again. I may have set it a few minutes ago. I don’t know I don’t know but I have said this many many times we we live in a free country because of the sacrifice of our service members and even though I’m in San Diego where I can tell you that the second amendment is being attacked all the time we still have the ability to fight back on those battles because of what these people did and we should never ever ever forget that the whole reason we still live live in a free nation where where we have the ability to change laws and vote for people and the kinds of things we can do in this country that in other countries some folks can’t do is precisely because we have people who have served so gallantly in so valiantly in our military in various places and these anniversaries like the one coming up tomorrow for our reminders of that when you go over to the war memorials there reminders of that when you walk through the National Cemeteries and you see the crosses of all those who have served and and paid the ultimate price and died for this country we ha- we reminded minded of that and I I guess in this podcast. I simply wanted to let you know how deeply I feel about it. How important it is that in every way we honor our veterans at every opportunity so I urge you to do that. Please do I will in fact act. If you’re thinking about sending me a donation use that money and go buy a veteran lunch or go buy a veterans coffee I’ll live without the donation although lowest very nice and I do appreciate it but let’s take care of our military members as well well. That’s going to be the first part of the PODCAST. I’m going to wrap wrap it up here. I am going to talk about about some current events in this next part of the podcast which is going to be unpatriotic only so if you’re if you’re with me on patrons stick around we’re. GonNa talk about suppressors and Y. We should be able to use them just very recently. We had a horrible shooting where a gentleman gentleman lamma calling him a gentleman. He was a nut the job took to forty forty five caliber pistols.
00:25:03 – 00:25:55
I believe one of which had a suppressor and he killed a bunch of folks at his work. GonNa talk about that briefly but then of course the President Senate was asked about suppressors and he said something effective. I don’t really like them well. He should like them and I’m going to explain why he should like them in the second part of the podcast. I’m going to explain why we need them as citizens in the second part of the podcast and the reasons I give you maybe reasons. You haven’t thought of maybe not I don’t know but if you’re if you’re on patriots stick around and you’ll find out what those are if you’re not unpatriotic to wrap up the podcast here urge you to join us on Patriots. Thank you very much for listening for all of your support have a wonderful week. Make sure you reach out to veteran and thank them for the service and wherever you go whatever you do please be safe the you’ve been listening to the GunGunTV podcast.