D Day, 6 June 1944: the Ghost Hero


The following is an original piece I wrote, it was researched and written solely by myself. I have sent it out a few times to others and I ended up seeing it and even reading it in the newspaper under someone else’s name. You are welcome to send it out and if someone gets it published under their name then fine, its a true story.

D Day, 6 June 1944: the Ghost Hero

Code-named: “Operation Overlord”. Mission: “…to mount and carry out an operation with forces and equipment established in the United Kingdom… to secure a lodgment area on the Continent from which further offensive operations can be developed.” (taken from the original Operations Order)

Later in life General Eisenhower returned to France and said this while overlooking Omaha Beach: “ . . . these men came here - British and our allies, and Americans - to storm these beaches for one purpose only, not to gain anything for ourselves, not to fulfill any ambitions that America had for conquest, but just to preserve freedom . . . Many thousands of men have died for such ideals as these . . . but these young boys . . . were cut off in their prime . . . I devoutly hope that we will never again have to see such scenes as these. I think and hope, and pray, that humanity will have learned . . . we must find some way . . . to gain an eternal peace for this world.”

This course of history was altered that fateful day, the world and the events following were all shaped by those brave soldiers who turned the tide and won the European war beginning on those beach’s. However, not all 150,000 brave soldiers landed at Normandy. In fact, one of the wars most influential and successful Generals was not there.

General George S. Patton was sitting on the shores of England, the Commander of a fake Army, known as the First United States Army Group, a purely fabricated Army engaged in Operation Quicksilver. Quicksilver was a part of the most successful deception of WWII. The purpose of these plans and operations was to deceive, and cloak the massive build up of men and supplies needed for D Day. General Patton was chosen by General Eisenhower to Command this fictitious Army. Patton was chosen because of his strength as a Commander and he was feared by the Germans. It was believed the Germans would know that any major invasion would be led by General Patton himself. Due to Patton’s fame, the Germans would be able to track and know his location. The result was the Allies caught the Germans asleep at the wheel and totally flatfooted and Patton in his absence might well be the ghost hero of D Day. It took Germany’s 2[SUP]nd[/SUP] Waffen SS Division 2 weeks to reach the front lines when had they been prepared it would have taken them only 2 days.

My own father spent 4 years in the Pacific in WWII then sent to Russian language school and subsequently assigned as a Commander in the OSI in post war Germany. He spoke many times of what would have happened had we not won the war and been successful on D Day. We feared the Russians would possibly split the European Continent with the Germans. It was generally felt the Germans would succumb to communism with the Russians influence and strength. Imagine the world today with complete communist rule across all of Europe. How might the global stage evolved over that time? Who would be actors today and most of all where would America be?

On 6 June look at our flag of Stars and Stripes and give thanks for the finest military the world has ever known and their many and great deeds that have changed the course of history for the betterment of all.

The writer, Major, US Army (RETIRED) had the honor to serve under Major General George S Patton (General Patton’s son), Commander, 2[SUP]nd[/SUP] Armored Division, Ft Hood, Texas, 1975 and remained in contact with him thru correspondence until his death 30 Jun 2004. He was the image of his father and I am proud to have served with him and known him personally.


Good article. Only one quibble. What’s different about communist control of half of Europe today than it would have been had D-Day failed and we lost the war in Europe? There are 'WAY too many idiots today who honestly believe that communism is a good idea if only THEY were in charge instead of the incompetents who tried it (and failed) before them.


That is worth starting a thread on as the opinions vary greatly.

But let me toss this in the ring: IMO the rise of socialism across most of Europe and the subsequent influence of communism the blame for it sits squarely atop the shoulder of the US.

How So: Coming out of WWII as the victor and the strongest in the world we extended a helping hand to all and that included being the cop on the beat for the world, especially our allies in Europe. The result was we have spent Trillions upon trillions $$$$$$ across the globe keeping the world safe from communist-socialism only to find it eyeball deep in every country we supported. What happened was we began to PAY the countries we defended to defend them, to be there. The result was these countries had marginal militaries which in turn saved them BILLIONS $$$$ and in fact without the need for a strong military they were flush with money. What happens when Govt gets flush with money? They begin massive social programs, such as free healthcare, early retirement and easy welfare along with supplemental income if you don’t make enough money. All this brought about the rise of the far left governments we see across the world…we the US Taxpayer subsidized the far left communist-socialist, just like we are doing now and for the past 8 years under Obama.

What we should have done: Same thing we do with the Police and Sheriffs Depts we PAY THEM to protect US, instead we paid the countries for us to protect them…STUPID!!! And now we are paying the price for it.


Don’t altogether disagree, 12Oaks (which, by the way, is the name of the motel where I spent my wedding night 50 years ago this coming August 12th!) One result of our assuming their defense was to allow Germany’s and Japan’s destroyed factories to be rebuilt using new, modern techniques and equipment, which turned both into economic powerhouses, capable of competing with the U.S.–at least for awhile, anyway.


You are right PD! Bottom line is the us and all of its abundance lifted the world, but not all the lift was worth it. Maybe at some point in time we should have told them: Starting 1 Jan 19xx you will pay the salary and upkeep of our installations in your country, for that we will defend. If you chose to go on your own, then we pull out lock, stock and barrel, you get into trouble then don’t call us.

No one known for sure how many Trillions we have spent in the ME, yet they are oil rich and got money to burn and other than the Saudis who made a contribution of about a Billion + I don’t think anyone has coughed up a dime. In fact not only do we defend them buy we pay them to do it!!! This is insane.


GOPUSA – Veteran says Time Warner Cable let him go for lowering flag on Memorial Day

Veteran says Time Warner Cable let him go for lowering flag on Memorial Day

When Charlotte veteran Allen Thornwell lowered his employer’s American flag to half-staff on Memorial Day, he says he did not think to ask permission or consider the possibility that he had done anything wrong.

Instead, the 29-year-old former Marine, who served in both Iraq and Afghanistan, says he was thinking about his country, the meaning of the holiday, and his best friend, Geoff, another Marine who had killed himself two years ago after returning stateside.

On Tuesday, Thornwell was fired. A manager at the placement service that arranged the vet’s job at** Time Warner Cable in Charlotte told him that the company was disturbed by Thornwell’s “passion for the flag and (his) political affiliation.”**


All the mediuh companies are crony-fied now.

They’re afraid that when Winners and Losers are drawn up, with government microregulation of the Internet and cable, which is underway…they’re afraid that WHEN (not IF) politics enters into it, they’re not identified as Enemies and frozen out.

Nobody wants to be the Cable Chik Fil A. Without government consent, now, a cable company HAS no business.


The one story of the many secret operations which I recall was Operation Frankton and another related secret operation which I cannot recall the name of but was even more bold. This involved entering the French coastline and destroying German ships with magnetic bombs. What made this different is that it was a suicide mission, the best way to access was via canoes and chances of returning were not very high.

The second Operation involved the same premise, but, instead of canoes, some sort of motorized “floaty”, body suit type device that was even more covert and much quicker than manual rowing. There was a British Officer who designed this bodysuit to allow individuals to enter French territory unseen by radar and again destroy boats. When the operation was drawn up the British Officer insisted that he be one of those to go since he designed the floaty and they went at dark. This particular campaign was done ahead of D Day to ensure fewer resistance ships in the event they became aware of the attack.

Of the seven or so men who went, two had their suits break down and they had to seek shelter inland and abort. Two men were caught and executed, including the officer if I recall correctly. As it were he would have been tortured mercilessly due to his rank and the belief that others were still in France at the time, and two or three escaped back to Britain via French Resistance forces. They destroyed countless ships via this method.

If not for the silence of those captured there would not have been any survivors and future covert operations would have been compromised. It speaks to the many who’s names we will never know who had the kind of courage most can only dream of. Being tortured and dying for selfless principles.

Who knows how many such operations have secured the freedom we have enjoyed most of our life.


Here is a good write up: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Frankton


Yes Oaks, thanks for that.

Within the body of that is the story which I recall being named in the motorized floating device and of the movie of this event, “The Cockleshell Heroes” (a movie I had wanted to see and may search out after revisiting this). I recall without a doubt that the story I read described a floatation device and not a canoe as described. Somehow these two stories merged in the one I read, I am not doubting the facts as Provided in Operation Frankton, but the account as I read it in a book as being inaccurate, or at least confused with the precise details of the actual event.

Here is a great read about Untold Stories of D-Day if you have interest in the most famous operation in military history:

Untold Stories of D-Day

The fact that such a mass operation was not leaked is a combination of excellent preparation and dumb luck. Of course; as you suggested, the false flag set up by General Patton contributed along with various other methods. Coupled with the “Unknown Soldier” event, which I am sure you have heard of regarding the Allied forces planting fake documents on the body of a dead British soldier in the ocean. They correctly assumed that the Germans would find and interpret as plans for a large scale attack at a location far from the actual event (for which the Germans had fully prepared).

Reading the link I provided above it is astonishing in the lengths of security measures that took place to protect any suspicion of this operation. It really illustrates just how serious this invasion was considered, anything less than success would have altered the course of the war. All that was at stake was the survival of the free world…