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Watch Yankees Legend Yogi Berra Describe Being At D-Day
On June 6, 1944, a 19-year-old American sailor stood on the deck of a landing craft support, small. The ship was designed to provide cover fire for the soldiers who would storm the beaches for the largest amphibious operation in American history, D-Day.
The 19-year-old sailor wanted to watch the planes coming overhead, he thought it looked pretty. A nearby battleship was firing on the beach, and he wanted to watch. His ship was 300 yards off the beach of Normandy in the English Channel. His ship, the landing craft support, small; or LCCS; was not so affectionately nicknamed the “landing craft suicide squad.”
As the young man peered over the edge of the ship and watched the scene unfold, his officer told him, “You better get your head down in here, if you want it on.”
That young man was Seaman 1st Class Lawrence Berra, and he would go on to become one of the most legendary baseball players of all time. The world would come to know him as Yogi Berra. He died today at the age of 90, on the 69th anniversary of his major league debut.
As the catcher and captain of the New York Yankees, Berra won 13 World Series titles, he appeared in 18 All-Star games, and he was elected most-valuable player of the American League three separate years. He would bat in 1,430 runs, hit 383 home runs, have his number retired by the Yankees, and be overwhelmingly elected to Major League Baseball’s Hall of Fame.
But back on that June day in 1944, the day when the Allied forces turned the tide of the Second World War, none of that was imaginable. Berra was one of millions of Americans who served in World War II, who would then come home and lead lives and contribute to society in such a way that they would be called America’s greatest generation.
Berra described his role in D-Day in a 2004 interview with then-MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann. You can watch it below.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's withholding of $391 million in military aid to Ukraine was linked to his request that the Ukrainians look into a claim — debunked as a conspiracy theory — about the 2016 U.S. election, a senior presidential aide said on Thursday, the first time the White House acknowledged such a connection.
Trump and administration officials had denied for weeks that they had demanded a "quid pro quo" - a Latin phrase meaning a favor for a favor - for delivering the U.S. aid, a key part of a controversy that has triggered an impeachment inquiry in the House of Representatives against the Republican president.
But Mick Mulvaney, acting White House chief of staff, acknowledged in a briefing with reporters that the U.S. aid — already approved by Congress — was held up partly over Trump's concerns about a Democratic National Committee (DNC) computer server alleged to be in Ukraine.
"I have news for everybody: Get over it. There is going to be political influence in foreign policy," Mulvaney said.
‘I’m the Meryl Streep of generals’ — Mattis hits back at Trump for calling him the 'world's most overrated general'
Former Defense Secretary James Mattis decided to take on President Donald Trump's reported assertion that he is "overrated" at the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner in New York City on Thursday.
"I'm not just an overrated general, I am the greatest — the world's most — overrated," Mattis said at the event, which raises money for charity.
"I'm honored to be considered that by Donald Trump because he also called Meryl Streep an overrated actress," Mattis said. "So I guess I'm the Meryl Streep of generals ... and frankly that sounds pretty good to me. And you do have to admit that between me and Meryl, at least we've had some victories."
The former Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs thinks that the VA needs to start researching medical marijuana. Not in a bit. Not soon. Right goddamn now.
US and Turkey agree on temporary cease fire to allow Kurdish fighters to withdraw from northeast Syria
The United States and Turkey have agreed to a temporary cease fire to allow Kurdish fighters to withdraw from a safe zone that Turkey is establishing along its border with Syria, Vice President Mike Pence announced on Thursday.
A Navy doomsday aircraft that would play a vital communication role in the event of a nuclear war had one of its four engines replaced this month after it struck a bird at a Maryland air station.