Friday, June 14, 2013

American Soldier Hands Out Candy



Today's picture is from 1944, and it shows an American GI handing out candy after the liberation of France. What an iconic image! This is probably my favorite picture of the week.

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  1. The little girls are in patriotic dress, cute!

    The one girl looks rather doubtful.

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    1. Her mother probably told her not to take candy from strangers.

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  2. This act of kindness was about all the troops had to look forward to. War is truly hell.

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  3. I'll bet that they hadn't tasted candy for years, if ever.

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  4. I like the 'thanks you, Americans' sign someone made. They thought about it and added an 's' after 'thank' which, while incorrect, shows they really wanted to make it perfect.

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  5. During the Berlin AirLift there was a Lt Halvorsen who would drop candy from the window of his C-47 to the kids waiting below. There is a good write up on him on Wikipedia, along with some period pictures.

    He was eventually promoted to Col and served as my commander in Berlin in the 70's. Quite a gentleman.

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    1. They had Scrap Metal drives during WWII where I lived. A man came down the street in a big truck with a PA system asking for metal. He always had suckers and bubble gum for the kids. A lot of pots & pans went for the war effort.

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  6. Look how worn out his uniform and boots look. This solder has done a lot of walking and crawling.

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