19940530 – Grandad – Washington Post front page (fuller version) (public)

19940530 – Grandad – Washington Post front page (fuller version) (public)
4th of july crafts
Image by Rev. Xanatos Satanicos Bombasticos (ClintJCL)
Grandad on the front page of The Washington Post for the 50th Anniversary of D-Day!

Photo caption: "JIM L[REDACTED], 1st Division, 16th Regiment. L[REDACTED], 72, of Alexandria, above on D-Day. Of 102 men on his landing craft, 35 were killed before reaching Omaha Beach."



"They Survived A Beach Called Omaha", by Eugene L. Meyer.

"They are old men now, in their seventies and eighties, living in retirement in comfortable neighborhoods in the Washington area, but forever linked by a beach called Omaha.

What they remember most is the chaos–units landing in the wrong place, their guns and tanks sunk at sea, and unexpectedly severe firing from the high bluffs above.

And on the beach, no cover. The bombers had dropped their payloads inland instead of on the beach to create craters for hiding. At first, the Navy guns also were misdirected. And in the water and on the beach, the waves of soldiers kept coming and kept dying.

"The beach was strewn with dead and dying and equipment," remembers William Friedman, 77, a retired Army lieutenant colonel who lives in Northwest Washington.

"It looked like all the debris in the world had been gathered up and thrwon on that beach."

It was both the highest and lowest point of their lives. It was a time best remembered and best forgotten. It was D-Day, the largest amphibious invasion i military history, the Normandy landing that skirted disaster, the one they arrived to tell about.

For the 50th anniversary, some are goig back one last time, to commemorate the battlethey won and memorialize the comrades they lost. Others, hobbled by the infirmities of age or disinclined to dwell on the traumas of war, are staying at home.

They are men who have lived almost a lifetime since June 6, 1944–men such as Jim L[REDACTED], of Alexandria, who married a Holocaust survivor of a labor camp he helped … [see VETERANS, A20, Col. 1]"


"Germany Set To Reclaim Files On Its Sinister Past", by Rick Atkinson

"BERLIN–More than 100 times a minute, 7,000 times an hour, 50,000 times a day, a camera shutter clicks in a windowless basement in southwest Berlin, capturing on each frame a fragment of Germany’s grim past.

Thirteen camera operators labor throughout the day on what some here say may be the most ambitious microfilming project ever undertaken: the duplication of 75 million pages of Nazi personnel documents stored in a former Gestapo eavesdropping post now known as the Berlin Document Center.

The microfilmers work swiftly because on July 1 the U.S. State Department intends to relinquish custody of the original documents to the German government. The dupliates–8 million feet of film on 38,000 rolls–will be flown to Washington this summer and deposited in the Natioal Archives.

The pages passing beneath the camera lens range from the prosaic to the sinister: Heinrich Himmler’s expense accounts; the seating plan for Joseph Goebbel’s 1935 wedding; Nazi party membership card No. 899.895, belonging to one Adolf Eichmann; Albert Speer’s party showing that he had lived at 31 Schopenhauer St. in Berlin; Josef Mengele’s dental records and membership sheet in the Nazi Physicians Professional Association; Hermann Goering’s suicide notes, scribbled before he swallowed cyanide in 1946.

Returning the original documents to German custody is another milestone in the restoration of German sovereignty aftera half-century of Allied occupation, "appropriate recognition of… [See BERLIN, A21, Col. 1]"

Washington Post, newspaper article.
from Dad.

Normandy, Nanny and Grandad’s house, Alexandria, Virginia, France.

May 30, 1994.

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James Bernard L, my grandfather (dad’s dad). Born 2/18/1922 in Fairmont, WV. Died 12/18/2001 in Arlington, VA.
Son of James and Minnie
Husband of Maria Clara ("Ronnie")
Father of Victor (dad)
Brother of Arnold Ray, Lena May and Charles
James Bernard L was a long-serving member of the 16th Infantry Regiment, 1st Division, and its Association. He joined the National Guard in 1936, then the 16th Infantry in 1940 at Fort Jay, New York. In the Allied landings in Africa in November, 1942, he was the Regimental Sergeant Major. He fought in Sicily and later, in the Normandy Invasion, as a Warrant Officer under General Omar Bradley. He continued with the 16th Infantry through France, the Battle of the Bulge, Germany and Czechoslovakia, earning a Silver Star.
After the war, he served at Fort Knox, Kentucky, the Joint Chiefs of Staff in the Pentagon, Fort Shafter, Hawaii, Ft. Sam Houstin in San Antonio, TX, and the Adjutant Generals School, Fort Benjamin Harrison, Indiana, where he retired in 1960 as a CWO-4.
James then became one of the strongest supporters of the Regimental Association, writing many articles and booklets produced by the Association, and was a contributor, editor, and participant in the production of the recent volume of the regiment’s history, "Blood and Sacrifice."
James was also an avid flag collector and member of NAVA, and a longtime philatelist.

Ronnie L, born Maria Clara Rechen, is Clint’s grandmother (dad’s mom). Born 10/25/1918 in Lvov, Poland. Died 11/13/2003 in Alexandria, VA.
Daughter of Jozefa and Jacob, she was the only survivor of the holocaust in her family. She was liberated from a work camp by Clint’s grandfather (James Bernard L.), who stormed Normandy 20 minutes into the D-Day invasion.