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By Garry M. Graves

What makes a guy, a guy? How will we degree a man?

James Robert Copeland lives this present day in get together of our country’s enduring freedom. JR’ (as he loves to be called), enlisted within the military the day after Pearl Harbor and he was once mad as hell. commonly, whilst your two decades outdated and the son of a coal mining kinfolk from West Virginia, a significant existence doesn’t manifest itself on a silver platter. JR’ isn't really general in any regard. along with his 8th grade schooling he used to be singled out to steer males lower than his command to protection alongside the berms of Omaha seashore, Normandy, France, D-Day, June 6, 1944. Shot in each one leg he led his males throughout a German minefield, with no wasting a man.

It was once a awful day — yet Ranger Copeland had a mission.

JR’ Copeland, employees Sergeant, fifth Ranger Infantry Battalion had an obligation to his nation. He did it with delight and function and lots of gusto. How JR’ grew to become a heroic chief of fellows is that this tale; his upbringing, his family members, his ideals, all contributed to what could turn into a magnanimous man or woman. JR’ Copeland, 89, nonetheless celebrates this day.

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A web that wraps you, covers you, and cuts you as it digs deeper into your skin with every movement you make. German Barbed-Wire -- Omaha Beach Captain Whittington was one of the first to reach the wire. ’ “Captain Whittington was from Texas where he came from the oil fields—he also boxed some and was good with his fists. I know because me and him had it out one day after he insulted my men. We fought with our bare fists and he could punch hard, damn hard,” said JR’. Actually the two men, JR’ and Whittington, were distant friends probably respecting each others grit and determination.

In late November, 1943, the Rangers left again, for the last time, ending up in New Jersey at a place called Fort Dix. JR’ recalled reading the history of Fort Dix and how it was named for a Major General John Adams Dix, a veteran of the War of 1812. JR’s father had mentioned he had relatives who fought in the War of 1812. He wondered what the significance of Fort Dix held for him. “Sort of felt a strange—but comfortable feeling at Fort Dix,” JR’ said. JR’ was immediately attached to a special weapons section because of his knowledge of rifles and shotguns.

A web that wraps you, covers you, and cuts you as it digs deeper into your skin with every movement you make. German Barbed-Wire -- Omaha Beach Captain Whittington was one of the first to reach the wire. ’ “Captain Whittington was from Texas where he came from the oil fields—he also boxed some and was good with his fists. I know because me and him had it out one day after he insulted my men. We fought with our bare fists and he could punch hard, damn hard,” said JR’. Actually the two men, JR’ and Whittington, were distant friends probably respecting each others grit and determination.

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