More on this incredible man :My girl friend and I were having breakfast and I started to talk to a couple next to us who were in their 70s. He was retired ATT and she from Disney. They were returning to Florida after going to New York for a funeral. He 90 y/o uncle had passed.
He was with the 101st Airborne Division and jumped into Normandy during WWII. Shorty after passing over the beaches their plane was hit by ground fire and the left engine and wing were on fired so everyone, to include the pilots, jumped.
They landed in a small isolated village far from their assigned jump site so they hunkered down in the village. They were just a half of a platoon but they stayed and only a few Germans tried to come through the village as they were not on a major road. The Germans just went around the village.
Early this month her uncle went back to Normandy for the first time and he went to the village and found they had named a street after him and the whole village turned out for him. He passed on two days after returning home.
There is a big difference between a city like Paris, who seem to resent Americans, and a place like Normandy, who seem to revere us!
1. He fought and killed many Germans
2. He was captured 3 times by the Germans, escaped 3 times
The man is what I call a true hero. Brave, daring, but with much humanity.
Not true what you say about Parisians. Well, only partly true. Old-time Parisians scorn anyone not from Paris, and that includes Frenchmen NOT from Paris. So don't feel like a target. Also, I would wager that 95% of Americans who travel to Paris and other places are nice, open, curious and gracious Americans. It's that LRS-Dale-like 5% that spoils it for the 95% and gives Americans a bad name abroad. Of course, being more numerous, they attract more attention though the Japanese and Chinese tourists are giving Americans a run for their money. I like to think of Americans as very open, very welcoming and I can attest to that, having been in the U.S. more often than I can count. And most Parisians, specially those 40 and younger, do appreciate American tourists. Just not that 5%. I know Paris, and what you said is basically untrue, else why are there so many American expatriates living there?