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Wednesday:) When Friends Request-Happy Birthday Vincent Corsini

1 Jul

“Take the risk to ask for whatever you need and want. If someone says no, you will not lose anything. If someone says yes, you have a lot to gain.”

― Abhishek Ratna

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Most of you know me pretty well and you know I don’t ask many favors… well, maybe just a few. My long-time WordPress friend, GP Cox, sent me a special request this morning. GP writes a regular blog that tells tales and stories about WWII and other historical events. He’s made it his mission to keep those stories alive, lest we forget all the sacrifices made by those that came before us. I appreciate that he also posts military cartoons, but also the sad news of veterans who have passed away.

I’ve corresponded with him about my dad who served in the Philippines in WWII, and we have exchanged stories and notes. I’ve never met GP, but I’m proud to call him FRIEND.

GP asked if I’d pass this request on to my readers. He wants to help make a special Birthday for Mr. Vincent Corsini, a decorated D-Day Veteran. Wouldn’t it be nice to see strangers cheer up and appreciate this fine man? As soon as I post this, I’m going to send out a card.

Even though his birthday is July 4th, I’m sure cards trickling in throughout the month will make him smile. If you’ve ever done a random act of kindness, you know how special you will feel, but nothing compared to the recipient. Thanks GP and CJ Kirkland.

Read about Vincent Dorsini..,

A Friend Asks For Cards To Make Veteran’s Birthday Special

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H/T War History OnLine.

We need to make this birthday real special for Vincent Corsini.

Courtesy of The Greatest Generation Foundation

D-Day veteran Mr Vincent Corsini (ICo/116th/29ID) will be celebrating his 96th birthday this July 4th (coincidentally).

His wife, unfortunately, has been hospitalized since early January and due to COVID-19 he has been unable to properly visit her.

In addition to his wife being in the hospital, he has been living alone under quarantine these past few months. I would love to flood his mailbox with birthday cards and well wishes.

Originally from Kings New York, Mr Vincent Corsini joined the Army in 1943 and served as a member of I Company, 116th Infantry, 29th Infantry Division. As such he participated in every major action involving the 29th from D-Day to the Siegfried Line.

Wartime portrait of Vincent Corsini. Photo from Vincent Corsini’s personal collection.

Of the nine companies landing in the first wave, only Company A of the 116th RCT at Dog Green and the Rangers to their right landed where intended. E/116, aiming for Easy Green, ended up scattered across the two beaches of the 16th RCT area.

G/116, aiming for Dog White, opened up a 1,000-yard gap between themselves and A/116 to their right when they landed at Easy Green instead. I/16 drifted so far east it did not land for another hour and a half.

Vincent Corsini in Paris, c. 1944. Photo from Vincent Corsini’s personal collection.

On 6 June, he was part of the 3rd assault wave to hit Omaha Beach around 7:30 am landing at Easy Green sector (original landing sector was Dog Red, but they had drifted).

After an exhaustive fight inward, Vince and company fought for ~30 days through the hedgerows of Normandy through to St Lo on to Vire and then Brest. Vince served with the 29th until Oct 1944 when he was evacuated IVO the Siegfried line, finishing the war with ADSEC.

After the war, Vince returned to NY where he pursued his college education eventually taking a job as a draftsman and engineer. He married in the 50’s raised a family and retired in North Carolina.

Vincent Corsini, WW2. Photo from Vincent Corsini’s personal collection.

When abled, Vince was heavily involved with the 29th Infantry Division Association, returning to Normandy 3 times for the 25th, 50th and most recently the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings.

I was lucky enough to be able to send him back for the 75th. In addition, I was able to petition his congressman and the NARA to have his records updated to reflect awards he should’ve received 75 years ago. Vince is the last original surviving member of his company.

Vincent Corsini today

His updated awards are as follows. Combat Infantry Badge, Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Army Good Conduct Medal, WW2 Victory Medal, EAME Campaign with 2 bronze star and Arrowhead device, French Croix de Guerre, French Legion of Honour

For those of you that would like to wish this hero a Happy Birthday, please use the address below. Thanks in advance.

Mr Vincent Corsini

c/o Charles Kirkland

PO Box 1048

Fort Mill SC, 29716

Written by his friend, CJ Kirkland.

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Theme Song Thursday: Remembering WWII

30 Aug

History has taught us over and over again that freedom is not free. When push comes to shove, the ultimate protectors of freedom and liberty are the brave men and women in our armed forces. Throughout our history, they’ve answered the call in bravery and sacrifice.
Tim Pawlenty
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My father served in the army during World War II. The majority of his time was spent in the Philippines. We heard stories, but we never thought to record or write down any of those memories. Today, while I was going through some of my zillion picture frames, I ran across the flag that my father carried with him during the war and brought home with him. He is no longer with us, but this flag speaks volumes about the men who he served with. They wrote down their names and what towns they came from. They were comrades in arms, but most importantly, they were friends.

This flag probably sat in a drawer for over fifty years. I’m not sure how I ended up with this treasure. I probably asked my mom if I could have it and she agreed. I glanced at the names, but I’ll have to take more time and write down the names of all those army buddies. It’s sad to think that some brave soldiers made it back home to their friends and families, but others didn’t. Here’s to all those who keep us safe.

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