Laura Ingraham hosted Colonel Edward Shames, 92, on D-Day.
Shames said the soldiers were quiet until they crossed the English Channel and it was like jumping through fireworks. He was dropped seven miles from where he was supposed to be and that was the headquarters of the German leaders. He cut off his parachute and then immediately went into action.
Shames said the airborne troops were to protect the beach landing troops by pushing back the Germans. He was in an experimental unit with civilian troops. The 506 unit had 7,000 applicants and only several thousands were needed. They did 147 mile marches and their tests were far tougher than the Navy SEALS. He said his strongest memory is being the first soldier to visit the Dachau death camp that he never talks about and thinks about when he goes to bed at night. His platoon took care of dangerous jobs that no one else could handle. He spoke about going two hours to Baston in street clothes with no weapons and yet prevailed in 17 degree temperatures. He doesn't know how they lived through it all. He said they trained for it and got through it. He said the nation's back was against the wall and most young men went into service.
Shames said today isn't different from the days of the Great Depression and the Great Recession. He said vodka helped him get through tough situations. He said they pillaged any wine cellar they could find to get through it all. He said the reason they went to war is so that the following generations wouldn't have to know war. He keeps in touch with several of his former mates of which there are about five still living.