GOOD FOR­TUNE

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Re­gard­ing the re­cent spate of D-Day ar­ti­cles (June 14 / May 31): My former fa­ther-in-law Wil­liam “Bill” Resnick landed on the beaches of north­ern France with the US Army on ei­ther the third or fourth day of the D-Day in­va­sion. Typ­i­cal of a com­bat soldier who has sur­vived bat­tles in wars, he was ret­i­cent to speak about his ex­pe­ri­ences in great de­tail. He did men­tion, how­ever, that the ca­su­alty rate for the American sol­diers on the first day of the in­va­sion was about 80%, then about 60% on the sec­ond day, and then de­clined to about 40% and 20% on the next two days – and that he con­sid­ered him­self to be a lucky per­son that he landed only when he did.

His sec­ond stroke of good luck was that he met and later mar­ried a Bri­tish woman (who was serv­ing in the Women’s Land Army at the time) whom he met dur­ing the long stretch of time that he was in train­ing in north­ern England and wait­ing for the or­der to be sent over the Chan­nel with the troops.

He lived into his 80s and had the merit of see­ing both of his sons serve as sol­diers (in the US Army and the IDF), and then see­ing all of his grand­chil­dren (all born in Is­rael) serv­ing in the IDF. He also mer­ited hear­ing the good news about the birth of the first of his now long line of great-grand­chil­dren (all here in Is­rael).

His many descen­dants are proud of his ser­vice, and they re­al­ize that his good luck – as a sur­vivor of D-Day and the re­main­der of World War II – was even­tu­ally and ul­ti­mately also their good for­tune.

LEAH YERUSHALMI

Jerusalem

Thank you to writer Mark Granat for “Leap­ing into D-Day” (June 14), a su­perb ar­ti­cle de­tail­ing a Bri­tish Jewish para soldier’s sad per­sonal story. I was in tears read­ing it and en­joyed learn­ing about how he made the D-Day jump; I also laughed at the line when Granat’s wife said “Hope your life in­sur­ance is paid up.” With the in­for­ma­tion on the Lib­erty Jump Team, as well all the other de­tails (too many to list), we are part of this ‘band of broth­ers’ and salute those who sur­vived and those who made the ul­ti­mate sac­ri­fice.

On a per­sonal level, I re­ally con­nected with Granat – as a teenager who grew up with ac­tors John Wayne, Er­rol Flynn and Humphrey Bog­art, and war and western movies. In 1968, with three other friends – all young and feel­ing in­vin­ci­ble, from Canada and liv­ing on a kib­butz in north­ern Is­rael – all vol­un­teered in Jan­uary 1969 for the IDF (Ma­hal) Na­hal Para­troop­ers Bat­tal­ion 50.

Thank you to the Mag­a­zine for print­ing this ex­cel­lent ar­ti­cle.

MUR­RAY JOSEPH Kiryat Motzkin

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