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Bloody Omaha - My Remembrances of That Day by James Robert Copeland [Kindle Edition]

Garry M. Graves , James Robert Copeland
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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Book Description

What makes a man, a man? How do we measure a man?

James Robert Copeland lives today in celebration of our country’s enduring freedom. JR’ (as he likes to be called), enlisted in the Army the day after Pearl Harbor and he was mad as hell. Typically, when your 20 years old and the son of a coal mining family from West Virginia, a meaningful life doesn’t present itself on a silver platter. JR’ is not typical in any regard. With his eighth grade education he was singled out to lead men under his command to safety along the berms of Omaha Beach, Normandy, France, D-Day, June 6, 1944. Shot in each leg he led his men across a German minefield, without losing a man.

It was a horrific day — but Ranger Copeland had a mission.

JR’ Copeland, Staff Sergeant, 5th Ranger Infantry Battalion had a duty to his country. He did it with pride and performance and plenty of gusto. How JR’ became a heroic leader of men is this story; his upbringing, his family, his beliefs, all contributed to what would become a magnanimous human being. JR’ Copeland, 89, still celebrates today.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1449 KB
  • Print Length: 106 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0984446257
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: GGA Publishing Inc. (9 Jun. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003R0LNZQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #210,916 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Entrepreneur, educator, writer Garry M. Graves' enjoys writing and publishing fiction and non-fiction books in print and ebook formats. A professional marketing expert, business-owner and part-time university instructor now dedicates 'some' time to writing his own personal development books and biographies. So enthralled by self-publishing, Garry now offer's other aspiring writer/authors the same vehicle with his new start-up: GGA Publishing Inc., as a 'pay-it-forward' promise to the many people who helped him along the way. Married to Linda L. Graves, his high-school sweetheart--resides in the great state of Michigan with dogs, Sassie and Bella.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars American bravery on bloody Omaha... 16 Dec. 2011
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This is a rather short book but an interesting one on Ranger JR Copeland's experience of D-Day on bloody Omaha beach. I have a keen interest in American history and the bravery of their soldiers on Omaha is well documented. This book follows the upbringing, training and experience that 'JR' went through on that fateful day when so Americans lost their lives. The fact that JR Copeland survives the day itself after being shot in both legs and having led his men across a minefield is nothing short of a miracle. It is also interesting to read that the Ranger's took part in the British commando training and Copeland states that this training was the toughest he had ever had and doing this training saved many a life on D-Day. My uncle also did this training and survived D-Day only to die in the latter stages of the war.

I enjoyed the book but I am knocking off a star because it was not written in the best style and another one because it was a bit too 'American'...a bit too emphatic on the guts and glory side of D-Day, not subtle or humble enough for my liking. However it is an important story that highlights the sacrifices and bravery of a truly great American generation. Well worth the 72p kindle price tag.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Diappointing Book 8 Jun. 2013
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Sure it was hell for JRC but Disappointing and was not a good read. Very short and lacks detail
Was hoping for more
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outstanding read - read this while in normandy / brittany on my holidays and really puts you there ( especially when a lot of the scars of battle are still evident ) , fot those interested in this period a must read.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Pointless waste of time 16 Jun. 2013
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This is the biggest non event that I've ever read. I've written longer essays at school than this. There is more time devoted in this book to 'little did he realise he'd need those traits on the beach' to actually telling anything about 'the beach'. The most significant point of ww 2 and all this book says about James Copeland heroic contribution to the landings is he got shot in the heel and was evacuated. The end.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 6 Nov. 2014
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riveting read
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