From this Quay, 60 cutters of the United States Coast Guard Rescue Flotilla 1 departed for the Normandy Invasion 6 June 1944. These 83 foot boats, built entirely of wood, and the 840 crew members were credited with saving the lives of 1437 men and one woman. Remembrance of the service rendered by Rescue Flotilla 1, and with appreciation of the kindness of the people of Poole to the crews, this plaque is given by men and women of the United States Coast Guard. “Semper Paratus” June 1994

Kingston Lacy House – Remembrance Sunday

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US 29TH INFANTRY DIVISION (re-enactment)


US 29TH INFANTRY DIVISION (re-enactment)


US 29TH INFANTRY DIVISION (re-enactment)


US 29TH INFANTRY DIVISION (re-enactment)


US 29TH INFANTRY DIVISION (re-enactment)


US 29TH INFANTRY DIVISION (re-enactment)



Kingston Lacy House – near Wimborne, Dorset.

US 29th INFANTRY DIVISION – re-enactment group.

REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY – November 14, 2021

This remembrance also comes under the title of  VETERANS DAY  in the United States.

The British War Department took over 72.5 acres of these extensive grounds, to establish one a three US Army Hospitals based in East Dorset, including the provision of its own airfield.


Kingston Lacy House – below

Waiting for the US 29TH INFANTRY DIVISION (re-enactment) … to attend the 11 am, 2 minutes silence – REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY

Remembrance Day – November 11, 2021 – Poole Quay – Dorset, UK


US 29th INFANTRY DIVISION – reenactment group.
This memorial was held on Thursday, November 11, 2021.
(regarding the two World Wars, and for D-Day, June 6, 1944).
Also comes under the title of VETERANS DAY in the United States.
This was a small group this year – next year it is intended that ‘the usual full reenactment contingent’ will be present.
a few more pictures follow immediately after this one.


UNITED STATES COAST GUARD – memorial plaque – Poole Quay – Dorset, United Kingdom








Commemorative plaques built into the wall of the Quay cafe – Poole Quay, Dorset, United Kingdom.

Photo taken November 11, 2021 – Remembrance Day.



Myself – alongside The Coastal Command Jeep – at Viewpoint, Poole.

This is a place where I often go on a Sunday around 2 PM – Viewpoint, Poole. I have found that so very many people who gather gather there – know many different stories about its history. I pick up new pieces of history every time I go.

If anybody has any more stories – my grey Jeep Wrangler can be seen parked – usually under the trees.

The only photo I find of my jeep at the moment is one taken at Rockley Point (below left) – which is quite a bit further inland of the harbour.

Mulberry Harbour – this is part of one of the two harbours that was towed back to England from the Normandy coast.

Mulberry Harbours were massive temporary portable harbours developed and made in the UK for the D-Day landings, and towed across the English Channel to enable the rapid offloading of absolutely vast numbers of vehicles and other cargo to the Normandy beaches in June, 1944. It is fair to say – that the invasion would not have succeeded without them – even though one of them at some point eventually collapsed into the very rough and turbulent seas.

These can be seen from the back of the D-Day Centre.



Charles Ryan – Army Ranger, 2nd BN in WWII– passed away in his home in St. Louis on Sunday Mar. 24, 2019 – at the age of 96.

Charles Ryan – one of the very last of the Army Rangers in the 2nd BN in WWII –  was one of 225 Rangers that risked their lives in the D-Day Invasion at Normandy (St. Louis, Associated Press on Saturday).

During the invasion, 50 of the 65 troops in Ryan’s unit lost their lives in this battle that began on June 6, 1944. In all, there were 225 Rangers that warded off fire from enemy artillery.

Ryan was wounded during the D-Day Invasion but that didn’t stop him from going on to fight in the Battle of the Bulge (and also the Battle of the Hurtgen Forest).

Ryan was assigned to the 2nd Ranger Battalion, which received the assignment along with the 5th Ranger Battalion in June 1944. The 2nd Battalion was tasked with landing on the beach, scaling the cliffs that were actively defended by the enemy firing down at the troops, as they scaled the tall close to vertical cliffs , and then – those that survived – secured this higher ground.

Once accomplishing this, they used flares to signal the successful taking of the cliffs.