D-Day veteran: Bloody battle for freedom nearly forgotten

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Posted: Thursday, June 5, 2014 10:00 pm | Updated: 12:58 pm, Sat Jun 7, 2014.

José Jiménez was the last paratrooper to jump out of a burning C-47 as the airplane headed for a crash landing in Normandy at about 1:30 a.m., several hours before the Allied coastal assault of June 6, 1944 — D-Day.

With less than 200 feet between him and the ground, his parachute opened just in time to save his life.

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  • Rick Dumiak posted at 2:27 pm on Mon, Jun 9, 2014.

    CaptRick Posts: 35

    Thank you for your service!

  • Paul Biderman posted at 5:39 pm on Fri, Jun 6, 2014.

    Paul Biderman Posts: 1

    I often think of the courageous soldiers who rushed into the enemy fire on D-Day to defeat Hitler's insane lust for conquest and hatred. I can't forget them, partly because I was named in memory of my mother's cousin, who died from wounds he took on a Normandy Beach on D-Day. I have told my children and am starting to talk to my grandchildren about this so it won't be forgotten. Thank you for your service, Mr. Jimenez, that keeps us free today. Paul Biderman, Santa Fe

  • Frances Dominguez posted at 4:31 pm on Fri, Jun 6, 2014.

    Frances Dominguez Posts: 3

    We must never forget what these men who served gave. Thank you Mr. Jimenez and God Bless you and your family.

  • eduardo saiz posted at 1:07 pm on Fri, Jun 6, 2014.

    ed Saiz Posts: 12

    Senor jimenez;
    First off I want to say "God Bless You" and Thank You for your sacrifice. It is my honor to be writing this few lines to you. I too was born and raised in "Tesuque", by my beloved grandmother Cecilia Griego Saiz and my father Epimenio Saiz - perhaps you knew them. We lived up the hill, behind the El Nido Restaurant. I have a friend in Tesuque, by the name of Joe Jimenez, perhaps a relative? I lost a friend from Tesuque in Vietman Richard Griego. We both went to Santa Fe High School together.
    I was in the U.S. Air Force from 1960 to 1964, assigned to AirCraft Crash Rescue.
    Again I just want to say; may the good Lord look kindly on you and your family.

    Eduardo Saiz, de Tesuque

  • Andrew Lucero posted at 1:05 pm on Fri, Jun 6, 2014.

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  • Gary Cascio posted at 5:52 am on Fri, Jun 6, 2014.

    garycascio Posts: 22

    Mr. Jiménez:

    There are those that remember and honor your sacrifice. You will always be in our thoughts and prayers for what you did.

    Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

    There should be a nation wide call for making June 6 a Federal holiday to honor the men and women of the Greatest Generation for all that they did for us.


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