Thursday, August 19, 2010

Requiscat in Pacem

June of 1944, the British 1st Special Service Brigade storms Sword Beach in Normandy.

As they fight ashore, in their midst a man wearing the Cameron kilt his father wore in World War 1 calmly marches back and forth along the sand playing the bagpipes.



Armed with nothing more than a
skean dubh in his stocking, William "Piper Bill" Millin not only survived the landing, but piped his laddies inland and survived the war without injury.




I don't think I can add anything to that.

Rest in Peace, Mad Piper Millin.

LawDog

20 comments:

Tim said...

Just a note, if there were to be pictures with the blog entry, they aren't appearing. Great post though, thanks for keeping these men and their accomplishments alive in our memory.

LawDog said...

There're supposed to be two videos in the entry.

Steve said...

They show up for me.

Tennessee Budd said...

RIP, Bill.

Flintlock Tom said...

We're going to a church potluck this evening. I can't play the pipes, but I can wear the kilt.
R.I.P. Bill!

Suburbanbanshee said...

S├Čth is fois air 'anam, and may St. Michael and the angels pipe you to Paradise.

Ted said...

Rumor has it that the memorial statue will be two humongous brass spheres, referencing how much this man clanked when he walked.

skidmark said...

Seems the rains last night didn't wash out all the pollen, 'cause my eyes are leaking.

We are losing the last of these great men - none of whom thought they were doing anything special.

stay safe.

Anonymous said...

Thank God that there were men like that, back then, and thank God we still are graced with warriors his equal today in our Armed Services!

Amen, and rest in peace, Piper Millin!

--Vic303

Aaron said...

"Another Hero lost"
http://rockinaseaofchaos.blogspot.com/2010/08/another-hero-lost.html

Thanks for bringing this to my attention. The 'old media' news sure didn't

Carroll said...

Good for you for posting this.

fuzzys dad said...

RIP Bill

Shell said...

Thanks, 'dog. I didn't know Piper Bill had passed away.

reflectoscope said...

I am sad to learn of the death of such a man, but what I fear indeed is the day such a man is forgotten.

Jim

Loren said...

What saddens me more than the fact that men like this are passing away is that younger folk like me have to read about them on blogs like this to discover they ever lived.

I should have been learning about people like this and their stories in grade school, rather than when I'm 27.

Old NFO said...

Amen... RIP Sir, RIP...

Rorschach said...

I always knew those Scots were flippin nuts....in a good way....

KA9VSZ said...

Mr Dawg, could you update your link to TOTWTYTR, please? He has moved and although it is possible to get there form here, it is slightly convoluted. Thank you.
I enjoy your blog a bunch and have stolen, er, I mean, retold with attribution, some of your funnier stories for a friend who needed a laugh. If you have more, she tells me she wants to hear 'em.
WV trons -The things that make the lights go on.

Anonymous said...

A MAN among MEN!

RIP Piper Millin!

Laughingdog said...

The best part of the Wikipedia entry:

"Millin states that he talked to German gunners who claimed they didn't shoot him because they thought he was crazy."