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Shug Said Football Helped Him Get Through D-Day

By on June 6th, 2014 in Football 5 Comments »

Today is the 70th anniversary of D-Day. Over 150,000 allied soldiers stormed the beaches amidst some of the most hellish combat conditions ever experienced in war. Over 9,000 are still buried there at the Normandy American Cemetery and another 1557  names of the missing in action are listed on a memorial.

Be sure to read Sullivan013’s moving and excellent account (in his tribute To the Men of that Era) on that historic day including war hero Shug Jordan’s participation. In this brief video, Jordan who carried a copy of the Auburn Creed with him also said football helped get him through that day.                    



  1. Pine Mt Tiger Pine Mt Tiger says:

    Thank God for what those men did for liberty. and Shug’s part is just another reason why he is one of my heroes.

  2. Third Generation Tiger Third Generation Tiger says:

    I haven’t heard that voice in years. Thanks for posting this video.

  3. AUwaterboy AUwaterboy says:

    My grandfather was a veteran. He did not fight at D-Day but he was a WWII vet and my hero. I think there was something special about his generation. Enjoyed hearing Shug’s voice from the past on this important day. Thanks for posting this and for yesterday’s story from Sullivan013.

  4. mvhcpa says:

    Great video, ATM. I think it also shows that while football is just football, it really does MATTER in the grand scheme of things. MVH

  5. wde1988 wde1988 says:

    Ralph “Shug” Jordan was a Southern gentleman if there ever was one. Thank you for posting the video.

    This generation, who Tom Brokaw called the “greatest generation” or those that fought in WWII, are the ones I consider to be my model or go by for service to my country and to my fellow man. I can imagine many today that do not have connection with these men and women don’t understand why they are so important.

    Being a student of history and knowing what transpired during the years 1936 to 1945 it is safe to say that the world wasn’t a safe place. America was satisfied with her place in the world. But during these years watched as friendly nations that we considered allies began to face the hard reality of war. America still did her part by keeping the supply lines and sea lanes open. We gave countless tons of food and other resources to them to help them in their struggles. Still we stood by as we watched as the lights of free nations in Europe went out one by one.

    By 1941 Great Britain was grappling with Germany in a vicious air war and was under threat of invasion. Meanwhile in the Pacific China was all but subdued by a relentless Japanese empire that had plans for the entire Pacific.

    This is the world that the men and women of the greatest generation grew up in. It affected all American’s but especially those who enlisted in the Nation’s armed forces from the ages of 17-40. Amazingly America’s Armed Forces were in the process of being retooled and rebuilt after being dismantled after the First World War. Still, that didn’t stop some American’s from joining our allies in fighting over the skies of Great Britain. Or others who flew in China with Chennault’s Flying Tigers against Japan. But the world America knew changed forever on Dec 7, 1941, the day the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor.

    The event that we celebrate today, D-Day, was the beginning of the end for Hitler’s Europe and helped turn the world back from the brink. The impregnable fortress he built to withstand a thousand years crumbled the day that American, English, and Canadian soldiers stormed the beaches in Normandy at landing sites known as Sword, Gold, Juno, Utah, and Omaha beaches. The last two beaches were bought and paid for by Americans. These sites were where the German’s had the strongest defenses.

    I think I heard it said best by Andy Rooney, yes, the grumpy old man from 60 minutes. He fought in WWII and later landed on Utah beach. He said something like this: only a handful of places in history can you look where man has changed the outcome of the world’s future. If you think the world is a bad place where only bad things happen and want proof of positive things… look no further than June 6, 1944. That’s where so many died to change the future for their fellow men. D-Day was such an event.

    I think it needs to be said that American’s are not war mongers by any stretch of the imagination. Hollywood and media make us out to be sometimes. But the men and women who answered the call of their nation… and indeed of the world sacrificed whether if they went to war or if they stayed at home and riveted steel on a production line. Many in this generation though gave the ultimate sacrifice by laying down their lives. At D-Day it is estimated that by the time the invasion was complete and the war for Europe transitioned to the next phase of bringing down the German Nazi Regime some 120,000 died to secure the foothold into the continent. The numbers are staggering.

    The people of France that lived through Nazi occupation know… they owe their freedom to these brave men and women. When you visit the grave sites there… you see row upon row of men who never got to live their lives to the fullest. They sacrificed it all so that their brother in arms could survive to get off the beach and take the fight to the enemy. If you want to understand this somber experience… visit Arlington. It will be close. The only difference is that these men never got to come home. They were buried in foreign lands.

    On this special day… we honor them. May God bless the greatest generation. And may we honor them by our own service to the Nation we all love.

    War Eagle