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Discussion in 'US Army Forum' started by chance3290, Jan 13, 2009.

  1. chance3290

    chance3290 Fear Dli

    Feb 7, 2005
    Remember when the 101st was surrounded at Bastogne and General Anthony McAuliffe's famous NUTS!!?
    Retired U.S. Army Lt General Harry Kinnard as passed away.
    I remember hearing the story during my first tour of German in the mid-80s. It was shown repeatedly on AFN.
    The Germans sent the surrender demand to the 101st, who were surrounded during the Battle of the Buldge. When told of the demand, General McAuliffe growled and said "Nuts!," to no one in particular. A member of his staff asked the General if he had a reply. As the General thought of what to say, Kinnard, who I believe was a Major or LTC at the time, "Sir, I think your first comment is the appropriate response." General McAuliffe, then told his staff to send a message to the German Commander: "NUTS!"
    P.S. LTG Harry W.O. Kinnard, was 93 years old. AIRBORNE!!! They don't make 'em like that anymore.
  2. The Maggy

    The Maggy

    Dec 24, 2008
    Stillwater, OK
    Its a sad loss but they are still showing the commercial on AFN.

  3. chance3290

    chance3290 Fear Dli

    Feb 7, 2005
    That's good to hear. Those men and what they did need to be remembered.
  4. Jeff82

    Jeff82 NRA Benefactor CLM

    Feb 25, 2002
    RIP Airborne!


    "Nuts!" Revisited

    From the Army Times:

    "Lt. Gen. Harry W.O. Kinnard, a giant figure in the history of Army aviation and airmobile operations, died Monday in Arlington, Va., after a long illness.

    Kinnard, 93, was an authority on airborne operations before he became a rated aviator in 1962. A year later, he organized and commanded the 11th Air Assault Division as it tested air mobility concepts widely used in Vietnam, and that remain a basis of Army aviation techniques and tactics.

    Kinnard, a 1939 graduate of West Point, subsequently commanded the Army’s first airmobile division, the 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile) in the mid-1960s during its organization and deployment to Vietnam.

    After nearly 40 months in command of the division, Kinnard briefly served as commander of I Field Force in Vietnam, and later as chief of force development for the Army Staff at the Pentagon.

    He retired in 1969 after two years as commander of the Combat Developments Command, Fort Belvoir, Va.

    An infantry officer, Kinnard began his Army career with the 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division, a unit he later would command.

    He participated in the division’s airborne operations in Normandy and Holland in 1944, and at age 29, he was a full colonel and division G-3 during its heroic stand at Bastogne, Belgium, during the Battle of the Bulge.

    Kinnard’s awards and decorations include the Distinguished Service Cross, Distinguished Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Silver Star, Bronze Star Medal and Purple Heart.

    In 1974, Kinnard was inducted into the Army Aviation Hall of Fame for his services to that community from 1960 to 1969.

    A public viewing is scheduled from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Demaine Funderal Home, 520 S. Washington St., Alexandria, Va. The funeral will take place March 19 at the Old Post Chapel at Fort Myer, Va."

    A true "AMERICAN HERO!"
    Last edited: Jan 13, 2009