The Coshocton County Beacon June 28, 2017 - Page 4

4 THE BEACON www.coshoctonbeacontoday.com June 28, 2017 |  Letter to the Editor |  OPINION O ur community Rhine, led to the collapse stood tall last of the operation on Sept. week. When it was 25, 1944. But perhaps the first announced single biggest reason was that the remains of Private the Allies over confidence - Eugene “Gene” J. Appleby, a thinking that the Germans member of the 508th Para- were already beaten. chute Infantry Regiment, MARK’S MUSINGS According to several 82nd Airborne Division, sources, the plan was were returning home to Coshocton conceived and launched in days and after he was identified through DNA when considering the amount of men following decades of missing in action, and material necessary for success that the pride and respect for our military no doubt played a part in the failure. was on display well beyond our county Especially when one considers the lines. planning that went into the invasion of Pvt. Appleby was killed in action Normandy. during the early phase of the ill-fated The 1974 book, “A Bridge Too Far”, by Operation Market Garden on Sept. Cornelius Ryan is a good read on the 17th, 1944. This was according to fellow subject. paratroopers that saw him get shot. But regardless of the success or failure U. S. Army paratroopers dropped into of the mission, those that identified Pvt. the fields of Holland on a bright sunny Appleby and ensured that his remains Sunday afternoon as part of the largest were returned home to Coshocton airborne operation in the war to date. where he lived as a young boy, was a Those that follow history, and especially testament to all those that work in that World War II history, know that the plan field. was to sweep around the strong Ger- Seeing the vehicle escort bring Pvt. man defenses in France and hopefully Appleby to Coshocton, the people that end the war by Christmas. The daring took their time to line Main Street and plan, conceived by British General display an American flag, and those Montgomery, was doomed from the that turned out for the funeral service start. and graveside services brought hon- The capture of five bridges was the or to a fallen soldier, a family and our key to the operation and British, Pol- community. ish, Canadian and U. S. paratroopers The Indian Mud Run was a success formed the vanguard of forces that were and compliments go out to all those that involved. Follow on ground forces were volunteered, helped organize, partic- to link up with the paratroopers. Un- ipated and made this event happen. It fortunately, intelligence missed the fact was another opportunity for our com- that a significant number of German munity to shine. soldiers, including some elite units, The same goes for those that are part were resting in and around the area. of the fireworks display in Coshocton That, combined with bad weather as the or Fresno. Thanks go to the people in operation continued, drop zones spread our community giving up their time for out over miles, poor communications others. Thank you. and the British Second Army not being able to capture a key bridge across the |  Marsy’s Law for Ohio As a former state lawmaker, I worked every day to pass laws helping keep our streets safe. Nonetheless, we see news reports each day about violent crime striking in communities across Ohio. Behind every headline are a crime vic- tim and their family who is too often over- looked. They deserve to be treated with dignity and respect by our legal system. That’s why I support Marsy’s Law for Ohio, a constitutional amendment ensur- ing equal rights for crime victims. All across Ohio, the Marsy’s Law move- ment is gaining momentum as more than half a million Ohioans signed petitions to put the issue on the Novembe