War veteran escapes from retirement home to celebrate D-Day in Normandy

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This is 89-year-old Bernard Jordan—ex-mayor of Hove, England, and a veteran who fought on D-Day. In one of the best World War 2 traditions, he made a great escape from his retirement home and fled across the English Channel to join the D-day landings celebrations currently underway in France.

The Guardian reports:

Sussex police were called at 7.15pm on Thursday by staff at the Pines care home, Furze Hill, in Hove, who said an 89-year-old who lived there had gone out at 10.30am and had not been seen since. He had gone out wearing a grey mackintosh and a jacket underneath with his war medals on, police said.

Officers began searching the area, including checking hospitals in case something had happened to him, and spoke to bus and taxi companies, but none of them knew where he was.

The nursing home received a phone call from a younger veteran from Brighton at 10.30pm who said he had met the pensioner on a coach on the way to France and that they were safe and well in a hotel in Ouistreham.


Jolly good, Mr. Jordan, sir! These are the kind of stories that made me happy and grateful to live in the same world as such noble people as yourself.

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Man, he was only 19 when he hit the shores on Normandy. My Grandpa was 25, at the time but he was an OCS instructor at D-Day and then off to the Pacific Theater.

A story like this really doesn't surprise me. My Grandpa was pretty much my Dad, so I was around him and his friends a lot. I got to hear first hand accounts of the Normandy landing, the Bataan Death March, the Battle for Midway, etc., etc.. Our neighbor even flew bomber escorts in a P-51.

In my eyes, there isn't much that these guys can't do. Age be damn. If he stormed Normandy at 19, he sure can take a train there at 89.