He was one of our last D-Day veterans, but his memory will last forever.
Yesterday, I found out Military Cross recipient Jack Mitchell has died. In June 2014, the then-94-year-old joined me on my show with his best friend Norm. Norm came for moral support, even though he had health issues that made it exceptionally difficult for him to breathe. Two of the most precious people I have ever had in my studio.
Jack’s war stories were funny, telling and moving. You can hear them all in the Soundcloud below. You can also hear some of them during my TGPF show today. Since there probably won’t be a memorial service for him, I’m making sure to honour him on my show today.
Rest in peace, Jack. And thank you for fighting for our freedom. I will always remember you.
I’m so honoured to have been joined by D-Day veteran, Military Cross recipient, Jack Mitchell today. The 94-year-old shared his story from June 6, 1944 – and I guarantee you will see D-Day in a way that you’ve never seen it before. Raw, powerful, and it will even make you smile.
I only wish you could have been with us in-studio to witness what I saw, so I will share with you a beautiful behind-the-scenes story:
Initially Jack wasn’t sure whether or not he would come in today, but his friend, Norm Donough, a friend and D-Day vet who was at Normandy with him, offered to join Jack for moral support. Moral support, because Norm, who is awaiting major surgery, is unable to speak and has difficulty breathing. So Norm sat in the background, leaning over his cane, intently engaged in everything Jack said, ready to jump in and help him at a moment’s notice. Today I saw something rare: True friendship.
Thank you, Jack. Thank you, Norm. Thank you to those who risked and gave their lives for our freedom.