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clifp 08-24-2010 06:39 PM

The mad piper passes.
Maybe because I am partly Scottish, but this WW2 vets passing was a sad day.


LONDON — Bill Millin, a Scottish bagpiper who played highland tunes as his fellow commandos landed on a Normandy beach on D-Day and lived to see his bravado immortalized in the 1962 film “The Longest Day,” died on Wednesday in a hospital in the western England county of Devon. He was 88.
Two nice obits from the NY Times very fine military report John Burns and this one from England.

Sarah in SC 08-24-2010 08:41 PM

Oh, in BigNick's kilt thread someone (was it you, I'm too lazy to look again) wrote about him. Sad passing but a long life!
I love pipers--we had a solo piper play Amazing Grace (and yes, my mother told me it was a funeral song) on the steps of the church when we got married and then led us by the river to our reception site. A hot sweaty job for the young cadet! I have an uncle who was a piper until he had a hand amputated.

What a legacy for Bill Millin!

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