Letters: Paintball; U-Boats
MELISSA BLOCK, host: Now, a few moments to read from your emails, and a number of you wrote to correct us on our story yesterday about a D-Day re-enactment.
MICHELE NORRIS, host: Last month, thousands of people descended on a field in Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, to re-enact the invasion of Normandy through paintball. One participant who went by the name Nicky Angel Valor called it the Super Bowl of paintball.
NICKY ANGEL VALOR: It's the ultimate adrenaline rush. One of the most amazing things is being on this beach when the horn goes off, and there are 4,000 guns shooting at one time.
BLOCK: The story described paintballers playing Allied troops being sent into battle on U-boats, and that is what drew a lot of the mail.
NORRIS: Ken Whitehurst of Virginia Beach writes: As a former paintballer, lifelong war gamer and military history fan, I very much enjoyed your report on the Normandy invasion paintball game held in Pennsylvania, but he goes on, I was troubled to hear that the Allied troops apparently emerged from U-boats to storm the beaches. U-boats, of course, were German submarines. However historically inaccurate the event, I can only assume that the Allies were arriving by Higgins boat.
BLOCK: And John McGrath of Gaithersburg, Maryland, took issue with something that our reporter implied was historically inaccurate. I was appalled, writes Mr. McGrath, at what he calls the mocking description of a bagpiper walking through the middle of the field. He writes this: I suggest Mr. Sachs research Bill Millin, the Scottish bagpiper who played while Scottish commandos fought and died around him on that fateful day.
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