Remembering the brave men who stormed the beaches of Normandy 74 years ago...
On June 6, 1944, the Allied armies invaded Nazi occupied France in an operation that became famously known as D-Day. Some 156,000 American, British, and Canadian forces landed on five beaches along a 50-mile stretch of heavily fortified coastlines in France's Normandy region. The invasion was one of the largest amphibious military assaults in history. Years of planning went into this massive operation that resulted in the death of over 5,000 allied soldiers.
1ST INFANTRY DIVISION, OMAHA BEACH
Sergeant William McDonald was an MP in the 1st Infantry Division during WWII. He was part of the first wave that landed on Omaha beach on D-Day, June 6, 1944. Despite being exposed to heavy German fire, Sergeant McDonald was never wounded. He and his unit fought all the way to the Elbe River in Germany where they met the Soviet army. His story of sacrifice and courage is sure to inspire.
116TH AAA GUN BATTALION, UTAH BEACH
Staff Sergeant Irving Locker served in the 116th AAA Gun Battalion during WWII. He commanded several 90mm gun batteries during his time in Europe. He landed at Utah Beach on June 6, 1944 during the allied invasion of Europe on D-Day. During his time in Europe, he liberated a concentration camp and has numerous encounters with German armor, aircraft, and personnel.
UNITED STATES ARMY EUROPE, OMAHA BEACH
Private First Class Roy Morrison served in the US Army during WWII. On D-Day, PFC Morrison was part of the American force that landed on Omaha Beach. He details the frightening experience of facing the powerful German defenses and running off of the Higgins boat. He also describes his personal encounter with General Patton and how he received his Purple Heart.
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