On June 6, 1944 … 166,000 American Troops Took a Walk on a Beach

On June 6, 1944 … 166,000 American Troops Took a Walk on a Beach June 6, 2015
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My Uncle Gene was there. Or rather, he was off-shore in one of the ships. He said that the bombardment which preceded the invasion at Normandy was the most incredible fireworks he ever saw.

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He’s over 90 now, and still traveling the world. He has his wits and his health and enjoys his life. But today, he remembers. He knows that the fireworks show he watched from that ship preceded a bloody invasion by ground troops. Despite the bombing from the ships, the fortified positions of the Germans were still there, and our men, or as they actually were, our boys, had to fight and die to take them.

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June 6, 1944 was D-Day. Seventy-one years ago today, the liberation of Europe and the end of the worst war in human history began with 166,000 American soldiers, GIs, civilians in uniform, landing on a beach and fighting their way across it.

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We owe them everything.

 

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5 responses to “On June 6, 1944 … 166,000 American Troops Took a Walk on a Beach”

  1. Yes, I saw band of brothers, and I read the book. Incredible story. I have a cousin-in-law who survived the Bataan Death March.

  2. My father worked on the Manhattan Project. It taught me to avoid military contract work.

  3. I used to always ask my cataract patients where they were on D-Day. Some were on Utah and Omaha Beach. A couple were in the Battle of Midway. One uncle was in Italy on the way to liberate Rome. My other uncle was island hopping in the Pacific.
    One man in the Midway battle said they did not know about the invasion for more than a week because they were too busy.
    Thank God for brave men.