“Seated this many years later at Arlington Parkracetrack in Illinois, Dick Duchossois struggles to explain the lingering mix of pride and horror from his service in World War II.”
Cassy Fiano has this at HotAir:
“It was the largest amphibious assault landing of all time. Over 160,000 men stormed the beaches. Many of them were killed before they even reached the shore. We’ll never know the exact number of brave souls lost that day.”
The Other McCain tells us about the boys of Bedford, Va.:
“Bedford’s population in 1944 was about 3,200. Proportionally this community suffered the nation’s severest D-Day losses.”
A lot to see on the Army’s D-Day page.
The Ol’ Broad posts this and quotes:
“It was cold, miserably cold, even though it was June. The water temperature was probably forty-five or fifty degrees. It was up to my shoulders when I went in, and I saw men sinking all about me. I tried to grab a couple, but my job was to get on in and get to the guns.”
Michelle Malkin suggests Google is forgetting something. She has a small round-up of her own.
My friend at Spring City Chronicle has the front page of the Wisconsin State Journal covering the invasion.
Badger Blogger remembers the day also:
66 years ago today, more than 160,000 Allied solders stormed the beaches of Normandy. D-Day, the liberation of Europe had begun. This also included 24,000 men dropped by parachute and gliders. These troops were supported by more than 195,000 sailors on more than 5,000 ships.
One of those 195,000 was a 19 year old from Anderson, IN, who had enlisted the previous September. On LST-374, he no doubt made countless trips with his mates on those first days and weeks. He served as a Seaman first class as part of assault force O-1.
I never got a chance to ask dad much about his experiences while in the Navy. He passed away 36 years ago last month.