Teachers are Great Students!

Posted by on Jul 9, 2015 in Featured, Trip Photos and Stories

Teachers are Great Students!

In the spring of 1999, Amelia Balaji was preparing to participate in the very first International Experience. She talked about her plans with Al DeCarlo, her AP American History teacher, who immediately caught her enthusiasm and began to see the benefits this voyage could bring to him. In July 2001, Al DeCarlo became the first teacher participant in Normandy Allies. He brought the lessons home, inspiring 28 Pittsford-Mendon and Victor NY students to follow the student path...

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A Journey of Discovery by Randall Lanning

Posted by on Nov 4, 2014 in Featured, Tributes and Remembrances

A Journey of Discovery by Randall Lanning

My recent trip to France with Normandy Allies offered me a tremendous opportunity to learn much more about my late father’s participation on D-Day. My Dad, Marvin D. Lanning, served in the United States Navy aboard LCI (L)-506 (Landing Craft Infantry Large – 351 Class) on June 6th, 1944. The US-designed LCI was the smallest ocean-going landing craft used during the invasion, and was designed to transport and land a company of soldiers (about 200 officers and men). Of...

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Book Review of Agent Zigzag by Ben Macintyre

Posted by on Aug 5, 2014 in Book Notes

Book Review of Agent Zigzag by Ben Macintyre

Agent Zigzag: A True Story of Nazi Espionage, Love, and Betrayal,  Ben Macintyre (Harmony Books, 2007, 364 pp.). Eddie Chapman was dishonorably discharged from the British Army at age 18 in 1932 for going AWOL with a girl he picked up in the Soho section of London. Returning to this shady entertainment district, he led a flashy night life supported by income from petty crime, including the position of chief safecracker for a gang of thieves. Scotland Yard caught up with him...

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Lessons and Legacies: D-Day 2014

Posted by on Jul 21, 2014 in Featured, Trip Photos and Stories

Lessons and Legacies:  D-Day 2014

800,000 people journeyed to Normandy to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Landings. Normandy Allies was among those honoring the veterans and those who sacrificed their lives for our freedom. Our group of San Diego State University students, high school teacher, and adults, led by LTC Peter Combee and SGM Charles Frick, joined the 29th Division veterans on Omaha Beach at 06:00 on June 6. The rising sun found hundreds gathered on the sands to welcome and applaud the...

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