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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He Didn’t Like To Talk Of War: Veteran’s Recollections Shared

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

He Didn’t Like To Talk Of War:  Veteran’s Recollections Shared

Note: R. Donald Simison died on September 30, 1991. Before his death, he was among the scores of Northampton veterans of World War II who were interviewed by Allison Lockwood for her upcoming book, “Touched With Fire: An American Community in World War II.” The following was written by his daughter, Union-News reporter Cynthia Simison, after she listened to a tape recording of her father’s wartime recollections that he shared with Lockwood. He was a proud,...

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International Experience July 2013

Posted by on Oct 25, 2013 in Featured, Trip Photos and Stories

International Experience July 2013

A Whole New Meaning: International Experience 2013 Normandy Allies had a new look as it took its largest group ever (32 travelers) on its 15th annual trip to visit the sites of the 1944 Normandy landings and battles of World War II. During July 14-27, 19 students, three teachers, and six other adult travelers toured with a team of four Normandy Allies’ Board members: Marsha Smith (President), LTC(Ret) Peter Combee, SGM(Ret) Charles Frick, and Walter Carter (author). Part of...

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Graduate Students in Normandy 2012

Posted by on Nov 22, 2012 in Featured, Trip Photos and Stories

Graduate Students in Normandy 2012

SDSU Graduate Students in Normandy Thank you to Normandy Allies for a great and memorable trip! —Aaron Sultan, SDSU student, Normandy Allies Facebook page, June 12, 2012 As part of their studies, fourteen San Diego State University graduate students traveled to Normandy, May 23-June 7, 2012 visiting sites significant to the history of the 1944 landings and liberation. Professor Jeffrey McIllwain, head of the SDSU Graduate Program in Homeland Security described the focus of...

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South Carolina Teacher with Normandy Allies

Posted by on Nov 22, 2011 in Featured, Trip Photos and Stories

South Carolina Teacher with Normandy Allies

A New Meaning—A Fresh Understanding —John L. Kuntz, Ph.D., Sergeant Major, U.S. Army (R), SAI, ROTC Commander The 2011 Normandy Allies excursion was the culmination of 34 years of military service and nine years of teaching ROTC in High School and English in college at the Citadel.  Well do I remember the last 16 years of my career in the 29th Light Infantry Division and all the trips that I missed to England and France and the Normandy Battlefields.  After serving s an AGR...

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