Memories from Trevières, Normandy, France

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Memories from Trevières, Normandy, France

Memories of the Landings, June 6 1944 —Henry Leroutier, 5 Rue Abbé Guerin, Trevières, Normandy, France “At that time I was 22 years old and worked on the family farm at Saint Laurent-sur-Mer, one kilometer from the beach. I had been required to work on the bunker at Colleville-sur–Mer, in a group of about 30 people. We were supervised by only two Germans, which allowed us to sabotage the work by hiding or slowing things down as much as we could. For example, we let...

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Remembrances by Sherl Hasler, 862nd Engineering Aviation Battalion

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Remembrances by Sherl Hasler, 862nd Engineering Aviation Battalion

In 1942 I took my basic training in Richmond, Virginia, and Ft. Belvoir. Those of us in the 862nd Engineering Aviation Battalion (EAB) were trained for both fighting and construction so that made it a double training. On June 1, 1943, just seven days after we left the United States, we sailed into Liverpool, England, and were immediately greeted by bombs dropping on us. We took a train to build an airport in Raydon, England, near Ipswich, that would accommodate the heavy...

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Remembering Gene Johnston – thoughts from Marsha Smith

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Remembering Gene Johnston – thoughts from Marsha Smith

“True story…” Those words always grabbed the attention of Normandy Allies participants—another tale was coming in the inimitable style of Gene Johnston! Just as we were beginning conversations about the 2010 trip, Gene died. He is greatly missed on both sides of the ocean. I first met Gene by telephone in 1997. He had heard about my dream of taking students to Normandy, and called to say that “I can help you make this happen.” And of course, he did...

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Remembrances by Archer Martin—110th FA Battalion, 29th Infantry Division

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Remembrances by Archer Martin—110th FA Battalion, 29th Infantry Division

In 1944, I wasn’t yet grown up. As my 18th year passed away, I sat on a massive Scottish river boat on the English Channel, awaiting my voyage to Normandy. I had a terrible, nose-draining cold, and felt miserable, yet felt adventuresome. I sensed history. I knew danger was ahead. But, being a teenager, I believed that nothing would happen to me — that I was not going to be killed, that I wouldn’t be hit. It wasn’t long before I was disabused of that...

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My Grandfather’s Story

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My Grandfather’s Story

Attached is a brief write up of my grandfather’s story.  This is from the German cemetery at LaCambe where he is one of the featured American soldiers (it sounds rather odd, I know). His name is Percy O’Dell Forgy, but he hated the name Percy and went by Dell.  When I was at the cemetery in Normandy I was talking to one of the guides who features him on her tour.  She felt so bad when I told her he would rather not be called Percy she started crying, which of...

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Margaret McNamara Returns to Normandy

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Margaret McNamara Returns to Normandy

Staunton student helps elderly widow cope after losing husband to battle at Normandy By Cindy Corell/staff ccorell@newsleader.com Watching the surf of the English Channel below, Margaret McNamara’s questions nagged at her. Like the constant push and pull of the sea, answers long had tugged within her, but she couldn’t put them into spoken words. She’d been here before. She’d stood before her husband’s grave, wept and prayed. She’d kissed him...

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