Category: World War II
The fate of the Free World hung in the balance, as about 180,000 Americans, British, Canadians, and Free French slammed themselves against Hitler’s Atlantic Wall and the most disciplined and ruthless army in history.
He never complained about his long, involuntary service in the Army, but he never talked about it either. To him it was part of life, something you did because you were born in and grew up in this country.
The “Veterans Remember Project” is a collection of stories and memories from World War II, with those from Korea and Vietnam to follow.
They also say Americans are sick of war. That America has no stomach for boots on the ground. They say America can’t afford to defend itself. Hopefully, America’s youth will never have to liberate Paris again. But, it would be unwise to assume that this generation could not.
In many ways, D-Day was America’s battle. Every branch of the armed forces fought during the invasion of Normandy. The Navy delivered the troops. The (Army) Air Force took command of the sky. Sixty U.S. Coast Guard cutters provided search and rescue. Even a handful of Marines were on hand. And 160,000 GIs hit the beaches.
The Japanese bombs tumbled from the small seaplane and impacted the forests, the pilot circled once and spotted fire around the impact point. He executed an 180 degree turn and headed back to the submarine.
My father’s unit was one of the units that was tasked to bring food and medical supplies to the former prisoners, who were still dying at the rate of more than 100 a day after the liberation. The sights our men saw sickened even hardened combat veterans, and men who had been tough soldiers for years openly wept.