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Raymond S. HOBACK - 29th Division.
Bedford Boys Fallen - Raymond Samuel HOBACK never had a chance to reach 100 years old today. Instead, he sacrified his life for our freedom... Raymond may have made it out of his landing craft, but he never made it to shore. Others recall seeing his body in the water. Bedford also failed to make in on the beach. He was killed by an exploding 88mm shell. Their time in the battle could be measured in minutes... [American D-Day facebookRead more...
[Posted: 2020-01-21 22:40:05]
RIP - Robert GIGUERE - Navy.
It is with heavy heart we learn the passing of Mr. Robert GIGUERE, a veteran of D-Day (Normandy)... He was 93... Four days earlier, Giguere rode across the choppy English Channel toward the Normandy coast with the Sixth Naval Beach Battalion. When his carrier grounded on the beach, a Teller mine detonated from beneath and tore through the ship's hull, Killing several soldiers below deck... [American D-Day facebookRead more...
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Pvt. Goldstein fought in Fox Company, 16th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division (the legendary “Big Red One”). He formed part of an assault platoon storming Omaha Beach in the first wave, at 6.40 am, under the guns of a German strong point. All the officers in his company had been wounded or
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Your precious life was sacrificed for all our tomorrow's Never to be forgotten. Bernice Marmion Pope
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3rd Armored Group, 741st Tank Battalion, Headquarters
After Action Report
On the morning of June 6, 1944, at H-hour, this unit attacked the enemy on the coast of France, Cherbourg, Peninsula, bay of the Seine area, near the village of Colleville-sur-Mer and St. Laurent-sur-Mer.
For this operation the battalion was attached to the 16th Combat Team, of the 1st US Infantry Division, commanded by Colonel GEORGE TAYLOR, Companies A, B, and C, the latter two companies equipped with DD tanks, were attached to Battalion landing teams of the 16th Combat Team as follows: Company A, equipped with standard M4A1, medium tanks, was attached to the 3rd BLT; Company B (DD) was attached to the 2nd BLT; Company C (DD) was attached to the 3rd BLT.
Company A was given the mission of landing astride the boundary between beaches EASY RED and FOX GREEN on beach OMAHA, at H-hour, to support with cannon and machine gun fire the assault of the 3rd BLT on the beach. Company A was shipped on LCT's, its tanks having been waterproofed for wading. The LCTs were to beach at intervals in order to permit the tanks to disembark in reasonable shallow water and seek firing positions hull-down in the water.
Company B(DD) had the mission of landing on beach EASY RED, to the right of Company A's position on FOX GREEN at H-5, during the naval fire, and to take up the fire fight with cannon and machine gun fire on the enemy emplacements and to support the landing of the 2nd Battalion Landing Team.
Company C (DD) attached to the 3rd Battalion Landing Team, was given the mission of landing on FOX GREEN at H-5 to support with cannon and machine gun fire the landing of the Landing Team to which they were attached.
At approximately H-60 on D-day the LCT bearing the DD tanks of companies B and C were in position of Beach OMAHA at a distance of approximately 6,000 yards from the beach. Company B was commanded by Capt. JAMES G. THORNTON, JR., Company C was commanded by Capt. CHARLES R. YOUNG. Capt. Thornton succeeded in contacting Capt. Young by radio and the two commanders discussed the advisability of launching the DD tanks, the sea being extremely rough, much rougher than the tanks had ever operated in during their preparatory training. Both commanders agreed that the advantage to be gained by the launching of the tanks justified the risk of launching the tanks in the heavy sea. Accordingly, orders were issued for the launching of the tanks at approximately H-50...
In most cases the sea was so rough that the DDs were damaged after proceeding a very short distance toward shore... Five tanks of Company B succeeded in reaching the shore. The balance of the tanks of Company B and all the tanks of Company C were sunk at distance varying in 1,000 to 5,000 yards from shore. The majority of the crew escaped from their tanks and gained to surface of the water where they were picked up by small craft and taken to larger landing craft and transports, from which they were evacuated to the United Kingdom.
The DD tanks which succeeded in reaching the shore immediately opened fire on the entrenched enemy and carried on with their assigned missions.
At H-hour Company A was landed astride the boundary of the FOX GREEN and EASY RED, and took up their mission, with the exception of two tanks, which went down with the LCT, it having been sunk by an undetermined explosion. However some of the tanks were landed in water too deep for operations. They were shortly drowned out, necessitating abandonment by their crews.
At H+10 the Dozer Platoon commanded by Lt. FRANK A. KLOTZ, consisting of four units, landed on EASY RED and went into operation under intense enemy fire, removing beach obstacles, opening roads, and unloading beach landing craft. One tank dozer under the command of Pvt. Ayers, Hq. Company was hit by an 88mm shell and destroyed, the crew wounded and evacuated...