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Trump to visit France for D-Day 75th anniversary
US President Donald Trump is to visit Normandy in June this year for the 75th anniversary commemorations of D-Day, he has said. Mr Trump made the announcement during a reception of World War II veterans in the Presidential Oval Office, at the White House, in Washington DC. [Connexion FranceRead more...
[Posted: 2019-04-30 09:01:00]
Bernard DARGOLS, 98, died April 28, 2019
We have just learned that Bernard DARGOLS has died. Bernard DARGOLS landed on Omaha Beach with 2nd Infantry Division. Read more...
[Posted: 2019-04-29 22:00:00]
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LAMBERT INGRAM E
29TH INFANTRY DIVISION
Ingram, you have not been forgotten, thank you for your service and sacrifice.
Honored by Peter Warren
[Posted: 2019-06-06 23:09:23]
LAMBERT INGRAM E
29TH INFANTRY DIVISION
Ingram rests in a cemetery near where we live. We go there fairly often as we have a number of family members there. I found his grave a few years ago when I was looking at some of the graves that had flags on them for Memorial Day. I visited there today and brought a couple of roses and a poppy. I
Honored by Peter Warren
[Posted: 2019-06-06 23:05:51]
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OMAHA BEACH MEMORIAL - TESTIMONIES
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Signalman 3c Albert J. Berard

US Navy
LCT 538


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As we were approaching Easy Red Beach, there were already hundreds of bodies floating by the ships. As the ships’ ramps were being lowered, the troops leaving the ships were getting machine gunned right there and falling into the water. Many of the ones that made it drowned because their upper torsos were heavily weighted with their rifles, hand grenades and all the ammunition they were holding overhead to keep from getting wet. In addition, any soldier that went off a ramp and whose feet didn’t hit bottom was immediately turned head-down and drowned. All these poor soldiers had a "life belt" about six inches wide hung low around their bodies, which caused them to flip over. You could see them floating by with their legs up out of the water. As other soldiers noticed what was happening, they would remove the life belt and go in without the life preserver.
One thing that I will never forget is the sound of the shells going by overhead, as well as the sound of those hitting the ship. Those German 88 projectiles would make an awful, whining noise as they went by. They were being fired at us from very close range. One of the projectiles hit us at the starboard side of the gun tub, and it must have hit at such an angles that it didn’t detonate, but went round and around in that gun tub until it just lost all of its energy and came to a stop without exploding. That saved the gunners that were at that station.
We had hit the beach at around 7:30 a.m. and because of shelling from shore had had to back off almost immediately, already with severe damage and casualties. As we were backing off, the current caused us to drift to the starboard and into an obstacle with a mine attached to it. We ended up getting off the beach with damage to two waterproof compartments; because of their being flooded we began to list. Later on when we tried to beach again to unload troops and vehicles, we couldn’t get close enough to solid ground. When we lowered the ramp, the vehicles drove off and disappeared into the water. When we landed the first time it was total chaos, with bodies floating all around plus body parts flying through the air.

Posted: July 16, 2011
Copyright: Laurent Lefebvre