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Sub-Lieutenant George "Jimmy" Green, 551 Flotilla, has died.
We have just learned that Jimmy Green has died. Sub-Lieutenant George Green carried the men of the A company, 116th Regiment, 29th Division onto Dog Green, Omaha Beach on landing craft in the very first minutes of the D-Day invasion on June 6, 1944. Read more...
[Posted: 2016-05-14 09:33:04]
Virginia Beach - Cary Lee Jarvis, 94, of Virginia Beach, died April 28, 2016
He was a staff sergeant when he landed D-Day, first wave, on Omaha beach, a member of the C-Battery of the 111th Artillery Battalion, 29th Division.  Read more...
[Posted: 2016-05-03 19:10:18]
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ANDREWS WESLEY W
8TH INFANTRY DIVISION
Le 12 juillet 2017, c'est avec beaucoup d'émotion que, mon épouse et moi-même, avons fleuri pour la 1 ère fois la tombe de Wesley. Cela restera un moment a jamais gravé dans nos mémoires...
Honored by jean lou untereiner
[Posted: 2017-07-24 14:30:33]
TURNER JESSE
29TH INFANTRY DIVISION
My eternal gratitude for your courage. You died on june 25 1944, I was born on the same date in 1972. Thank you for giving me the chance to celebrate my 45th birthday in peace and freedom. It was an honor to visit your grave yesterday. May you rest in peace. With deep respect, Wendy Hoppe, Amsterdam
Honored by Wendy Hoppe
[Posted: 2017-06-25 13:19:05]
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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