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WWII D-Day veteran, awarded France's Legion of Honor
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KILLEN VINCENT M
2ND INFANTRY DIVISION
My dad was certain that was him in the photo so was my mom who knew him the most. He landed on june 7th omaha beach. He was later attached to the 28th(bloody bucket) and captured in Honsfeld at the buldge. Escaped months later
Honored by rich lang
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FRANCIS DONALD B
101ST AIRBORNE DIVISION
(continued) your Purple Heart in a cherished place. My father, John< spoke of your often and missed you terribly. Our thanks to you and all those like you that gave the ultimate sacrifice so that we could live in a free country.
Honored by Richard Francis
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OMAHA BEACH MEMORIAL - TESTIMONIES
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Signalman 2c Clifford A. Goodall

7th Naval Beach Battalion
Communication Section


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We left late June 5th and traveled all night, as a matter of fact we heard the paratroopers heading toward the beach, I'm guessing about 1 am. The weather was quite rough and one of the ships company Signalman was quite sea sick, so I gave him the pills they gave to us, because I never got sick after the trip to England. He told me that as sailors they were not supposed to get sick. He let me sleep in his bunk for a few hours while he was on watch.
We anchored next to a Cruiser, some said it was British, but when that opened up it shook the whole LST. We had been scheduled for H-Hour +2 but we kept standing by until word came we were not going because the beach at Omaha was a disaster and nothing was moving. We watched all day as destroyers were laying down smoke screens and guns just kept firing. At night when German planes (or any plane) came over all the ships in the harbor opened fire and you would have thought it was like twenty 4th of July fireworks. They eventually had to halt all ships from firing a day or two later because they were shooting at our own planes.
We landed (our group) early the next morning, and as the LCVP dropped the ramp, right there was one of our 7th Beach guys floating face down in the water. When I got on the beach one of our guys who landed on the 6th yelled to me that "your buddy got it" meaning my pal Douglas Vaughn who never got off the VP. We of course, first dug foxholes and then got to work signaling ships for various supplies at the direction of the Beachmaster and bringing them in at various locations at our beach. There was still some shelling and at one point there was machine gun fire. Also snipers were around and more than one were women. The Engineers built a stockade of sorts to hold them.
The first couple of days I worked around the clock and ate very little and after that just the old K-Rations. We finally got a few C-Rations which were much better and I believe it was 10 days or 2 weeks later the army opened up a tent and were serving chow.
Bringing in the LCVPs was not too bad, the guys only had to wade in knee deep water, depending on the tide, but larger craft carrying vehicles hit those horrible sand bars had a rough time getting ashore. All the vehicles were water proofed, and many times all you could see on a Jeep was the drivers head. We had to haul a number of them out with a bulldozer. Right in back of where I was working they were stacking dead bodies like cord wood and at one point they had a bulldozer dig a trench and bury many until they could make graves which they did later on.
There were a number of things that scared me half to death but the worst time was during the storm of June 19th to the 23rd. This was an absolute nightmare, nothing moved in or out and no aircraft were flying. We got word they were running short of ammo at the front, so we went all around the beach picking up ammo and putting in boxes to be sent to the front. I was given to Captain Hammond of the 149th as his communication guy to get the beach open after the storm abated. Hammond did a heroic job and finally got some paths open.

Posted: March 3, 2009
Copyright: Laurent Lefebvre