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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...
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WALL - IN MEMORY OF: [See all Messages]
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.
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FRANCIS DONALD B
101ST AIRBORNE DIVISION
Uncle Don - You are remembered by your extended family, who might not be where we are today with the sacrifices you and thousands of your comrades made to remove the stain of fascism from the world. I hang your picture proudly in my office along with the flag that was used in your burial. We have
Honored by Richard Francis
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OMAHA BEACH MEMORIAL - TESTIMONIES
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Private Robert G. Lowry

29th Infantry Division
116th Infantry Regiment
1st Battalion
Company C


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On D-day we were on a troopship by the name of Javelin. The night before D-day was very quiet, there was much praying, we were scared and wanted to get it over with quickly. General Eisenhower came in over the radio on the ship and wished us Godspeed.
At about 05:30 a.m. we went down rope ladders into LCVP’s, circled in the channel for about half an hour until the other LCVP’s were ready to head to shore. It was very rough and we slammed into the side of the ships as we went down the rope ladder. I don’t remember for sure who our platoon leader was but I think it might have been a 1st Lieutenant by the name of Dallas. Our Company commander was Captain Hawks. Neither one of them made it to shore.
The officers were in the front of the boat and when the coxswain let the ramp down in water that was about 30 feet deep, 5-6 men went into the water and I’m sure drowned because of the heavy filed packs, ammunition, etc, they were carrying. As soon as those in front saw what was happening they called out: "Raise the ramp" which was done but those who were trying to get out had their arms, feet, legs, hands and other parts of their bodies crushed in the ramp, which I think about 10 or 12 men.
There was one officer who made it to shore, a 2nd Lieutenant by the name of Swartz. He was what we called a 90 days wonder because they only had about 4 weeks of training before being shipped over to England to join our Division. He was killed that afternoon.
H-hour was at 06:30 when we landed on the beach at Omaha Dog Green, which we later referred to it as Omaha Bloody Red because of the blood shed from killed, dying and wounded men, mostly young boys like myself. We jumped into the water which was about level with my mouth and tried to make it to shore which was a real struggle. We were so exhausted from being seasick we just wanted to lie on the sand to recover. The beach where we landed was about 1000 yards to the north of where we were supposed to land. There were lots of tanks, bulldozers, trucks, jeeps and bodies in and out the water.

Posted: July 16, 2011
Copyright: Laurent Lefebvre

Robert G. Lowry - June 2009