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WWII D-Day veteran, awarded France's Legion of Honor
It’s June 6, 1944, Joseph Petrucci is standing shoulder-to-shoulder with 30-some fellow comrades in a landing craft hurtling through the English Channel toward Omaha Beach. Read more...
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D-Day veteran Verdun Hayes celebrates 100th birthday
D-Day veteran Verdun Hayes made the jump at Dunkeswell Airfield near Honiton, Devon, to raise money for the North Devon Hospice. Read more...
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FAULK WHITNEY J
29TH INFANTRY DIVISION
Whitney J. Faulk, was the brother of my grandfather. Throughout the years of my life I’ve heard many amazing things about this great hero. He not only laid down his life for country, but for his brother. Once he saved my father’s life before his time in war, and saved a family’s future generat
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[Posted: 2019-06-13 17:03:28]
POLLEY EVERETT K
29TH INFANTRY DIVISION
This young hero was his mother’s only child and my father’s cousin. I’ve thought about him often over the past several days, as I do every year at this time. I wish I knew more about him and had a photo of him. I honor his sacrifice and the sacrifice of all the men and women who secured our
Honored by Reva Thoroughman
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Omaha Beach is the code name for one of the five sectors of D-day. The beach is located on the coast of Normandy, France, facing the English Channel, and is 5 miles long, from east of Sainte-Honorine-des-Pertes to west of Vierville-sur-Mer on the right bank of the Douve River estuary.
Landings here were necessary in order to link up the British landings to the east at Gold Beach with the American landing to the west at Utah beach, thus providing a continuous lodgement on the Normandy coast.
On D-day, the 29th US Infantry Division, joined by 2nd Ranger and 5th Ranger Battalions redirected from Pointe du Hoc, were to assault the western half of the beach. The 1st US Infantry Division was given the eastern half.
Omaha was divided into height sectors, codenamed (from west to east): Charlie, Dog Green, Dog White, Dog Red, Easy Green, Easy Red, Fox Green and Fox Red.
Very little went as planned during the landing at Omaha Beach. Difficulties in navigation caused the majority of landing craft to miss their targets throughout the day. The defenses were unexpectedly strong, and inflicted heavy casualties on landing US troops. Weakened by the casualties taken just in landing, the surviving assault troops could not clear the heavily defended exits off the beach. Small penetrations were eventually achieved by groups of survivors making improvised assaults, scaling the bluffs between the most heavily defended points.



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