“You are about to embark upon the great crusade toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you…I have full confidence in your courage, devotion to duty and skill in battle.” ~ General & former President, Dwight D. Eisenhower
Today is the anniversary of D-Day, June 6, 1944. The price of liberty on that day alone should forever live in the memories of all Americans, whether they are citizens by birth or naturalization.
Never take freedom for granted.
God bless our Veterans, our military, and all those who put their lives on the line for the freedoms we enjoy. We cannot even comprehend the sacrifices our military make for us and our country.
Official Unit Report, Company A, 116th Infantry, 29th Division June 6 1944 [More information at D-Day Revisited]
It seemed to the men that the only way to get ashore was to dive head first in and swim clear of the fire that was striking the boats. But, as they hit the water, their heavy equipment dragged them down and soon they were struggling to keep afloat. Some were hit in the water and wounded. Some drowned then and there… but some moved safely through the bullet fire to the sand and then, finding they could not hold there, went back in to the water and used it as cover, only their heads sticking out.
“Those who survived kept moving with the tide, sheltering at times behind underwater obstacles and in this way they finally made their landings. Within ten minutes of the ramps being lowered, Company A had become inert, leaderless and almost incapable of action. Every officer and Sergeant had been killed or wounded. It became a struggle for survival and rescue.
“The men in the water pushed wounded men ashore, and those who had reached the sands crawled back into the water pulling others to land to save them from drowning, in many cases only to see the rescued men wounded again or to be hit themselves. Within twenty minutes of striking the beach Company A had ceased to be an assault company and had become a forlorn little rescue party bent upon survival and saving lives.”
President Ronald Reagan remembered these remarkable men who saved the world from great evil.