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D-DAY: 70th Anniversary
June 6th, 1944: More than 150,000 Allied troops land on the beaches of Normandy, France, as part of the largest seaborne invasion in history. Known as "D-Day," the name and date loom large in the memory of the war—perhaps second only to December 7th, 1941. These two dates stand on opposite ends of American involvement in World War II, and their meaning could not be more different. D-Day put the Allies on a decisive path toward victory. Beginning with the Normandy beaches, they pushed back against Axis forces until Germany was forced to surrender less than a year later. Their achievements were not accomplished without tremendous sacrifice, however, as the Normandy invasion resulted in over 6,000 American casualties.

To commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day, VHP presents a handful of collections of American servicemen and women who took part in the invasion. These stories represent the wide variety of individuals without whom D-Day would not have been a success: soldiers and sailors, doctors and nurses, enlisted men and officers, engineers and beachmasters, seasoned veterans and those who had never before been in combat. Here, in their own words, they describe D-Day—and what came after. [read blog entry] [read news release]
Image: Jay S. AdamsJay S. Adams
ARMY
World War II

Audio Interview, Transcript
Image: Benjamin AlvaradoBenjamin Alvarado
ARMY
World War II

Video Interview, Photos, Memoir
Image: Russell Mack BaldwinRussell Mack Baldwin
ARMY
World War II


Audio Interview, Photos
Image: Warren H. BergWarren H. Berg
ARMY AIR CORPS
World War II

Video Interview, Photos
Image: John William Boehne, IIIJohn W. Boehne, III
ARMY
World War II

Photos, Memoir, Personal Correspondence
Image: Leroy C. Bowen, Jr.Leroy C. Bowen, Jr.
COAST GUARD
World War II


Audio Interview, Transcript, Memoir
Image: Mortimer M. CaplinMortimer M. Caplin
NAVY
World War II

Video Interview
Image: Margaret ThrongateHomer Eslie Hall
ARMY
World War II

Photos, Memoir, Correspondence. Diaries
Image: Ellsworth DeWitt HillEllsworth DeWitt Hill
ARMY
World War II

Photos, Drawings, Official Documents, Correspondence
Image: Robert Harlan HorrRobert Harlan Horr
ARMY AIR CORPS
World War II

Photos, Personal Correspondence, Official Documents
Image: Robert A. HuttemeyerRobert Huttemeyer
NAVY
World War II

Memoir, Official Documents
Image: Marian Charlotte Arner JonesMarian C. Arner Jones
ARMY NURSE CORPS
World War II

Video Interview
Image: Lille Margaret Steinmetz MagetteLille S. Magette
ARMY NURSE CORPS
World War II

Audio Interview, Photos
Image: Earl Ervin McClungEarl Ervin McClung
ARMY
World War II

Video Interview
Image: Norman Philip SwaneyNorman Philip Swaney
ARMY
World War II

Audio Interview, Photos
Image: Robert Barnes WareRobert Barnes Ware
ARMY
World War II

Photos, Official Documents, Personal Correspondence
Image: Dean Milton WeissertDean M. Weissert
ARMY
World War II

Audio Interview
Image: Shields WilsonShields Wilson
NAVY
World War II

Video Interview, Transcript
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