Thursday/ D-Day, 80 years later 🏅

Initially set for June 5, D-Day was delayed due to poor weather.
With a small window of opportunity in the weather, Eisenhower decided to go—D-Day would be June 6, 1944.
Paratroopers began landing after midnight, followed by a massive naval and aerial bombardment at 6:30 a.m. American forces faced severe resistance at Omaha and Utah Beaches.
Despite challenges, including mistaken landings and fierce opposition, Allied forces established a critical beachhead in Normandy.
– Text from the National WWII Museum’s website

There are 9,388 graves in the American Cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer high above the beaches of Normandy.
Most are marked by white Latin crosses, with a handful of them Stars of David commemorating Jewish American service members.

Sergeant Mullins, who now lives in Garberville, California, took a moment this week to kneel at his buddy’s grave in the American Cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer.
In 1944, a few days into the fighting that had started on D-day, Mullins looked up from his foxhole and, two foxholes away, saw Pfc. William H. Lemaster, peeking over the edge. It proved to be the last act of this young man from West Virginia. A German sniper’s bullet killed him instantly.
[Photo by Laetitia Vancon and text from reporting by Roger Cohen, for the New York Times]

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