D-Day Remembered–Dispatch June 6, 2011

D-Day Remembered–Dispatch June 6, 2011

On June 6, 1944, after years of planning, Allied troops landed on five beaches in the French region of Normandy, beginning Operation Overlord. The objective was to secure a beachhead so the invading Allied armies could pass into Western Europe. More than 73,000 American troops participated in the landings at Omaha and Utah beaches, dubbed Operation Neptune. The hard-fought victory proved a watershed moment in the outcome of World War II and in American history.

The VHP collection holds incredible stories from the men that participated in this fateful moment in history. U.S. Navy Beachmaster Joe Vaghi maneuvered the men and material that made the invasion possible. U.S. Army Sgt Claud Woodring vividly recalls the horrors of the Omaha Beach landing. These and other stories are available in VHP’s “Experiencing War” feature on D-Day, found at: http://www.loc.gov/vets/stories/ex-war-dday65.html.

Sixty-seven years later, an ever fewer number of American veterans are alive to share their first-hand experiences. VHP urges all Americans to interview a veteran to ensure these stories are preserved.

The Mission of the Veterans History Project of the Library of Congress American Folklife Center is to collect, preserve, and make accessible the personal accounts of American war veterans so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand the realities of war. Learn more at http://www.loc.gov/vets. Share your stories with VHP to be considered for future RSS. Email vohp@loc.gov and place “My VHP RSS Story” in the subject line. Library of Congress


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