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« The Rules of Engagement | Main | A Day At The Beach: D-Day, June 6, 1944 »

05/28/2014

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Gary Waitzman

I have been to Normandy five times and have led a group of 7 friends and clients as well. It is amazing but each time I go I realize how much I do not know and want to come back. St. Lo, the Falaise gap and the Polish museum where the Nazi's escaped from the gap are all amazing sights besides the beaches. My uncle landed at Omaha on day 1 and is still alive in Atlanta. he is a truly amazing inspiration in my life. I am glad you are sharing your experience as well.

Gary Waitzman

Nedra Catale

PBS ran a documentary last night on the landing at Normandy, together with recreations, graphs, old pictures, and a film tour of the location. It's definitely worth watching if you can catch it.

The dedication of those men and their willingness to give their lives for freedom is truly awe inspiring.

Nedra Catale

Melanie A. Maxwell

My father, Maurice Maxwell, served in the 101st Airborne Division of the Army as a communications officer reporting directly to General Maxwell Taylor. He was a part of D-Day, although not as an infantryman. He was a proud veteran, but did not like to talk about the War. He returned to his family in Brooklyn, New York, after serving for four years. I am immensely proud of his sacrifice.

Victoria Collier

Gary,

I have a TV show that will begin airing on PBS-Atlanta (and nationally) in September. While in Normandy, I filmed for my show an episode on WWII veterans. I would LOVE to interview your uncle. Do you think he would be interested or willing?

Victoria Collier

Melanie,

Thank you for sharing your father's story. I am glad that he made it safely home!

James Campbell

I'll be following your story all the way Victoria. Thanks for bringing us along. My grandfather (another James Campbell) was an explosives technician in WWII. He blew up bridges and laid those long pipe bombs you see in saving private ryan. He came in on the beaches of Normandy but was in the last few waves of soldiers after the beach had been won. My dad said he told him about it when he was in high school. It was very hard for my dad to watch that movie knowing his pops had been right there.

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