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Playing “Taps” Links Sailor to WWII Shipmate

By Musician 2nd Class Kristen Gale, Trumpet Instrumentalist, U.S. Naval Forces Europe Band I’ve often thought about thanking Ms. Fox. She had a startling lack of patience for an elementary art teacher, but it was her irritability that caused an 11-year-old me to want to join the band. I wanted …

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Last Higgins Boat Lands On Utah Beach

By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class David R. Krigbaum Utah Beach, a site of intense fighting in June 1944, is now a peaceful place, with a cool breeze, the sound of waves hitting the surf, and the site of numerous memorials to those who fought 71 years ago. High on …

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D-Day: Gen. Eisenhower’s message to Allied troops

At dawn on June 6, 1944, nearly 7,000 U.S. and British ships and craft carrying close to 160,000 troops lay off the Normandy beaches, surprising German commanders, who had overestimated the adverse weather’s impact and were also expecting landings to the northeast, in the Pas-de-Calais area. Known as Operation Overlord, …

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DD-Day invasion of Normandy Q & A

Capt. Henry Hendrix, (Ph.D) Naval History and Heritage Command director and Robert Cressman, NHHC historian answer questions about the D-Day invasion of Normandy, codenamed Operation Neptune in this four part series.   Question 1: How important was the element of surprise during D-Day operations? Question 2: How does D-Day compare …

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