Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Never forget D-Day


Sixty-eight years ago this morning, elements of the greatest army the world has ever known stormed ashore in Normandy.

They were our fathers, grandfathers, uncles, cousins and they came from places like Indianapolis, Ind., and Redlands, Calif., and Grand Rapids, Mich., and Shelbyville, Tenn.

According to figures compiled by the D-Day Museum, there were 6,603 American casualties, including 1,465 dead.

My late father-in-law Phil Kroon, a captain in the 144th Field Artillery Group, shot this photo of G.I.s enjoying their morning coffee somewhere in France or Germany before going to work on the Germans for another day.

They were heroes.

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