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Photo by CPHOM Robert F. Sargent USCG (August 26, 1923 – May 8, 2012) : U.S. Coast Guard manned USS SAMUEL CHASE disembarking troops of Company E 16th Infantry at Omaha Beach. Photo available through the National Archives Administration under title "INTO THE JAWS OF DEATH" Approximately 2,500 of the 60,000 U.S. Infantrymen and 2,500 paratroopers were injured, killed, captured, or missing in action in the first 24 hours of Overlord.
TODAY VIC SOCOTRA WROTE:
..:June 6, the anniversary of The Longest Day at Normandy, seventy-one years ago. And the end of the Battle of Midway in 1942. If the Japanese had won at Midway, they would have eliminated American carrier-based airpower and established a new outer security perimeter for the Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere.”
"“Ike apparently wrote down some remarks about failure in case the weather went wrong or the beach-heads could not be held. It was something like: "Our landings in the Cherbourg-Havre area have failed to gain a satisfactory foothold and I have withdrawn the troops. My decision to attack at this time and place was based upon the best information available. The troops, the air and the navy did all that bravery and devotion to duty could do. If any blame or fault attaches to the attempt, it is mine alone. What a guy. We don’t have people like that any more."
"We talked about other things, and the difference between the wars we are fighting now and the ones we did then. But it is worth remembering what was given that day, and what those young people confronted afterwards in the hedgerows of France on the long walk to the Rhine that followed, don’t you think?"
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