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WWII veterans reflect on 70th anniversary of D-Day invasion

June 6, 2014, is the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings that saw 156,000 Allied troops — including from the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada and Norway — begin the liberation of France that eventually led to the defeat of Nazi Germany. Here are quotes from veterans involved in the Normandy landings:

Pat Churchill, 90, 2nd Royal Marines Armored Support Regiment:

“Seeing later at low tide all those sunken craft. There must have been hundreds of them and thinking you poor devils. That is something I will always remember from D-Day.”

 

Frank Rosier, 88, private serving in 2nd Battalion, Gloucestershire Regiment:

As a London boy who had survived the Blitz but had never seen a dead body, the carnage on the beach brought me to a complete standstill. It was so horrific that it has stuck with me to this day.”

 

Eddie Wallace, 90, 86th Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment, Honorable Artillery Company:

“One of the things I do recall when landing is all the dead bodies that were floating around us. One or two of the lads were sick when they saw that.”

 

Fred Glover, 88, was a member of the 9th Parachute Battalion, part of a special volunteer force that was assigned to crash-land in a glider inside the Merville battery and engage the enemy while the remainder of the battalion attacked from outside the perimeter wire. Glover was wounded on D-Day and captured. He later escaped from a Parisian hospital aided by the French Resistance.

“It was the way we responded when the glider crashed and were immediately confronted by a German patrol. What struck me was that we weren’t affected by the crash but immediately sprung into action just like we had been trained to do.”