Gotta Watch: Remembering D-Day
Reinforcements disembarking from a landing barge at Normandy during the allied invasion of France on D-Day
June 6th, 2011
11:48 AM ET

Gotta Watch: Remembering D-Day

On June 6th, 1944, more than 150,000 Allied troops poured onto the heavily fortified beaches of Normandy, France, in one of the most decisive battles of World War II. The D-Day invasion marked a beginning of the end of the war and the defeat of the Nazi regime in Europe. This particular operation was at a high cost to the Allied forces, with nearly 10,000 troops killed or wounded. Today marks the 67th anniversary of that pivotal operation.

'We didn't have time to fear' - World War II veterans recount what it was like to participate in the invasion of Normandy.

D-Day begins - After years of meticulous planning and training for the Allied forces, it all came down to June 6, 1944.

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  1. Limey

    If the Geman's had taken over Russia's oilfields, they would have conquered the world. Fortunately, some 20 million Russians sacrificed their lives stopping them. Normandy smormandy.

    June 6, 2011 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • PCola Vet

      Yes Limey and they were able to do that because of the second front opening up, and they could then concentrate more forces on the Germans in the East. No one is taking anything away from the Russians dude, the story is ABOUT D-DAY for crying out loud, NOT the Russians. Geeez people take a pill or something.

      June 6, 2011 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • hdc

      murderers: Stalin & Hitler ... one went down April 1945, other survived until March 1953 ... with half of Europe ending up under Russia's paw ... who asked what happened east of the Oder river after Hitler's demise? don't like thinking about history, never did, never will...

      June 6, 2011 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Clint Langley

    The man on your right about to get of the landing craft is Pfc. Alton E. Langley from Opelika, Al. My grandfather.

    June 6, 2011 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mary

      Is it really? That is unbelievable. If your Grandpa is still around, give him a hug for all of us. If not, remember him with pride. He's earned it.

      June 6, 2011 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andy

      Yeah, shake his hand for me, would you? Tell him he's a badass!

      June 6, 2011 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • MidRanger

      Man, I hope you are telling the truth because that is an amazing story. People don't realize how much we owe WWII vets like your Grandfather. I was in Viet Nam and I knew I was coming home, one way or another (vertical or horizontal) in 13 months. WWII vets were there for the duration. They are truly hero's.
      Semper Fi

      June 6, 2011 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • william

      clint,, my father was the piolit of pa 13-13,,, the landing craft next to your grandfathers.

      June 6, 2011 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Mary

    Sure glad my daddy got out of there in one piece, otherwise I wouldn't be here! Their numbers dwindle every year thta goes by, but they are forever 19 and 20 in these incredible photographs. Bless them all. Truly the Greatest Generation. Thank a veteran today!

    June 6, 2011 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
  4. PCola Vet

    EVERY year along the French Coastline, those towns celebrate their liberation, and ALL US soliders are treated as hero's and they have NOT forgotten. They make sure their children know this as well, and include them in the celebrations, so they'll one day bring their children as well. Very moving stuff. A women in Gragne France, who surivived the Germans, said 'they may have come from America, but they're our boys'. Very cool stuff indeed.

    June 6, 2011 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Robb

      Please remember this was a coalition not just U.S military. I have spent time in St. Mere Eglise, Normandy and Bastogne. Although the Americans were a major contributor to the victory in WWII, all of the allied forces together recognize this victory for our way of life. With respect from Canada.

      June 6, 2011 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jon

    Growing up in Newton, Massachusetts, I lived on a Circle that was named for a man who fell on Omaha Beach on D-Day. Most of the streets and paths in my neighborhood were names for men who didn't return from the war. My fellow children and I were silently reminded, wherever we turned, of the price paid so that we could grow up as we grew up, and where we grew up. None of us ever forgot that price; and none of us ever failed to recall the debt we owe to those men.

    June 6, 2011 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Logical

    1. The "landing barge" is actually a Higgins Boat developed with the European invasion in mind.

    2. I wish General Eisenhower was still President. He had actually accomplished something besides go to law school before running for President (and I'm a lawyer).

    June 6, 2011 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • tenorlord

      A Republican that raised taxes on the rich to 90% and hated fascist ideas like the "military-industrial complex"!
      He also sent the 101 airborne division to Little Rock to insure school desegregation. What a guy!
      We liked Ike!

      June 6, 2011 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
  7. jackie

    Please, please stop being disrespectful to our verterans of ALL our wars and to those who are still fighting and stop bickering on this site. I only wish that my father who was killed in the Battle of the Bulge could have lived to see his grandchildren, who are today being respectful and thankful. Remember, THAT THEY DID NOT DIE IN VAIN.

    June 6, 2011 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  8. the Laughing Prospector

    Ha ha ha...burp...ha ha ha...burp...ha ha ha...burp...

    June 6, 2011 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Buccakenji

      go phock yourself................

      June 6, 2011 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
  9. dominedeus

    To the brave heroes of the Greatest Generation.. Thank you! Thank you for a job well done and God Bless you.

    June 6, 2011 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Riff*Raff

    My grandfather was there (and Korea as well). He was Army in WWII and Navy in Korea. After WWII, he chose to (re)enlist in another branch of service and go to fight in Korea; -after starting a family- to fight for his country. A pretty amazing guy-all accomplished before his 30th birthday.He never spoke of his experiences in either war. We were chastised if we asked questions. He told us that it was hell and that's all he would say. After he passed, we found 13 medals among his personal effects-including 2 Purple Hearts. They were The Greatest Generation. They don't make them like that anymore. RIP to those that came before us and fought for our freedom.

    June 6, 2011 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Cindy Bennett

    My father has past and I remember this day now for him. He is piloting the landing craft PA 1313, in the background of this photo.

    June 6, 2011 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      Are you related to william who also said his father piloted the pa13-13, or could there have been more than one pilot?

      June 6, 2011 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
  12. AC

    Attention: Stupid Sarah, read the article before you comment, that way you will look smart, duh!

    June 6, 2011 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
  13. FairGarden

    USA saved the whole Asia as well.

    June 6, 2011 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Ken

    This reporter asks them why they chose to go into the military in a try for stupid question of the year?

    Has he heard of the draft, or maybe of comitment to something besides his brownnose career choices?

    June 6, 2011 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
  15. BobZemko

    Please remember too the thousands of British, Canadian, Australian and other Commonwealth sailors, airmen, supply personnel and the millions of men and women who worked in the munitions factories around the world that made D-Day possible.

    June 6, 2011 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
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