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. Deb (Military Family)

    I come from a military family. My youngest son served in the Marines for the past 4 years, doing a tour in Iraq, I worried about him endlessly, day and night!!!! As he slept in a tent for nearly 8 months with no more protection then a rifle and a piece of fabric between him and the terrorists. My grandfather landed on Omaha Beach in one of those barges and watched his friends being killed all around him as he made his way through the bloody ocean to the shore. He was older and volunteered to fight, hoping to keep one young man from being drafted. As an older man he took the young boys 18-19 years olds under his wing and tried to protect them as much as possible. It was a horrible, horrible, bloody fight for that piece of land and many, many young men died protecting our FREEDOM. It literally took him years to tell me anything about that day, and when he did, he said he was watching after one young man who was particuarly terrified. He told him he'd be okay, but he wasn't, he stepped on a land mine not far from my grandfather as they entered the beach. He never forgot that young man, and I won't either!!!! GOD BLESS OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN ALL US MILITARY BRANCHES!!!! MAY THE LORD WATCH OVER YOU DAY AND NIGHT!!! And please KNOW that there are MANY AMERICANS that are STANDING BY YOU!!!!

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