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My father was career military. Fortunately he was not in the D-Day invasion. A man in his Air National Guard unit (where he served after WW II and Korea) was. He could barely bring himself to talk about it. About all that he would say was that it was horrific beyond description, seeing men dying all around you and wondering if you were next.

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The actions of Leonard Lomell, one of the Rangers who landed on the beach that morning, were critical to the success of D-Day. Even though he was shot before hitting the beach, he managed to scale a wall and take out the five 155-millimeter cannons that would have inflicted even more horrific damage on the Allies had they been fired. The cannons had been moved and hidden nearby, but were operational and ready to fire, and Lomell found them and disabled the gears with "thermite" grenades.

 

Just one of many amazing stories of that day.

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leonard_Lomell

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