D DAY June 6, 1944
-45 pairs of brothers are buried in Normandy Cemetery.
-2 of President Theodore Roosevelt's sons are buried there (Theodore Jr. & Quentin, a pilot killed in WWI).
Francis "Frank" Anthony Purpura
Born March 15, 1926
Awarded the purple heart in Normandy during the D Day invasion
Frank's story can be played in the video above
On June 6, 1944 the invasion discussed a year earlier commenced on the shores of Normandy France. D Day as it is known or Operation Overlord began at 6 in the morning and would last a total of 3 months ending in August. A successful power change in the war in favor of the Allied forces. 132,000 died that day.
Pointe du Hoc is on the NW Coast of Normandy overlooking the English Channel. This was the site of the German bunkers and machine gun posts. It was incredibly engineered. Overseen by Gen. Dwight Eisenhower, this was an American victory by the 2nd Ranger Battalion/5th Ranger who scaled the 100 foot cliffs. At 5:50 Am the Naval bombardment arrived (USS Texas); 7:10 AM the scale began up the cliffs which included 3 companies, 70 men/company, 210 men. After 2 days of fighting, 90 Rangers stood/survived.
9,386 are buried in total in the Normandy cemetery, many from that war.
The sands of Omaha and Utah Beaches are vastly different.
Utah Beach (above) was one of two American landed beaches with the least amount of casualties.
Omaha Beach (left) also known as bloody Omaha had the most casualties on D Day. The sand to this day has a red tint due to the amount of iron deposits left behind from the German defense walls called hedgehogs.
The D Day records (above) is an 8 set record piece of 79 RPM, which means they must be played at a fast speed to hear them. The records are that of NBC's radio broadcasting of the D Day landing.
Infantrymen of The Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry Highlanders eating lunch outside the railroad station. (Right) was taken July 20, 1944 in Vaucelles, France