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Normandy Invasion
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Del Bordner Interview
He went to Normandy on D-day +4 as a combat engineer. He got himself into some trouble along the way and was either going to get a court marshal or be transferred into the infantry. They figured that going into the infantry scares the devil out of you, but he said, “Hell, there’s a war going on. I’m going into the infantry.” He was a Pfc. when I left Europe.

Russell Byers Interview
We shipped out of a port in New Jersey and were on the seas about two weeks and landed in Manchester, England. We were there until they landed on Normandy. General Patton, they were exactly 12 miles in off of our army with our army fighting 12 miles in when I landed with Patton Headquarters on a truck in a boat. It was Normandy beach, there wasn’t a port there, and we landed about 3 feet deep. We had waterproofed the engines of our trucks so that they would run underwater. I drove off that boat into 3 feet of water. And up onto Normandy beach with fighting exactly 12 miles in when I landed there.

Dee Paris Interview
On the Normandy invasion he was the chief engineer. He was in charge of getting the engineers ashore. He went back to England, and he was in the Africa invasion. Went back to England. That’s when General Leonard got him in our division. He was a wonderful officer. He would give the mission and let you do it. General Hogue latter got another star and got command of the 4th armored division for his fine work in the battle of the Bulge and the capturing of the bridge. We were the first allied troops to cross the Rhine since Napoleon, and Napoleon was invited in. The war ended two months latter. That’s how important that was. So after that they said, “That Hogue’s a good commander.” They gave him another star.

Rose Young Interview
We set up a hospital and school on the Lichfield estate, and we treated patients that were getting ready to make the Normandy invasion, so they had boys that had problems come to us to see if we could help them to prepare for the invasion. You know, to take boys with emotional problems. We gave them treatment, we reassigned them sometimes. And in the process of doing this, we also taught doctors and psychiatrists, or psychologists.

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