July 12, 2009 |
After 63 years, I decided to return. A year ago June, my son and I traveled to Paris and Normandy, including stops at Omaha Beach, Rouen, Caen, and Le Havre, where I served in 1944 and 1945. I was with the Navy Ship Salvage Unit Foxy 29. I landed on Omaha Beach at the end of June 1944 on the LST-291 with a cargo of tanks for the Army. Our mission was to clear the heavily mined ports of Cherbourg and Le Havre of ships and cranes that the Germans had sunk to impede our supply ships.
August 6, 1998 |
As Frank L. Davis watched the movie Saving Private Ryan, he felt the pain of 54 years being peeled from his life. Suddenly he was 21 again, a sergeant in the 101st Airborne dodging bullets near Omaha Beach on D-Day, June 6, 1944. The first time around, he had been too busy fighting to absorb the horrors of battle or to let terror grip him. The reliving was, in its way, worse. Virtually from the film's start, the bloody panorama of the Normandy invasion produced "one hell of a tightening in my chest, and I couldn't breathe and I shed a lot of tears," said a shaken Davis, of Stanton, Del. "It felt like I was right there again.
June 5, 1994 |
Fifty years ago today, at 4:15 a.m., a command was given that would change the lives of many thousands of men, including hundreds from this area. "OK, we'll go!" With those words, Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, supreme commander of the Allied Expeditionary Force, launched the greatest amphibious operation the world had ever seen. A vast armada of ships carried the assault troops across the English Channel to the beaches of Normandy. Aboard these ships were three Montgomery County men who now have journeyed back to France, to take part in the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of D-Day - June 6, 1944.
July 3, 1994 |
Fifty years ago, Sid Saloman scaled the cliffs of Omaha Beach on D-Day. Last month, at age 81, he did it again during anniversary celebrations. Yesterday, he rowed 1,000 meters as a member of a composite crew from several clubs of Boathouse Row in the master eight-oared race of the Independence Day Regatta. His crew finished fifth in 4 minutes, 4.42 seconds. Potomac Boat Club was the winner in 3:13.92. The Independence Day Regatta winds up on the Schuylkill today.
June 2, 1994 |
After planning since the end of World War II, I finally made the trip to visit my brother's grave in Normandy. Jack Byrne, a foot soldier with the U.S. 1st Army's 30th Infantry Division, was killed on July 30, 1944, five days after the breakthrough at St. Lo. Before the war, Jack was a star player for Girard Estates, an outstanding semi-pro baseball team in Philadelphia. In the Army, he played third base for the 26th Division team, which won the Southern Army championship. The night before the trip to St. Laurent Cemetery at Omaha Beach, I had dinner with a friend in a little cafe in Paris.
November 11, 2013 |
NORMANDY, France - At dawn on June 6, 1944, Allied forces landed on the northern coast of France, and June will mark the 70th anniversary of D-Day, the World War II military operation against the German march to dominate Europe, which began with American, British, and Canadian sacrifices of a magnitude unimaginable to all but survivors of infantry and invasion warfare. A visit to the Normandy beaches, invasion sites, and cemeteries is an opportunity to appreciate today's freedom by honoring not only the soldiers who died but also the survivors - and to attempt to grasp the horror of war by seeing the battlefields and mind-numbing rows of headstones.
August 1, 2014 |
Edward T. Haney, 89, of Doylestown, a decorated World War II veteran, died Tuesday, July 22, of a heart ailment at Fairview Care Center. Born in Abington and raised in Elkins Park, Mr. Haney worked for 32 years as a lubrication engineer at Fiske Bros. Refining Co. in Newark, N.J. His proudest moments, however, came while he served in the Army during World War II, his family said. He was a rifleman assigned to the 29th Infantry Division, one of the first to land on Omaha Beach during D-Day.
June 7, 2016 |
A few blocks from his Margate, N.J., home, the beach is busy with vacationers baking in the sun, playing in the waves. But when Bernard Friedenberg closes his eyes at night, he sees another sandy shore - a nightmarish place 3,000 miles away that won't let him go, not even after 72 years. Friedenberg tosses and turns in his sleep, he repeats military jargon, and tries to jump from his bed, as if again exiting the landing craft that brought him to Omaha Beach on D-Day, June 6, 1944. The Army medic's lifesaving "work began" the moment he crawled out of the surf - and onto the killing ground that was Normandy, France.
July 10, 2000 |
Joseph Potamkin, 87, of Marlton, a machine gunner who landed on Omaha Beach at dawn on D-Day and was captured by the Germans a day later, died Thursday at West Jersey Hospital Marlton. Mr. Potamkin, a native of Philadelphia, stormed Omaha Beach with the 29th Infantry Division about 6 a.m. June 6, 1944. Although more than 90 percent of the unit became casualties, Mr. Potamkin was not injured in the landing and the battle for control of the beach and the area above it, said his son-in-law, Herbert Rennie.
October 4, 2011 |
Virginia L. Van Dyke Roscoe, 90, of Newtown Square, an Army nurse in World War II, died of heart failure Thursday, Sept. 29, at St. Mary's Medical Center in Langhorne. A native of Grand Rapids, Mich., Mrs. Roscoe graduated from Blodgett Hospital School of Nursing in June 1941. She wanted to join the Army Nurse Corps, but had to wait to enlist until her 21st birthday in January, 1942, a son, John, said. Serving with the 29th Army Field Hospital, Mrs. Roscoe was one of 18 nurses to land on Omaha Beach days after the Normandy invasion.