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.
October 17, 2015 |
Christopher C. Rutter Sr. was in the second wave of troops that landed on Omaha Beach under heavy Nazi gunfire June 6, 1944. As soldiers died around him that D-Day morning, daughter Dorothy Shelmet said, "he had promised himself that if he survived that day on the beach, he would come back one day and walk on the beach instead of crawling on it. " In 2004, Mr. Rutter returned with his family to Normandy and walked its beaches to celebrate the...
August 27, 2015 |
THEODORE EISENBERG was dedicated to making sure everybody got a fair shake in life. As a deputy director of the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations, he was charged with seeing to it that city laws governing fair housing, civil rights, job and sex discrimination and affirmative action were enforced. His team dealt with complaints both major and minor, like the woman who complained of sex discrimination because she was given one roll in a restaurant and her husband, being a male, got two. "He was devoted to defending the rights of individuals, in keeping with his persona," said his daughter, Leslie Eisenberg Marion.
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 30, 2014 |
The first time John Perozzi went to Sainte-Mère-Église, he parachuted into a war zone, with the crack, crack, crack of gunfire all around him. The Camden native dropped several hundred feet to a farm, helped liberate the French town, and was shot as the Allies invaded Normandy. Seventy years later, a decidedly different reception awaited him. Perozzi was greeted like a hero when he returned shortly before the June 6 anniversary of D-Day. A French woman, Cecile Gancel, who was about 11 when he parachuted onto her farm field, welcomed him with a warm embrace and pointed out where he landed.
June 7, 2014 |
In the back of a C-47 transport plane, heavily armed paratroopers steeled themselves for battle. Some blackened their faces; others puffed cigarettes. All carried machine guns, carbines, ammunition, and hand grenades. "I was excited, nervous, and scared as hell," said Joe Beyer, the plane's radio operator, recalling that early morning flight across the English Channel to Nazi-occupied France. Below him, at the helm of Navy LST 359, sailor Peter Rossetti headed for the Normandy beaches with 180 Canadian soldiers, six small landing craft, two tanks, and more than a dozen jeeps.
June 6, 2014
EXACTLY 70 years ago, 100,000 Americans (joined by 80,000 Allies) were the dice rolled in Operation Overlord - the code name for the invasion of France. Supported by 1,200 airplanes and 5,000 warships, American, British and other forces boarded transports on the coast of Britain to land on the barricaded beaches of Normandy. The largest sea assault in history was a frightful gamble because the Wehrmacht was crouched and waiting behind Hitler's bristling Atlantic Wall. Where did America find such men?
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.
June 7, 2013 |
COLLEVILLE-SUR-MER, France - Veterans of the 1944 Normandy landings gathered Thursday at the site of history's largest amphibious invasion for a day of ceremonies marking D-Day's 69th anniversary. Around two dozen U.S. vets, some in their old uniforms pinned with medals, stood and saluted during a wreath-laying ceremony at the memorial overlooking Omaha Beach, where a U.S. cemetery holds the remains of Americans who died during the vicious battle to storm the French beach under withering Nazi fire.
May 27, 2013
The Guns at Last Light The War in Western Europe, 1944-45 Volume Three of the Liberation Trilogy By Rick Atkinson Henry Holt, 896 pp. $38 Reviewed by Chris Patsilelis Rick Atkinson opens The Guns at Last Light with a stirring set piece. The Allied generals are meeting to put the finishing touches on Operation Overlord, the June 6, 1944, invasion of Nazi-occupied Europe. Here is the 53-year-old Supreme Allied Commander, Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, "a man at peace with his soul" but also a man with "high blood pressure, chronic headaches, and ringing in one ear" who smoked 80 Camels a day. Without his usual grin, he implores his staff: "I consider it to be the duty of anyone who sees a flaw in the plan not to hesitate to say so. " Here is British Field Marshal Gen. Bernard L. Montgomery, "a wiry, elfin figure" with a narrow, foxlike face "in immaculate battle dress," popping to his feet, "pointer in hand.