June 6, 2021
This week’s guests during our one hour radio broadcast with host Dale Throneberry:
- John D. Long, Director of Education, National D-Day Memorial
- Myra Miller, Footsteps Researchers and Battlefield Tours
- Darrol Brown, VP of Operations, National Veterans Business Development Council (NVBDC)
June 6, 1944 - D-Day Remembered and Honored
National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, Virginia
From their website: www.dday.org
It is hard to conceive the epic scope of this decisive battle that foreshadowed the end of Hitlers dream of Nazi domination. Overlord was the largest air, land, and sea operation undertaken before or since June 6, 1944.
The landing included over 5,000 ships, 11,000 airplanes, and over 150,000 service men.
After years of meticulous planning and seemingly endless training, for the Allied Forces, it all came down to this: The boat ramp goes down, then jump, swim, run, and crawl to the cliffs.
Many of the first young men (most not yet 20 years old) entered the surf carrying eighty pounds of equipment. They faced over 200 yards of beach before reaching the first natural feature offering any protection. Blanketed by small-arms fire and bracketed by artillery, they found themselves in hell.
When it was over, the Allied Forces had suffered nearly 10,000 casualties; more than 4,000 were dead. Yet somehow, due to planning and preparation, and due to the valor, fidelity, and sacrifice of the Allied Forces, Fortress Europe had been breached.
Footsteps Researchers Documents Your Special Veteran’s Story
From their website: www.footstepsresearchers.com
During WWII, more than sixteen million American men and women served in the US Armed Forces. These men and women veterans are our families. They are parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and siblings.
Your veteran has a story—maybe one that’s never been told. We can help. Let’s start at the beginning: Imagine that your veteran’s story is a puzzle yet to be taken from the box. Many individual pieces have to come together from different places before the story can come to life.
An international team researches and assembles your veteran’s unique puzzle. This process begins with Myra Miller and her team of researchers at the National Archives in St. Louis and College Park, Maryland (NARA). The Archives’ vast collection of World War II military personnel records allows us to access and lay the foundation for a detailed picture of your soldier’s activity during or after their service. Our European team members Joey, Florent, Bob, Alessio, Loic, Ben, and Nils use archives, battlefield documents, local testimonies, historians, and other European sources to retrace your veteran’s path. On the Pacific side, Joey is our expert. We also have a military artist, a merchandise designer, and individuals dedicated to special projects to aid in our search.
Our combined efforts and access to the most extensive WWII resources allow us to create the most complete picture of your veteran’s experience. Our mission is to help you learn more about your family.
We excel in presenting your veteran’s information in the format most meaningful to you—in writing, maps, video-documentary, or even tours.
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