69th Anniversary of D-Day


POSTED: Thursday, June 6, 2013 - 6:31pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, June 18, 2013 - 3:54pm

June 6, marks the 69th anniversary of D-Day.

"It's a day that will be reverently looked at not just as a successful mission but as a price that was paid for," said WWII Veteran George Martin.

More than 160,000 allied troops invaded a 50-mile stretch on the French Coastline to fight the Germans on the beaches of Normandy.

Today now goes down in history as D-Day the moment of the attack.

More than 5,000 ships and 13,000 aircraft supported the D-Day invasion.

"You're in a boat, you have 20 to 30 marines or army fellows in there, all of them are uptight they've been in the boat for several hours before they hit the beach, they're looking at each other like how many of us will make it through the day it's a tough time," said Martin.

Martin was in the Pacific during the D-Day invasion.

Despite the tragedy Martin remembers how victorious that day was.

89-year-old veteran Buster Barlow felt the same emotion.

"Excitement yes but fear for those who had to achieve the landing because it was not a guarantee you know it could of gone either way."

By the end of June 6th,1944 more than 150,000 troops started to make their way to Germany to end the war for good.

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If you were at Normandy on June 6, 1943 the day was anything but successful. Anything that could go wrong , did go wrong, and a sea of floating dead spit blood at a beach filled with bodies, and half bodies, and what was probably a body, but you couldn't stop to look crawling on your hands and knees, clawing into the sand and mud from shell hole to shell hole beneath a barage of artillery and machine gun fire. At the end of the day a barrier was breached and we got off the beach.

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