WWII Veterans remember D-Day
POSTED: Friday, June 6, 2014 - 7:31pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, June 10, 2014 - 10:09am
(KETK) - Tyler, Tx — 70 years ago, allied forces invaded the beaches of Normandy. The invasion goes down as one of the largest military assaults in history and we know it as D-Day. On this day we honor and remember the brave and valiant heroes who fought for our freedom.
June 6, 1944, more than 160,000 allied troops invaded a 50 mile stretch on the French coastline to fight the Germans on the beaches of Normandy. More than 5,000 ships and 13,000 aircraft supported the D-Day invasion.
"You know you have an enemy there," said World War II veteran George Martin. "You know it's going to be difficult, you're psychologically warned about it, but when you hear the first bullet banging against the ramp of your boat, the feeling there is... 'this might be the last breath I draw.'"
Martin and fellow soldier Allen Brown were in the Pacific during the D-Day invasion and despite the tragedy, they remember that day as the beginning of the end.
"Five-hundred thousand casualties in one invasion was the governments estimate, so when it was all over, were we enthusiastic?" Martin said. "You better believe it."
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.