D-Day Remembered

2,502 Americans lost their lives in Normandy on D-Day. Our volunteers are telling ALL of their stories. Join us in honoring these fallen. 

Read some of the stories we have told so far

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Chief Motor Mac George Kelly

by Jeff Veesenmeyer, Wisconsin

Kelly's landing craft was blown out of the water by a mine and immediately began to sink with Kelly in the engine room. The ship sank within five minutes with the hull facing up. Read full story here.

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Sgt Harold O. Allensworth 

by James Hooper, Texas

18 years old, Allensworth lost his life in the English Channel. His B-24 went down after disrupting German transportation of reinforcements and supplies to the invasion zones. Read full story here.

1st Lt Donald Turner

by Steve Booth, Utah

Lt. Donald Turner commanded one of the floatable "DD"tanks lost in the heavy seas off of Omaha Beach. Read full story here.

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Pvt David MacRunnel

by Molly Brown, Utah

David MacRunnel was a medic on Omaha Beach tasked with giving aid to wounded men while under enemy fire. Read full story here.

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Pfc James T. Harper

by Pam Barker, Alabama

Harper was one of the first from his regiment to land on Utah Beach. He was mortally wounded and evacuated to an aid station where his body was lost. Read full story here.

Tech Sgt Abner L Adams

by Randy Hervey, Colorado

Adams was a truck driver who was in the first wave of trucks to land on Omaha Beach. The trucks were tempting targets and only one-third made it to the beach. Read full story here.

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Pfc John D. Halls

by Bryan Fusfield, Colorado

101st Airborne paratrooper John Halls took part in the storied assault on the German guns at Brécourt Manor, lead by Lt. Dick Winters of "Band of Brother" fame. Read full story here.

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Seaman Jack A. DeNunzio

by Julie Sohlberg, Colorado

Coast Guard seaman Jack DeNunzio served on an LCI that brought troops to Omaha Beach. The pilot house was hit by enemy fire. Read full story here.

Staff Sergeant Fred G. Bisco

by Gene Ecker, Minnesota

SSgt Fred Bisco helped lead his unit away from a dangerous minefield and off of Omaha Beach. Read full story here.

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Lt Richard M. Barclay

by John Schlatter, Utah

Lt Barclay was a navy pilot assigned to spotting duties for the navy warships providing artillery support for the invasion. He was flying a Spitfire, which he had barely flown. He was posthumously awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. Read full story here.

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Pvt Anthony Hitztaler

by Gary Smith, Utah

82nd Airborne paratrooper Hitztaler landed near a German command post and was captured after a short fire fight. After being interrogated by the Germans, Hitztaler and the other Americans with him were executed. Read full story here.

2nd Lt Eston C. Kuhn

by Bob Joyce, Florida

Lt Kuhn was a pilot of a C-47 that was shot down while towing a glider. After being captured, he was killed by a strafing Allied fighter while being transported in a German truck. Read full story here.

Find more D-Day fallen stories here

Coming soon you will be able to scan a fallen's name at a memorial or headstone and read the story of all the D-Day fallen.

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A big thanks to Emily Ritter of Indiana and Jenna Rabtzow of Colorado for managing the D-Day Fallen Stories project.

 

We would also like to thank all of those who helped to write these stories.

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