Omaha Beach: Seventy Years Ago Today

6 06 2014

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The 116th Regiment of the 29th Infantry Division spearheaded the division’s assault on Omaha Beach seventy rears ago today, and suffered 341 casualties, including Co. A which lost over 90% of its men within ten minutes of landing. The 116th was – and is today – a Virginia National Guard unit. It’s also known as The Stonewall Brigade, and claims lineage from that as-of-then un-monikered command that gathered on the reverse slope of Henry Hill on July 21, 1861. The above is the regiment’s former shoulder patch. Does it remind you of anything?

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You can read about the men of Company A in The Bedford Boys. And below, some vets of the assault talk about it:

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6 06 2014
Theodore P. Savas

Thanks for the reminder of D-Day, Harry.

I smoked a good cigar last night at the hour the boats hit the beach, and watched the opening scene of Saving Private Ryan with my son to drive it home for him. That film should be mandatory for high school students. What a shame all the veterans of WWII are nearly gone.

And I didn’t know about the patch and Old Jack.

tps

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