I'm so grateful for everything our country was able to do during that conflict. The airborne rangers and the soldiers that went ashore in the first wave were the most courageous of all.
My Dad didn't land at Normandy. However, leading up to June 6, he and his group worked straight through for several days. Guys were sleeping on their feet leaning against the wall.
Dad was in the Mighty 8th - 94th Bomb Group. Those guys were heroes to me. They pounded the Third Reich mercilessly for a long time -- and suffered dearly in the process.