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The 75th Anniversary of D-Day is Thursday, June 6 as we remember this momentous event in 1944 and the men who gave their lives at this history-changing battle that liberated France from Nazi occupation and led to the demise of Adolph Hitler during World War II.

Some of the Comanche County WWII soldiers who participated in D-Day are the late Tom Wilson, combat Engineer, B Co.; Tom Griffith, self-propelled artillery unit; George Humphrey, Air Corps; Marvin Jones, Combat Engineer, 29th Infantry; Mel Stephens; and others that probably never returned to Comanche County after the war and unfortunately not listed. Those from Comanche County, waiting offshore to go in on the second day were: Virgil Carlisle, Gladus Couch, 38th Infantry, David E. Moore, 2nd Re-Con; and B. J. Rush. If you know of a soldier that should have been listed, please e-mail us at editor@thecomanchechief.com or call us at 325-356-2636.

REMEMBERING D-DAY JUNE 6, 1944 ON THE 75TH ANNIVERSARY

ALLIES put in the water of the English Channel the greatest armada in world history with 6,939 vessels, 1,213 combat ships, 4,126 landing ships/craft, 736 support vessels, and 864 merchant ships.

ALLIED AIR POWER included 8,268 operational aircraft in all, 3,455 heavy bombers, 989 medium and light bombers and 3,824 fighters. They flew 14,674 sorties against German targets in France and on June 6 dropped 10,395 tons of bombs, the equivalent of a small atomic bomb.

THE ALLIES landed 156,115 men in Normandy and within 5 days had brought ashore 326,547 men and 54,186 vehicles.

GENERAL DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER said to his troops on the eve of D-Day, “You are about to embark upon the Great Crusade, toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you. The hopes and prayers of liberty-loving people everywhere march with you.”

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