June 6, 1944 D-Day, The Invasion of Normandy

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  1. My father-in-law is one of triplets who were at Normandy. They were radiomen in the same outfit in the Army Air Corps. All three went together and came home together.

    On June 6, 1984, having left Portsmouth, England that morning, The USS Eisenhower (CVN-69) was about 10 miles off the coast of Normandy. I was an ABF2 in V-4 Division, working flight deck fuels. We spelled out “IKE” on the flight deck, dressed in our Summer Whites. Ronald Reagan was in a helicopter on his way to the ceremony. He hovered near us and spoke for about 5 minutes. We could hear him over the 5MC, the flight deck loudspeaker system. It’s been a while, so I mostly have forgotten what was said. I do remember that it was a very patriotic speech and he thanked us for what we do. Anyone know if any such speech might exist? My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys.

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