June is an important month in a many ways. Father’s Day is in June as is the first day of summer, Flag Day etc. However, in terms of world history, June is of particular historical significance because it is the month in which the liberation of Europe began. This year marks the 73rd anniversary of the Normandy landings which initiated the Western Allied effort to liberate mainland Europe from Nazi Germany. Unfortunately, fewer and fewer witnesses of that historic event are with us but although they are gone they are most assuredly not forgotten. The impact they had on the world sent ripples around the globe and throughout time. Though they fought for so worthy a cause, many of the soldiers died in relative obscurity. However, some very famous people were there on D-Day. We at eMarine PX – where you can buy USMC home décor and USMC novelties – would like to present you with this list of those who served and whose names you may recognize.
D Salinger: Author of the iconic book Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger was there on Omaha Beach and was indeed said to have been carrying portions of this famous book with him as he fought the Germans.
Alec Guinness: Legendary British actor Alec Guinness piloted a landing craft that ferried British troops to the beaches of Normandy on D-Day. .
James Doohan: Best known as Star Trek’s Montgomery Scott, Doohan was shot several times in the leg and chest and even lost a finger during the invasion.
Yogi Berra: Famed catcher Yogi Berra manned a machine gun during the battle to take Omaha Beach and even manned a naval support craft.
Medgar Evers: Famed civil right activist Medgar Evers served in the 325 Port Company during WWII. This segregated unit delivered supplies during the Normandy Invasion. Evers would later be assassinated due to his efforts to promote civil rights.
John Ford: This legendary director of even more legendary Westerns was a commander in the US Naval Reserve and led a documentary crew ashore during the Normandy invasion.
Unfortunately, none of these celebrities are still with us but the impact of what they achieved carries on to this day. They were a part of what has aptly been called the “Greatest Generation.”
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