Sunday, June 6, 2010

My Grandpa's D-Day story

On my book-writing blog I posted an excerpt from my book, Longshore Soldiers. It's my grandfather's story of his D-Day experience on Utah Beach.

In the news today is the story of another US Army port company veteran. Attached to the 1st Engineer Special Brigade the 490th worked on Utah Beach alongside my grandfather's unit, the 519th. You can read his article here on the Chattanooga Times Free Press website.

A May 27 interview includes an interesting quote from him on the subject of segregation. The Army's institutional racism was briefly set aside due to the intensity of the June 6th invasion:

"And there wasn't no segregation there on the beach that day. There wasn't any segregation at all. It made ya think. It made you think a lot. We're here, we're all serving together, and we're all getting along together today. Why couldn't this happen tomorrow and the next day, ya know?"

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