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This was the grave site at Normandy Beach Memorial from WWII in France.


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"Very quickly we learned that we would go in on D-Day, H-Hour, 6:30 a.m., and first wave. This wasn't exactly a surprise, considering our preparations… We studied sand table mockups of our landing area, identified the beach exits to be secured and our initial objective, the village of Collevile-sur-Mer, on the Normandy coast. Our beach was designated as "Omaha', with the landing area called "Easy Red." There were great, highly detailed still photographs, taken by low flying P-38's, which clearly showed the beach expanse at low tide, obstacles in the water and on the beach, and even a fair number of obviously surprised Jerry work parties here and there. The actual date, June 5th, later moved to June 6th due to weather problems, was selected since it would provide the lowest low tide for some months, and the idea was to expose as many underwater obstacles and mines as possible.”
Sergeant Donald Wilson, 1st Infantry Division, 16th Infantry Regiment, Company F.

From http://www.francemonthly.com/n/0504/index.php

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