D-Day Remembered By Local Veterans Who Were There
June 6, 1944.
Allied troops stormed 5 beaches in France, cracking Hitler's Western Front.
It was a pivotal victory in World War II.
Seventy years later, the veterans who remember the battles on that beach are doing just that, remembering.
"There was parts of human bodies in my track. There was so many," said Amos "Andy" Cambron.
Cambron was a 21 year old tank driver and straight out of basic training in Pine Camp in 1944.
His division hit Utah beach in Normandy a few days after D-Day.
Now he spends his days playing cards at Samaritan Keep Home, but he doesn't forget.
"War is hell, I don't care what they say," he said.
At least 4,400 Allied troops were killed on D-Day and paratrooper Bob Noody from Star Lake was on the ground that first day.
"I cry easy. I don't like to talk about that," said Noody.
Many thousands more died in the next three month battle, which brought the Allies to Paris to liberate the French capital from Nazi occupation.
"Boy they was happy we pulled into Paris," said Cambron.
And the French are still happy about that battle today as Noody got a chance to see France again in a trip to Normandy.
He was thanked by French citizens and he wanted to say thank you back.
"I'd like to say thank you but in a way they'd remember me," said Noody.
Both men are Bronze Star recipients.
Both men in their 90s look back today on the terror of that battle and the Allied victory that came out of it.
And for that, 70 years later, we still say, thank you.