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D-DAY: 75th Anniversary
On June 6, 1944, more than 150,000 Allied troops landed on the beaches of Normandy, France, in the largest seaborne invasion in history. Arriving by sea and by air, American soldiers, sailors and airmen struggled against tremendous odds to secure the beachheads, and eventually, to reclaim France and turn the tide of the war. The events of “D-Day” launched the Allies on a path to victory, though it came at a tremendous cost—nearly 6,000 American casualties.

In 2019, we observe the 75th anniversary of D-Day. Many, if not most, of those who took part in the invasion are no longer with us. Now we turn to oral histories, memoirs, photographs, diaries, and artwork to better understand what they experienced. Below, we offer 12 collections representing the wide variety of individuals without whom D-Day would not have been a success: soldiers and sailors, doctors and nurses, engineers and pilots, seasoned fighters and those who had never before been in combat.

In addition, we invite you to view “D-Day Journeys: Personal Geographies of D-Day,” a Story Map which chronicles the individual journeys of four D-Day veterans. The Story Map combines text, images and multimedia content—including digitized letters, snapshots, maps, and oral history interviews—for an immersive user experience. Observe the journeys of four men who personally witnessed the invasion of Normandy—and glimpse their lives before, on, and after June 6, 1944. Follow this link to access the Story Map. [read blog series] [read news release]
Image: Preston Earl BadgetPreston Earl Bagent
ARMY
World War II

Photos, Creative Works, Personal Correspondence
Image: John William Boehne, IIIJohn W. Boehne, III
ARMY
World War II

Photos, Memoir, Personal Correspondence
Image: John D. BonzerJohn D. Bonzer
ARMY
World War II


Video Interview
Image: Edward Duncan CameronEdward D. Cameron
ARMY
World War II

Personal Correspondence, Diaries
Image: Herbert Raymond DeGenereHerbert DeGenere
NAVY
World War II

Photos, Diaries
Image: Ruth M. Haddick DorsmanRuth H. Dorsman
ARMY NURSE CORPS
World War II

Memoirs
Image: Walter David EhlersWalter David Ehlers
ARMY
World War II

Video Interview
Image: Homer Eslie HallHomer Eslie Hall
ARMY
World War II

Photos, Memoir, Correspondence. Diaries
Image: Robert Harlan HorrRobert Harlan Horr
ARMY AIR CORPS
World War II

Photos, Personal Correspondence, Official Documents
Image: Charles Norman ShayCharles Norman Shay
ARMY
World War II

Video Interview
Image: Edna Nina Goldberg StatmanEdna N. Statman
ARMY NURSE CORPS
World War II

Memoir
Image: Joseph Peter VaghiJoseph Peter Vaghi
NAVY
World War II

Video Interview, Memoir
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