D-Day plus 22,279

Today marks the 61 anniversary of the invasion of Normandy, and the beginning of the end of World War II in Europe. And damned few of those members of “the greatest generation” are still around.

One of them lives in New Hampshire now, and he’s telling his story of being a 19-year-old Private First Class and a combat engineer landing on Omaha Beach. His story is told in two parts, here and here. And it’s amazing.

It put me in mind of my own tribute to a World War II hero and proud son of New Hampshire, Rene Gagnon of the United States Marine Corps, in words and pictures.

I have no idea how we find such men as Dick Exline, Ira Hayes, or Rene Gagnon when we need them, but it never amazes me that we always do in our hour of need. And that’s probably a big reason why we still have a country today.

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