Wounded GIs await evacuation from Omaha Beach. Here, in mid-Channel, thousands of ships were assembled in the largest invasion fleet the world had ever known. In the ensuing hours, hundreds upon hundreds of men would start to prepare for battle. Young and frightened, they could only begin to imagine what would await them.
Composite images of archival and present-day photographs of historic D-Day locations Yet on June 6,these boys from Bedford, Virginia, withother young men, boarded landing craft for the beaches of France for the D-Day invasion. By the end of that one day, nearly 4, allied soldiers lost their lives -- nineteen of those killed were from Bedford.
The second telegram was delivered by a cab driver," Boggess said. Her parents never got over it. And I can remember that we'd be sitting around in the living room at night, and she'd be sitting on the sofa and she'd say, 'Where are my boys?
Alonso Those in company who survived and returned also suffered. Huddleston saw active duty in Normandy, but because of an ankle injury during training, he missed the D-Day invasion.
Another Bedford boy who made it home was Sgt. Stevens and his twin brother, Ray, both landed on the beaches, but only one survived.
Roy's daughter, Kathy, said for most of her life, her father, who died inwould never talk about that day.
He last saw his brother when they set out for Normandy on different boats. It wasn't until the creation of the national D-Day memorial in Bedford that Roy Stevens finally was able to revisit the invasion. This year, the memorial is dedicating a new sculpture to honor the "Bedford Boys," and to recognize a town that, like so many others in our nation, lost their sons and brothers on one day.
So much sacrifice -- a debt we can never repay or forget. For more information on the National D-Day Memorial, visit www.Amazing and sad book.
My great uncle, Gordon Henry White, Jr.
was one of the Bedford Boys. He and other men from Bedford were in the first company to hit the beaches on D-Day. He died that day along with most of the men in his company. This was a great glimpse into the lives of these families and the small town that suffered so much/5.
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The Bedford Boys is the true and intimate story of these men and the friends and families they left behind. Based on extensive interviews with survivors and relatives, as well as diaries and letters, Kershaw's book focuses on several remarkable individuals and families to tell one of the most poignant stories of World War II--the story of one small American town that went to war and died on Reviews: Join the City of Bedford for the Christmas Tree Lighting on Saturday, December 1. This year's event will also feature a holiday Pet Palooza for furry family members to enjoy. The following is Chapter 11, "Dog Beach", from the book "The Bedford Boys: One American Town's Ultimate D-Day Sacrifice" by Alex Kershaw (Da Capo Press, ).
The Bedford Boys: One American Town's Ultimate D-day Sacrifice by Alex Kershaw June 6, Nineteen boys from Bedford, Virginia--population just 3, in died in the first bloody minutes of D-Day/5(46).
Yet on June 6, , these boys from Bedford, Virginia, with , other young men, boarded landing craft for the beaches of France for the D-Day invasion. By the end of that one day, nearly 4, allied soldiers lost their lives -- .
Bibliography: The Bedford Boys by Alex Kershaw Beyond the Beachhead by Joseph Balkowski 29 Let's Go! A History of the Twenty Ninth Division June 6, , The Voices Of D Day tape-recorded interviews with Roy Stevens, Ray Nance, and Allen Huddleston.
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