June 6 is known by all as D-Day.

My whole life I have been fascinated by the men who gave their all for victory in World War II.  No other battle give more example to the selfless courage than the operation at Normandy.  Leaving the safety of ships to cross the sea to take a beach where the enemy was prepared and waiting for your arrival.  The almost certain death that the first waves of men faced. Its and event in history that should never be forgotten.

The operation code named Operation Overlord had to be fought. It had to be successful to turn the tide of the war. Sometimes good men must stand and fight the evil that is in the world. These brave men did it.


Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen of the Allied Expeditionary Force! You are about to embark upon a great crusade, toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you. The hopes and prayers of liberty loving people everywhere march with you. In company with our brave Allies and brothers in arms on other fronts, you will bring about the destruction of the German war machine, the elimination of Nazi tyranny over the oppressed peoples of Europe, and security for ourselves in a free world.

Your task will not be an easy one. Your enemy is well trained, well equipped and battle hardened, he will fight savagely.

But this is the year 1944! Much has happened since the Nazi triumphs of 1940-41. The United Nations have inflicted upon the Germans great defeats, in open battle, man to man. Our air offensive has seriously reduced their strength in the air and their capacity to wage war on the ground. Our home fronts have given us an overwhelming superiority in weapons and munitions of war, and placed at our disposal great reserves of trained fighting men. The tide has turned! The free men of the world are marching together to victory!

I have full confidence in your courage, devotion to duty and skill in battle. We will accept nothing less than full victory!

Good Luck! And let us all beseech the blessings of Almighty God upon this great and noble undertaking.

— Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower

Congressional Medal of Honor Winners for the Normandy Invasion.

Arthur F. Defanzo

Carlos C. Ogden

Carlton W. Barrett

Charles N. DeGlopper

Frank D. Peregory

Jimmie W. Monteith

John D. Kelly

John E. Butts

John J. Pinder, Jr.

Robert G. Cole

Theodore D. Roosevelt, Jr.

Walter D. Ehlers 2007 Interview Pritzker Military Library

Never Ever Forget…