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Memorial Day Memories: D-Day, 1944

May 28, 2018 8:00 am Published by Moutain Dearborn & Whiting LLP

On June 6, 1944, Richard Dearborn was a 23-year-old Ensign in the U.S Navy, stationed on a tank landing ship (LST) anchored off Omaha Red Beach in Normandy. In this excerpt from a talk delivered at the Worcester Fire Society on July 9, 2007, Mr. Dearborn recalls his experience of “confusion, chaos and uncertainty” on D-Day.

It was late May, and LST 53 was docked at King Henry’s Landing, about six miles upriver from the English Channel port of Falmouth. We were waiting, waiting impatiently for the Invasion we knew was coming. We knew that our ship was going to take part in it. In the Captain’s safe were two sealed canvas bags containing our instructions. On each bag ...