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Raymond S. HOBACK - 29th Division.
Bedford Boys Fallen - Raymond Samuel HOBACK never had a chance to reach 100 years old today. Instead, he sacrified his life for our freedom... Raymond may have made it out of his landing craft, but he never made it to shore. Others recall seeing his body in the water. Bedford also failed to make in on the beach. He was killed by an exploding 88mm shell. Their time in the battle could be measured in minutes... [American D-Day facebookRead more...
[Posted: 2020-01-21 22:40:05]
RIP - Robert GIGUERE - Navy.
It is with heavy heart we learn the passing of Mr. Robert GIGUERE, a veteran of D-Day (Normandy)... He was 93... Four days earlier, Giguere rode across the choppy English Channel toward the Normandy coast with the Sixth Naval Beach Battalion. When his carrier grounded on the beach, a Teller mine detonated from beneath and tore through the ship's hull, Killing several soldiers below deck... [American D-Day facebookRead more...
[Posted: 2020-01-21 22:58:23]
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Samuel Clinton Palmer Service ID: 35803938 From: Tallega, Lee County, Ky Birth Date November 28, 1924 Casualty Date June 6, 1944 Army Corporal HQ Company, 2nd Battalion, 116 Infantry Regiment, 29th Infantry Division Casualty Type KIA - Kill in Action Location: Omaha Beach, Normandy, France
Honored by Jeffrey Palmer
[Posted: 2023-12-25 14:40:54]
I had the great honor of visiting the Normandy American Cemetery in June, 2023. I walked the grounds until I found a Texas soldier. It was that of Edward J Lahaye. It was truly a moving experience. I hoped to reach out to his family with a photo of his cross, but see it is already posted on this
Honored by Lil Metzger
[Posted: 2023-07-23 04:48:28]
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1st Division, 16th Regiment, Cannon Co.
After Action Report
At about H-3 hours, the six howitzer sections loaded on DUKWs aboard LST 376 were driven into ocean approximately twelve miles out from the beach. As the DUKWs were driven down the ramps of the LSTs, they were filled with water because of the steep angle of the unloading ramp. Every effort was made to bail out the DUKWs as they were driven toward the rendez-vous area. Others DUKWs of the Company took these stalled DUKWs into tow and continued on. Later, the heavy load of twing two loaded DUKWs caused the towing vehicles to stall also. The two ropes were then cast off and furious efforts made to again start the motors. Success was gained with two of the DUKWs and these continued on. The stalled vehicles sunk under the heavy seas. Most of the men from the DUKWs were rescued by navy small boats. Of the four remaining DUKWs, one sank enroute for help from the men in the water from the sunken DUKWs. Most of these men were also picked up by Navy small boats. One sinking DUKW reached a Rhino Ferry and was unloaded. The two remaining DUKWs reached the Rendezvous area and proceeded toward the beach. Due to heavy seas these DUKWs one by one flooded and sank along the route, despite effort to lighten the loads and continuous bailing. The men were rescued by navy small boats. Twenty four men are still missing from these DUKWs. The remaining men were assembled on an LST and brought to the beach at 1300 hours.
On "D" day the two forward observer teams landed on beach, "Easy Red" at H+50, (ten minutes late). These team were attached to the 2nd Battalion, 16th Infantry, with the mission of rendering the close support for the battalion advance to it's objective. They were then to join the 1st Battalion, 16th Infantry and continue on with the 1st Battalion to it's objective. As these two forward observer teams were landing, the officer in charge of one team was wounded and an enlisted man, radio operator, of the other team was wounded. The enlisted man was evacuated, the officer continued to lead his men until again wounded and was forced to be evacuated. No equipment was lost on the beach. These two forward observer teams continued to advance with the 2nd Battalion until joined by the Cannon Company Commander. They then joined his party and accompanied the 1st Battalion advance.
On "D" day at H+60, the two LCTs [LCT 541 & LCT 538] carrying the company Half-Tracks attempted to land on beach, "Fox Green". Both of these LCTs were hit by enemy fire. Machine gun fire killed and wounded a number of men. The LCTs then withdrew from the beach without unloading the half tracks.
At about H+120, one LCT returned to the beach and unloaded the company half tracks. Three of the drivers were wounded at this point. The half tracks could not be moved from the beach due to the fact that the beach was lettered with tanks and Half-Traks and that the beach exits were not open. At about H+360, the other LCT returned to the beach and unloaded the remaining company Half-Tracks. Three men were wounded at this time. A total of four Half-Tracks were destroyed on the beach due to the enemy shell fire. The remaining half tracks were driven to a vehicle assembly area when the beach exits were opened later in the day.
On "D" day at H+100, the Company Commander and party landed on beach, Easy Red. This party had the mission of coordinating Cannon Company support of the 1st Battalion. After spending some time on the beach working on the tanks, this party moved inland with the 1st Battalion. No equipment was lost. No casualties.