“Companion book: “Normandy: A Father’s Ship and a Son’s Curiosity”
Yesterday, 73 years ago, the Allies launched the Battle of Normandy which began the slow trek to the heart of Nazi Germany. It remains the largest amphibious assault in the history of the world.
The PC 552 was in the front lines of the US Navy. Its job was to manage the timing of the assaulting lines and provide suppressing fire. It first released the 741st Tank Battalion which promptly sunk and the ship had to pick up scores of drowning men while dodging enemy fire. The ship was almost destroyed by German 88 artillery.
The men who recorded their thoughts were consistent:
i. They assumed they were NOT coming back alive.
ii. The drowning men of the 741st haunted them to their last days.
iii. They couldn’t understand how all those bullets missed them.
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