June 6, 1944, I was at Omaha beach with the 5th Ranger Battalion. We were
supposed to be at Pointe du Hoc with the 2nd Battalion Rangers, but
conditions put us on Omaha. The 29th Infantry Division was unable to get
off the beach, and the men were being slaughtered by the Germans.
friend, Bill Reed, and I used our Bangalore torpedoes to blast a hole in
the barbed-wire entanglement, and we rushed through it, followed by other
Rangers and the 29th.
For this, we received the Silver Star. Our platoon
received the Presidential Unit Citation with three oak-leaf clusters, and
the French Croix de Guerre.
Battalion continued fighting on through Europe until V-E Day.
told by Ranger Dorman