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New England's Heroes Reflect on D-Day 75 Years Later

New England's Heroes Reflect on D-Day 75 Years Later

On June 6, 1944, more than 150,000 troops were on ships and planes heading to the coast of Normandy to liberate France from Hitler’s grasp. Thousands never made it off the beaches. But it was a success, now known as the beginning of the end of World War II.

WATCH THE DOCUMENTARY: D-Day — New England’s HeroesWATCH THE DOCUMENTARY: D-Day — New England’s Heroes

On this day, 75 years ago, more than 150,000 Allied troops were on ships and planes heading for the coast of Normandy to liberate France from fascism.

(Published Friday, June 7, 2019)

We sat down with six New England veterans from The Greatest Generation who shared their stories from the war. Many men didn't want to talk about it when they came home. In fact, for some of the men we interviewed, it took decades for them to open up. The memories were just too painful.

IMAGES: New England Vets Share Their WWII ExperiencesIMAGES: New England Vets Share Their WWII Experiences

Now, they're sharing their stories of triumph and horror. The sad reality is that memories of the war are disappearing with hundreds of WWII veterans dying every day. The youngest veteran we spoke with is 94. The oldest is 102. They were young men in 1944, eager to take out Hitler. They didn't know if they would be coming home, but they had a job to do and they did it.

Below, you'll find additional excerpts from our interviews that were not included in the documentary:

'It Came One Day. D-Day Would Be June 6''It Came One Day. D-Day Would Be June 6'

Arthur Rose, 100, of Boston, reads a letter he wrote home to his family following the D-Day invasion.

(Published Thursday, June 6, 2019)

Being Black in Scotland During World War IIBeing Black in Scotland During World War II

Ashley Bryan, 96, of Isleford, Maine, talks about how black soldiers were treated in Glasgow, and remembers how reading a book while operating heavy machinery can be dangerous.

(Published Wednesday, June 5, 2019)

Trading a Keepsake for Baked BeansTrading a Keepsake for Baked Beans

Charlie Sanderson, 94, of Lunenberg, Massachusetts, talks about trading a cherished keepsake for his favorite food while serving in World War II.

(Published Wednesday, June 5, 2019)

Winters in Europe and Frozen BootsWinters in Europe and Frozen Boots

Charlie Sanderson talks about winter in Europe during World War II.

(Published Wednesday, June 5, 2019)

'There Are Germans In the Barn''There Are Germans In the Barn'

Fern Frechette, 98, of Leominster, Massachusetts, describes how a trip to find booze resulted in his first encounter with German soldiers.

(Published Wednesday, June 5, 2019)

Memories of Liberating Buchenwald Concentration CampMemories of Liberating Buchenwald Concentration Camp

"It was awful to see." Fern Frechette is overcome with emotion as he recalls liberating the Buchenwald concentration camp.

(Published Thursday, June 6, 2019)

'You Could Find the Ship By the Smell of It''You Could Find the Ship By the Smell of It'

Graham Alvord, 102, of Kittery Point, Maine, paints a picture of what his ship was like before and after the D-Day invasion.

(Published Wednesday, June 5, 2019)

Soldier Reflects About Saving AnotherSoldier Reflects About Saving Another

Santo DiSalvo, 96, of Leominster, Massachusetts, talks about saving another soldier's life and how that soldier's family tracked him down decades later.

(Published Wednesday, June 5, 2019)

Rob Ninkovich: 'The Human Sacrifice Should Never Be Forgotten'Rob Ninkovich: 'The Human Sacrifice Should Never Be Forgotten'

Former New England Patriots star Rob Ninkovich talks about the sacrifices made on D-Day and how grateful he is to veterans.

(Published Thursday, June 6, 2019)

Sacrifices Made on D-DaySacrifices Made on D-Day

Kenneth Rendell, founder of The International Museum of World War II in Natick, Massachusetts, talks about what was at stake during the D-Day invasion.

(Published Thursday, June 6, 2019)


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