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.
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.
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: