As chief historian at Valor in the Pacific National Monument in Honolulu, Hawaii Daniel Martinez oversees the interpretation of the attack by the Japanese that ignited United States involvement in World War II. As such, the Los Angeles native often has an opportunity to uncover layers of lost history and personal testimony that complete the […]

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John served just off Omaha Beach. His US Navy ship was a “Traffic Cop” of sorts on D-Day, directing and communicating with those both on and off-shore.

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Frank served on Landing Craft Tank 287. What makes his story a bit unique is that his LCT was assigned to Gold Beach, which was not an American landing sector, but British.

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Ben Curtis was on an LST (Landing Ship, Tank) on D-Day. His memories of June 6, 1944 remain very vivid.

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Chris Heisler parachuted into Normandy in the very early hours of June 6, 1944. Chris, a member of the 507th PIR of the 82nd Airborne, had his first encounter with a German at daybreak and shot and killed his enemy with his Thompson Submachine gun. Soon after, Heisler was taken prisoner. Heisler, like so many of […]

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Bob Siener had a front row seat on D-Day. Aboard a LCT (Landing Craft, Tank) Siener describes what he saw as thousands of ships of all makes and sizes left ports in southern England bound for the Normandy coast 90 miles away. It was June 6, 1944.

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Richard Fazzio was a US Navy Higgins Boat Coxswain (driver) on D-Day. His LCVP (Landing Craft, Vehicle, Personnel) brought 30+ men of the US 1st Infantry Division into the Easy Red sector of Omaha Beach. Richard’s Higgins landing craft was the 5th boat in the 1st wave at Omaha. Most of the men on his landing […]

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Israel Arbeiter was born in the city of Plock, Poland. The World War II Foundation took “Izzy” back to Poland and Germany a few years ago for a film titled “A Promise to My Father’. This is part of an interview with Arbeiter talking about his younger days in Poland and his journey through the […]

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