Men of D-Day


    
 Troop Carrier
Michael N. Ingrisano
Robert E. Callahan
Benjamin F. Kendig
John R. Devitt
Arthur W. Hooper
Ward Smith
Julian A. Rice
Charles E. Skidmore
Sherfey T. Randolph
Louis R. Emerson Jr.
Leonard L. Baer
Robert D. Dopita
Harvey Cohen
Zane H. Graves
John J. Prince
Henry C. Hobbs
John C. Hanscom
Charles S. Cartwright
 
 82nd Airborne
Leslie Palmer Cruise Jr.
Marie-T Lavieille
Denise Lecourtois
Howard Huebner
Malcolm D. Brannen
Thomas W. Porcella
Ray T. Burchell
Robert C. Moss
Richard R. Hill
Edward W. Shimko
 
 101st Airborne
John Nasea, Jr
David 'Buck' Rogers
Marie madeleine Poisson
Roger Lecheminant
Dale Q. Gregory
George E. Willey
Raymond Geddes
 
 Utah Beach
Joseph S. Jones
Jim McKee
Eugene D. Shales
Milton Staley
 
 Omaha Beach
Melvin B. Farrell
James R. Argo
Carl E. Bombardier
Robert M. Leach
Joseph Alexander
James Branch
John Hooper
Anthony Leone
George A. Davison
James H. Jordan
Albert J. Berard
Jewel M. Vidito
H. Smith Shumway
Louis Occelli
John H. Kellers
Harley A. Reynolds
John C. Raaen
Wesley Ross
Richard J. Ford
William C. Smith
Ralph E. Gallant
James W. Gabaree
James W. Tucker
Robert Watson
Robert R. Chapman
Robert H. Searl
Leslie Dobinson
William H. Johnson
 
 Gold Beach
George F. Weightman
Norman W. Cohen
Walter Uden
 
 Juno Beach
Leonard Smith
 
 Sword Beach
Brian Guy
 
 6th Airborne
Roger Charbonneau
Frederick Glover
Jacques Courcy
Arlette Lechevalier
Charles S. Pearson
 
 U.S.A.A.F
Harvey Jacobs
William O. Gifford
 
Civils
Philippe Bauduin
Albert Lefevre
René Etrillard
Suzanne Lesueur
 

 

Joseph S. Jones
Utah Beach - former Gunner's Mate 1/c on LCI #5

LCI Flotilla Two (32 ships) left Torquay England early June 6 or June 5 with troops and barrage balloons and proceeded to Utah Beach. Each ship carried about 125 fully armed infantrymen in heavy seas.

Just after daybreak, we reached a marked (by buoys) supposedly swept lane to head for the beaches. An LCT (#777) cut across our starboard bow and was several hundred feet ahead when it struck a mine. The bow went straight up spilling 6-bys trucks and personnel into the channel. It sank in a few minutes. We picked up a sailor with his life jacket on but unconscious or dead and our corpsman worked on him over an hour while the ship was bucking in heavy sea but to no avail. We transferred the body to a troop ship later.
Word came to us that the higher-ups decided that the gradual sloped beaches would cause the troops to have to wade too far to get to dry land.

A group of LCVP's came along side and took our troops off and took them in. German shore guns walked out to us in several places when we first tried but air cover kept them inoperative in most cases. We never had to look up when a plane flew over. The German Airforce was finished except for a few that came at night.

We had to tie up to a Liberty ship after loosing bow and stern anchors. At night on 7, the line we used to tie to the Liberty broke and we started engines and not knowing the line had broke at the Liberty and the line came under our ship and fouled the screws shutting down the engines. We drifted to shore going between the steel obstacles and finally going high and dry at low tide. Fortunately the shore batteries had been destroyed.
The next morning the crew put ladders over the side and took hack saws and cut the lines off the shafts. An anchor was borrowed from a LCT and attached to the stern anchor cable which was attached to a motorized winch. An Army bulldozer took the anchor out as far as it could and buried it. At high tide, we pulled ourselves off.

After that we were used for hauling troops and supplies from various points on the Normandy beaches and finally we took a load of walking wounded to England on June 22-23.
We experienced several of V-1 weapons before leaving England and was amazed to watch the British Spitfires fly alongside the "buzz bombs" using their wing tips to turn the weapons away from their courses towards London. That's about it.

Thanks for the opportunity.
Sincerely, Joseph S. Jones, former Gunner's Mate 1/c on LCI #5     (May 05, 1999)