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
 

 

Robert Watson
Corpsman - Company B - 6th Naval Beach Battalion

We off loaded our ship some ten miles out to sea at 6am, June 6, 1944.

I was a member of the 6th Beach Battalion, Company B. We proceeded to the beach in a LCM landing craft. Upon arriving about a mile off shore we were ordered to circle. At 7am we were instructed to proceed to our assigned beach, draw number 3. Our landing craft was the first to head to Fox Green Beach and we were immediately fired upon about 200 yards from the beach. Our craft hit a mine that blew the front of the boat clear out of the water at the same time we were hit with 88mm shells from the beach. It was then that I found myself in the water over my head with a full pack on my back. Some how I made it to the beach behind a headgehog which gave me some cover. There were bodies, body parts and blood everywhere. I proceeded up the beach on my knees and elbows where I came across a Army medic and helped him with the wounded. The enemy was firing at us with machine guns, mortars and 88mm cannon from all directions. There were more killed and wounded on the beach than those of us left alive. I finally made to the dune line in fair shape and this offered us a bit of protection. An Army captain then ordered me to the top of the dune line to fire my rifle at the enemy. We could see the Germans moving around as there was no one firing at them. For a sailor, I was pretty good shot with my World war I Springfield 30-06 rifle.

About noon Navy Lieutenant Wade spotted and abandoned Caterpillar bulldozer and ordered me and my shipmate Dick Weyant to take charge of it. We spent the rest of the day clearing driveways through the beach obstacles that had been put in place by the German forces. This effort made it possible for landing craft back to the sea that had become beached due to a receding tide. My orders were to push no boats for their return trip unless they had taken wounded aboard. I have always felt that this was an anormous effort in getting the wounded off the beach and to the hospital ship for prompt medical attention.

During the first three days it seemed that the Germans never stopped firing at us. Even though our army pushed them back the enemy still had artillery that could reach us. To this day I have felt very lucky and thankful that, after 28 days on the beach, I wasn't killed.

Robert Watson     (January 20, 2008)