I go to church with a dear gentlemen, Mr.R. L. Goodson who after 60 years published a book on his experience in WWII, "Flashbacks".
There is information on our church website on the book and how to get in contact with Mr. Goodson and his wife Sue if you would like to obtain a copy.
Some info - They traveled on the Queen Elizabeth from New York to England...then from England to France on the Susan B. Anthony. Their ship hit a mine and they were delayed from being in the first wave on Omaha Beach. They were eventually loaded onto barges and were in the second wave on Omaha Beach having been delayed by about 4 hours.
"We were loaded on barges and headed for shore. When the barge stopped, the front end dropped down and the order came, "Hit the water". I was the second in line.....In our barge, all the men made it, but some of the other barges got shelled with one hundred men in them. No one could ever dream a dream as bad as it was. But remember we were four hours late. We had a picnic to what the others were in."
R. L.'s company was completely replaced five times. He was one of only five survivors of his original company. R. L. was awarded the Purple Heart on July 3, 1944; a Silver Star on February 3, 1945; a Good Conduct Medal; EAMETO MED WDS; and a Bronze Star for each campaign he served in in Normandy, Northern France, Ardennes and Germany.
It is a wonderful book....and makes you proud of our military who fought then and fight today for the freedom's that we have.