it was a very big undertaking
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IN BLACK AND WHITE - THE HISTORY OF A DAY DEFINED
BY LIFE AND DEATH IS REMEMBERED.
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its hard to comprehend that that much time has gone
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70 YEARS TO THE DAY - D- DAY - IT IS ONE THING TO
READ ABOUT THAT HISTORY - IT IS QUITE ANOTHER TO HAVE
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this is me right here.
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FAR FROM HIS FAMILY FARM IN WISCONSIN RAY NELSON WOULD
BE PART OF THE LARGEST AMPHIBIOUS INVASION IN HISTORY.
AS DAWN BROKE ON THAT DAY - ALL HELL BROKE LOOSE WITH
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nats of cannons
i know i tried to use my imagination what it was like,
but it was a lot worse than i imagined.
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ALONG WITH 24 OTHER SOLDIERS RAY NELSON WAS ON BOARD
A MILITARY GLIDER THAT WOULD LAND THEM 6 MILES BEHIND
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they were pretty serious.
i think we pretty much knew some of us wasn't going
to see daylight the next day.
we suffered an awful lot of casualties.
RAY NELSON'S UNIT SLUGGED IT OUT FOR FIVE WEEKS UNDER
oh, we were surrounded by germans all around us.
WHEN THE FIGHTING BEGAN THERE WERE 150 MEN IN HIS
i saw a lot of death.
FIVE WEEKS LATER ONLY 50 REMAINED.
oh, sure i had good friends, good buddies that were
A DECISIVE VICTORY THOUGH ON THE BEACHES OF NORMANDY
BY THE ALLIES WOULD SPELL THE BEGINNING OF THE END
OF THE WAR.
i think it is very important because i think if we
hadn't won things would be a lot different.
NOW 70 YEARS LATER - TIME IS CLAIMING THESE WITNESSES
TO HISTORY - MORE RAPIDLY THAN DID GERMAN GUNS AT
they are gradually disappearing.
AND WHEN THEY'RE GONE - IT WILL BE LEFT TO THE HISTORY
BOOKS TO TELL THE STORY.
WRITTEN WORDS TO SERVE AS A REMINDER OF WHAT HAPPENED
- BUT THEY WILL NEVER REPLACE THE MEMORIES OF THE
MEN WHO LIVED IT.
i think it is important that people know that the
struggles with this country for freedom, that it doesn't