On June 6, 1944, more than 150,000 troops landed on the French beaches of Normandy. This year marks the 70th anniversary of the pivotal world war two battle we remember as D-Day.
One local resident, Harry Brozynski, was aboard a destroyer just off the coast during the invasion.
His duty was to load a machine gun used to provide fire support to the troops landing on the beach.
Following his service, he built a replica of his ship, “The Herndon.”
To this day, Brozynski remembers what his captain announced just hours before the invasion.
“Our captain, told us over the PA system, ‘men we’re going to make history,’” said Brozynski. “’Because history is made, but never written. And we’re going to make it.’”
More than 9,000 allied soldiers lost their lives on D-Day and B
rozynski still gets emotional recalling the battle.
“Too many lives were lost,” said Brozynski. “Can’t forget them. Too many lives.”
Brozynski served six years in active duty and another 14 as a reserve in the Navy.
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