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70 Years After D Day, She Hears Dad’s Stories Anew

May 31, 2014 by  

70 Years After D Day, She Hears Dad’s Stories Anew, Every night at dinner when I was young, my dad fought World War II all over again. He’d parachuted into Normandy with the 101st Airborne on D-Day, went on to fight in Holland and Belgium, and he loved to tell war stories.

But as a kid, I didn’t care. I grew up in the 1960s and ’70s, when anti-war sentiment about Vietnam was strong. It wasn’t cool having a dad whose biggest accomplishment was being a soldier.

It was only as an adult that I wished I’d paid more attention to those dinnertime tales.

Fortunately, I have some extraordinary mementoes. Dad, who died in 1993, was interviewed on radio shows in 1944, shortly after D-Day, then in 1945 at a military hospital, and finally on local TV for the 40th anniversary of D-Day. This year I digitized the old-media recordings – 78 RPM records and a 1984 videotape.

When I played them for the first time in years, I heard what I hadn’t heard as a kid: how tough he was, how hard it was, how brave these soldiers were.

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