Medic recounts D-Day, highs and lows of war

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Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower’s message echoed among the soldiers as they prepared 70 years ago for what became a historic day.

“The free men of the world are marching together to victory,” Eisenhower said in the send-off before the start of the D-Day invasion.

Leonard Hatfield and his fellow soldiers in the U.S. Army 741st tank battalion had been preparing for more than two years. They knew they’d be invading continental Europe eventually.


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