CATONSVILLE, MD – Five Charlestown residents who took part in the 1944 D-Day invasion of Normandy will be honored at a "D-Day to Victory" program at the retirement community. This event will be held Sunday, June 7, from 2 -3 p.m., in the Conference Center at Charlestown, 715 Maiden Choice Lane.
The itinerary will include a panel discussion about the D-Day invasion, testimonials by the veterans, and the showing of American Hero Channel's film "D-Day to Victory." This film profiles Charlestown resident Bill Doyle, U.S. Army, who saw combat at Omaha Beach.
Other Charlestown D-Day veterans who will be honored are: Harper Griswold, U.S. Navy; Bill Swanner, U.S. Army; Bill Tabling, U.S. Navy; and Harold Rumel, U.S. Air Force.
This event is sponsored by the Knights of Columbus.
On June 6, 1944, more than 160,000 Allied troops landed along a 50-mile stretch of heavily-fortified French coastline, to fight Nazi Germany on the beaches of Normandy, France. Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower called the operation a crusade in which, "we will accept nothing less than full victory."
More than 5,000 Ships and 13,000 aircraft supported the D-Day invasion, and by day's end, the Allies gained a foot-hold in Continental Europe.
The cost in lives on D-Day was high. More than 9,000 Allied Soldiers were killed or wounded, but their sacrifice allowed more than 100,000 Soldiers to begin the slow, hard slog across Europe, to defeat Adolf Hitler's crack troops. (Army.mil Resources)