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‘The American soldier was magnificent’

By Barrie Barber and Thomas Gnau - Staff Writer

For World War II veterans, June 6, 1944, has remained in their memories for a lifetime. For Americans, it was among the bloodiest days of the war. For the world, it was a turning point. This year’s anniversary of the pivotal Allied invasion of France — the 70th anniversary, D-Day plus 25,568 days — looms large. More than 500 WWII veterans die daily, and the number of living participants in what was Operation Overlord is shrinking fast.

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