In preparation for selling my mother's home, I have been combing through it looking for things that needed to be saved. Recently I came across a small gem. It is a small U.S. Government issue notebook in which my father recorded important events in his WWII US Navy service. As I was thinking of the upcoming anniversary of the invasion of Normandy, I started to wonder what HE was doing on the other side of the world at the time of the invasion. His initial records in his log book read:
April 28 1944 - Left San Francisco Calif.
May 5 - Crossed Equator
May 9 - Crossed Date Line
May 13 - arrive Noumea New Caladonia (sic)
May 31 Frichshaven
June 10 - Left Frichshaven - assigned LCI-28
If you don't know what a Landing Craft Infantry (LCI) is, take a look here at theUSS Landing Craftsite. ARMY.MILprovides an excellent overview of D-Day.
On June 6, I took some time to stop and remember both my father's service and those who were at Normandy that day.