Sentimental Journey

Providing a Personal Perspective of World War II History and the 1940s American Home Front.

#dday, Bob Slaughter, D-Day, Eisenhower, National D-Day Memorial, Normandy, Omaha Beach, Order of the Day, Top 10 Endangered Artifact, Uncategorized, VAM / 04.08.2016

On June 5 or 6, 1944, hours before embarking on the greatest invasion of WWII, American soldiers, sailors and airmen received a special message from their commander, Gen. Dwight Eisenhower. The printed “pep talk” informed the men that they were “about to embark upon the...

#dday, #dday70th, #dday72, 116th Infantry Regiment, Army Discharge, Bob Slaughter, End of WWII, National D-Day Memorial, Spirit of 45, Uncategorized, VE Day, VJ Day / 02.08.2016

On May 8, 1945 Nazi Germany surrendered to the United States and other Allies marking the end of the war in Europe. This surrender, known as VE Day marked the end of World War II for millions of soldiers and civilians. For the American soldiers...

#dday, #dday72, #ddayfallen, 116th Infantry Regiment, 29th Division, Company D, National D-Day Memorial, Roanoke Boys, Uncategorized, Virginia History, Walt Schilling / 01.07.2016

My name is Will Harris and I am an intern at the National D-Day Memorial. My main focus as an intern this summer is my research project which focuses on Roanoke, Virginia’s National Guard company. D Company of the 116th Regiment, 29th Division was in...

#dday, #dday72, Atlantic Wall, D-Day, Hedgehogs, National D-Day Memorial, Nazi Germany, Pas de Calais, Rommel, Uncategorized, World War II, WWII / 29.06.2016

My name is Tyler; I am a history major at the University of Virginia and am interning with the National D-Day Memorial over the summer. My primary internship responsibilities include the expansion and maintenance of our archives, giving tours, and assisting with our many education...

#dday, #dday72, Army Birthday, Flag Day, June 14, National D-Day Memorial, Old Glory, Uncategorized, US Army, US Flag / 15.06.2016

On June 14, the United States observes two special events in American history: Flag Day and the 241st birthday of the United States Army. [caption id="attachment_17287" align="alignleft" width="191"] Poster commemorating the 140th Flag Day on June 14, 1917[/caption] Flag Day commemorates the adoption of the American Flag...

#dday, #dday72, #ddayrollcall, Battle of Britain, Belgium, Dunkirk, English Channel, Luftwaffe, National D-Day Memorial, Netherlands, Operation Dynamo, Uncategorized / 09.06.2016

[caption id="attachment_17290" align="alignright" width="300"] Abby with Hayden Furrow, a WWII and D-Day Veteran[/caption] My name is Abby and I am an Education intern here at the National D-Day Memorial. As an intern, I assist with field trips and give tours of the Memorial. As the first...

#dday, #dday72, D-Day, Eisenhower, Ike, National D-Day Memorial, Operation Overlord, SHAEF, Uncategorized, weather / 27.05.2016

We all know the result of Eisenhower’s order on that fateful day. 150,000 men, 12,000 planes, and 7,000 sea-going vessels launched the most intricately planned (and most risky) amphibious assault in history on the beaches of Normandy. But what exactly did the Supreme Allied Commander...

#dday, 743 Tank Battalion, DD Tank, National D-Day Memorial, Ned Elder, Omaha Beach, Purple Heart, Uncategorized / 19.05.2016

[caption id="attachment_17299" align="alignright" width="300"] Richard Elder,Volunteer at the National D-Day Memorial[/caption] Perhaps I am slightly biased when I say this, but the National D-Day Memorial has some of the best volunteers around. Not only are they a delight to work with and to learn from (since...