When we think of the Normandy invasion, we tend to concentrate on what happened on the beaches or parachute drops into the countryside beyond. Less often do we give much thought to the logistics of the invasion from the water or of the role of the Navy and Coast Guard on that fateful day. Yet it stands to reason that no one was getting anywhere near Normandy without a strong naval presence.
In his presentation James Ransom, Capt., USN (Ret.) will look at the varied naval operations and requirements for the largest seaborne invasion in history; at what went right and what went wrong in transporting 150,000 soldiers to Normandy on D-Day. And we will look at individual acts of valor and sacrifice by sailors who participated in Operation Neptune.
The talk is free and open to the public. Guests are welcome to bring a lunch to enjoy during the program.