Richard Elder, a volunteer at the National D-Day Memorial and the son of a D-Day veteran, will speak on his father’s unit, the 743rd Tank Battalion, the unit which landed immediately in front of the Bedford Boys on Dog Green sector of Omaha Beach. His deeply personal talk will highlight the formation and training of the 743rd, the development of amphibious Sherman tanks and the mixed record they had on D-Day, his father’s death in combat near St. Lo, and the unit’s fight through the hedgerows and on to victory.
The talk is free and open to the public.
Guests are welcome to bring a lunch to enjoy during the lecture.