80th Anniversary of D-Day

Portraits of Heroes Gallery

Portraits of Heroes

Portrait Position in Photograph wdt_ID wdt_created_by wdt_created_at wdt_last_edited_by wdt_last_edited_at First Name Middle Name or Initial Last Name Suffix Date of Birth Hometown Date of Death Place of Burial Allied Nation Served Branch of Service Div/Grp/Task Unit/Squadron/Ship Service # Highest Rank Achieved First Date of Service in France Last Date of Service in France Biography Notes Verified Verification Notes Submitter Anonymous Photo 1 Photo 2 Photo 3 Banner ID
Larry-Cecil-Arrington-150x150.jpg 1 cfullman 04/30/2024 03:28 PM Adam Nubbe 05/08/2024 07:00 PM Larry Cecil Arrington 05/29/1921 Waynesville, NC 12/09/2008 Waynesville, NC United States Army 30th Infantry Division 120th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Battalion, H Company 20 454 471 Staff Sgt 06/10/1944 09/10/1944 Larry Cecil Arrington (Waynesville, NC) landed on Omaha Beach on 10 June 1944 with the US Army 30th Infantry Division, whose first objective was to secure the high ground north of the Vire et Taute Canal. The 30th Division fought its way through the hedgerows of Normandy, across France, through Belgium, and into Germany. Cecil was severely wounded by enemy mortar fire on 21 October 1944 near Aachen, Germany, and was discharged 19 September 1945 at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Yes Obituary, Fold 3 Jerry Arrington Larry Cecil Arrington.jpeg
Noel-William-Baker-150x150.jpg 2 cfullman 04/30/2024 03:28 PM Adam Nubbe 05/08/2024 07:11 PM Noel William Baker 01/26/1925 Bridgeport, CT 04/19/2006 St. Michael Cemetery, 2205 Stratford Avenue, Stratford, CT 06615 United States Navy Drew Two Drew Two 8078847 Signalman Third Class V6 USNR SV 06/10/1944 Noel W. Baker - See article from Bridgeport Post, July 7, 1944 - Local Navy Man Helped Capture Nazi Fort Near Cherbourg, Press Despatches Reveal.

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American Area
Victory World War II
European African Area
1 Star
Yes Fold3, Provided Article Maureen Baker Noel William Baker.jpg
Robert-E-Barss-High-School-Graduation-6.1942-150x150.jpg 3 cfullman 04/30/2024 03:28 PM Adam Nubbe 05/08/2024 07:17 PM Robert Earl Barss 12/20/1922 Greenfield Center, NY 09/24/2015 North Milton Cemetery, Town of North Milton, Saratoga County, NY United States Army 225th Searchlight Battalion Battery A, 1st Platoon 32 741 587 T-5 / Corporal 06/17/1944 04/14/1945 Corp. Robert E. Barss, Searchlight Operator, 225th AAA S/L Bn, Battery A, 1st Platoon. On 7 June 1944, he landed on Omaha Beach, assigned to beach-head airstrip 6 at St. Mere Eglise. He guided allied planes to safety, identified and illuminated enemy planes for automatic weapons fire. On 4 August, joined the defense of Port of Cherbourg, employed the SCR 268 for AAOR warning, provided homings for allied planes and defended against enemy aircraft. On 14 April 1945, he advanced into Germany. Kathy Barss Clark Robert E Barss Camp Davis 9.1943.JPG Robert E Barss High School Graduation 6.1942.jpg Robert E Barss Someplace in Eng or France 1944.jpg
Floyd-Clark-Bennett-150x150.jpg 4 cfullman 04/30/2024 03:28 PM Adam Nubbe 05/07/2024 02:17 PM Floyd Clark Bennett 11/22/1918 Portland, OR 02/05/2003 Willamette National Cemetary, Portland, OR United States Army Air Forces 9th Air Force IX Troop Carrier Command 19047738 Major 06/06/1944 06/06/1944 On the afternoon of D-Day Floyd Bennett was a C-47 Copilot towing a glider transporting men and materials for the 82nd Airborne Division to a landing zone near Sainte-Mère-Église, Normandy as part of Mission Elmira. The aircraft went over the landing zone and released the glider. As the aircraft turned away, enemy ground fire hit both engines and the aircraft crash landed, wounding him. He received the Air Medal for his actions as well the Purple Heart and Presidential Unit Citation. Yes Obituary - Newspapers.com Curtis and Mary Nicolaisen Floyd Clark Bennett.jpg
Luigi-Carlo-Bianco-150x150.jpg 5 cfullman 04/30/2024 03:28 PM Adam Nubbe 05/10/2024 02:05 PM Luigi Carlo Bianco 05/29/1924 New Canaan, CT 08/30/2009 Lakeview Cemetery, New Canaan, CT United States Army 4th Infantry Division 4th Medical Battalion, Company B 31 333 963 Corporal 06/06/1944 Luigi C. Bianco was inducted into the US Army on May 5, 1943. He served as a medic in Company B, 4th Medical Battalion, 4th Infantry Division, throughout the European Campaign. He landed with them on Utah Beach on D-Day. He was part of the battles of Normandy, Northern France, Ardennes, Central Europe, and Rhineland. Corporal Bianco was awarded a Bronze Star Medal for heroic action on June 14, 1944, in the area of Les Fieffe Dancel, France, as well as the EAME Ribbon with five bronze service stars and arrowhead and a Good Conduct Medal. Yes FindAGrave Luann Bianco Luigi Carlo Bianco.jpg
William-Clayton-Blackwell-150x150.jpg 6 cfullman 04/30/2024 03:28 PM Adam Nubbe 05/08/2024 07:32 PM William Clayton Blackwell 08/08/1919 Christiansburg, VA 06/14/1944 Normandy American Cemetery United States Army 4th Infantry Division A/T Company 12th Infantry Regiment 13017129 T/5 06/06/1944 06/14/1944 Landed on Utah Beach and was Killed in Action on June 14,1944. Chad Sheppard William Clayton Blackwell.jpg
Edward-Blake-150x150.jpg 7 cfullman 04/30/2024 03:28 PM Adam Nubbe 05/07/2024 02:16 PM Edward C. Blake Charlottesville, VA - United States Army 29th Division 116th Infantry Regiment, Company G 06/06/1944 As a member of the 29th Division, 116th Infantry, Company G survived the D-Day landing on Normandy. He served in the Normandy, Rhieland, and Northern France campaigns. He was the recipient of the Good Combat medal, Purple Heart, Distinguished Service medal, and several other medals. Yes Fold3 Daniel Blake (Son) Edward Blake.png
Joseph-T-Dawson-150x150.jpg 8 cfullman 04/30/2024 03:28 PM Adam Nubbe 05/07/2024 03:15 PM Joseph T. Dawson 03/20/1914 Temple, TX 11/28/1998 Seaside Memorial Park, Corpus Christi, TX United States Army 1st Infantry Division G Company, 2nd Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment - Lieutenant Colonel 06/06/1944 Dawson served in North Africa & Sicily before landing at Easy Red sector. He led his troops up "Dawson's Draw", a bluff close to the current American cemetery. He destroyed a machine gun nest with a grenade & led his men to Colleville-Sur-Mer, where he was injured. Awarded the Distinguished Service Cross by GEN Eisenhower. Fought in Belgium & Aachen, Germany after his recovery. Served in the OSS. Spoke at the 50th Anniversary, 1994. Elementary school named after him in TX. Yes Ancestry & FindaGrave Dr. Debjeet Sarkar Joseph T. Dawson.jpg
H-Carter-Fisher-2-150x150.jpg 9 cfullman 04/30/2024 03:28 PM cfullman 04/30/2024 04:53 PM H. Carter Fisher United States USS Arkansas, participated in D-Day landings and in Iwo Jima H Carter Fisher 1.jpg H Carter Fisher 2.jpg
Bernard-George-Ganse-150x150.jpg 10 cfullman 04/30/2024 03:28 PM Adam Nubbe 05/07/2024 02:00 PM Bernard George Ganse 07/31/1917 Hershey, PA 02/28/2022 Indiantown Gap National Cemetery United States Army 4th Infantry Division Company C, 4th Engineer Combat battalion 33077011 Sergeant 06/06/1944 11/05/1944 Bernard was an early draftee and entered the U.S. Army at Camp Hill, PA on 20 June 1941. His engineer company was assigned to the 4th Infantry Div and he went ashore in the first assault wave on Utah Beach armed primarily with explosives in order to deal with beach obstacles. They landed with only light resistance and moved quickly inland. Following the St. Lo breakout 4th Infantry was assigned to General Patton's 3rd Army and he remained with them until his relief from duty in March, 1945 Yes FindAGrave, Fold3 Larry Ganse Bernard George Ganse.jpg
Position in Photograph First Name Middle Name or Initial Last Name Suffix Date of Birth Hometown Date of Death Place of Burial Allied Nation Served Branch of Service Div/Grp/Task Unit/Squadron/Ship Service # Highest Rank Achieved First Date of Service in France Last Date of Service in France