Operation Overlord, (also known as D-Day), began on June 6, 1944, when some 156,000 American, British and Canadian forces landed on five beaches along a 50-mile stretch of the heavily fortified coast of France’s Normandy region. The invasion was one of the largest amphibious military assaults in history and required extensive planning.
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Bob Slaughter was once described as perhaps the best-known D-Day Vet America. National media turned to him when they needed a first-person account of the Normandy invasion. At 6-foot-5, he was an imposing presence. By all accounts, the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, Va., which was dedicated by President George W. Bush in 2001 and draws 75,000 visitors a year, would never have been built if not for Mr. Slaughter’s efforts. Mr. Slaughter, 87, died May 29 at a hospital in Roanoke. Hero!
National D-Day Memorial set to mark 70th anniversary of WWII Normandy landings - "Scaling the Wall" a tribute to 2nd Ranger Battallion's assault on Pointe-du-Hoc, during D-Day invasion, at National D-Day Memorial, Bedfore, Va. Veterans - Stripes
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American troops stand beside a World War 1 monument bedecked with French flags after the town (exact location unknown) was liberated from German occupying forces, summer 1944. On the anniversary of D-Day, see Frank Scherschel's photographs from before and after D-Day in masterfully restored color: : http://ti.me/LrJMVr (Frank Scherschel—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)