ROCKFORD â€” Today marks the 70th anniversary of D-Day when American, British and Canadian troops hit the five beaches of Normandy in northern France.
Early on the morning of June 6, 1944, 7,000 ships of all sizes approached the coast of Normandy. This was the largest flotilla the world had ever seen, and has never been surpassed.
On D-Day, Americans were assigned to attack the beaches of Utah and Omaha. The British attacked Gold and Sword Beaches; the Canadians attacked Juno Beach.
Rockford resident Quentin Murdock, age 94, was in the second wave that hit Omaha Beach. ("The first wave of infantrymen were pretty well decimated," he said.)
Murdock was a Lieutenant in the 1st Infantry Division, the "Big Red One," U.S. Army. At Omaha Beach, he was assigned as a battalion motor officer.
"I went through that slaughter and lived," said Murdock. "[D-Day] turned out to be successful thanks to the guys who walked on the ground.
"There is nothing kind or good about war," he said.
Read the full story in Friday's Morning News.