CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 5, 1994
Five days and 1,600 miles after it left Los Angeles on a 9,000-mile voyage to Europe, the 1945 cargo ship S.S. Lane Victory and its crew of World War II merchant seamen are limping into port in Acapulco with a broken engine boiler. But the ship's 54 volunteer crew members, whose average age is 68, hope the ship will still be able to make it to June 6 ceremonies marking the 50th anniversary of the D-Day invasion on the Normandy coast of France.
June 7, 2000 |
World War II veterans looked back to 56 years ago and others paused to honor them Tuesday as crowds celebrated the opening of the National D-Day Museum. Retired Sgt. Charles H. Porbes wore his dress greens and medals. Arnold Smith's reunion baseball cap and "World War II veteran" tag were all that marked his military service.
May 31, 1994 |
While thousands jammed beaches across the country, others spent Memorial Day remembering another beach--Normandy--and paying tribute to those who fought and died there a half-century ago. With the 50th anniversary of D-day only days away, the invasion that was a turning point of World War II was a recurring topic of Memorial Day speeches, ceremonies and prayers. Abroad, in St. James, France, Fabien Meron stood amid a sea of white crosses at the U.S.
June 7, 1994 |
Mr. (Joseph) Dawson, (a highly decorated American D-day veteran), you did your men proud today. Gen. (John M.) Shalikashvili (chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff), Mr. (Walter) Cronkite (former CBS newsman), chaplain, distinguished leaders of our government, members of Congress, members of the armed services, our hosts from France and most of all, our veterans, their families and their friends: In these last days of ceremonies, we have heard wonderful words of tribute.
June 3, 1994 |
" I ducked my head under the sharp cracking that was going overhead. " --War correspondent Ernest Hemingway with U.S. troops under fire in a landing craft approaching France, June 6, 1944 Good morning, Normandy! This is an invasion.
May 31, 1994
Breakdown of 153,500-man invasion force. U.S.: 46% British and Canadian: 54% Casualties: The number of American casualties on D-day compare to other massive U.S. battles (includes dead, wounded, missing or captured): Tet Offensive (first week): 3,173 D-day (first 24 hours): 6,603 Pearl Harbor: 3,681 Chancellorsville (Civil War): 29,600 Gettysburg: 43,400 Chickamauga: 34,700 Number of troops they commanded Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower (June 6, 1944): 2.50 million Gen. John Pershing (Nov.
January 2, 2004 |
Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder will become the first German leader to attend a commemoration of the 1944 D-day landings in June, after being invited by France. Ten years ago, Paris did not ask Chancellor Helmut Kohl to the high-profile 50th anniversary. French President Jacques Chirac's invitation marks a gesture of reconciliation contrasting with that apparent snub. "Mr.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 16, 1994 |
Troops are preparing to storm ashore at Santa Monica on June 1, but the invading force will be friendly and acting for a good cause--history. The planned landing on Santa Monica beach, to involve a World War II-vintage landing craft and veterans of the Normandy invasion, will be part of an elaborate commemoration of the 50th anniversary of D-day called "Merci l'Amerique."
April 23, 1994 |
Suddenly the long-heralded 50th anniversary of D-day has become as controversial a political issue in Britain as it has elsewhere in Europe. After investing millions of dollars and thousands of hours of planning and preparation to commemorate the Allied invasion of France on June 6, 1944, many voices here are suggesting: Let's call the whole thing off.