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In 1944, 23-year-old PFC Philip Russell was among the thousands of troops who were part of the D-Day invasion. He was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, the group of soldiers later known as the ‘Band of Brothers.’

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More D-Day Stories from WSKG

Binghamton D-Day veteran remembers his WWII journey
by Crystal Sarakas
Hear the complete broadcast version. In 1944, 23-year-old PFC Philip Russell was among the thousands of troops who were part of the D-Day invasion. He was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, the group of soldiers later known as the ‘Band of Brothers.’

Local resident remembers his fight on D-Day
by Monica Sandreczki
Morning Edition Host Monica Sandreczki visited Edward Shapley at the New York State Veterans Home in Oxford, to hear the 93-year-old Air Force veteran’s recollections of that historic day. Shapley starts by recounting his fond memories of his New York hometown.

What’s the risk of forgetting D-Day?
by Monica Sandreczki
June 6, 2014 is the 70th anniversary of D-Day, when 150,000 American, British and Canadian soldiers landed in Normandy and invaded Nazi-occupied France. It was a key turning point in the war and the Allies claimed victory less than a year later. Barry Strauss, a history professor at Cornell University, thinks the gravity of that day is being lost on Americans. Morning Edition host Monica Sandreczki talked with Strauss about D-Day’s continuing relevance.

 

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