On Thursday, Americans will remember D-Day, the 1944 invasion of the beaches of Normandy that served as the turning point of World War II, and probably none will remember more clearly than 92-year-old Robert “Punchy” Powell.
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War in words of veterans
The Veterans History Project can be reached at 202-707-4916 or at the project's website. The project’s website offers instructions for those who would like to contribute a veteran’s history to the Library of Congress and a searchable online guide to those who have been interviewed. Some of the interviews, in text and video form, can be viewed at the site. A section of the site is devoted to D-Day.
The Atlanta History Center is one of 24 Georgia organizations (including Project StoryKeeper in Alpharetta and the Lilburn Women’s Club) that have partnered with the Library of Congress to collect veteran histories. Sue VerHoef at the Atlanta center said its volunteers have collected more than 450 interviews in video form since 2003. Its archive is available now by appointment at the center but will eventually be accessible online. Contact: 404-814-4042
StoryCorps, the oral history project with an Atlanta office at the history center, has interviewed many veterans, and some of their stories can be heard at its Atlanta website, including this account by federal Judge Marvin Shoob from his experiences in Normandy.
The Naval History & Heritage Command website offers personal histories from various conflicts, including the Normandy invasion.
The National World War II Museum in New Orleans also offers oral histories from World War II.
The National World War II Museum in New Orleans also has a section dedicated to the sky soldiers of D-Day.
You can also visit the National D-Day Memorial, which is located in Bedford, Va.