Today, June 6th, marks the 70th anniversary of the invasion of Normandy during World War II.
The Normandy landings were the largest seaborne invasion in history with 24,000 British, US and Canadian airborne troops and nearly 160,000 soldiers crossing the English Channel on D-Day.
The framed image below is a portrait of one of those brave soldiers who courageously fought in that invasion. He is Philip Williams father, Delmer B. Williams. Delmer was 24 years old when he fought for the US military in 1942. His unit, the 9th Inventory Division, were among the first troops to enter combat in North Africa and Sicily. Nicknamed the ‘old reliables’ the division landed on Utah Beach, Normandy on the 10th of June (D-Day plus 4) where they assisted in the capture of the fortified French port city of Cherbourg. The ‘old reliables’ advanced across northern France holding defense near the Roer River and later crossed the Rhine towards the German Harz Mountains. When the war ended Delmer remained a consummate solider serving America in the 9th Inventory Devision in Vietnam, Korea and the Dominican Republic.
This portrait was taken in 1945 as a military heirloom intended to be passed down through generations and to be kept as a reminder of the great sacrifices our fathers and mothers made in serving our country.