6.6.44

June 6, 1944. A turning point in world history. Thanks to my hosts, the Massu family in Normandy, France, I have had the opportunity to see some of the famous Normandy WW2 battle sites. Here are a few photos from our most recent trip to France.

A young girl rests at the base of the statue “The Spirit of American Youth Rising from the Waves” at the US Cemetery at Colleville.

A tourist snaps a photo of one the German coastal gun emplacements at Longues sur Mer.

The grave of Medal of Honor recipeint Theodore Roosevelt Jr. at the US Cemetery overlooking the bluffs above Omaha Beach at Colleville.

A german pillbox overlooks Omaha Beach. The structure was part of the complex better known as WN 62 which housed infamous German soldiers Franz Gockel and Heinrich Serverloh.

A U.S. flag made of stones on the sands of Omaha Beach as a tribute to troops that landed 66 years ago.

A man fishes at the base of Pionte du Hoc, site of D-Day heroics by the 2nd Ranger Battalion.

U.S. Army Rangers storm Point du Hoc in a painting by Larry Selman offered by Valor Studios. What these guys accomplished there was nothing short of amazing.

Dwight Eisenhower visits with Easy Company paratroopers from the 502 PIR, 101st Airborne before departing for the jump into Normandy and history for that matter in one of the more famous invasion photos. Above Ike’s hand is Bill Hayes from Fargo and a photograph I took of him for the 50th anniversary of D-Day.

Old school

Nothing beats the sights and sounds of Detroit muscle hitting the streets of downtown Fargo during the monthly Cruisin’ Broadway event. Rick Goble of Nisswa, Minn., rides with the top down on his 1964 Chevy Chevelle SS.

Mia Matthern, 6, of Fargo watches the action from the perch of her grandfather Reid Graf’s 1964 Chevy Impala wagon.

 
Terry Gange of Reile’s Acres commands a 1969 Chevy Camaro SS during Cruisin’ Broadway in downtown Fargo. Gange, who served in the Marines in 1970-72 during Vietnam, said the car was his dream ride at the time and still is today.

It doesn’t matter if you are a Ford, GM or Chrysler fan, was there ever a better year than 1969 for American muscle ? Cars looked lean and mean just standing still.