Local Vets talk D-Day

Local Vets talk D-Day

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MOBILE, Alabama - Friday marks the 70th anniversary of one of the most important days in American Military history. June 6th 1944 was D-Day.

As the years go by, survivors of the invasion at Normandy are becoming a shrinking population.

Edly Lewis was born January 2 1923, he’s been alive 33,393 days. But of all of those days at least one remains crystal clear.

“I was in the 29-th infantry division in the 121st combat engineers,” said Lewis.

Sgt. Edly Lewis was one of about 150,000 men to land at Normandy. He hit ground at Omaha Beach

“I was supposed to go in 20 minutes after the first wave hit the beach. But when we got out to the rendezvous they said you were early so we were going to take another turn, before they called us back and said they need you go on in,” said Sgt. Lewis.

Immediately after getting into the water and sand he saw bodies and bullets.

“That is one of the worst feelings that anybody can ever know. It was one of the worst feelings you can have is to be shot at,” said Sgt. Lewis.

Thousands of comrades didn't make it out. More than 4,000 allied troops died on D-Day.

“A lot of guys didn't come back that I made the invasion with. In fact in our division I doubt if there was half a dozen that made it,” said Sgt. Lewis.

More than 16 million Americans served in World War Two. As many of them age into their 90's, today that number is just over a million.

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