Coming ashore on D-day
This World War II account was made by Company A of the 116th Infantry Regiment—one of the few companies to land where planned on D-day. The landing craft approached a beach untouched by aerial or naval bombardment and dropped their landing ramps. Instantly, the soldiers inside “were enveloped in a crossing of automatic fire.” Only one-third of the company made it to the protection of the seawall.
National Archives, Records of the Adjutant General’s Office