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Names of the D-Day fallen read at National World War II Memorial

June 5, 2019

Gerald S. Adams

Henry R. Alexander

Warren A. Allen

Wallace J. Anderson

Those are the names of just a few of the 9,000 American servicemen who were killed June 6, 1944 during the D-Day landings in Normandy, France.

For more than six hours on Wednesday, the names of all those who fell during the landings were read during a ceremony at the National World War II Memorial commemorating the 75th anniversary of the battle that turned the tide of the war in Europe.

Barbara George read the name of her father, Capt. Malcolm L. George, who served with the 8th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division on D-Day. While he survived the initial landing on Utah Beach, he was killed the following day, on June 7.

"We grew up in a small town where all the kids had a mother and a father," she said. "People would say `where's your daddy?' Well, he was killed in the war, whatever that meant."

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Capt. George was posthumously awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for his devotion to duty and valiant leadership.

The event was organized by the Friends of the National World War II Memorial and the names were provided by the Normandy American Cemetery, the final resting place of the American servicemen who were killed during the landings.

"God bless them on this solemn day," said Josiah Bunting, chairman of the National World War II Memorial. "And may all of us who are privileged to be here to participate in this commemoration remember our own obligations to see that succeeding generations of Americans not to be allowed never to know of that sacrifice and their indebtedness to these brave men and women."

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Mary Clarkson of Nashville, Tennessee didn't know the ceremony was going on when she stopped by the memorial during a visit to Washington, D.C..

"Hearing the names, I think that they were somebody's son, brother, husband, dad," she said. "They died so we could stand here and remember."

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Marine veteran George Olson, who served in Vietnam, agreed.

"They laid it all on the line," he said. "They are my brothers."

Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va) said the landings ignited a spirit of hope in those who had been living under Nazi oppression for years.

"I'm here to honor, just as we all are, the sacrifices of those who lost their lives, those who were injured, those who went on to liberate Europe and the world," he said.

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