There were thousands of men, mostly acting alone or in small groups without much in the way of a chain of command, who kept Omaha Beach from turning into a total disaster and complete loss. When everything fell apart it was the grit and determination of the individual American fighting man who saved the day.
One of those men was Brickmuppet’s great uncle John. He served with an underwater demolition team assigned to clear beach obstacles on Easy Red. Their boat bottomed out and they had to swim a half mile to short. After planting his charges, he puled some wounded guys out of the water and then picked up a rifle and headed toward the fight. He was the only member of his team not killed or wounded during the invasion.
He recently passed away.