In honor of the 78th anniversary of D-Day, we are replaying an encore episode of the Bill Parker series. This episode is Episode 3 of his series and aired 3/21/2022. T/SGT Parker landed as Private Parker at H-Hour, the first man off of his landing craft on Omaha Beach on D-Day June 6, 1944 with the 116th Infantry Regiment of the 29th Infantry Division . He was a wire cutter who was the first man off his landing craft and made it across the beach; surviving the withering machine gun fire directed at his team. After he blew the wire obstacle, he found that the rest of the men behind him on his landing craft were killed by artillery before they could exit the landing craft. He fought with other nearby soldiers against the German strongholds with only his rifle and grenades. Later that morning as the advance stalled, American warships fired their big guns from just off shore to knock out the bunkers, the shells flying in only 6 feet over Bill's head. He lost most of his hearing on D-Day.
As you listen, please give thanks to the young men who fought and died on that day and never forget what they gave to not only Europe but the world.