Thursday, June 06, 2013

I've known three men who were in the D-Day Normandy Invasion.

This is one of them.

Charles Asay parachuted in France on June 5, 1944 and with hundreds of others landed in the wrong location without his platoon. During combat on the 6th, he was shot from the wrist to his elbow and he crawled on his belly three miles through German lines to an Allied aid station. Sgt. Asay was treated and returned to his unit when it was found.

Charles V. Asay, Sergeant 101st Airborne Division, 502nd Parachute Infantry Regiment, Able Company

Mr. Charles V. Asay, Army Serial Number 20726180, was a Sergeant with the 101st Airborne Division, 502nd Parachute Infantry Regiment, Able Company, and participated in the jump over Normandy that took place during the night before D-Day. Mr. Asay is mentioned by name in Cornelius Ryan’s famous book: "The Longest Day."
During the Battle of the Bulge, Sergeant Asay almost certainly suffered a loss of consciousness from the blast of an explosion; he couldn’t recall all the particulars of the event himself. There are no absolute details as to what happened for certain, but it seems Sergeant Asay was thought to have been killed. When Sergeant Asay recovered all his faculties, his overcoat had disappeared... Who had taken it? Was a comrade responsible for its disappearance or perhaps a German soldier?
Read the rest of this story here.


Always On Watch said...

Two of my cousins served at Normandy -- one in the Navy and one in the Army. They were very young men at the time.

They came home whole. Physically.

But what they experienced at Normandy scarred them for life. They couldn't even speak about what they say.

Claude and Kenneth died early deaths -- at age 39 and at age 44, respectively.

BTW, you might want to see THIS about the most decorated grave in Normandy. Worth your time to watch the short video.

Anonymous said...

It is no secret why these people are referred to as the greatest generation. I have little patience with my fellow Vietnam vets who complain about our service. The WWII boys were in for the duration. Don