NEZPERCE, Idaho - Nearly 75 years ago, history’s largest amphibious assault occurred on the beaches of Normandy. June 6, 1944, D-Day, turned the tide of World War II and began the liberation of German-occupied Europe.
156,000 British, Canadian and American troops stormed Normandy’s beaches on the first day in waves. The first was among the most deadliest for Allied forces given the poor weather conditions. One of the last survivors of that first wave is 93 year-old Joe Meiner of Nezperce, Idaho.
He sat down with KXLY 4 News today to share his memories of the Battle of Normandy, the beginning of the end of World War II.
“Just as that ramp went down, they started with their machine guns. A lot of guys didn't even make it off the landing craft,” Meiner explains.
Hear his full story tonight on KXLY 4 News at 6:30 p.m.
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