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26-G-2441: Normandy Invasion, June 1944

26-G-2441: Normandy Invasion, June 1944.  The beachhead is secure, but the price was high.  A Coast Guard combat photographer came upon this monument to a dead American soldier somewhere on the shell-blasted shore of Normandy.   Comrades had used fighting equipment of the killed invader to erect the monument in his honor before they pressed inland on the heels of Nazis retreating before the irresistible force of the D-Day assaults upon Hitler’s Atlantic Wall, June 1944. U.S. Coast Guard Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.
Caption: Normandy Invasion, June 1944. The beachhead is secure, but the price was high. A Coast Guard combat photographer came upon this monument to a dead American soldier somewhere on the shell-blasted shore of Normandy. Comrades had used fighting equipment of the killed invader to erect the monument in his honor before they pressed inland on the heels of Nazis retreating before the irresistible force of the D-Day assaults upon Hitler’s Atlantic Wall, June 1944. U.S. Coast Guard Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives. (11/18/2014).
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  • World War II 1939-1945
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