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Surface ship bombards coast during invasion
Description: Painting, Watercolor on Paper; by Dwight C. Shepler; 1944; Framed Dimensions 31H X 39W
Accession #: 88-199-EX
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One of the spectacular actions of D-Day was the duel between the destroyer U.S.S. Emmons and mobile 88mm German guns on the Normandy cliffs near Port-en-Bessin. While cruising near the beach, the U.S.S. Emmons (DD-457) pitched out 250 rounds of five-inch shells as she wormed her way among the near misses of the enemy guns, in the meanwhile silencing the 88s with counter-battery fire. As this rapid action drew to a close, her sister ship, U.S.S. Doyle (DD-494), steamed up parallel to the shore and fired furiously in assistance.

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  • World War II 1939-1945
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