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Bugle Played on Utah Beach, D-Day


One military-issued service bugle. Brass or copper alloy body painted gray. The body has a double twist shape and a white metal mouthpiece. The bell is stamped “BUGLECRAFT INC./L.I. City, N.Y./U.S.”

Title: Bugle, Utah Beach
Accession #: NHHC 1964-357-A
Circa: 1944
Size:
Medium: Brass
Location: Headquarters Artifact Collection, Naval History and Heritage Command

One military-issued service bugle. Brass or copper alloy body painted olive drab. The body has a double twist shape and a white metal mouthpiece. The bell is stamped “BUGLECRAFT INC./L.I. City, N.Y./U.S.” 

This bugle sounded colors when the American flag was first raised on Utah Beach during the D-Day landings. RADM James E. Arnold, the Naval Officer in Charge of Utah Beach (NOIC), reported that the raising of the flag “was a combined celebration of mine and Brigadier General Jim Wharton. The affair was not too well attended because Jerry [the Germans] was still mad and furnished some fireworks for the occasion!”


RADM James E. Arnold Collection
Caption: Photo taken about D-Day plus thirty, on about the same site of the president monument, erected by the Corps of Engineers. The colors are the same set that were hoisted on D-Day about H-hour plus six hours. Standing right to left are: Capt. James E. Arnold, Colonel Eugene Caffey & CDR Edward Wilson.

Brass bugle dent played on Utah Beach at D-Day


One military-issued service bugle. Brass or copper alloy body painted gray. The body has a double twist shape and a white metal mouthpiece. The bell is stamped “BUGLECRAFT INC./L.I. City, N.Y./U.S.”
Published: Mon Mar 30 11:21:15 EDT 2020