SCOTT TOWNSHIP — June 6th, 1944 was an important day in history. Nearly 160,000 troops invaded Europe, which was the start of the end of World War II. It is known as D-Day.
70 years later, the Susquehanna Valley World War II veterans met for their monthly luncheon. Several of the veterans say they remember D-Day as if it was yesterday.
Roy Kilpatrick of Bloomsburg was on his way to England at the time.
“We were going to be under General Patton to be a spearhead across France,” Kilpatrick said.
The veterans remembered D-Day at their luncheon.
James Boyer brought pictures of some of his crew mates and the ship he was on.
“It was bad. And we got knocked out. We hit one of those mines they had on the beach, those obstacles and we lost our engines,” Boyer said.
Boyer says he watched 28 people die in front of him.
“Hate to see anyone else go through those kind of wars. It’s rough,” Boyer said.
Most of the veterans who participated in D-Day say they remember it as a dark day and it’s one they will never forget.
“Everything I remember I want to forget,” Joe Massina said.
Joe Massina of Mifflinville says D-Day was the scariest time of his life.
“You never knew when it was your turn to go. The first place we went from the middle of England down to the south of England. When we got down there we were put in a compound and they had British soldiers outside with machine guns,” Massina said.
“21 days and 21 nights, we didn’t stop. We took village after village,” Kilpatrick said.
Many of the veterans say D-Day is not something they like to talk about, but it was nice to discuss it with their fellow vets.