WWII Veteran Harold Schultz Recalls D-Day Landing [AUDIO]
Today, on the 70th anniversary of the historic event that changed the world, Tom and Laura had the opportunity to talk to retired First Class Seaman Harold Schultz about his experiences in the Normandy D-Day landings.
Referred to as the “Greatest Generation,” the men and women who lived through World War II are often remembered for their heroism. Harold Schultz, a D-Day survivor, recalled the dangers facing him and his fellow soldiers as they approached the beach in their landing craft. After safely making it onto dry land, Schultz stated “As we looked back and saw all these other ships coming in here and all the landing crafts and everything, and the big guns on the ships making all that noise, it was scary. It really was. I was only 18 years old and I had never been away from home.” Talking about the traumatic event, Schultz went on to say “it is an experience that you don’t think you will ever get over… But you know, as time goes on, it’s like anything else. It kind of gets put back in your mind somewhere. I never talked about the war for twenty years. I just couldn’t do it.”
Later, Schultz received a call in the studio from a man named Joe explaining his thankfulness for Schultz’s sacrifice. Schultz told listeners “I am proud… very, very proud, that I live in the United States of America. When they sing ‘God Bless America’ or even a flag comes up, I get a lump in my throat.”
Also in the studio, Mike Travis is the Vice President of South Plains Honor Flight. South Plains Honor Flight is a non-profit organization that focuses on providing flights for veterans to see their war memorials in Washington, D.C. The group had provided a trip for Schultz, and it was easy to see how much it meant to him. To find out more on this organization, including how to donate, check out the South Plains Honor Flight website. Travis also informed listeners that a reunion of World War II veterans will occur at the Silent Wings Museum this Saturday from 2PM to 4PM. For times and info on all the events happening at the Silent Wings Museum this weekend, check out the Silent Wings Museum website.
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