D-Day is the common military term for the day on which a combat attack is to be initiated. Perhaps the best known D-Day of any conflict was the World War II invasion of Normandy. Friday (June 6) will mark the 70th anniversary of the D-Day that saw United States and Western Allied forces run a gauntlet of gunfire and man-made and natural obstacles to secure a toe-hold against German forces in northern France.
Joining the tens of thousands of warriors who hit the beaches at Normandy was hard-nosed American journalist Ernie Pyle. He was among the best-known war correspondents and reported both from Europe and the Pacific, until his death in combat on a Pacific island. He won the Pulitzer Prize in 1944, just a year before his death.
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