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Updated: 01/10/2018 11:48:12AM

Osprey man was at Normandy shortly after invasion

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Angelo Yerace of Osprey in 1944 when he was 21 after he served aboard an LCT landing craft tank both in Europe and the Pacific during World War II.

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Soldiers disembark from a landing craft at Omaha Beach. It was similar to Angelo Yerace's landing craft that collided with a mine off the beach a few days later.

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Angelo Yerace today at his Osprey home. He is 92.

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Former Motor Machinist 2nd Class Angelo Yerace’s first taste of war came when he and the other 11 members of the crew of the LCT (Landing Craft Tank) he served on reached the beach at Normandy, France a couple of days after the historic invasion of Europe by Allied forces on June 6, 1944.

“Hundreds of dead American and German soldiers were still on the beach,” he recalled almost 75 years later. “On the way onto shore, our ship hit a mine. We were maybe a mile off the beach when the mine hit. We tied up to the next ship with big ropes. The other ship helped get us closer to shore.”

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