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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