Today the day when thousands of young men storm the beaches of Normandy, many not to return. Normandy Invasion, also called Operation Overlord, during World War II, the Allied invasion of western Europe, which was launched on June 6, 1944 (the most celebrated D-Day of the war), with the simultaneous landing of U.S., British, and Canadian forces on five separate beachheads in Normandy, France. I meet a old guy more than a few years ago who was in the first wave, in fact he was the first off the boat. He was a mechanical sort of a guy and this was is plan for the Normandy Invasion. He figure that he would got down the cargo net and get into the landing craft first. Move toward the back of the boat and face the rear bulkhead, he figure that would be the safest place to start out with. Well with the waves and the two boats bouncing around and all of the yelling and screaming from the troops, he was the first into the landing craft and move towards the rear bulkhead, from there he was facing that bulkhead. After the launch started moving ahead he felt a lot of hot air on his neck, he turn around only to find everyone was looking forward and at him. He was at the wrong end of the landing craft. As they approach the beach he could hear the enemy rounds striking the ramp, which was in 10 to 15 minutes was to drop down letting the soldiers storm the beach. He figure his time was up, the ramp drop down, the soldiers next to him was hit right away in the chest and the guy on the other side, trip and fell into the ramp sliding down into the water. He walk right off the landing craft and continue to walk up the beach into the German firing points without getting hit. He walk past the Germans waiting to get hit but never met the wrong end of a death bullet. He walk most of that day past Germans gun positions, German supply points, motor pools and administration points. At the end of the day, he walk onto a farm where the farmer and his wife feed him supper and told him to relax and wait for his comrades to show up. The wife of the farmer told him that she would take care of his head . He was hit in the head, the bullet enter the helmet, cracking his skull but not killing him. He was in a daze the whole day and there was not much blood. He was awarded the Silver Star and was written up as to be the soldier to gain the most distant from the shore, on the first day. Later, from reports from other soldiers, that he was struck running off of the landing craft, but just keep on going. He was a "car guy" that never had time to build a hot rod but always able to order a pretty hot car for the day.