June 6, 1944

A few years ago I had the privilege of interviewing World War II veterans for a documentary that aired on a local PBS station. One solider survived the Battle of the Bulge. One landed on Iwo Jima and fought the bunker entrenched Japanese. Another survived the Bataan Death March.

These war stories run far deeper than any typical Hollywood movie. The drama is in the details.

Unfortunately, William Carl wasn’t a part of my documentary project. I wish he would have been. His is a fascinating tale of survival, wit and luck. The man survived being in a minefield after all.

WPSU/Penn State Public Media interviewed Mr. Carl as a part of their oral history project. You can also watch other interviews by clicking on a link to the www.wpsu.org/thewar/ website.

Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno, and Sword. These are the beaches made famous on June 6, 1944.

William Carl

D-Day Landing
Allied Invasion of Normandy, Operation Neptune
D-Day Landing Map
D-Day Landing Map

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