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Omaha Beach : <div style="font-size: 90%"><span style="color:#7D0025"><b>Omaha Beach</b> <a style="color:#009AA3" href="http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&om=0&msa=0&msid=106208759149718043635.000439ab9adf5aad1f64c&ll=48.958089,-0.991945&spn=1.39225,3.092651&z=8" target="blank"><i>See Map</i></a> - where the tide ran red with blood - My father landed here on June 7th, 1944, the day after D-Day.</span>

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Omaha Beach

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Updated: Sep 24, 2010 10:03pm PST

Pointe-du-Hoc : <div style="font-size: 90%"><span style="color:#7D0025"><b>Pointe-du-Hoc</b> <a style="color:#009AA3" href="http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&om=0&msa=0&msid=106208759149718043635.000439ab9adf5aad1f64c&ll=48.958089,-0.991945&spn=1.39225,3.092651&z=8" target="blank"><i>See Map</i></a> - cliffs overlooking the western end of Omaha Beach, scaled by the U.S. 2nd Ranger Battalion under heavy fire</span>

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Pointe-du-Hoc See Map - cliffs overlooking the western end of Omaha Be ...

Updated: Sep 24, 2010 9:59pm PST

Brittany American Cemetery : <div style="font-size: 90%"><span style="color:#7D0025"><b>Brittany American Cemetery</b> - Saint-James, Normandy <a style="color:#009AA3" href="http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&om=0&msa=0&msid=106208759149718043635.000439a4585ae1c8b5604&ll=48.521437,-1.312737&spn=0.010204,0.023518&z=15" target="blank"><i>See Map</i></a> - Smaller than the well-known Normandy American Cemetery, Brittany Cemetery boasts elegant landscaping, featuring grave markers laid out in graceful, gently curving lines.  

After the war, my father served here as Honor Guard.</span>

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Brittany American Cemetery

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Updated: Sep 24, 2010 9:53pm PST

Unsung Hero : <div><span style="color:#7D0025"><center><b>Unsung Hero</b>
<span style="font-size: 100%"><i>SFC  Raymond  J.  Provencher -  March 21, 1925 - July 30, 2008</i></span></center>

My father fought in WWII, having landed on Omaha Beach and fought his way through Normandy, to Belgium, where he was captured.  He spent the last eight months of the war as a POW in a stalag on the Polish border.

After the war he was stationed again in Normandy, at Brittany American Cemetery, where he served as Honor Guard.

He rarely spoke of his war experiences, but little by little, through my mother and other acquaintances, we learned what a <a style="color:#009AA3" href="http://manormandie.googlepages.com/unsunghero" target="blank">hero</a> he was.  Our most recent such revelation came at Brittany Cemetery on Memorial Day, 2004.</span>

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Unsung Hero

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Unsung Hero SFC Raymond J. Provencher - March 21, 1925 - July 30, ...

Updated: Sep 24, 2010 6:21pm PST