Today marks the 64th anniversary of D-Day, the famed day Allied Powers invaded Normandy during World War II.
The operation, which was chronicled in the TV miniseries Band of Brothers, has gone down in history as the largest single-day invasion of all time — more than 130,000 troops landed along a stretch of the Normandy coast on June 6,1944.
The American and British airborne divisions descended on the French coast, while the Allied infantry and armored divisions met them by water.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution interviewed Bob Powell, who is now 86 and flew a fighter during the operation. To hear what Powell says about the experience, read more.
Powell is part of a group of veterans who have shared their stories with the Veterans History Project at the Library of Congress. He recently said:
Most people in their lives hope to do something they believe was worthwhile . . . I am so proud to have lived at a time to have the privilege to do what I was able to do. . . . Imagine it: We put up a wall of airplanes from the treetop level to 30,000 feet. When we could see down through the clouds, it was unreal. I couldn't imagine the volume of men going in.
Visit the Veterans History Project at the Library of Congress for hundreds of stories from WWII. PBS's D-Day American Experience web package also offers stories from soldiers, archival letters from the front, and more facts about the historic battle. Check it out if you're in the mood for some heroism.