WWII childhood memories--amphibias training & D-Day Memorial

Nov 11, 2017

Landing craft coming ashore on the Morro Bay sandspit during WWII training
Credit U.S. Army Signal Corps

Within moments of the Japanese Attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7th 1941, life in America instantly transformed for the duration of the war. Edith Ross and Art Criddle share their recollections as children during the war years in Morro Bay. April Cheek-Messier at the National D-Day Memorial explains why the National D-Day Memorial is located in the rural town of Bedford, Virginia.

The harbor town of Morro Bay, California became a major training center for amphibious Naval invasions of South Pacific islands and the invasion of Normandy. More than 150,000 Allied troops landed along a 50-mile stretch of heavily fortified French coastline.   

Morro Bay WWII Naval training base
Credit U.S. Army Signal Corps

National D-Day Memorial Bedford, Virginia
Credit THOMAS WILMER
National D-Day Memorial Bedford, Virginia
Credit THOMAS WILMER

*This show was originally broadcast in 2015 and is reposted in honor of Veterans Day 2017  

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