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Published June 06, 2013, 09:52 PM

69 years later, Grand Forks veteran remembers D-Day

Today marks the 69th anniversary of the D-Day invasion by the Allied forces on the beaches of Normandy. The operation was the largest amphibious invasion in world history and was executed by land, sea and air elements under direct British-American command with over 160,000 soldiers landing.

By: Victor Correa, WDAZ

Today marks the 69th anniversary of the D-Day invasion by the Allied forces on the beaches of Normandy. The operation was the largest amphibious invasion in world history and was executed by land, sea and air elements under direct British-American command with over 160,000 soldiers landing.

The Normandy landings have been called the beginning of the end of war in Europe. Although longtime Grand Forks resident Earl Schneider was an 18-year-old serving in the South Pacific at the time he says the invasion served as a morale booster even for the troops a half a world away.

Schneider: "Us being soldiers on this side, we were happy that that was ending for the people that were over there, you know, ours were just starting."

By nightfall on June 6, 1944 more than 9,000 Allied soldiers were dead or wounded, but more than 100,000 had made it ashore.

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