Sullivan veteran remembers D-Day

SULLIVAN, Mo. - The anniversary of D-Day conjures up many memories for a 90-year-old World War II veteran in Sullivan, but you might be surprised to hear how he cherishes one recollection.

In 1944, Clarence Edwards was in the Army serving in a light tank battalion. He drove onto Omaha Beach three days after D-Day. His was one of about 15 tanks.

Although the fighting had moved inland a few miles by then, there were still bombs and mortar shells going off. In the midst of it all Edwards had a reunion he didn't think was possible.

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"Somebody knocked on my hatch. It was raining. Somebody knocked on my hatch and I opened it and my brother stood there on Omaha Beach. I don't know why I do this. I said, what are you doing here? He said the same thing you are," said Edwards.

The older brother, Roy, was serving with a water supply company. They hadn't seen each other in two years.

The brothers, along with a third all came home from the war. Clarence is the only one still living.


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