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Then and Now: Surviving Normandy veterans
NEWPORT, UNITED KINGDOM - MARCH 21: (EDITORS PLEASE NOTE: COMPOSITE IMAGE) In this composite image a comparison has been made between a photograph of Eddie Linton taken in 1944 (L) and one (R) taken at his home on March 21 2014. ***LEFT Image*** (HANDOUT PHOTO) ***RIGHT Image*** NEWPORT, UNITED KINGDOM - MARCH 21: Normany veteran Eddie Linton poses for a photograph at his home in Newport on March 21, 2014 in Gwent, Wales. On D-Day, June 6 1944, the 88-year-old was a Royal Navy able seaman (AB) on board the River-class frigate HMS Mourne. Asked what his most vivid memory of D-Day was he replied: 'Coming on deck for watch early that morning and seeing all those ships. Id never seen so many ships in all my life. Thats when I knew something was going to happen.' June 6 2014 will see the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings which saw 156,000 Allied troops from The United States, The United Kingdom, Canada, Free France and Norway begin the liberation of France which eventually helped led to the defeat of Nazi Germany. A series of commemoration events are being planned in Normandy, but with the youngest participants now at least 88-years-old, it is also expected to be the last memorial pilgrimage to France for many of the surviving veterans. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
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