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Eighteen year old Watson landed with the first wave of the U.S. forces to hit Omaha Beach in Normandy, France at 7:27 am on June 6, 1944. He survived being blown up and wounded when his landing craft was destroyed by a mine that killed 50 of the 75 men on board. In spite of his wounds, he served for 28 days as a U.S. Navy Beach Master.

Now 87 years old, Watson says that as long as he is able, he will continue to tell the story of the men who didn’t make it back. "What keeps me going are the 9,336 fine young American boys buried in that cemetery over there. The story of Omaha Beach needs to be told to honor all of the men who did not survive the invasion or the war."

Find more information on these subjects in our library catalog: World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- France -- Normandy, World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives, American

 

Music excerpts from Anton Bruckner's Symphony No. 2 in C minor.

Podcast recorded and edited by Viktor Sjöberg.

 


Title: Robert Watson, D-Day Survivor
Author/Creators: Robert Watson, Viktor Sjöberg
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Description: Eighteen year old Watson landed with the first wave of the U.S. forces to hit Omaha Beach in Normandy, France. Now 87 years old, Watson says that as long as he is able, he will continue to tell the story of the men who didn’t make it back.
Subject: World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- France -- Normandy, World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives, American
Date: September 19, 2012
Item Type: soundrecording
Digital Format: .mp3
Duration: 00:34:16
Resolution/Bitrate: 128 kbps, 44100 kHz 32-bit Stereo
Size: 31.37MB
Digital Publisher: Escondido Public Library
Rights: This digital file may be used for educational purposes,
as long as it is not altered in any way. Prior written permission
from the Escondido Public Library is required for any other uses.

Identifier: 445137

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