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D-Day 1. D-Day was originally sched- uled for June 5, 1944, but poor weather predictors influenced General Dwight D. Eisenhower to delay the invasion. Eisenhower’s chief meteorologist, British Capt. James Stagg stood alone in his assessment of impending rough seas and high winds for the English Channel against the predictors of his colleagues. The improved weather on June 6 , while not ideal, is often cited in the overall success of Operation Overlord. 2. Lumber businessman and former Nebraska National Guard Infantry Officer Andrew Higgins had a hard time extracting hardwood trees from the back swamps of Louisi- ana. His early 1900s era boats kept running aground in the shallow waters. To remedy this, he designed a shallow draft boat and continued to improve the design over the next few decades. After several unsuc- cessful years of trying to sell his boats, he finally landed a contract with the U.S. Government which purchased more than 20,000 of the Land Craft Vehicle Personnel ships. General Eisenhower once called Higgins “the man who won the war for us.” 3. Theodore Roosevelt Jr., son of U.S. President and Span- ish-American War Rough Rider Teddy Roosevelt, was no stranger to combat. He had been gassed and wounded in the battle of Soissons during World War I and was quick to volunteer for WWII. Brigadier General Roosevelt had already led troops in Northern Africa and Sicily when he was reassigned to England 4th of July With 242 years of tradition be- hind it, the Fourth of July is one of America’s most cherished holidays. 3. Massachusetts recognized the Fourth of July as an official holiday on July 3, 1781, mak- ing it the first state to do so. 1. The Declaration wasn’t signed on July 4 (or in July at all). 4. Eighty-five years before the Fourth of July was even recog- nized as a federal holiday, one tradition began that continues to this day. Billed as “America’s Oldest Fourth of July Celebra- tion, the town of Bristol, Rhode Island has been doing Indepen- dence Day right since 1785. 2. The tradition of eating salm- on on the Fourth of July began in New England as a kind of a coincidence. It just so hap- pened that during the middle of the summer, salmon was in abundance in rivers throughout the region, so it was a common sight on tables at the time. 5. You probably know that both Thomas Jefferson and John Ad- ams died on July 4, 1826—50 years to the day after the Declaration of Independence was adopted. They’re not the only presidents to have died on the Fourth, though; James Monroe—the nation’s fifth president—died just a few years later on July 4, 1831. to assist in the Normandy Invasion. Roosevelt’s several requests to land with the first wave of the invasion were denied, but his final petition was accepted. 4. General Eisenhower prepared a letter that was to be opened in the event of the invasion’s defeat. It reads “Our landings in the Cherbourg-Havre area have failed to gain a satisfactory foothold and I have withdrawn the troops. My decision to attack at this time and place was based upon the best information available. The troops, the air and the Navy did all that bravery and devotion to duty could do. If any blame or fault attaches to the attempt it is mine alone.” He dated the letter July 5 instead of June 5, a simple error from a man under extreme pressure. The contingency letter was labeled “In case the Nazis won.” 5. Thousands of Americans died during the invasion on D-Day and following operations. On D+2 (June 8) the U.S. Army created the American St. Laurent Cemetery adjacent to Omaha Beach to begin the burials of those who died in the past 36 hours. After the war, the cemetery was moved closer to the beach and rededicated as the Normandy American Cemetery. The next of kin of all the deceased were given the option to repatri- ate their loved ones to the United States or have them be buried at an American cemetery overseas. The cemetery includes 3 Medal of Honor recipients, Brig. Gen. Theodore Roosevelt, Jr., his brother Quentin who was killed in WWI, Army Air Corps crews who were shot down over France as early as 1942 and two of the Niland broth- ers which the movie Saving Private Ryan is based on. Cullman Podiatry Foot Care for the Entire Family Lynn, Crysti, Dr. Giammanco, and Michelle Foot Care Services •Foot Pain •Diabetic Foot Care/Ulcers •Corn/Calluses •Bunions •Planter Fascitis •Fungal Nails •Ingrown Toenails 256-739-1912 1985 AL 157 | Cullman, AL June 6, D-Day (75th anniversary): Let’s take a look at some fascinat- ing facts about June 6, especially since we are celebrating the 75th anniversary this year. “No representation is made about the quality the podiatric services to be performed or the podiatrist performing such services” CULLMAN COUNTY SENIOR MAGAZINE SUMMER 2019 | 7