How quickly the years roll back to a single day that turned the tide of World War II. “I’ve never been here since 70 years ago,” Minnetonka resident Rollie Daniel said. In the early morning hours of June 6, 1944 Daniel was in the massive wave of Army paratroopers dropping from the skies over Normandy, France.
President Obama will place a wreath at the American Cemetery at Normandy Friday, marking the 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion in France. Among the returning veterans will be a former Army paratrooper from the Twin Cities. Rollie Daniel, 91, was part of the airborne invasion that landed behind enemy lines. Now, he’s getting back into uniform to pay respects to those he fought alongside.
Wednesday means it has been 68 years since 92-year-old Bill Harper and his American and allied forces stormed the beaches of Normandy. Artillery Capt. Harper was 24 years old when he survived one of the most brutal days of World War II.