“Thank God for the Americans…”
This photograph is of two American Veterans of WW2 who landed in France on ‘Omaha Beach’ Normandy in June 1944, a few days after ’D-Day’ when they were both 19 years old. It was taken inside the central exhibition area of the Memorial Museum for Peace in July 1944. They had returned to Normandy for the 60th Anniversary commemorations of the Normandy Landings.
On the left is Mr Abel Nazarette from El Paso, Texas and on the right is Mr Patrick Brennan from New York City (American 60th Combat Engineers, attached to the American 35th Infantry Division). The motif on the baseball caps they are wearing, and the patch worn by Abel, is that of the 35th Infantry Division. This motif, a blue circle with a vertical white cross was based on markers used along the legendary ‘Santa Fé Trail’.
[Photograph by Joseph Ritson]
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