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Local Veteran Recalls D-Day

By: James Sparvero Email
By: James Sparvero Email

Friday marks 70 years since perhaps the most important battle in global history - Operation Overlord, or D-Day.

The Normandy invasions marked the beginning of the end of Nazi Germany's hold on Western Europe.

Even though he was a little under the weather and spending the day in the hospital, veteran Jacob Leaman still wanted to share his story Friday because he knows firsthand just how important the events of 70 years ago really were.

We first introduced you to the Cairo native two months ago when he celebrated his 91st birthday surrounded by family at Worthington Nursing Home.

Friday morning we caught up him at Camden Clark Medical Center to talk about the D-Day anniversary.

Leaman was one of 160,000 allied troops who crossed the English Channel and landed on the beaches of Normandy the morning of June 6, 1944.

He says even 70 years later, he' still haunted by the horrors of that "day-of-days".

Before D-Day, Leaman's campaign took him to North Africa and the Invasion of Sicily.

After the Normandy landings, he would remain in Europe until the Battle of the Bulge that winter, after which he collected enough "points" to come home.


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