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Jun 6, 2014 11:01 PM by Matt Prichard

D-Day veteran remembers historic invasion

A cold morning in 1944, Major Henry "Duke" Boswell stands high above the beaches of Normandy. A parachute on his back, and a mission to change the world.

"We'd been waiting for this. We had fought in Sicily and Italy the year before. And we knew that it all was a lead up to this big invasion," said Major Boswell.

D-Day was here, months of preparation and training all coming together. And now a battle that every soldier knew could change the outcome of the war.

"Germany was just as determined that it was part of their future, that they had to win. So we weren't looking forward to it, but we knew that it had to happen," said Boswell.

Boswell tells the story as if he were still there, describing each moment in detail. Giving insight into what pushed him out of that plane 70-years-ago.

"We wanted to keep the war from coming back to our continent. We didn't want to see our houses destroyed, cities flattened, we wanted to keep it where it was," says Boswell.

But as each year goes by, Boswell feels the memory of that day and the war itself is fading...as the younger generation becomes less aware of this massive sacrifice.

"There's very little even about the war, not just D-Day, but what the entire war was about. I've asked high school students, what does D-Day mean to them, and most of them didn't know what D-Day was! Which to me is a crying shame," explains Boswell.

That aside, Major Boswell says he'll always remember that morning and the goal they set out with from the start.

"Get it done, and get back home," said Boswell.

Major Boswell is currently working on a documentary that will take him back to the beaches of Normandy, his first trip back since that cold June morning in 1944. For more information on the upcoming film, visit fourjumpsforfreedom.com. 

 

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