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Life on the Battlefield During World War II

World War II Artillery Unit

World War II Artillery Unit

Abilene, Kansas
Sunday, August 3, 2014

Hear stories from three Army veterans who served on the frontlines during World War II. They reflect on their experience as part of the D-Day invasion of Nazi-occupied France. This was one of several events hosted by the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum to mark the 70th anniversary of D-Day.  

Updated: Monday, August 4, 2014 at 9:47am (ET)

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