Editor’s note: On D-Day, Lt. Charles Parker led a company of Rangers from Omaha Beach to Pointe du Hoc. Decades later, in 1994 — in advance of the 50th anniversary of D-Day — the Pioneer Press interviewed Parker, then 75 and living in Anoka, about his World War II service. About 8:30 a.m., June 6, 1944, Lt. Charles H. Parker was in command of a company of Rangers approaching Omaha Beach in an assault boat. “That was a bitch. That channel was wild, stormy. It was so rough. Three-quarters of the men were vomiting. Boats were floundering. “We saw what was happening on Omaha, with the 29th Division. They were just being slaughtered. Our battalion commander slid our whole force east about 500 yards so we landed with far fewer casualties and with our command intact. We were the only ones there that did that. “Our particular coxswain, the boat I was in, put us right on a sand bar, so we stepped out in not more than knee deep water. In that area, it’s … [Read more...] about From the archives: A D-Day veteran returns to Normandy
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