Making History Project
"Preserving Veterans' Stories"
501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization

Normandy France Archive

World War II Veterans to Return to Normandy

D-Day, Normandy FranceWe are seeking, in conjunction with a local French organization, World War II Veterans who served in Normandy who would like to return to Normandy for the annual D-Day commemorations during the first week of June.

In order to qualify, the Veteran must be able to provide proof of service in Normandy during World War II, which normally can be achieved with a copy of the discharge papers.

The French organization is providing free of charge all lodging, meals, and transportation while in Normandy. Additionally, Veterans will be provided an escort to get to events and well-deserved places of honor at those events.

Financial assistance is available to cover transportation to France on a limited basis for those in need.

This is a once in a lifetime opportunity. Time is short and places are filling up. If there is any interest please contact Patrick Russell ASAP by email at patrick@makehistoryproject.com

Veteran Oral History Interview: WWII Veteran Brodie Hand

US Paratrooper – 82nd Airborne and POW

Veteran Oral History InterviewVeteran oral history interview for WWII Veteran Brodie Hand is now available.

Patrick Russell conducted this interview on November 5, 2016, in Charleston, South Carolina during the annual reunion for the Family and Friends of the 508 Parachute Infantry Regiment Association.

Brodie Hand is an American Paratrooper from the 508 P.I.R. of the 82nd Airborne where he obtained the rank of Corporal. Brodie was born in a small town in the big state of Texas and volunteered for the U.S. Army during World War II. As a paratrooper, Brodie jumped on D-Day into Normandy and was captured by German forces on the first day.

Brodie remained a POW for the duration of World War II while working in a mine and reflects on that difficult experience during the interview. Additionally, Brodie describes his training to become a paratrooper, how he got captured, and the long journey home.

 

Veteran Oral History Interview: WWII Veteran Robert Shelato

Veteran Oral History InterviewUS Combat Engineer – 249th Engineer Combat Battalion

Veteran Oral History interview for WWII Veteran Robert Shelato is now available.

We conducted this interview on June 4, 2014, in St. Mere Eglise, Normandy, France. St. Mere Eglise is a small village in Normandy where paratroopers landed early during the D-Day invasion. St. Mere Eglise presently houses an impressive Airborne Museum dedicated to the D-Day invasion.

Robert is an American Combat Engineer from the 249th Engineer Combat Battalion. Robert was born in Indiana and was drafted into the U.S. Army during World War II. As a Sergeant during WWII, Robert served in France, Belgium, Luxembourg, and Germany.

During the interview, Robert describes some of the incidents involving mines and booby traps that he had to handle as a combat engineer, as well as his encounter with a German dive bomber.