We 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.
Veteran oral history interview for WWII Veteran Harald Mayrock is now available.
Patrick Russell completed this interview on February 10, 2015, in Lima, Peru.
WWII Veteran Harald Mayrock is a German Paratrooper from the 7th Paratrooper Division, 1st Company. Harald was born in Lima, Peru. As fate would have it, Harald’s father, who was German, took Harald to Germany to enroll him in a prestigious school right before WWII broke out. In fact, Harald’s parents were on a ship ready to leave when they were ordered to disembark just prior to Germany’s invasion of Poland. After the start of World War II, Harald was drafted into the Luftwaffe and served in a heavy mortar platoon in Holland, Yugoslavia, and Germany.
During this interview, Harald reflects upon his childhood, how he arrived in Germany, the state of Germany prior to the war, his military service, the end of the war, his time as a prisoner of war, and his fantastic journey to reunite with his family and then return to Peru.