the 24 hour period of June 6, 1944, 57,500 Americans landed at Utah
and Normandy beaches (4,696 died that day); 21,400 Canadians landed
(1,204 died); 53,815 British landed (2,543 died). In addition
23,000 airborne troops parachuted behind enemy lines that day. In
total 155,715 Allied troops landed in France on D-Day June 6.
There are three
Medal of Honor awardees buried at the American Cemetery in
Normandy. Listed on each marble cross is the name, rank, and death
date; however, (unlike the other crosses) the details of MOH crosses
are the only ones highlighted with a special gold paint and with
red-white-blue flowers at the base.
One of these 3 MOH
awardees at Normandy is Brig. Gen. Theodore Roosevelt, Jr., son of
President Roosevelt who died of a heart attack about a week after