The Bedford Boys: One American Town's Ultimate D-day Sacrifice

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Da Capo Press, Apr 16, 2003 - History - 274 pages
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On June 6, 1944, nineteen boys from Bedford, Virginia--population 3,000--died in the first bloody minutes of D-Day when their landing craft dropped them in shallow water off Omaha Beach. They were part of the first wave of American soldiers to hit the sands of Normandy. Later that day, two more soldiers from the same small town died of gunshot wounds. Twenty-one sons of Bedford killed--no other town in America suffered a greater one-day loss. It is a story that one cannot easily forget--and one that the families of Bedford will never forget. It was, and still is, Bedford's longest day.The Bedford Boys is the intimate true story of these young men and their friends and families in Bedford. It portrays a neighborhood of soldiers before and during the war--from the girlfriends they left behind to the buddies they made in basic training, from anxious barracks in England to the bloody beaches of Normandy. Based on extensive interviews with survivors and relatives as well as on diaries and letters, Alex Kershaw's book focuses on several remarkable individuals and families to tell one of the most poignant stories of World War II--the story of one small American town that went to war and died on Omaha Beach.
 

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The D-Day invasion took many lives – and the town of Bedford, Virginia lost more than its share of native sons. The Bedford Boys is the story of the men who lost their lives, those who survived and ... Read full review

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As I read each name of the Bedford Boys I couldn't help but flip through the memorial section to see if that soldier survived. I will always prefer books that focus on the individual soldiers and ... Read full review

Contents

DDay H360
1
Going to
7
Moving Out
23
Cruel Seas
41
Englands Own
53
29 Lets Go
67
Slapton Sands
81
The Sausages
93
Medic
139
Every Man Was a Hero
149
Bedfords Longest Day
165
Bocage
173
The Longest Wait
189
His Deep Regret
197
Coming Home
209
Memorial
225

The Empire Javelin
111
The First Wave
121
Dog Beach
129
The Bedford Boys and DDay
239
Index
263
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Alex Kershaw is the author of the widely acclaimed and bestselling books The Bedford Boys, The Longest Winter, and The Few, and two biographies: Jack London and Blood and Champagne: The Life and Times of Robert Capa. He lives in Williamstown, Massachusetts.

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