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WWII Veteran Frank DeVita

Image credit: The History Channel.
WWII Veteran Frank DaVita joined the Coast Guard to serve our country. He ended up as a ramp operator on a Higgins Boat landing craft on the first wave of soldiers landing at Omaha Beach in Normandy on D-Day.

WWII Veteran Frank DeVita joined the Coast Guard to serve our country. He ended up as a ramp operator on a Higgins Boat landing craft on the first wave of soldiers landing at Omaha Beach in Normandy on D-Day. Frank made 11 or 12 trips back and forth from his ship to the beach on June 6, 1944. He never talked about the war until 1977. His children had no idea of his service until then. I had the great honor to accompany Frank and three other D-Day Veterans to Normandy in 2016. Frank’s story is absolutely riveting. You won’t want to miss it.

 

Feature image credit: The History Channel. 

Frank as a young soldier.
Frank with the 2016 Normandy Picnic host.
The table for the picnic. The French love American soldiers.
The Memorial at Omaha Beach.
Frank with WWII Airman, Conrad Lohoefer.
Frank and his son Richard at Normandy Cemetery.
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4 Responses

  1. There are just no words to express my admiration and gratitude for Frank and those he served with in the Battle of Normandy who put their lives on the line or gave their lives so others could be saved from tyranny and cruelty. I pray God mightily blesses Frank for the rest of his days.

  2. This man is so humble. I fathom to comprehend the sacrifices he and his generation have made in the pursuit of freedom from oppression. I am only in my 30’s but since a young age I have had such admiration for his generation and respect for what they have given to the world and the legacy they have left behind. If only people nowadays could muster half of the selflessness shown by men like Frank, we would all be living in a much better world. I would simply like to thank him for what he has had to endure throughout his lifetime, and swear that I will fight to keep his spirit and honour alive through my own actions in hopes to continue to keep the world from falling back towards the horrors these men fought so hard to stamp out.

    With love and respect from Ireland.
    A cara

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