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Now 95, Ernest Shepherd is the only one of a dozen siblings still living. His older brother Harry joined the U. Army before American involvement in the war began.

99-year-old D-Day veteran remembers service

In November he shipped out to Scotland, taking a train to the hospital site. Ten months later Shepherd was sent to the Continent. A fellow soldier, familiar with parachute material, told him it was from an equipment drop, not an individual paratrooper. Getting there also gave Shepherd his first subway ride.

Shepherd was assigned to the hospital in Liege, Belgium, in August While he was there, the hospital was hit by a V-1, an early cruise missile with a pound warhead. D-Day cost the lives of an estimated more than 4, Allied troops, but was a turning point of World War II that ultimately led to the defeat of Germany. In the wake of D-Day, his unit wended its way east and toward the front, and Saldana, now 98, can recall a skirmish along the southern end of the Seine river.

An explosion from a grenade that landed nearby was so intense, he landed in the river. Soon, the Allies were able to use the rail lines to advance.

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After the encounter, hours passed before Saldana rejoined his unit, and his commanding officer asked him where he had been. The goal was to draw fire away from the real battery to us.

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For instance, when the Rhine was crossed. We were able to get the German army to assemble opposite us, firing at us!

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And um, when the actual crossing was made, about 20 miles to our north, there was practically no resistance. Some people say we saved 30, lives. Practically everyone I knew, in those days, has died. It was funny, it was distasteful, it was crazy. We did it to overcome a terrible, terrible enemy.

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