Local veteran, Mr. Henry Ferri, went ashore at Omaha Beach on D-Day, June 6, 1944. He accompanied engineers attached to the 16th Regimental Combat team at Omaha Beach on D-Day. Their mission was to go ashore and help clear the obstacles from the beach to make way for subsequent waves.
The Germans set up mines and obstacles designed to inflict casualties and slow the advance of the invasion force. Their plan was to trap and eliminate enemy troops at the waterline where they were exposed and could not take cover from enemy fire. To defeat this plan our Soldiers had to move off the beach as quickly as possible.
You can learn more about his story by listening to the video above or by visiting www.armyheritage.org.