Local couple seek Normandy history

Published 12:29 am Saturday, June 6, 2009

By By Betty Mitchell Gray
Special to the Daily News

My husband, Rick, and I stood on the shore of the English Channel at the site now known as Omaha Beach.
It was hard for us to truly comprehend what took place there on the morning of June 6, 1944.
The numbers have been recorded in the history books, but they’re difficult to fathom.
The operation was the largest single-day amphibious invasion of all time, with about 156,000 troops landing on June 6, 1944. Operation Neptune involved 6,939 vessels with 195,700 Allied troops assigned to the mission.
The landings took place along a 50-mile stretch of the Normandy coast divided into five sectors: Code-named Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno and Sword.