Tag: Utah Beach

Outlandish D-Day Invasion Tales: Paratrooper Raff

The article “Outlandish D-Day Invasion Tales: Paratrooper Raff: Tank Commander?” by our historian Kevin M. Hymel, recounts the story of Colonel Edson Raff “America’s most experienced paratrooper,” who commanded a tank regiment on the day of the Normandy Invasion.

D-Day Facts and Stats

D-Day, also called “Operation Overlord,” is the name given to the landing of 160,000 Allied troops in Normandy, France, on June 6, 1944.    “D-Day” most likely comes from the army’s use of the term “undefined day,” or the first day of any operation.   American General Dwight D. Eisenhower commanded the invasion.   D-Day …

Utah Beach Museum: Commemorating the D-Day Landings

This article, “Commemorating the D-Day Landings,” by our historian Kevin Hymel, first appeared in Naval History in 2014. Kevin, who is the historian for the United States Air Force Chaplain Corps, leads D-Day tours for Stephen Ambrose Historical Tours, which includes a visit to the Utah Beach Museum. He is also the historian for the In …