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"I don't know how I made it." (Interview)

   Fred Millet
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Fred Millet, 1943 [detail]
War: World War, 1939-1945
Branch: Army
Unit: 5th Ranger Battalion, 79th Infantry Division
Service Location: European Theater; Omaha Beach, Normandy, France; Manchester, England; Camp Blanding, Florida
Rank: Technician Five
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Among the most perilous assignments on D-Day were those of Army Rangers like Fred Millet, who were expected to be first and foremost in taking the beaches and scaling the cliffs to take out enemy positions up top. The casualty rates for the Rangers were enormous. By July, when U.S. forces had advanced to St.-Lo, Millet recalls, 80 percent of his company had been replaced. Once General George Patton and his 3rd Army came across the Channel, Millet and his fellow Rangers had a new boss and were on their way toward Berlin.

Interview (Video)
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Sound Recording
»Photo Album  (3 photos)
 Official Documents
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 Other Materials
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Flashing back on Normandy; clearing the beach. (04:34) Moving from the 1st Army to the 3rd Army under Patton. (01:44) Knocking out German observers. (00:52)
Under friendly fire from American bombers. (02:32) Setting an ambush for the Germans. (03:54) On a mission to locate enemy artillery. (04:48)
 Official Documents (5 items)
Photocopy of certificate of recognition for service during the Cold War. Certificate of recognition from the Republic of France for participation in the battle for the liberation of France. Photocopy of certificate from State of New Jersey awarding the Distinguished Service Medal.
Certificate of Honorable Discharge from the Armed Forces. Statement by Harry Truman thanking soldiers for their service in World War II. 
 Other Materials (3 items)
Map of the Route of the Fighting 79th. History of the 79th Infantry Division News clipping

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