Local vet stormed the beaches at Normandy

ALBANY, N.Y. – A local World War II veteran recalled being among the troops who stormed the beaches of Normandy 70 years ago.

Harold Williams was one of thousands of military men who stormed the beaches of Normandy in an attempt to overtake power from Nazi-controlled mainland Europe.

“We had no idea what was in store for us,” he recalled. “As we got on the ship there was a little chaplain there and he was patting each guy on the back saying, ‘God bless you, son,’ and I often wondered if he was kinda thinking how many would make it?”

Williams also remembered coming upon a cottage in a small town only a few days into the invasion. He said a man and his wife and a second man and his wife approached Williams’ Colonel and said the second couple was Jewish.

“[The man said,] ‘This man and his wife – they’re Jewish. They’re Jews. We’ve been hiding them since 1940.’ Now this is 1944,” Williams said. “I would say that if there was ever a time that you were proud to be an American it was then because we had given them their freedom.”

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