SARATOGA, N.Y. (NEWS10) – A veteran took a meaningful trip down memory lane today.
Stan McMillan served on a destroyer escort named the Bates in World War II. The Bates delivered Army Rangers to an island in close proximity to Normandy Beach, France.
McMillan says that he was there before the infamous D-Day invasion on June 6, 1944. He was responsible for clearing out the islands and making sure that the Germans didn’t gain a solid foothold.
“We went in at two in the morning,” says McMillan. He continues, “Rangers were there all night, at six still sitting there waiting for Rangers to get back.”
“The German shore battery spotted us, started shooting as us.” McMillan concludes, “So I say we were the first ship to be shot at by the German shore battery, fortunately they missed!”
The brave actions of McMillan, along with those who served beside him, resulted in the Allied liberation of Western Europe from Nazi Control.