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[?Lancaster?], PA.

Medic O

For Cornelius Ryan
Book about D- Day

THOUSANDS OF MEN, ON LAND AND SEA PATRICIPATED IN THE
INVASION OF NORMANDY BETWEEN MIDNIGHT JUNE 5, 1944 AND MIDNIGHT JUNE
6, 1944. IF YOU WERE ONE OF THEM, PLEASE ANSWER THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS.

What is your full name?
Elmer G. Shindle

What was your unit and division?
Hq. Co. 116th Inf. Regt., 29th Inf. Div.

Where did you arrive in Normandy, and at what time?
Omaha Beach ( Dog White Beach ) H Hour - 6 A.M.

What was your rank on June 6, 1944?
Technician Fourth Grade

What was your age on June 6, 1944?
27 years old.

Were you married at that time ? Yes

What is your wife's name? Dorothy E. Shindle

Did you have any children at that time? No

What do you do now?
I work in a Plastics factory.

When did you know that you were going to be part of the invasion?
When we were moved to a staging area near
Weymouth Harbor, England, in May 1944.

What was the trip like during the crossing of the Channel? Do you remember,
conversations you had or how you passed the time ?
The crossing was very rough, and I was seasick most of the time.
Tension was marked on the face of everyone. I recall one
incident that happened; John Conwell related a dream to me that
he had the night before. He said he saw me running back and
forth across the beach tending to wounded soldiers, and later
being decorated for this. That was one dream that came true.

What were the rumors on board the boat, ship or plane in which you made
the crossing ? (Some people remember scuttlebut to the effect that the
Germans had poured gasoline on the water and planned to set it afire when
the troops came in).

The big rumor on our ship was that we were only going to be in
France for seventy two hours - then we were to come back to
England for the invasion of Norway. .

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