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May 29,1958

Capt. Robert Robinson
Commander, Detachment #6, 2156-6 AU
University of Kentucky
Lexington, Kentucky

Dear Capt. Robinson:

A history of D-Day, June 6, 1944, to coincide with the 15th anniversary
of the Normandy invasion next year is being prepared by Cornelius Ryan
for publication in the Reader's Digest and in book form. It is being
written with the complete cooperation and assistance of the Department
of the Army and the Department of Defense. This will not be another
strategic history of invasion day, but a story of the twenty-four hours
of D-Day as people lived them and remembered them. For this, we can only
go to the men who were there and, if they are willing, invade their memor-
ies. Having learned of the part which you played in the invasion, we hope
very much that you will be interested in the project and agree to help us.

During the next few months, both in this country and in Europe, Mr. Ryan
will be interviewing many of the D-Day participants who agree to contribute
to the book. Very probably, he will wish to talk with you during that
period. In the meantime, since we are dealing with literally hundreds of
people, we have found it necessary to develop an individual file on each
person who agrees to help us. Therefore, we hope that if you are interested
in the project, you will complete the enclosed record and return it to me
it your earliest convenience. We truly believe that these questions will
serve you, as well as us, if they can help to crystallize some hazy memor-
ies and to indicate the sort of information which we are seeking.

I should be most grateful to know as soon as possible when and if you will
be available for interview during the next few months. We want very much
to tell the story of your unit, and in order to do that we need your per-
sonal account. We look forward eagerly to your reply.

Sincerely yours,

Frances Ward
Research Department


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