Cherbourg and Sainte-Mère-Eglise, June 5, 1994 – After visiting Ste-Mère-Eglise, Sandra and I reboarded the bus for the drive to a nearby field where 560 troops from the 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions, along with 38 WWII vets from the 82nd and 101st – ages 68 to 83 – parachuted in a re-enactment of Operation Overlord. One of the veterans who parachuted said to Sandra and me:
“When I jumped 50 years ago, I was scared to death. This time, I was only half scared to death.”
Dr. Warren Austin was a young Army doctor during the Allied invasion of Normandy. He was returning 50 years later as a passenger on the Royal Viking Sun, bringing with him his 50-year old uniform to wear at the D-Day events.
(Photo: Dr. Warren Austin in his WWII Army surgeon uniform at the re-enactment of Operation Overlord, Ste-Mère-Eglise, June 5, 1994.)
Excerpted from the upcoming memoir Author, Publisher, Marketing Man, 1990-2015, by William and Sandra McGee. Next post June 6. All D-Day Posts