On the 75th Anniversary of D-Day… An iconic image (Post 6)

June 6, 2019 – The official name of the iconic photo on the book cover is “Into the Jaws of Death.” The men wading to shore on June 6, 1944 are soldiers from Company E, 16th Infantry, 1st Infantry Division. Those lying flat on Omaha Beach are ducking from murderous German machine gun fire. Or they’ve already been hit. These men were brought in as close to the shore as the Coast Guard-manned LCVP (Landing Craft, Vehicle and Personnel) could get them. More Coast Guard vessels were lost or damaged on D-Day than at any time in the service’s history. Semper Paratus. (“Always Ready.”  Coast Guard motto)

I chose this photo for the cover of The Amphibians Are Coming!… a history of the revolutionary landing craft designed and built to speed assault troops directly to a beach. -Bill McGee

(Photo: National Archives)

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Excerpted from the upcoming memoir Author, Publisher, Marketing Man, 1990-2015, by William and Sandra McGee. Final post June 8.  All D-Day Posts

 

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