Slide 2 (timeline)- . Austin- 15 th March, 1938 Germany takes Austria. 1 st September, 1939 Germany takes Poland. 7 th December 1941 Pearl Harbor. Rachel- 19 th February 1942 Japanese Internment Camps. 17 th July 1942 Battle of Stalingrad. 6 th June 1944 D-Day.
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Slide 2 (timeline)- • Austin- 15thMarch, 1938 • Germany takes Austria • 1st September, 1939 • Germany takes Poland • 7th December 1941 • Pearl Harbor • Rachel- 19thFebruary 1942 • Japanese Internment Camps • 17th July 1942 • Battle of Stalingrad • 6th June 1944 • D-Day Slide 2 – Austin- Hi! My name is Miles Young. I live in Cleveland, Ohio and I am a World War II veteran. Rachel- My father and I were very close, almost as close as you could get. He was also in the war. When he was gone, I missed him and every night I would stay awake waiting for him to come home. He always did, until he died at Pearl Harbor. He was my influence why I decided to join the war and fight for my country.
Slide 3 – Austin- When I enrolled in the armed forces, I understood that I was probably either going to die or be severely injured, but I wanted to fight for my country. I was assigned to the 16th RCT (Regimental Combat Team) which was a part of the U.S. first division. Slide 4 – Rachel- The conditions on the ships that were transporting us to Britain and then to Normandy were cramped. The aisle between the bunks on either side was only about a foot and a half wide, and there were sometimes four or five men to a bunk. Austin- while on the boat, I had been more frightened and nervous than I had ever been in my entire life. I knew that the second I stepped off the landing craft, I would be shot at. I knew everybody out there wanted to kill me. Then finally we arrived at Omaha Beach.
Slide 5- Rachel-When we arrived in Normandy, we were put on landing crafts and sent to the beaches. There were five beaches involved: Omaha, Juno, Sword, Gold, and Utah. Omaha was the beach that I was sent to, which was unlucky for me. Omaha was the beach with the greatest number of German defenses, and we were caught off guard. Austin- As soon as the landing craft door opened, bullets began firing. Line after line, row after row of my comrades fell to the ground. Blood was everywhere. I decided not to partake in this stage of the bloodbath, and I jumped over the edge of the craft, plunging into the red water. Slide 6- Rachel- I swam to the beach, dodging fire, bullets whizzing past my face. I heard the cries of my allies all around me, but I was too scared to look anywhere but directly in front of me. As soon as I reached the beach I flung myself behind a rock. I heard bullets penetrate the hard surface of the rock on the other side. Austin- I got extremely nervous and impatient. I wanted to see what was going on. The bullets seemed to stop firing at me, so I counted to ten and turned around…
Slide 8- Rachel-I was shot in the arm. I could barely see, and my arm was shooting blood and throbbing worse than any injury I ever had. The next thing I knew I was lying in a hospital bed getting cared for. Apparently a division of medics came and picked me up shortly after I was shot. I was told that we won the battle, and U.S. troops were moving farther into France. I was happy Austin- I was then informed that I was released from the Armed forces, which was a relief, but I also wanted to keep serving my country. But, I went home and started my new life at Ohio State University and I now live with my almost 1 year old son and wife. To this day just thinking about my experience brings tears to my eyes Slide 9- Rachel- This is the American Cemetery and Memorial in Normandy. It holds the tombs of the American soldiers who lost their lives during the Battle of Normandy. Austin – Let us all take a moment of silence to recognize those who died in the battle.
Slide 10- Rachel-I know a man named Jules Lavern who also served in the war at the battle Dunkirk in France. His experience was much different. He was drafted into the war, and I enlisted as soon as I was legally allowed. Also, when he was shot in the leg, he was patched up and put back at the front line, where as I was released from the Forces. Also, the biggest difference, is that we won our battle, and he lost his. Austin – Even though our experiences were different, and we partook in different parts of the war, I feel we were like partners, we fought for our land together, we shed blood together, and best of all, we won the war together. b
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