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75th Anniversary of D-Day


Never Forgotten

Multimedia journalism students from Middle Tennessee State University retraced the steps of those who fought for freedom on June 6th 1944 and during the long summer that followed.  They traveled from London to Portsmouth...crossed the English Channel into Caen...walked along the Normandy beaches...and reflected at the final resting place of so many who gave all.  In this special report marking the 75th anniversary of D-Day, these student reporters tell the stories of other travelers they met along the way as well as Middle Tennessee veterans and some young history buffs who will never let D-Day be forgotten. They also reveal the profound impact these historic locations made on them personally.


D-Day Message to Troops

D-Day message Eisenhower issued to the troops participating in the invasion as well as other messages, notices and correspondence related to the dissemination of Eisenhower’s message.

Decimal Files, 1944 – 1945
Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force (SHAEF); Adjutant General's Division; Executive Section
Record Group 331, Entry NM8 56
208 Boxes

Source: National Archives Identifier 613030

D-Day Order of the Day , statement as issued to the soldiers,  sailors and airmen of the Allied Expeditionary Force, June 6, 1944.  (National Archives Identifier 186473)

General Eisenhower Speaking to Paratroopers

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Photograph No. 111-SC-194399 (War and Conflict Number 1040); General Dwight D. Eisenhower gives the order of the Day. Full victory-nothing else to paratroopers in England, just before they board their airplanes to participate in the first assault in the invasion of the continent of Europe, June 5, 1944.


Source: National Archives Identifier 531217

News Reel - D-Day Invasion

News Reel - D-Day Invasion

Source: Prelinger Archive

The Battle of Pointe du Hoc

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The Battle of Pointe du Hoc

An Interactive Multimedia Presentation

Click on the image above to visit the site and view the presentation.

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Source: The Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial

Normandy American Cemetery

Normandy American Cemetery


Normandy American Cemetery is the final resting place to more than 9,000 Americans that gave their lives in World War II.  

The cemetery site, at the north end of its half mile access road, covers 172.5 acres.

Source: Normandy American Cemetery

Burial Sites of Tennesseans in Normandy American Cemetery

Dr. Ken Blake, Associate Professor in the School of Journalism and Strategic Media at Middle Tennessee State University, created a spreadsheet of Tennesseans who died during WWII and are interred at the American Cemetery in Normandy. The data come from the American Battle Monuments Commission, the federal agency that oversees the Normandy cemetery and other such sites around the world.

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Dr. Blake's Google Spreadsheet can be found by clicking on the image to the right.

There were 250 Tennesseans buried at the American Cemetery in Normandy. The following rows contain the most Tennesseans. There are three, each containing four Tennessee casualties:


Plot A, Row 19

Plot D, Row 4

Plot H, Row 4

Data created by Dr. Ken Blake, Associate Professor School of Journalism and Strategic Media

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