WWII veteran recounts D-Day on Army’s birthday

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This Flag Day marks 243 years the United States Army has been keeping us free.

Military and community members on Redstone Arsenal honored the past and how far the Army has come. The guest of honor was a man who has seen it all.

“It was a battle that anybody participated in it would never forget,” said World War II veteran Harold McMurran.

McMurran watched two people get killed just in basic training. That was before two weeks of seasickness to make it to the beaches of Normandy for D-Day.

“All I can tell you is it was horrible,” he said. “And they say, ‘How did you feel?’ I say I had three feelings. Once I was afraid, then I was scared, and then I didn’t care. Because everything was flying around you, you didn’t know if one of the bullets was for you or somebody else. But see a buddy fall or something like that… We had one determination. We’d do what had to be done. And we did it.”

That accomplishment brought us to where we are today.

“I’m proud to have served when and where I did,” McMurran told the crowd. “If all we did was pave the road so that y’all may have it a little easier than how we did. Thank God you’ve got better equipment.”

McMurran turned 94 years old on Sunday. 

Community members brought distressed flags to this event so that they could be properly retired.

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