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Wanted: D-Day Veterans to be honored in Audrain County

Posted on Thursday, April 25, 2019 at 4:35 pm

The United States Exercise Tiger Foundation is looking for any WW-II vets that were in D-Day or went into France from the Normandy beaches. This year marks the 75th anniversary of the WW-II pre-D-Day battle of Exercise Tiger and D-Day.

Brigader General William A. Ward shaking hands with Vietnam veteran Denny Hodges at last year's ceremony.

Brigader General William A. Ward shaking hands with Vietnam veteran Denny Hodges at last year’s ceremony.

The veterans will be honored at the annual ceremony, 1 p.m. Sunday, April 28 at the Missouri Army and Navy Anchor memorial at the Audrain County Courthouse in Mexico. All D-Day vets will receive medals, but they need to contact the USTF at 573-356-0529 or at www.exercisetiger.org. ┬áThere is no charge. This year’s ceremony will feature a flyover by a WW-II Avenger. The flyover will be performed at the ceremony’s conclusion. The plane will land at the Mexico Airport for the public to see up close and with medals awarded to veterans.

Missouri lost more men in the April 28 battle of Exercise Tiger than on D-Dy itself. Some 201 Missouri soldiers died int he battle when German warships attacked the US Navy convoy “Taffy 4.” The eight LSTs put up a fight but two were sank and a third was crippled, over 749 US troops died.