Today is the 75th anniversary of D-Day and veterans across the world, including right here in Acadiana, are looking back on what is considered a defining moment in World War II.
On June 6th, 1944, more than 150,000 allied troops invaded the northern French coast, marking the start of France’s liberation from Nazi occupiers.
KATC spoke with one St. Martinville veteran who remembers it like it was yesterday.
“When they hit us it was a bazooka,” said “Bookie” Broussard. “And when it pierced the fire took inside the truck and we all jumped out and no one got hurt though. When it slowed down I went out and got in a tank and drove it around to where the others were and that’s when I got that Bronze Star.”