Longest Day excerpt – my grandmother’s perspective on D-Day

Posted by on Jan 5, 2012 in Blog | 0 comments

From Cornelius Ryan’s The Longest Day, 1959 First Edition –

In San Francisco, Mrs. Lucille M. Schultz, a nurse at the Veterans Hospital at Fort Miley, was on night duty when the announcement was made. She wanted to stay by the radio in the hope that the 82nd Airborne would be mentioned; she suspected the division was in the assault. But she was also afraid the radio might excite her cardiac patient, a World War I veteran. He wanted to listen to the reports. "I wish I was there," he said. "You’ve had your war," said Nurse Schultz as she turned off the radio. Sitting in the darkness, weeping silently, she said the Rosary over and over for her twenty-one-year-old paratrooper son, Arthur, better know to the 505th Regiment as Dutch.

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