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'Crying and Dying All The Time' On D-Day

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95 year old Walter Dickens of Monroe was an Army medic in the first wave of soldiers to arrive on Omaha Beach on June 6, 1944.

Dickens tells My Fox Carolinas there was "crying and dying" during the bloody battles in France. As a medic, he helped care for the wounded and received a Bronze Star for rescuing some of his fellow military members.

Dickens described landing on the beaches of France on D-Day. He said, “I could see the beach, but we were a long way from the beach, but when we went out the bodies were floating in front of us, and you could see them all over the beach.” Dickens goes on to say, “There was a bluff there. That’s what I was trying to get to it because above the bluff the Germans were firing in with their artillery and machine guns.”

Dickens described the scene as he tried to help some of his comrades. He said, “Of course there was crying and dying all the time that first day. And some of them would be praying, but most of them would be calling ‘mama.”

Walter says he started out with 93 medics in his group. When the war ended, there were only 13 left to fight. He said, “After the war, I didn’t talk a lot about it, because I didn’t talk any about it, because then if I started talking about it, i began to see a lot of the guys that i knew for, we trained here you see, i was with those guys two years before the invasion, in training, and we lost a lot of them there.”

All of the bloodshed and all the painful memories, 70 years later, are overtaken by Dickens’ love of his country. Dickens said, “I love it enough and freedom, till even at 95, if I could hobble around, if it come up again, I would do the same thing over. That’s about all I could say about America, I would do it again.”

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