JOSEPH BILLINGS – THE FIRST INFANTRY
It was June 6, 1944 and the largest armada of ships ever assembled was in the English Channel and set for the invasion of Normandy. Billings describes the landing:
…I was in the first wave that went in at Omaha Beach and it was the worst mixed up landing. The tide came in and many drowned and many more came close to drowning. You should have seen the boats. There were obstacles made of steel rails set in concrete and the landing boats would come in and hit the obstacles and sink. Going in to the beach I heard a photographer yell 'Help! Help'! He got hit in the hand and he was carrying these large reels. He wanted help in loading his camera. I loaded the camera with this big reel for him. We were standing on the beach and I said, 'Let's get out of here.’ We lost every officer in my company K that day. Boy, they were good officers.