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Author Remembers D-Day’s 'Forgotten' African-American Heroes

On June 7, 1944, a 20-year-old medic named Waverly Woodson plunged into the surf of Omaha Beach to drag four drowning British soldiers to safety. Injured by shrapnel, he’d already spent marathon hours treating other wounded men during the D-Day landings in Normandy. He collapsed from exhaustion shortly after. William Dabney was also hit by shrapnel as he waded to shore through waist-deep water. George Davison saw “bodies being blown to bits,” as he ducked from German fire on the wide,...

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