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New Orleans National World War II Museum Rooted in D-Day Invasion

Champ Vinet vividly remembers June 6, 1944. D-Day.  “We knew it was coming, we didn’t know when of course,” says the 96-year-old nonagenarian who is quick to add, “I’ll be 97 in a month.” Vinet was training in Colorado to become a pilot in the U.S. Army Air Corps when news reached him that Allied forces landed on the beaches of Normandy, France, in the largest military invasion in history. But Vinet says the drumbeats of war came to New Orleans long before.  “What World...

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