Maj. Gen. Bill Raines Remembers D-Day
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) – After 72 years, the events of June 6, 1944 are ancient history to many.
But the allied invasion on the beaches of Normandy is important. It was the beginning of the end of World war two in Europe.
There was no guarantee that the largest amphibious invasion in history would work, and it took a few weeks to see that D-Day was a major success.
But the price was high as beaches were littered with the dead…and those soldiers are honored every year by the French government on this day.
Retired Major General Bill Raines of Chattanooga tells News 12 he’s always to visit Normandy, and last month he got that chance.
BILL RAINES, MAJ. GEN. (RET) U.S. ARMY “Three hundred yards of beach that the soldiers had to come across through obstacles, mine fields, machine guns shooting down at them…most awesome. You could see why they really are members of the greatest generation.”
Bill Raines, who’s now a Chattanooga businessman, says the French remember well the sacrifice made by Americans and other allied soldiers. He says they welcome visitors to the memorials in Normandy.
General Raines is also chairman of the Charles Coolidge Medal of Honor Museum, which is focused this week on D-Day—one of the greatest battles in history.