The men of the 2nd I.D. Living History Association gathered at Omaha's famous Durham Museum on Sunday, June 8. Our purpose for the day was to provide an interpretive display honoring the 70th Anniversary of D-Day. The highlight of the day was seeing Jeff's replica steel hedgehogs for the first time. The two hedgehogs, hand-built by Jeff out of wood, were extremely impressive and really set the stage for our display. As a group we were able to represent the 2nd Infantry Division, the 29th Infantry Division, the 101st Airborne Division, Armored Divisions and the 2nd Ranger Battalion. It was a great chance to interact with the public, to get out ALL of our D-Day gear, and to pay tribute to those who gave the ultimate sacrifice on June 6, 1944.
Will, Casey and I jumped (from a truck) into Normandy (Ft. Calhoun, Nebraska) to celebrate the 70th Anniversary of D-Day on the night of Saturday, June 7. We geared up for the event to portray paratroopers from F Company, 502nd Parachute Infantry Regiment. For our first objective, Will and I were dropped in the middle of field at 2300 hours and told to go find a concrete bunker and destroy it. The half moon and clear skies provided us with enough light to make our way through snarled woods, along grassy tree lines and over winding muddy fields. We met up with Casey a short while later with the help of our little brass crickets - an item issued to the 101st Airborne for the invasion. Remember: one click is to be answered by two clicks! The three of us finally found the German bunker and then pushed to the southeast throughout the night and finally made it to our second objective, Causeway #2, a little after 0200. We held the ground around the causeway with the deep sounds of bullfrogs and crickets lulling us into a light sleep. The combination of the cold ground and our wet clothing made the night rather uncomfortable with temperatures dipping below 55 degrees. We gathered up our gear by 0430 and then pushed on further to the south. The sun finally rose to greet us just before 0600 as we ate some rations and finished our 7 hour mission. It was a memorable event and one that I have been wanting to do for about 15 years. This was my first experience reenacting as an Airborne unit in the field and I found it to be really enjoyable. I'll have to make a few minor tweaks to my uniform and gear for future events but everyone had a great night!
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