National WWII Museum marks D-Day's 70th anniversary with many events Friday and Saturday

  • by: JANET McCONNAUGHEY , Associated Press
  • Updated: June 5, 2014 - 5:25 AM

NEW ORLEANS — For months, 19-year-old Cpl. Roland Chaisson and his demolition squad had trained in England to invade Normandy. Twice a day they scrambled down rope ladders from troop ships to the flat landing craft called Higgins boats. They'd be setting explosives under huge, pointed steel anti-tank defenses called hedgehogs. So once ashore, they repeatedly ran and dropped to set dummy explosives while Royal Air Force machine-gunners overhead fired at targets.

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