Army Pfc. Hilman Prestridge, who is 94 years old in the portrait.  Courtesy of Jeffrey Rease

Army Amphibious Forces Pfc. Hilman Prestridge survived D-Day. He was among the first soldiers to storm Omaha Beach in Normandy.

Rease said he asked Prestridge what his memories were of the sounds and sights upon arriving in Normandy. Prestridge told Rease he remembers “complete chaos” and that many soldiers died shortly after landing on the beach, while others drowned due to being weighed down with pounds of heavy gear.

We honor you, Hilman Prestridge.

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