NE Indiana (Fort Wayne’s NBC) – You would be hard pressed to find a more important military event in U.S. history dating back 150 years or more.
Veterans from this corner of Indiana made key contributions at D-Day, and that is catalogued in a new book just coming out.
Personal accounts from those who fought and survived are included in that book.
Years ago, Kayleen Reusser from Bluffton wrote a newspaper column about a World War II Marine who earned two Purple Hearts serving in the Pacific.
“I came out of that interview just amazed, I’ve always loved stories and hearing them from people, and I thought like, wow, I feel like more than just the people who will read my column need to hear this,” Reusser said.
Reusser is just now releasing “D-Day– Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen Tell About Normandy.”
It’s the fourth book she’s completed, all of them focusing on the personal accounts of northeast Indiana veterans who fought in some of the most memorable World War II battles and lived to tell about it.
In the book, there are photos of some of the men whose experiences she catalogued.
Their lives were changed forever by playing some role in the roughly two-week long D-Day campaign, the largest seaborne invasion in history.
Reusser says it’s common when she sits down with battle tested veterans, that they minimize their contribution.
“And I say, first of all, did you show up? did you do what you were told? If you did, then you’re a hero and you have a story,” she said.
The book can be purchased on-line through Amazon or Barnes & Noble.