It was 69 years ago today.

Points and Figures pays tribute to D-Day veteran and Medal of Honor recipient Walt Ehlers:

On this day 69 years ago, he went ashore in the “back half of the first wave” at Normandy’s Omaha Beach. The 12 men under his care survived that day. But, Walt’s brother, Roland, passed away just up the beach. 

Walt and his brother had fought through Africa together. Walt told me his fiercest battle ever was when he and his brother defended a hill against a large number of Nazi’s by themselves. Walt said, “When I ran out of mortar rounds, I picked up my rifle and began shooting with my brother. We whipped “em.”

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