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WWII Veteran Remembers D-Day

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MISSOULA - June 6 of this year marks the 70th anniversary of the largest seaborne military invasion in history, and a turning point for the Allies in the second world war.

On D-Day in 1944, hundreds of thousands of Allied troops invaded a 50-mile stretch of coastline in northern France, a move that led to the country's liberation.

Eugene Buchholtz said he remembers D-Day is a bloody and terrifying day, where he received a bullet wound and lost some good friends.
Buchholtz was had earned the rank of Army Tech Sergeant by the time he left the service, and was one of six brothers to serve in the military.

"The Germans were coming up into France, and we were there to stop 'em from coming in," he said.

Buchholtz remembers the anticipation he felt leading up to the invasion.

"The Army had some military buses they hauled us in, and then when we got there, we unloaded and walked the rest of the way."

He recalls hundreds of bombers flying overhead.

"It was just something you were scared to death, going in there, all them damn guns, the artillery and stuff…"

And when he and 150,000 troops stormed the beaches, Buchholtz says he watched several good friends get shot down.

"It was a hell of a battle, people were getting killed all over the place," Buchholtz said.

Buchholtz also took a bullet to his side-- the second wound he'd received in the war.

"The bullet went through my side in the front of me, and went out the back of my back."

Buchholtz earned two Purple Hearts during his time of service.

He and his wife Clara had five children and now reside in Missoula.

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