First Soldier to Hit Beach Remembers D-Day

Leonard Schroeder remembers the day he led the charge that drove the Nazis out of France like it was yesterday.

"Well about 80 percent of the guys on the boat were sick, upchucking," he told on the anniversary of D-Day. "They were dropping all those bombs on the place where we were going in."

He recalled he first had to figure out where to ground the boat, "without getting bombed by our own guys," Schroeder told the station, adding then they had to dodge Nazi missiles, and then machine guns as they charged the Nazi fort.

Schroeder keeps the boots he wore that day in his garage.

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