By Allison Flores
The Cuero Record
Thursday, June 6 marked the 75th anniversary of “D-Day”, a key moment during World War II when more than 160,000 Allied troops stormed the beaches of Normandy, France to fight Nazi Germany. The DeWitt County Historical Commission(DCHC) honored those who served during D-Day by holding a ceremony at the Let Freedom Ring Veteran’s Park that morning.
After an invocation from Larry Nuckles, Joe L. Sheppard spoke to the crowd briefly about how he likes to specifically recall the efforts of Brigadier General Theodore Roosevelt Jr., son of President Theodore Roosevelt.
Sheppard explained that Gen. Roosevelt led the first wave of the U.S. 4th Infantry Division’s landing at Utah Beach and earned the Medal of Honor.
He passed away due to heart issues only a month after the attack in France.
While Sheppard described the story of Gen. Roosevelt in more detail, he was quick to remind the audience that you can’t tell a story of one hero without leaving out the millions of others.
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