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Michiana veteran shares memories of storming Normandy on D-Day

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Bruce Howe Jr. was a member of the U.S. Army during D-Day Bruce Howe Jr. was a member of the U.S. Army during D-Day
U.S. Army First Sergeant Bruce Howe Jr. was one of the millions of Americans who fought in World War II. The Warsaw native was one of the soldiers who stormed the beaches of Normandy back on June 6, 1944, better known as D-Day.

"War is hell," Howe said. "Right now I would be in the middle of the English Channel waiting to go into Omaha Beach."

Howe was in attendance at an event in Warsaw honoring the men and women who served in the war. At 93-years-old he still remembers the day in great detail. "We were out in the channel and we could see the guns going off, the fire power. It looked like a hundred Fourth of July's all at once."

There were over 80 veterans expected to attend the celebration in downtown Warsaw. Each veteran was announced and then a Marine presented each person with a medal and patch. Event organizer Ken Locke has served in the military and says his father fought in World War II. That made being involved in setting up the event that much more special.

"Their service to our country is incredible and I think we've kind of forgotten some of those things,” Locke said. “This generation is leaving us pretty rapidly so we just wanted to take the opportunity, especially here is Kosciusko County, to say thank you."

Howe says he was grateful to see so many living World War II veterans celebrating the day with him. "I have so many friends that were WWII veterans that have gone,” Howe said.

Howe admits he doesn't open up very often about his memories of D-Day. He says the thought of remembering the number of lives lost is something he is not ready to share. "Even 70 years is too soon. I'm going upstairs I'll talk to him about it," Locke said.

Howe received five battle stars for his service in the U.S. Army.

A statue of the iconic photograph of a sailor kissing a nurse on Victory Japan Day was unveiled on Friday night as a part of the celebration honoring the World War II veterans.

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