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Remembering D-Day: 70 Years Later

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When Japan attacked Pearl Harbor, the United States entered World War II. America joined the global conflict that would become the deadliest in history.

On June 6, 1944 the Allies invaded Western Europe during Operation Overlord.

Horace Beauford of Lyman was a tank driver on Utah Beach.

“I was scared to death, nervous and scared to death, the only orders we had was to keep going, don't stop," Beauford recalled.

Fred Plemmons of Greer was on a landing craft, or LCI.

"We carried the soldiers right up on the beach and let them off, there was Germans on our right, and machine guns on our left, they was pebbling us," Plemmons remembered.

From the air, Robert Wilson of Woodruff was a co-pilot on a C-47, dropping paratroopers from the 82 Airborne.

"My job was to give the signals to the boys in the back to jump," explained Wilson.

D-Day was one of the largest amphibious invasions in world history and it is the most extensive use of airborne troops up to that point in time in history.

Watch “Remembering D-Day, 70 Years Later” to hear the stories of the Upstate men and women during World War II.

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