Panola College offered a public lecture commemorating the 70th anniversary of D-Day. Bill O’Neal, State Historian of Texas, presented an exciting program about the most important day of WWII.
June 6, 1944 was a massive operation involving 11,000 airplanes, 175,000 men, and 6,000 naval vessels. Texas-born Dwight D. Eisenhower was the Supreme Commander. Col. Earl Rudder, a graduate and future president of Texas A&M, was twice wounded while leading the spectacular Ranger assault on Pointe du Hoc. The battleship Texas provided powerful artillery support from offshore.
State Historian O’Neal recently visited the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, Virginia. He has lectured on the D-Day invasion for 40 years.