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While it's likely most of us have never wanted to go to war and face combat, many of us are nevertheless fascinated by the experiences of men and women who have.
This book is about a man who served as a rifleman in World War II, and was one of the first GIs to land on Omaha Beach on D-Day.
A man who survived the landing and continued to fight through France and Germany until the Nazis finally surrendered.
His memories of those experiences have been preserved in a new book by Doc Westring entitled A Victor's Tale: The Story of Milo Flaten, One of the GIs who Led the Invasion of Omaha Beach on D-Day.
Milo was drafted in June 1943, and after training in the states, was shipped to England, where he was assigned to a company in the 116th Infantry Regiment, 29th Infantry Division. That company would be in the first wave of soldiers invading Normandy. As that company's 1st scout, Milo was the first man off his landing craft and the first on shore. He eventually realized he might have been the first GI to land on Omaha.
Follow his path as he survived the invasion carnage, and continued to fight through Europe in some of the bitterest, bloodiest battles of World War II. After becoming a highly decorated and respected senior sergeant, he was gravely wounded in November 1944. He recovered completely, rejoined his division, and was in combat until Germany surrendered on May 7, 1945.
With the personal stories of so many World War II veterans now lost forever, we are privileged to have this man's life available to us. His remarkable exploits are here, from the day he was drafted to the end of the war in Europe, along with his further service in Korea and his fascinating military and non-military life thereafter.
Walk with Milo and experience the insanity and terrible heartbreak that is war-and the relief, if not exuberance, that comes with victory and peace.