Charles Durning (1923–2012)
Born: February 28, 1923 in Highland Falls, New York, USA
Died: December 24, 2012 (age 89) in Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA
Married to: Mary Ann Amelio (1974 – 24 December 2012) (his death)
Carole Doughty (1959 – 1972) (divorced) (3 children)
[on reaching Omaha Beach after falling in the water] I came up and I didn’t have a helmet, a rifle, nothing. I hit the beach, the guys pulled me in who were already there, I’d lost everything; but they said ‘you’ll find plenty of them on the beach, rifles, helmets, that belong to nobody’. Nobody knew where we were supposed to go, there was nobody in charge, you were on your own. All around me people were being shot at, I saw bodies all over the place; but you didn’t know if they were alive or dead, they were just lying there.
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