Died Today (December 24th): Charles Durning (1923–2012)

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charlesdurning.jpgCharles 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)

[about arriving at Omaha Beach on D-Day] It’s hard to describe what we all went through that day, but those of us who were there will understand. We were frightened all the time. My sergeant said ‘are you scared, son?’ and I said ‘yes, I am’, and he said ‘that’s good, it’s good to be scared’, he said ‘we all are’. This guy in the boat, he turned to me and he threw up all over me, and I got seasick. He was scared. You’re not thinking about anything, you’re just thinking about you hope that shell that just went off isn’t going…

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