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A SOLDIER REMEMBERED


It was the 6th of June, 1944, several miles off the coast of Normandy, France. At 3:30 am local time, Gap Assault Team #8, including Naval Combat Demolition Unit #137, had climbed over the side of LCT #2075 (Landing Craft Tank) and scrambled down the cargo nets into the LCM (Landing Craft Mechanized) that was thrashing about below them. After circling in the rough seas of the English Channel for over an hour, the boat headed inland, destined for Easy Green Sector of Omaha Beach near the les Moulins draw. As the world observes the 75th Anniversary of DDay on the 6th of June, there rests in Ennis’ Myrtle Cemetery a casualty of that historic and costly day, 29 year old Jessie Cleveland. Jessie, a sergeant in the U.S. Army Engineers and an Ellis County native, was among the first U.S. troops to set foot on the deadly beaches of Normandy. He had been assigned to NCDU #137 several months earlier to provide the extra manpower the Navy unit would need for their assigned job of clearing obstacles on the landing beaches. (History shows that these Naval Units were the foundation for the Navy SEAL program.) The following excerpt is from Thomas E. Wilkins, a member of Jessie’s Unit, and gives an accurate description of what Thomas and Jessie experienced together at the time of the…Read the rest of this story and more stories like this in your latest edition of The Ennis News. Be informed, subscribe today!

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