Today is the 70th anniversary of D-Day. My friend Joe Sarengach will miss it this year. He passed away March 29.
I will always remember his stories of that dreadful day. He turned 21 years old that morning of June 6, 1944. Joe preferred not to celebrate his 21st birthday being assigned to the USS Samuel Chase in the middle of an invasion.
He was proud to be a member of the US Coast Guard. He had to do his job like everyone else that day.
He delivered the first wave of troops at Omaha Beach. He survived and lived nearly another 70 years.
It is hard to imagine what it was like when all the ships lined up and started to fire at the coast of Normandy. We all know that many died that day. It is unfortunate that the price of freedom is always high.
- Michael Paulson, Munster