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One Day At Normandy Sent Ripples Across Two Veterans' Lives

Robert Siegel speaks with Ralph Frias and Eugene Levine, two veterans of the D-Day landings in Normandy 70 years ago. They offer stories of their experiences and relate what it was like to take part in a day that changed the world.

"I have four brothers who came back horribly disturbed by Vietnam and Korea. I vowed that I would try not to become eaten up by the war."

-- D-Day veteran Ralph Frias

D-Day veteran Eugene Levine was a weather observer with the 82nd Airborne Division and landed near Utah Beach in a glider. He was the division's only weather observer to survive and transmitted the first weather report from Ste. Mere-Eglise.
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D-Day veteran Eugene Levine was a weather observer with the 82nd Airborne Division and landed near Utah Beach in a glider. He was the division's only weather observer to survive and transmitted the first weather report from Ste. Mere-Eglise.

"I was changed by the fact that I survived. We even had to make out wills."

-- D-Day veteran Eugene Levine

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