Veteran remembers events of D-Day

Gene Cogan was 20 years old when he and other troops invaded on D-Day.

Posted: Jun. 6, 2018 10:21 PM

AVILLA, Ind. (WFFT) Main Street in Avilla is lined with American flags.

Not too far from here is where you'll find Gene Cogan.

Cogan served in World War II when he was just twenty years old.

He remembers many details including what their captain told them before the invasion on D-Day.

"He said, everybody will write a letter home," Cogan said. "He said, I don't need to tell you that for some of you this is going to be the last letter you'll write."

Cogan was first scout for his group meaning he would lead the troops down the gangplank that June day.

Cogan estimates it was 20 days into the war when he suffered an injury from enemy fire.

"Just as I knelt down i saw a German soldier no more than twenty feet away from me and he had is riffle up aimed at me and before I could swing around and get mine he got me across the back," Cogan said.

Cogan eventually was rescued and spent many months recovering in the hospital from that injury as well as another shot to the hip.

Cogan says he was thankful to make it home but says one thing he took him was the bond from serving with the other military members.

"Being in the service itself I made a lot of friends and they're all gone today," Cogan said. "But I kept that friendship. Most of them got back and I kept communicating with them."

Cogan says he's visited France four times since the war.

Se says the people of Normandy were very friendly and thankful for what took place.

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