On this date in 1944, In the early morning hours, Allied forces (made up of mostly soldiers from the U.S., United Kingdom, and Canada) invade the Nazi-held Normandy coast of France as D-Day (or the Normandy Invasion) begins. “Mickey Mouse” is used as a password for the invasion by the Allied forces. Taking part in D-Day is Solomon Hersh Frees (later known as voice actor Paul Frees of Disney’s Haunted Mansion fame). He will be wounded in action and return home for a year of recuperation. D-Day will be the greatest seaborne invasion mankind has ever seen and a major turning point in World War II.
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