The Bedford Boys

The Bedford Boys

One American Town's Ultimate D-Day Sacrifice

Book - 2003
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Baker & Taylor
An account based on interviews, letters, and diaries traces the stories of twenty-one young men from Bedford, Virginia, who died on D-Day, noting how their lives and deaths continue to impact their families and their community.

Perseus Publishing
On June 6, 1944, nineteen boys from Bedford, Virginia--population 3,000--died in the first bloody minutes of D-Day when their landing craft dropped them in shallow water off Omaha Beach. They were part of the first wave of American soldiers to hit the sands of Normandy. Later that day, two more soldiers from the same small town died of gunshot wounds. Twenty-one sons of Bedford killed--no other town in America suffered a greater one-day loss. It is a story that one cannot easily forget--and one that the families of Bedford will never forget. It was, and still is, Bedford's longest day.The Bedford Boys is the intimate true story of these young men and their friends and families in Bedford. It portrays a neighborhood of soldiers before and during the war--from the girlfriends they left behind to the buddies they made in basic training, from anxious barracks in England to the bloody beaches of Normandy. Based on extensive interviews with survivors and relatives as well as on diaries and letters, Alex Kershaw's book focuses on several remarkable individuals and families to tell one of the most poignant stories of World War II--the story of one small American town that went to war and died on Omaha Beach.

The poignant story of twenty-one boys who died on the beaches of Normandy and the small town they called home


Blackwell North Amer
On June 6, 1944, landing craft dropped the boys from Bedford, Virginia - population 3,000 - in the shallow water off Normandy's Omaha Beach, part of the first wave of American soldiers to hit the beaches on D-Day. Within minutes nineteen were dead. No other town in American suffered a greater one-day loss. Later in the campaign, three more sons of Bedford died of gunshot wounds.

Baker
& Taylor

An intimate account based on interviews, letters, and diaries traces the stories of twenty-one young men from Bedford, Virginia, who died on D-Day in Normany, noting how their lives and deaths continue to impact their families and their community. 75,000 first printing.

Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Da Capo Press, 2003
Edition: 1st Da Capo Press ed
ISBN: 9780306811678
0306811677
Branch Call Number: 940.542142 21
940.5421 KER
Characteristics: xii, 274, [34] p. of plates : ill., maps ; 24 cm

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