Excerpt from Brown Alumni Monthly, Vol. 95: October, 1994
Editor: I was deeply moved by the closing lines of your article, 'd-day Remem bered (july), in which you quote Robert Parkinson '41 reﬂecting on the terrible price demanded by the greatest seaborne invasion in history: The total impact (at the time) didn't fully register. May we always realize and appreciate the high cost of the d-day invasion.
So true. So very true. For most of us, the impact did not register until far, far later. Despite what we experienced off the beaches of Normandy, it took years for us to allot d-day its true and lofty place in our lives and in history.
There were many men from Brown, of course, whose d-day accounts could not be included in your article because their stories were never written. They were the Brown men who died in the effort. Through many months of convoys Atlantic, Arctic, and Mediterranean I met various Brown men-at-war, in Lon don, Liverpool, Cairo, Malta. They were fraternity brothers, classmates, former campus colleagues from the Brown Daily Herald and the Brown lug. Many of them became lost forever. That was the risk we all accepted.
While overseas, I spent frequent days and nights with our British cousins. My family's most immediate roots were in Oldham, and those of my wife's fam ily were in Bolton. I remember how defiantly those people reacted whenever the wailing sirens heralded yet another night of flames, bombs, and sufferings. They fought a much tougher war than we Americans had ever dreamed about.
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