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Collection Title: WAR OFFICE SECOND WORLD WAR OFFICIAL COLLECTION Collection No.: 4700-29 Description: THE BRITISH ARMY IN NORMANDY 1944 Men of 11th Armoured Division at a communion service in the field before the attack on Verson and Eterville, 10 July 1944.

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Oprettet den 10. juli 1944

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Joseph Timothy O’Callahan
Father O’Callahan was appointed a Lieutenant JG in the United States Navy. His decision to join the Navy as a chaplain shocked some of his friends, one of them remarking, “Let someone younger help those boys. You can’t even open your umbrella!” Nothing daunted, Chaplain O’Callahan served at the Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Florida from 1940-1942. From 1942-1945 he served as chaplain at Naval Air Stations in Alameda, California and at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. It was almost at the end of the war when he was assigned to sea duty and reported aboard the Franklin, an Essex Class Fleet Air-Craft Carrier on March 2, 1945. The Franklin was the fifth ship in the United States Navy to be named after Benjamin Franklin, and had seen a lot of combat during the War. It was about to see more.
L'aumônier John McGovern of Boston, Massachusetts donne la communion à un soldat américain sur la plage de Vierville-sur-Mer. Messe sur l'emplacement du premier cimetière provisoire.
Dès le 7 juin, une section de la 606th QM Graves Registration Unit a commencé à rassembler les corps des soldats tués. Un premier cimetière provisoire a été installé au pied de la falaise de Vierville- sur-Mer pour l'ensemble d'Omaha Beach. Il se trouvait au voisinage de la villa Philippe Marchal. Un monument en perpétue le souvenir.
Voir ici :
La messe est dite sur le capot d'une Jeep.
4 photos de cette messe: p012156, p012196, p013473 et p013476.,+p012196,+p013473+et+p013476&m=tex
Robert Capa était présent à cette messe, voir ici:
Ce site:
indique le 12 juin 1944.
Photo parue dans " Spokane Daily Chronicle " du 12 juin 1944, page 47 du scan
Deux films de cette cérémonie:
Selon le descriptif il s'agit du Reverent William Dempsey, de New York.
Une autre vue du father John McGovern avec le même servant en p000926:
A LCVP (Landing Craft, Vehicle, Personnel) from the US Coast Guard -manned USS Samuel Chase disembarks troops of Company E, 16th Infantry , 1st Infantry Division (the Big Red One) wading onto the Fox Green section of Omaha Beach (Calvados, Basse-Normandie, France) on the morning of June 6, 1944. American soldiers encountered the newly formed German 352nd Division when landing. During the initial landing two-thirds of Company E became casualties.

Chief Photographer's Mate (CPHoM) Robert F. Sargent - This file is available at the headquarters of the National Archives and Records Administration , cataloged under the identifier ARC (National Archives Identifier) 195515
Allied invasion plans and German positions in Normandy.
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